Switzerland national rugby union team

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Switzerland
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Nickname(s)Edelweiss (The White Flowers)
Emblem Edelweiss
Union Fédération Suisse de Rugby
Head coachOlivier Nier
CaptainTBC
Home stadiumTBC
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First colours
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Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current28 (as of 04 February 2021)
Highest28 (2020, 2021)
Lowest67 (2010)
First international
Flag of Switzerland.svgSwitzerland 4-23 Portugal Flag of Portugal.svg
(Neuchâtel, Switzerland 11 April 1973)
Biggest win
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria 9–90 SwitzerlandFlag of Switzerland.svg
(Pernik, Bulgaria 14 October 2000)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco 43–0 SwitzerlandFlag of Switzerland.svg
(Casablanca, Morocco 25 March 1979)
Website www.suisserugby.com

The Switzerland national rugby union team (French : Equipe Nationale Suisse de Rugby à XV German : Schweizer Rugby-Union-Nationalmannschaft Italian : Nazionale di Rugby XV della Svizzera) represents Switzerland in men's international rugby union competitions. Nicknamed The White Flowers (Edelweiss), is considered one of the stronger tier 3 teams in European rugby and currently compete in the second division of the Rugby Europe International Championships in the Rugby Europe Trophy, a competition which is just below the Rugby Europe Championship where the top 6 countries in Europe (apart from the teams in the 6 nations) compete. They are yet to participate in any Rugby World Cup and often play in all red while their away kit is all white.

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History

Switzerland played their first ever international rugby match on April 11, 1973 in Neuchâtel against Portugal, losing 23–4. The following year they lost 10–18 to Belgium, and were then defeated by them 33–3 in 1975. After the second lost to Belgium, Switzerland won their first international rugby match; defeating Serbia-Montenegro 12–3 in Geneva. The only other win for Switzerland during the 1970s was a 7–4 victory over Luxembourg in 1977. In 1979 they were defeated 43–0 by Morocco and 31–0 by Portugal.

They however bounced back in 1980, defeating Luxembourg 10–7 in Berne, though they then lost close matches against Sweden and Belgium, and were again held to nil by Portugal in 1981, but got a victory over Denmark later that year. After losing to Belgium and Sweden in 1982, they then scored 60 unanswered points against Finland. They then lost nine games in a row from 1982 to 1986, then defeating Serbia-Montenegro 5–0 in May 1986.

In 1989, Switzerland attempted to qualify for the 1991 Rugby World Cup in England, playing in the European tournament – Round 2A. They finished third in the final standings of the round, winning one of their three fixtures. Switzerland also participated in the qualifying tournaments for the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa, making it past the preliminary round from the west group, but not advancing past Round 1.

Switzerland finished third (out of six nations) in Pool 1 of Round 1 of the European qualification tournaments for the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales, winning and drawing one game out of four fixtures. Switzerland had more success in the qualifying tournaments for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia, finishing at the top of Pool B in Round 1 and advancing to Round 2, but were unable to advance to Round 3. In attempting to qualify for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France, Switzerland finished fourth in Pool D of Round 2 of the European qualification process.

Switzerland also failed to qualify for the 2011 or 2015 Rugby World Cups.

In 2016 Switzerland reached the second division (Rugby Europe Trophy, formerly Division 1B) of the ENC for the first time since the divisional structure was implemented in 2000, after winning Division 2A over the 2014-16 two-year cycle.

Current players

NamePositionDate of BirthClub/Province
Schelte BettenGC Zürich Flag of Switzerland.svg
Olivier GerberGC Zürich Flag of Switzerland.svg
Bang GomayRC Genève PLO Flag of Switzerland.svg
Frédéric RossierStade Lausanne RC Flag of Switzerland.svg
Alfredo Burgener RC Nyon Flag of Switzerland.svg
Gaby FoxRC Fribourg Flag of Switzerland.svg
Josh BjornsonGC Zürich Flag of Switzerland.svg
Hugh KisielewskiGC Zürich Flag of Switzerland.svg
Nicolas Guyou Flanker 18 May 1982 RC Châteaurenard Flag of France.svg
Didier RichardStade Lausanne RC Flag of Switzerland.svg
Sergio HöselGC Zürich Flag of Switzerland.svg
Ludovic Keller CA Pontarlier Flag of France.svg
Ali NouriHermance RRC Flag of Switzerland.svg
Loïc Verreman RC Nyon Flag of Switzerland.svg
Pedro Dubois RC Nyon Flag of Switzerland.svg
Ismael MeyerStade Lausanne RC Flag of Switzerland.svg
Geoff JohnsonHermance RRC Flag of Switzerland.svg
Jonathan HudsonHermance RRC Flag of Switzerland.svg - Oxford University Flag of England.svg
Iain WiseHermance RRC Flag of Switzerland.svg
Mathieu Guyou-Kreis RCA Cergy-Pontoise Flag of France.svg
Jacky DerveyStade Lausanne RC Flag of Switzerland.svg
Thomas DouvegheantHermance RRC Flag of Switzerland.svg
Christophe GuilletRC Genève PLO Flag of Switzerland.svg
Thomas Brossard RC Annemasse Flag of France.svg
Florian DilletHermance RRC Flag of Switzerland.svg
Donovan O'Grady Scrum-Half 16 February 1993 CS Rugby 1863 Flag of England.svg

Record

Men's World Rugby Rankings
Top 30 rankings as of 12 July, 2021 [1]
RankChange*TeamPoints
1Steady2.svgFlag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 094.20
2Steady2.svgFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 088.95
3Steady2.svgFlag of England.svg  England 085.44
4Steady2.svgIRFU flag.svg  Ireland 084.85
5Increase2.svg2Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 083.90
6Decrease2.svg1Flag of France.svg  France 083.45
7Decrease2.svg1Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 082.82
8Steady2.svgFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 082.02
9Steady2.svgFlag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 080.92
10Steady2.svgFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 079.13
11Steady2.svgFlag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 076.87
12Steady2.svgFlag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 073.73
13Increase2.svg1Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 071.88
14Increase2.svg1Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 070.65
15Decrease2.svg2Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 070.28
16Steady2.svgFlag of the United States.svg  United States 068.10
17Steady2.svgFlag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 067.02
18Steady2.svgFlag of Romania.svg  Romania 066.22
19Steady2.svgFlag of Spain.svg  Spain 064.82
20Increase2.svg1Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 063.90
21Decrease2.svg1Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 062.71
22Steady2.svgFlag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 061.23
23Steady2.svgFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 061.11
24Steady2.svgFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 059.30
25Steady2.svgFlag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 059.04
26Steady2.svgFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 056.32
27Steady2.svgFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 056.16
28Increase2.svg1Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 055.20
28Decrease2.svg1Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 054.12
30Steady2.svgFlag of Germany.svg  Germany 053.13
*Change from the previous week

Switzerland national rugby union team results as of 14 December 2020.

OpponentPlayedWonDrawnLostWin %ForAgaDiff
Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 860275.014294+48
Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 430175.09278+14
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 3300100.07932+47
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 1230925.0123189–66
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1100100436+37
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 330010018120+161
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 750271.4163104+61
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 4103255891–33
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 300302451–27
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 1042440182165+17
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 1100100600+60
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 200204244–2
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 10010037–37
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 11001006123+38
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 750271.417064+106
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 410325.03482–48
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 410325.076101–25
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 770010013943+96
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 5302609379+14
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 11001002926+3
Flag of Monaco.svg  Monaco 11001002016+4
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 10010043–43
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 6015086169–83
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 200202335–12
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 5005014153–139
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 15411026.7165224–59
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 53116017668+108
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 10010040–40
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 6006041119–78
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 30030646–40
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 210233.37278–6
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 400402284–62
Total1405877541.43%24002404–4

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References

  1. "Men's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 12 July 2021.