|World Rugby ranking|
|Current||43 (as of 23 November 2020)|
The Thailand women's national rugby union team first played in 2005.
(Full internationals only)
See Women's international rugby for information about the status of international games and match numbering
|2005-06-03 (WCQ)|| Thailand ||0-67||Bangkok||[1/31/1]|
|2005-06-05 (WCQ)|| Thailand ||20-18||Bangkok||[2/5/2]|
|2006-11-17 (AC)|| China ||53-11||Kunming||[1/3/1]|
|2006-11-19 (AC)|| Thailand ||20-0||Kunming||[4/2/1]|
|2011-11-24 (AC)|| Laos ||0-38||Chao Anou Vong stadium, Vientiane, Laos||[1/5/1]|
|2011-11-25 (AC)|| Thailand ||39-0||Chao Anou Vong stadium, Vientiane, Laos||[6/2/1]|
|2011-11-26 (AC)|| China ||38-0||Chao Anou Vong stadium, Vientiane, Laos||[7/7/2]|
|2012-06-14 (AC)|| Philippines ||14-50||Manila, Philippines||[4/8/2]|
|2012-06-16 (AC)|| Singapore ||21-19||Manila, Philippines||[16/9/2]|
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