Women's international rugby union results summary

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The most successful teams in women's international rugby union have been England, France, and New Zealand.

Womens international rugby union

Women's international rugby union has a history going back to the late 19th century but it was not until 1982 that the first international fixture involving women's rugby union took place. The match was organised in connection with the Dutch Rugby Union's 50th anniversary. As part of the celebrations on June 13, 1982 the French national women's team played the Dutch, in Utrecht, Netherlands, with France winning 4–0 in a game that has since been recognised as the first ever women's international rugby union match.



Current playing records

25 matches or more

10-24 matches

Fewer than 10 matches

Year of first international

The France women's national rugby union team first played in 1982.

Netherlands womens national rugby union team

The Netherlands women's national rugby union team are a national sporting side of Netherlands, representing them at rugby union. The side first played in 1982.

The Sweden women's national rugby union team are a national sporting side of Sweden, representing them at rugby union. The side first played in 1984.

Year of last international

Canada womens national rugby union team

The Canada women's national rugby union team is governed by Rugby Canada, and plays in red and black. They were ranked 5th in World Rugby's inaugural women's rankings and are currently ranked as the second best team in the world.

Czech Republic womens national rugby union team

The Czech Republic women's national rugby union team first played in 2004.

The Kenya women's national rugby union team are a national sporting side of Kenya, representing them at rugby union. The side first played in 2006.

Official rankings

IRB World Ranking

Although the IRB produce a complex and continually updated ranking for men's international rugby they do not compile any ranking system for the women's game. Rugby statistician Serge Piquet has produced a currently unofficial, but generally accepted, world ranking, but where rankings are referred to by some boards these will normally be the finishing positions in the previous Women's Rugby World Cup (which only takes place every four years and will only include those countries that qualified for the finals).

The Women's Rugby World Cup is the premier international competition in rugby union for women. The tournament is organised by the sport's governing body, World Rugby. The championships are currently held every four years; the event was most recently held in Ireland in 2017. World Rugby has reset the tournament on a new four-year cycle to avoid conflict with the Olympics and Women's World Cup Sevens; World Cups will thus be held every four years after 2017.

The IRB's seedings for each World Cup are also influenced by positions in the previous tournament, but not entirely decided by them. The table below shows the final positions for the 2014 tournament and is therefore the closest thing to an "official" IRB ranking: [1]

2014 Womens Rugby World Cup 7th Womens Rugby World Cup

The 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup was the seventh edition of the Women's Rugby World Cup, and the sixth held in Europe. The World Cup Final took place on August 17.

Rugby Europe Ranking

Rugby Europe, formerly known as FIRA-AER, do produce an annual ranking of European nations, based on previous season's Rugby Europe and Six Nations competitions, for use in RE tournaments (though Six Nations teams are often given a higher seeding in tournaments than their ranking might suggest). As these will be based on more recent performances they can contradict the IRB list and also include countries not featuring in the World Cup-based ranking. On the other hand, they obviously only include European nations. Rankings [2] (based on previous season results) appear to be:

Rugby Europe administrative body for rugby union in Europe

Rugby Europe is the administrative body for rugby union in Europe. It was formed in 1999 to promote, develop, organise and administer the game of rugby in Europe under the authority of World Rugby.

In rugby union, the Women's European Championship is an international competition contested between women's national teams who are members of Rugby Europe. The competition has its origins in a four nation "European Cup" held in 1988 but did not become an official FIRA competition until 1995. The competition has grown significantly and is some years attracts sufficient entrants for it to be divided into two "Pools" with the eight highest ranked entrants in any year in Pool A.

The Women's Six Nations Championship is an international rugby union competition contested between six European women's national teams. The competition began as a "Home International Championship" for the four home nations in 1996.

Rank Nation 1997/8 1998/9 1999/0 2000/1 2001/2 2002/3 2003/4 2004/5 2005/6 2006/7 2007/8 2008/9 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13
1Flag of England.svg  England 121112122111111
2Flag of France.svg  France 432241311324422
3IRFU flag.svg  Ireland 887876555563333
4Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 668787877788955
5Flag of Wales 2.svg  Wales 776555446242264
6Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 213423233455546
7Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 344334664667777
8Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 55991010998877888
9Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden ----98789101010699
10Flag of Russia.svg  Russia --------11999101010
11Flag of Finland.svg  Finland ----------141414-11
12Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 99-10119101010-12111111-
13Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium ----12----1111121212-
14Flag of Romania.svg  Romania ----------131313--
15Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg ----------151515--
16Flag of Norway.svg  Norway ------11111212161616--
17Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia ----------17----
18Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark ------1212-------
19 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia-Herzegovina --------13------
NR [3] Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland ---------------
NR [4] Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan --566----------


Current playing record (to end of 2011)

Detailed results from a small number of tournaments, especially in Africa and Asia, have never been published. The following table therefore relates to the published tournament results. Note: Almost all of New Zealand's sevens matches - apart from the 2009 World Cup and qualifier and two Hong Kong Sevens - have been played by "Aotearoa Maori" and (before 2000) "New Zealand Wild Ducks". While in some cases they were officially sanctioned by the NZRU, neither were full New Zealand teams, and occasionally included players not eligible to play for New Zealand. As a result, they are not included in the table below. The playing record of these unofficial New Zealand teams is: Played 59, Won 55, Lost 4, 93.22%.

Year Matches

Year of first international

Debut Year Nations
1997 Arabian Gulf; Flag of Australia.svg  Australia; Flag of Canada.svg  Canada; Flag of England.svg  England; Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji; Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong; Flag of Japan.svg  Japan; Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands;

Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland; Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore; Flag of the United States.svg  United States

1999 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China; Flag of Russia.svg  Russia; Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa
2000Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan; Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand; Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand; Flag of Wales 2.svg  Wales
2001Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
2003Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium; Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria; Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia; Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic; Flag of France.svg  France; Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan; Flag of Norway.svg  Norway;

Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal; Flag of Spain.svg  Spain; Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka; Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland; Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan

2004Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina; Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil; Flag of Chile.svg  Chile; Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia; Flag of Malta.svg  Malta; Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay; Flag of Peru.svg  Peru; Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia; Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay; Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela
2005Flag of Austria.svg  Austria; Flag of Barbados.svg  Barbados; Flag of Germany.svg  Germany; Flag of Guyana.svg  Guyana; Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary; Flag of Israel.svg  Israel; Flag of Italy.svg  Italy; Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica;

Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania; Flag of Poland.svg  Poland; Flag of Saint Lucia.svg  Saint Lucia; Flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.svg  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago; West Indies

2006Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra; Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina; Flag of Burkina Faso.svg  Burkina Faso; Flag of Guam.svg  Guam; IRFU flag.svg  Ireland; Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya; Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg; Flag of Romania.svg  Romania; Flag of Rwanda.svg  Rwanda; Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda; Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia; Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe
2007Flag of Cambodia.svg  Cambodia; Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark; Flag of Finland.svg  Finland; Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast; Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea; Flag of Laos.svg  Laos; Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia; Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova; Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea; Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia
2008Flag of Bermuda.svg  Bermuda; Flag of Botswana.svg  Botswana; Flag of the Cayman Islands.svg  Cayman Islands; Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia; Flag of Madagascar.svg  Madagascar; Flag of Niue.svg  Niue; Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia;

Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa; Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Taiwan

2009Flag of the Bahamas.svg  Bahamas; Flag of Burkina Faso.svg  Burkina Faso; Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt; Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana; Flag of India.svg  India; Flag of Iran.svg  Iran; Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia; Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico

Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco; Flag of Niger.svg  Niger; Flag of Togo.svg  Togo; Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine

2010Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands; Flag of France.svg  Guadeloupe; Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia; Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines; Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal; Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga
2011 Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon; Flag of FLNKS.svg  New Caledonia; Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia
2012 Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands
2013 Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
2015 Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica; Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro

Official rankings

IRB World Ranking

As with rankings for 15-a-side rugby, IRB rankings for Sevens are based on the finishing positions in the previous World Cup. The table below shows the final positions for the 2009 tournament:

2009 World Cup Nation
1Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
2Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
3=Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
4=Flag of the United States.svg  United States
5Flag of England.svg  England
6Flag of Canada.svg  Canada
7=Flag of France.svg  France
7=Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
9Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
10Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
11=Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
11=Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
13=Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
13=Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
13=Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand
13=Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda

Rugby Europe Ranking

Rugby Europe also produce an annual ranking of European nations, based on previous season's RE championships which are used for the following season's tournaments. Current rankings are:

Pos 2010 2011
1Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Flag of England.svg  England
2Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
3Flag of France.svg  France Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
4Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
5Flag of England.svg  England Flag of France.svg  France
6Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal
7Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
8Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
9Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
10Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova
11Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
12Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
13Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
14Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
15Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
16Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia
17Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
18Flag of Austria.svg  Austria Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
19Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
20Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria
21Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia
22Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Flag of Malta.svg  Malta
23Flag of Malta.svg  Malta Flag of Poland.svg  Poland
24Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
25Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra
26Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Flag of Israel.svg  Israel
27Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia
28Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
29Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania
30Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia
31Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg
32Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina
33Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia

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  1. "Women's Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  2. As described on the RE website
  3. No ranking - have yet to play in a FIRA XVs tournament
  4. No ranking - no longer a FIRA member