LATVIA RUGBY LEAGUE NATION OVERVIEW
Foundation Year – 2006
International Team – Latvia Rugby League
Top level domestic competition – N/A
History – Latvia is a new rugby league playing nation and continues the trend of European nations taking up the sport. Latvia currently have one club established in 2007 called the “Livonia Rugby Football Club”.
In February 2007 a delegation from the RLEF visited Latvia to assist local parties in setting up the Latvian Rugby League Federation.
July 2007 saw the first game of Rugby League played on Latvian soil. Great Britain students provided a valuable league lesson to Latvian’s fledgling league winning the game 64 – 0.
In 2007 Latvia played their first international against neighbours Estonia. Latvia defeated Estonia 54 – 38 and registered their first international win.
At the beginning of 2008 Estonia were unranked in the Rugby League European Federation (RLEF) rankings.
Latvia, Ukraine and Estonia took part in a European Bowl in 2008. Due to visa issues Ukraine had to forfeit games. Latvia were once again to strong for the Estonian’s winning 62 – 10 and taking out the inaugural European Bowl.
The recent success of the Rugby League World Cup will provide further funds to develop the sport throughout Europe. The Rugby League European Federation (RLEF) will now have more funds to invest in development officers and continue assisting rugby league’s growth. With the right support many more nations including Latvia could possibly be involved in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers. Latvia will need to introduce more rugby league clubs and setup a local championship if they wish to play in the qualifiers.
In early 2009 Latvia were ranked 21st in World seedings by the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF).
Lativa along with Estonia and Ukraine took part in the European Bowl again in July/August 2009. Lativa could not make it two title in a row losing to Ukraine in the final. This also co-insided with the inaugural Latvian Championship.
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LATVIAN INTERNATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE RESULTS
2015 Rugby League Results
May 9th Latvia 12 v Spain 32, Riga (Euro Championship C RLWCQ)
2010 Rugby League Results
Sep 18th Ukraine 112 – Latvia 0 (European Shield East)
Jul 31st Latvia 4 – Russia 54 (European Shield East)
2009 Rugby League Results
Aug 8th Latvia 74 – Estonia 4 (European Bowl)
Jul 24th Ukraine 40 – Latvia 6 (European Bowl)
2008 Rugby League Results
Aug 3rd Latvia 62 – Estonia 10 (European Bowl)
Jun 28th Latvia 48 – Estonia 10 (European Bowl)
2007 Rugby League Results
Oct 21st Latvia 54 – Estonia 38