GERMANY RUGBY LEAGUE NATION OVERVIEW
Information on this page was updated – 11/3/2014
Foundation Year – 2005
International Team – Rugby League Deutschland
Top level domestic competition – Germany currently have 4 Rugby League teams.
History – Germany is a new rugby league playing nation and continues the trend of European nations taking up the sport.
In 2006 Germany took part in their first international series. They played against Austria and Estonia winning both games taking out the Central European Development Tri-Nations.
Germany were again involved in the Development Tri-Nations series in 2007. This time they played against Serbia and Czech Republic. Germany defeated Czech Republic but could not repeat the feat against Serbia.
In July/August of 2008, Germany along with the Czech Republic and Italy took part in the Euro Tri-Nations. Once again Germany defeated the Czech Republic 62 -20. Italy the new participants of the Euro Tri-Nations proved to strong defeating Germany 58 – 26.
Germany have been making steady progress with Rugby League development in the south. Rugby League is slowly being introduced into schools and it’s popularity is increasing. Over 10 schools now play rugby league. Their improvement was rewarded when the national team moving up to the Euro Tri-Nations competition in 2008.
In 2008 Germany were ranked 9th in European seedings by the Rugby League European Federation (RLEF). In early 2009 Germany were ranked 19th in World seedings by the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF).
In March 2009 the RLEF appointed Germany’s first development officer to assist with Rugby League growth in Germany. Germany also have a team based in the the United Kingdom called the German Exiles which was formed by UK based rugby league players who are German or have German heritage and play in the local league.
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 Germany could possibly be involved in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers.
Germany along with the Czech Republic and Italy took part in the European Shield in July 2009. Germany finished 3rd on the ladder and were unable to win a game during the tournament.
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GERMANY INTERNATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE RESULTS
2013 Rugby League Results
Aug 10th Russia 30 v Germany 0 (European Shield) (Germany forfeit)
Jul 27th Germany 30 v Italy 66 (European Shield)
May 18th Serbia 46 v Germany 10 (European Shield)
May 4th Germany 28 v Netherlands 22 (Friendly)
2012 Rugby League Results
Jul 7th Italy 72 – Germany 10 (European Shield)
May 19th Germany 26 – Russia 32 (European Shield)
May 12th Germany 25 – Serbia 24 (European Shield)
2011 Rugby League Results
Jul 23rd Germany 36 – Malta 12 (European Shield)
Jul 9th Norway 32 – Germany 28 (European Shield)
2010 Rugby League Results
Jul 17th Germany 96 – Czech Republic 0 (European Shield)
Jul 3rd Serbia 40 – Germany 14 (European Shield)
2009 Rugby League Results
Jul 18th Italy 42 – Germany 30 (European Shield)
Jul 4th Czech Republic 30 – Germany 4 (European Shield)
2008 Rugby League Results
Aug 2nd Germany 62 – Czech Rep 20 (European Nations Shield)
Jun 13th Italy 58 – Germany 26 (European Nations Shield)
2007 Rugby League Results
Aug 4th Germany 44 – Czech R 22 (Central Euro Development Tri-Nations)
Jul 7th Serbia 38 – Germany 6 (Central Euro Development Tri-Nations)
2006 Rugby League Results
Jul 22nd Germany 38 – Estonia 24 (Central Euro Development Tri-Nations)
Jun 25th Germany 34 – Austria 32 (Central Euro Development Tri-Nations)
2005 Rugby League Results
Aug 7th Netherlands 34 – Germany 28
Jul 31st Scotland Students 28 – Germany XIII 13