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Denmark
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Danish Lions
UnionDansk Rugby Union
Head coachJunaire Brown
CaptainMikkel Andresen
First colours
World Rugby ranking
Current75 (as of 16 January 2023)
Highest71 (1 October 2022)
First international
Denmark Denmark 0 – 6 Sweden Sweden
(1949-10-23)
Biggest win
Denmark Denmark 127 – 5 Estonia Estonia
(2018-04-28)
Biggest defeat
Denmark Denmark 7 – 104 Russia Russia
(2000-05-13)

The Denmark national rugby union team is governed by Dansk Rugby Union and has been playing international rugby since 1949.

DRU now has nearly 2,500 members in more than 30 clubs.[1]

The DRU Superliga is the highest tier of the national rugby union competition in Denmark. Most of the national team's players play in the local league, however a handful of them play in amateur clubs in England, Sweden and France. There are no professional players that play for Denmark.

The national side is ranked 75th in the world, as of 16 January 2023.[2]

History

Rugby Union had been played in Denmark since 1931, but the Danish Rugby Union (DRU) wasn't formed until 1950. The DRU joined the Sports Confederation of Denmark and Rugby Europe in 1971. In 1974, the DRU co-founded the Nordic Rugby Union (now Scandinavian Rugby Union), and in 1988, the DRU joined the International Rugby Board.[3]

The Danish First XV, known as Drusse, participates every year in the European Nation Tournament. In Europe, Denmark is ranked as a second-division side.

Championship tournaments determine seeding for World Cup qualifying pools. Denmark debuted in World Cup competition in October 1992, during qualification for the 1995 Rugby World Cup. They have never qualified for the World Cup, however.

Overall Record

Against Played Won Lost Drawn Win percentage
 Andorra 2 1 1 0 50%
 Armenia 2 0 2 0 0%
 Austria 6 5 1 0 83.33%
 Belgium 5 1 3 1 20%
 Bulgaria 1 0 1 0 0%
 Croatia 5 0 4 1 0%
 Czech Republic 2 0 2 0 0%
 Finland 2 2 0 0 100%
 Georgia 1 0 1 0 0%
 Germany 6 1 5 0 16.67%
 Hungary 4 3 1 0 75%
 Israel 3 2 1 0 75%
 Latvia 3 2 1 0 75%
 Lithuania 1 1 0 0 100%
 Luxembourg 2 2 0 0 100%
 Malta 2 1 1 0 50%
 Moldova 1 0 1 0 0%
 Morocco 1 0 1 0 0%
 Netherlands 10 0 9 1 0%
 Norway 13 11 1 1 84.62%
 Poland 3 0 3 0 0%
 Portugal 2 0 2 0 0%
 Russia 3 0 3 0 0%
 Serbia and Montenegro 2 0 2 0 0%
 Slovenia 0 0 0 0 0%
 Spain 1 0 1 0 0%
 Sweden 49 10 36 3 20.41%
  Switzerland 9 4 3 2 44.44%
 Ukraine 3 1 2 0 33.33%
 West Germany 3 0 3 0 0%
Total 150 48 93 9 32%

Current squad

Starting line-up for the 2023-24 Rugby Europe Conference match against Finland.

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Bulela Butsheke Prop 7 Denmark RK Speed
Marcus Borup Hooker 2 England Chelmsford R.F.C.
Zak Underwood Prop 1 England Hammersmith & Fulham RFC
Kenny Uddal Calmar Lock 20 Denmark Aarhus RK
Hamish Coventry Lock 6 Denmark Frederiksberg RK
Jeppe Maagaard Holm Flanker 23 Denmark RK Speed
Marius Fricault Flanker 2 Denmark RK Speed
Mikkel Andresen (c) Number 8 19 England Kenilworth RFC
Thorbjorn Vestergaard Scrum-half 23 Denmark Aarhus RK
Oliver Hvass Fly-half 4 Denmark RK Speed
Victor Hounou Wing 5 Denmark RK Speed
Joshua Jensen Centre 41 England Swindon RFC
Simon Maagaard Holm Centre 6 Denmark RK Speed
Rasmus Madum Wing 2 Denmark Frederiksberg RK
Mads Søgaard Jørgensen Fullback 2 Denmark RK Speed
Ali Kamil Prop 3 Denmark RK Speed
Nicholas Bertelsen Prop 1 Denmark RK Speed
Rasmus Brofeldt ?? 1 Denmark RK Speed
Adam van Geyzel ?? 1 Denmark Aarhus RK
Nils Hagen ?? 1 Sweden Lugi Lions RFC
Axel Örn Petursson Flanker 4 Denmark CSR-Nanok
Henry Miller ?? 0 Denmark Frederiksberg RK
Otto Käszner ?? 4 Denmark Frederiksberg RK

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the squad within the last 12 months.

Player Pos Date of birth (age) Caps Club Latest call-up
Emil Svinth Aagaard Hooker Denmark Frederiksberg RK v. Andorra Andorra, 30 September 2023
Michael Friis Larsen Prop Denmark Aalborg RK v. Andorra Andorra, 30 September 2023
Federico Haedo Flanker Argentina San Isidro Club v. Andorra Andorra, 30 September 2023
Dan Wiggins Scrum Half England Hitchin RFC v. Andorra Andorra, 30 September 2023
Ben Wiggins Fly Half England Hitchin RFC v. Andorra Andorra, 30 September 2023
Gerard Hounou Wing Denmark RK Speed v. Andorra Andorra, 30 September 2023
Alexandros Mintsioulis Hooker Denmark Frederiksberg RK v. Andorra Andorra, 30 September 2023

References

  1. ^ "IRB Denmark". IRB.com. Archived from the original on 2010-01-31. Retrieved 2010-04-28.
  2. ^ "Men's Rankings | World Rugby". Archived from the original on 2019-08-18. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  3. ^ "DRU History". DRU. Retrieved 2010-04-28.