Finland
Shirt badge/Association crest
UnionSuomen Rugbyliitto
Head coachAlastair Davies
CaptainJussi Viljanen
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current78 (as of 29 January 2024)
Highest71 (2023)
Lowest82 (2022)
First international
 Finland 0 – 60 Switzerland 
(1982-05-22)
Biggest win
 Finland 55 – 5 Estonia 
(2010-10-02)
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 100 – 0 Finland 
(1987-10-10)

The Finland national rugby union team represents Finland in men's international rugby union. The national side are ranked 71st in the world, as of 24 April 2023.[1]

History

Finland played their first ever rugby international in 1982 against Switzerland, which they lost. Finland went on to win their first international in 1991, defeating Norway 18 points to 3

They played Monaco in 2002. Finland's attempt to qualify for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France began in Round 1 of the European tournaments. They faced Bulgaria in a two match series as part of the Round 1 group to determine which nation would advance. Bulgaria won the first game 42 points to 3 in Helsinki and won the second leg 50 to 3 in Sofia to knock Finland out of the tournament.

Record

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Norway national XV at test level up until 11 May 2024:

Against Played Won Lost Drawn Win percentage
 Andorra 2 2 0 0 100%
 Austria 1 1 0 0 100%
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 6 2 3 1 33.33%
 Bulgaria 9 1 8 0 11.11%
 Cyprus 2 0 2 0 0%
 Denmark 9 3 6 0 33.33%
 Estonia 4 4 0 0 100%
 Gibraltar 1 0 1 0 0%
 Greece 8 5 3 0 62.5%
 Hungary 1 0 1 0 0%
 Israel 5 1 4 0 20%
 Latvia 2 0 2 0 0%
 Luxembourg 9 1 8 0 11.11%
 Moldova 2 1 1 0 50%
 Monaco 1 0 1 0 0%
 Norway 18 7 11 0 38.89%
 Slovenia 2 0 2 0 0%
 Sweden 2 0 2 0 0%
  Switzerland 1 0 1 0 0%
 Turkey 2 1 1 0 50%
Total 87 29 57 1 33.33%

Current squad

Current line-up for the 2023-24 Rugby Europe Conference.

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

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Tapio Lahtinen Prop 6 Finland Jyväskylä R.F.C.
Ossi Aro Hooker 19 Finland Tampere R.F.C.
Chris Denholm Prop 17 Finland Helsinki RC
Akseli Peltoniemi Lock 14 Finland Old Town Shamrocks
Aaro Katainen Lock 30 Finland Jyväskylä R.F.C.
Kosti Eskola Flanker 16 Finland Warriors RC
Matti Keränen Flanker 30 Finland Old Town Shamrocks
John Poole Number 8 4 Finland Saimaa Sharks/Helsinki RC
Saxby Young Scrum-half 5 Finland Helsinki RC
Thomas Finell Fly-half 64 Finland Warriors RC
Samu-Petteri Pääkkö Wing 20 Finland Old Town Shamrocks
Jussi Viljanen (c) Centre 32 Finland Tampere R.F.C.
Kim Ali-keskikylä Centre Finland Turku Eagles
Antti Haapanen Wing 0 Finland Helsinki RC
Philip Sleath Fullback 9 Finland Turku Eagles
Paulo Pannuzzo Hooker 0 Finland Helsinki RC
Olli Räsänen Prop Finland Jyväskylä R.F.C./Tampere R.F.C.
Olli Palosuo Prop 0 Finland Helsinki RC
Juho Kiljain Lock 3 Finland Jyväskylä R.F.C.
Jedidiah Patton Back row 1 Finland Turku Eagles
James Edwards Fly-half 0 Finland Tampere R.F.C.
Timo McIntyre Wing 0 Finland Tampere R.F.C.
Jack Crabtree Fullback 1 Finland Warriors RC

References

  1. ^ "World Rugby Men's Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 19 May 2022.