UnionDutch Rugby Union
Team kit
World Cup Sevens
Appearances1 (First in 1993)
Best result21st place, 1993

The Netherlands national rugby sevens team is a minor national sevens side. They have competed in the Hong Kong Sevens since the 1980s. They are traditionally seen as "minnows", but have not been completely unsuccessful.

EURFC member Rob Cuthbertson has been recently added to the squad after a successful trip to Casablanca. Having had previous experience at international level with England it is hoped that he will add some much needed talent to the squad.

Tournament History

Rugby World Cup Sevens

Rugby World Cup Sevens Record
Year Round Position Pld W L D
Scotland 1993 Group Stage 21st 5 0 5 0
Hong Kong 1997 Did Not Qualify
Argentina 2001
Hong Kong 2005 Did Not Enter
United Arab Emirates 2009
Russia 2013 Did Not Qualify
United States 2018 Did Not Enter
Total 0 Titles 1/7 5 0 5 0

1989 Hong Kong Sevens

In the 1989 Hong Kong Sevens, they beat Bahrain by a large margin: 24-4.[1]

In the 1988 Hong Kong Sevens, one of their players, Marcel Bierman broke his neck in a tackle, subsequently requiring a wheelchair as an assistive device. Naturally, this did not do rugby union in the Netherlands many favours.[2]

In the 1989, Hong Kong Sevens, the Dutch team had another claim to fame: it included no less than four brothers Hans, Andre, Mats and Peter Marcker.[2]

McLaren was particularly impressed by Bart Wierenga

"the player who made the biggest impression was a gangly lad with a head of hair like a wind-blown thatched cottage, Bart Wierenga, who ran his heart out in a series of tingling performances."[2]

On the team's lap of honour, Wierenga wheeled Marcel Bierman around the pitch, who had been paralyzed the previous year to loud cheers and claps from the audience.[2]

Hong Kong Sevens

Year Venue Cup Plate
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Runner-up
Government Stadium
New Zealand



See also


  1. ^ McLaren, p70
  2. ^ a b c d McLaren, p72