|Nickname||White Eagles (Beli orlovi)|
|Governing body||Serbian Rugby League|
|Head coach||Darren Fisher|
|Most caps||Dalibor Vukanović (34)|
|Top try-scorer||Stevan Stevanović (26)|
|Top point-scorer||Dalibor Vukanović (207)|
|Home stadium||Makiš Stadium, Belgrade|
| Lebanon 102–0 Serbia |
(19 October 2003)
| Germany 6–90 Serbia |
(22 April 2011)
| France 120–0 Serbia |
(22 October 2003)
The Serbia national rugby league team represents Serbia in the sport of rugby league football. They have competed in international competition since 2003 under the administration of the Serbian Rugby League.
They are coached by Englishman Darren Fisher, and captained by Stevan Stevanović.
Rugby League was first played in Serbia in 1953 when it was introduced by Dragan Marsicevic, secretary of the Yugoslav Sport Association. Two French teams toured later that year, and in 1954 the clubs Partizan and Radnički were formed. These clubs played their first match on 26 April 1954. In 1961 a Yugoslav Rugby League team played its only game against a French Select XIII team in Banja Luka. The French team won 13–0. The sport died out soon afterwards due to the communist regime banning the sport.
The rebirth of Serbian Rugby League Federation was on 10 November 2001 with the new federation been formed. There is now an eight team domestic competition between Dorcol Spiders, Morava Cheetahs, Red Star Belgrade, Belgrade University, Radnički Nova Pazova, Tsar Lazar, Soko, Stari Grad, and Niš.
Serbia has participated in the Mediterranean Cup competition in 2003 and 2004. Serbia won the 2006 and 2007 Slavic Cup after beating Czech Republic 36–28 in Prague and 56–16 in Belgrade, respectively.
Main article: 2008 Rugby League World Cup qualifying
Serbia failed to qualify for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, losing to Holland, Russia and Georgia in 2006, to be eliminated from the qualification process. Serbia won the 2007 and 2010 European Shield tournaments, by beating both Germany and Czech Republic on both occasions. Serbia took part in then European 2nd tier competition Euro Med Challenge in 2008. After being defeated 4-30 by Russia in Novi Sad and 14-20 by Lebanon in Bhamdoun, Serbs finished third. Serbia was a participant in the 2009 European Cup, having been drawn in a group alongside Wales and Ireland.
Main article: 2013 Rugby League World Cup qualifying
Serbia participated in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers in October 2011. They played games against Italy, Lebanon and Russia, but were defeated in all three matches and so were ultimately unsuccessful in qualification for the tournament.
Main article: 2014 Balkans Cup (rugby league)
Serbia participated in the inaugural Balkans Cup tournament held in their own country. Serbia finished second in the tournament after a defeat to Greece who had a full squad of Australian born players in the final.
Main article: 2017 Rugby League World Cup qualifying
Serbia participated in the qualification for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. The first stage of qualifying involved having to finish in the top three in their 2014–15 European Shield competition. During their qualification, Serbia created history after beating Russia for their first ever time on their eighth time of asking.
The final qualification tournament consisted of six teams: the top three teams from the European B tournament, the winners of the European C tournament and seeded nations Wales and Ireland. The tournament featured two groups of three teams playing in a single round-robin format. The winners of each group qualified for the World Cup, while the runners-up faced each other in a play-off match on 5 November 2016 to determine the final spot. A seeded draw took place to determine the groups on 5 November 2015. Serbia were placed in Group A. They took on Wales on 15 October 2016, in Llanelli Wales and Italy in Belgrade on 22 October for a place in the 2017 World Cup.
In the lead up to the World Cup qualifiers, Serbia played Spain in Valencia and ran out 64-4 winners a dominant display in the first ever meeting between these two nations.
In the first World Cup qualifier against a Wales side full of Super League and Championship players, Serbia lost, 50–0, proving that there is still a long way to go but that there was some slight improvement from last time the two nations meet in 2009 when Serbia lost 88–8.
In the second and final game of World Cup qualifying Serbia needed victory over Italy to send them through to a one-game playoff against Russia but lost the game at the Makiš Stadium in Belgrade, 14–62, which was a result against an Italian team with many NRL and English Super League players who were Australians of Italian heritage. On 10 November 2016, 15 years was celebrated since the re-forming of Serbian Rugby League a milestone occasion.
Serbia were eliminated very early in qualifying, but caught a lucky break when Russian Rugby League Federation were disqualified due to internal issues. Serbia reluctantly took Russia's place in the final stages of qualifying but were easily eliminated losing on 26 October 2019 to Scotland 86–0 in Glasgow , then losing the deciding match in Belgrade to Greece on 9 November 2019 by another embarrassing score-line of 6–82.
|Aleksandar Đorđević||Red Star Belgrade|
|Lazar Živković||Radnički Niš|
|Marko Janković||Red Star Belgrade|
|Mihajlo Jović||Radnički Niš|
|Miloš Ćalić||Red Star Belgrade|
|Miloš Zogović||Red Star Belgrade|
|Miodrag Tomić||Red Star Belgrade|
|Nikola Đurić||Red Star Belgrade|
|Rajko Trifunović||Red Star Belgrade|
|Stefan Arsić||Radnički Niš|
|Stefan Nedeljković||Red Star Belgrade|
|Stefan Simović||Dorćol Tigers|
|Vojislav Dedić||Red Star Belgrade|
Also see Category:Serbia national rugby league team coaches.
Serbian youth national teams permanently compete in European cups from 2006. Their first appearance was in France during Under 19s European Nations Cup. They finished 6th after dying minutes defeat by Scotland Under 19s.
In 2007, Serbia hosted Under 16s European Nations Cup. Win over Russia Under 16s in group stage secured match for the 3rd place, but Serbia Under 16s eventually lost 20-22 by Euro Celts Under 16s and finished 4th.
In 2008 Serbia attended Under 18s European Nations Cup in Czech Republic. Ireland Under 18s beat Serbia Under 18s in preliminaries and send them to European Nation Shield semifinals, where they beat Euro Celts Under 18s and qualify for the Shield final. In the most indecisive game of the tournament, Serbs finally lost to Scots after golden point extra time (second extra time) and won 6th place.
In 2009, Serbia hosted Under 16s European Championships for the second time. Serbia Under 16s failed to win a game in the European Shield part of the competition. The both, Euro Celts Under 16s (composed of Irish, Russian, Welsh, Czech, Serbian and French players) and Scotland Under 16s defeated Serbia Under 16s on their home soil and Serbs finished 6th.
Below is table of the official representative rugby league matches played by Serbia at test level up until 14 January 2021:
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||1||1||0||0||100%||50||4||+46|
†Includes matches played against the France Espoirs side.
|World Cup record|
|1954||did not enter|
|2008||Failed to Qualify|
|European Championship record|
|Champions Runners-up Promoted Relegated|
|Balkans Cup record|
|2019||to be determined|
|Official rankings as of 21 December 2022|
|6||1||Papua New Guinea||47.00|
|40||3||Bosnia and Herzegovina||1.00|
|Complete rankings at INTRL.SPORT|
|19 October 2003||Lebanon||102-0||Serbia||2003 Mediterranean Cup||Olympic Stadium, Tripoli|
|22 October 2003||France||120-0||Serbia||Municipal Stadium, Beirut|
|25 October 2003||Morocco||58-4||Serbia||Olympic Stadium, Tripoli|
|18 June 2006||Serbia||10-26||Netherlands||2005 European Nations Qualifiers||FK Radnički Novi Beograd, Belgrade|
|24 July 2005||Georgia||12-44||Serbia||Dinamo Stadium, Tbilisi||8,000|
|48||9 November 2019||Greece||6||82||Makiš Stadium||Belgrade|
|47||26 October 2019||Scotland||0||86||Lochinch Sports Ground||Glasgow|
|46||20 October 2018||Spain||24||20||Belgrade||Serbia|
|45||13 October 2018||Russia||18||36||Moscow||Russia|
|44||8 October 2017||Bulgaria||50||20||FC Heroj Polet||Belgrade||2017 Balkans Cup|
|43||8 October 2017||Greece||50||8||Belgrade||Belgrade|
|42||22 October 2016||Italy||14||62||Makiš Stadium||Belgrade|
|41||15 October 2016||Wales||0||50||Wales||Wales|
|40||24 September 2016||Spain||64||4||Quatre Carreres||Valencia|
|39||5 February 2016||Philippines||12||18||New Era Stadium||Cabramatta|
|38||12 September 2015||Ukraine||64||4||Avanhard Stadium||Uzhhorod||2014/15 European Championship B|
|37||20 June 2015||Italy||21||14||Stadio comunale di Tegilo Veneto||Gemona del Friuli|
|36||22 May 2015||France||8||68||Stade Gilbert Brutus||Perpignan|
|35||16 May 2015||Russia||20||15||Makiš Stadium||Belgrade||2014/15 European Championship B|
|34||19 October 2014||Greece||50||22||Makiš Stadium||Belgrade||2014 Balkans Cup|
|33||17 October 2014||Hungary||50||0||Makiš Stadium||Belgrade|
|32||10 September 2014||Italy||45||6||Makiš Stadium||Belgrade||2014/15 European Championship B|
|31||21 June 2014||Russia||6||20||Nara Stadium||Naro-Fominsk|
|30||17 May 2014||Ukraine||40||14||Železničar Stadium||Niš||750|
|29||14 September 2013||Italy||20||32||Stadio Augusteo||Este||2012-13 European Shield|
|28||25 May 2013||Russia||10||24||Makiš Stadium||Belgrade|
|27||18 May 2013||Germany||46||10||Makiš Stadium||Belgrade|
|26||22 September 2012||Russia||20||21||Nara Stadium||Naro-Fominsk|
|25||6 September 2012||Italy||24||18||Makiš Stadium||Belgrade||600|
|24||12 May 2012||Germany||24||25||Fritz-Grunebaum Sportpark||Heidelberg|
|23||29 October 2011||Russia||28||36||Makiš Stadium||Belgrade||2013 World Cup Qualifiers - Europe|
|22||23 October 2011||Italy||6||52||Makiš Stadium||Belgrade|
|21||16 October 2011||Lebanon||4||96||Olympic Stadium||Tripoli|
|20||30 September 2011||Ukraine||10||4||Ada Ciganlija Stadium||Belgrade||Milan Kosanovic Cup|
|19||22 April 2011||Germany||90||6||TuS Hochspeyer||Kaiserslautern|
|18||July 2010||Germany||40||14||FK Radnički Novi Beograd||Belgrade||300||2010 European Shield – West|
|17||17 July 2010||Czech Republic||56||4||RK Petrovice||Prague||100|
|16||8 November 2009||Italy||14||42||Llynfi Road||Maesteg||2009 European Cup|
|15||25 October 2009||Wales||8||88||FK Smederevo Stadium||Smederevo||93|
|14||18 October 2009||Ireland||0||82||Spollanstown||Tullamore||295|
|13||5 October 2008||Lebanon||14||20||Municipal Stadium||Beirut||1,000||2008 Euro-Med Challenge|
|12||20 September 2008||Russia||4||30||FK Kabel||Novi Sad||500|
|11||18 August 2007||Czech Republic||56||16||FK Radnički Novi Beograd||Belgrade||650||2007 European Shield|
|10||7 July 2007||Germany||38||6||Fritz-Grunebaum Sportpark||Heidelberg||264|
|9||12 August 2006||Czech Republic||34||26||Ragbyove hřiště v Edenu||Prague||2006 Slavic Cup|
|8||17 June 2006||Netherlands||26||38||Rotterdamse RC Beekweg||Rotterdam||250||2008 World Cup Qualifying – Europe|
|7||4 June 2006||Russia||6||44||FK Radnički Novi Beograd||Belgrade||500|
|6||13 May 2006||Georgia||10||45||FK Radnički Novi Beograd||Belgrade||500|