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Rugby League European Cup

European Cup
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Sport Rugby league football
Formerly known as European Championship
European Nations Cup
Inaugural season 1935
Region Europe (RLEF)
Holders 23x15px Scotland (1st Title)
Most titles 23x15px England (14 titles)
Website rlef.eu.com
Related competitions European Shield
European Bowl
Euro-Med Challenge
Nordic Cup

The European Cup (formerly known as the European Championship and European Nations Cup) is a rugby league football tournament for European nations that was first held in 1935, with England, Wales and France each playing each other once. Unlike the Tri-Nations series, there was no final; the team finishing at the top of the group was deemed the winner. The European Cup is contested biennially with four teams and the most recent was held in 2014.[1] It is run by the Rugby League European Federation.

History

The tournament was initially played annually, with the exception of the years of the Second World War. In 1946–47, the tournament was altered, with each team playing each other twice, at home and away. The 1949–50 season saw a return to playing only once, but a new team, "Other Nationalities", was added. This team consisted of players who were not English, Welsh, or French playing in the British and French leagues: Australian, New Zealand, Scottish, Irish players, and others all played for this new side.

The 1955–56 tournament had no Welsh team, though Welsh players featured for Other Nationalities. The tournament was not played again until 1969–70. It was revived in 1975, with the three-team format of England, Wales and France playing each other team only once being made standard. The tournament was cancelled after 1981, but it was revived under the same format for 1995 and 1996.

The tournament was revamped for 2003, with Scotland, Ireland and Russia all joining. The new structure saw two groups of three, with the winner of each group meeting in a final. This structure was continued for the 2004 tournament.

From 2004 Scotland, Ireland and Wales had to have at least four 'home grown' players from their domestic competitions (in the case of Wales this means Welsh clubs playing in the TotalRLConference) in their squad. Effectively this means that at least one home grown player is guaranteed a start.

The 2005 tournament did not include England as a participant; England will instead play matches against France and New Zealand, giving the European Nations Cup a more level playing field. Georgia won the first ever European Nations qualifying tournament in 2005, beating both Serbia and the Netherlands to win a spot in the tournament.

Starting from 2010 the tournament will be used to choose the team that compete with Australia, New Zealand and England in the Four Nations.

Past tournaments

League Leaders (1935-1996)

Season Winner 2nd 3rd 4th
1935 23x15px England 23x15px France 23x15px Wales N/A
1935–36 23x15px Wales 23x15px England 23x15px France N/A
1936–37 23x15px Wales 23x15px England 23x15px France N/A
1938 23x15px Wales 23x15px England 23x15px France N/A
1938–39 23x15px France 23x15px Wales 23x15px England N/A
1945–46 23x15px England 23x15px France 23x15px Wales N/A
1946–47 23x15px England 23x15px Wales 23x15px France N/A
1947–48 23x15px England 23x15px France 23x15px Wales N/A
1948–49 23x15px France 23x15px England 23x15px Wales N/A
1949–50 23x15px England Other Nationalities 23x15px Wales 23x15px France
1950–51 23x15px France Other Nationalities 23x15px England 23x15px Wales
1951–52 23x15px France 23x15px England Other Nationalities 23x15px Wales
1952–53 Other Nationalities 23x15px Wales 23x15px England 23x15px France
1953–54 23x15px England Other Nationalities 23x15px France 23x15px Wales
1955–56 Other Nationalities 23x15px France 23x15px England N/A
1969–70 23x15px England 23x15px France 23x15px Wales N/A
1975 23x15px England 23x15px Wales 23x15px France N/A
1977 23x15px France 23x15px Wales 23x15px England N/A
1978 23x15px England 23x15px Wales 23x15px France N/A
1979 23x15px England 23x15px France 23x15px Wales N/A
1980 23x15px England 23x15px France 23x15px Wales N/A
1981 23x15px France 23x15px England 23x15px Wales N/A
1995 23x15px Wales 23x15px England 23x15px France N/A
1996 23x15px England 23x15px Wales 23x15px France N/A

Final Games (2003-2009)

Year Final Information Stadium
Champions Score Runners-up
2003 23x15px England 68-6 23x15px France
2004 23x15px England 36-12 23x15px Ireland Halliwell Jones Stadium, 23x15px England
2005 23x15px France 38-16 23x15px Wales Stade Damec, 23x15px France
2009 23x15px Wales 28-16 23x15px Scotland Brewery Field, 23x15px Wales

League Leaders (2010-Onwards)

Season Winner 2nd 3rd 4th
2010 23x15px Wales* 23x15px France 23x15px Scotland 23x15px Ireland
2012 23x15px England Knights 23x15px Ireland 23x15px Scotland N/A
2014 23x15px Scotland* 23x15px France 23x15px Ireland 23x15px Wales

Total wins

Winners Count Years
23x15px England
Knights
15 titles 1935, 1945-46, 1946-47, 1947-48, 1949-50, 1953-54, 1969-70, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2012
23x15px France 8 titles 1938-39, 1948-49, 1950-51, 1951-52, 1977, 1981, 2005
23x15px Wales 6 titles 1935-36, 1936-37, 1938, 1995, 2009, 2010
 Other Nationalities 2 titles 1952-53, 1955-56
23x15px Scotland 1 title 2014

See also

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