Switzerland national rugby union team
|Parts of this article (those related to documentation) are outdated. (September 2013)|
The Swiss national rugby union team is a member of the FIRA - Association of European Rugby and plays in the 3A division of the European Nations Cup. Thus far Switzerland have not qualified for a Rugby World Cup.
Switzerland played their first ever international rugby match on April 11, 1973 in Neuchatel against Portugal, losing 23 points to 4. The following year they lost 10-18 to Belgium, and were then defeated by them 33-3 in 1975. After the second lost to Belgium, Switzerland won their first international rugby match; defeating Serbia-Montenegro 12 points to 3 in Geneva. The only other win for Switzerland during the 1970s was a 7-4 victory over Luxembourg in 1977. In 1979 they were defeated 43 to nil by Monaco and 31 to nil by Portugal.
They however bounced back in 1980, defeating Luxembourg 10-7 in Berne, though they then lost close matches against Sweden and Belgium, and were again held to nil by Portugal in 1981, but got a victory over Denmark later that year. After losing to Belgium and Sweden in 1982, they then scored 60 unanswered points against Finland. They then lost nine games in a row from 1982-1986, then defeating Serbia-Montenegro 5 points to nil in May 1986.
In 1989 Switzerland attempted to qualify for the 1991 Rugby World Cup in England, playing in the European tournament - Round 2a. They finished third in the final standings of the round, winning one of their three fixtures. Switzerland also participated in the qualifying tournaments for the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa, making it past the preliminary round from the west group, but not advancing past Round 1.
Switzerland finished third (out of six nations) in Pool 1 of Round 1 of the European qualification tournaments for the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales, winning and drawing one game out of four fixtures. Switzerland had more success in the qualifying tournaments for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia, finishing at the top of Pool B in Round 1 and advancing to Round 2, but were unable to advance to Round 3. In attempting to qualify for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France, Switzerland finished fourth in Pool D of Round 2 of the European qualification process.
In the IRB classification, 15.04.2013, Switzerland is 40th/100. In the European organisation (FIRA-AER), Switzerland plays in the 2A division.
|Name||Position||Date of Birth||Club/Province|
|Schelte Betten||GC Zürich 23x16px|
|Olivier Gerber||GC Zürich 23x16px|
|David Smith||RC Genève PLO 23x16px|
|Frédéric Rossier||Stade Lausanne RC 23x16px|
|Alfredo Burgener||RC Nyon 23x16px|
|Gaby Fox||RC Fribourg 23x16px|
|Josh Bjornson||GC Zürich 23x16px|
|Nicolas Guyou||Flanker||18/05/1982||RC Châteaurenard 23x15px|
|Didier Richard||Stade Lausanne RC 23x16px|
|Sergio Hösel||GC Zürich 23x16px|
|Ludovic Keller||CA Pontarlier 23x15px|
|Ali Nouri||Hermance RRC 23x16px|
|Loïc Verreman||RC Nyon 23x16px|
|Pedro Dubois||RC Nyon 23x16px|
|Ismael Meyer||Stade Lausanne RC 23x16px|
|Geoff Johnson||Hermance RRC 23x16px|
|Jonathan Hudson||Hermance RRC 23x16px - Oxford University 23x15px|
|Iain Wise||Hermance RRC 23x16px|
|Mathieu Guyou-Kreis||RCA Cergy-Pontoise 23x15px|
|Jacky Dervey||Stade Lausanne RC 23x16px|
|Thomas Douvegheant||Hermance RRC 23x16px|
|Christophe Guillet||RC Genève PLO 23x16px|
|Thomas Brossard||RC Annemasse 23x15px|
|Florian Dillet||Hermance RRC 23x16px|
- Fédération Suisse de Rugby - Official Site
- Swiss U20 team - Swiss U20 Page
- Switzerland on IRB.com
- Switzerland on rugbydata.com
- Switzerland - About Swiss Rugby