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Switzerland national rugby union team

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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.

History

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.

Current players

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

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