Rugby League European Championship

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European Championship
Current season or competition::
2018 Rugby League European Championship
Sport Rugby league
Formerly known as European Cup
European Nations Cup
Inaugural season 1935
Region Europe (RLEF)
Holders  Wales (2015 European Championship)
Most titles England England (14 titles)
Website rlef.eu.com
Related competitions European Championship B
European Championship C
Euro-Med Challenge
Nordic Cup

The Rugby League European Championship (formerly known as the European Cup and European Nations Cup) is a rugby league football tournament for European national teams that was first held in 1935.

Originally, the European Cup had three teams, 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. From 1949 to 1956, a fourth Other Nationalities team entered the European Cup.

From 2003 to 2009, the tournament featured six teams, including Ireland and Scotland, since 2014, the European Cup is contested with four teams and the most recent was held in 2015.[1] It is run by the Rugby League European Federation.

History[edit]

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.

Previous competition logo
Previous competition logo

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.

The 2010 and 2014 tournaments were used to choose the team that compete with Australia, New Zealand and England in the subsequent Four Nations.

Starting in 2018, the tournament is being used as apart of the qualification process for the Rugby League World Cup.

Appearances[edit]

Team Apps Debut Most
recent
 England 29 1935 2004
 France 31 1935 2015
 Wales 31 1935 2015
Other Nationalities 6 1949–50 1955–56
 Ireland 8 2003 2015
 Russia 3 2003 2005
 Scotland 8 2003 2015
 Lebanon 1 2009 2009
England England Knights 1 2012 2012

Results[edit]

Overall[edit]

Champions Count Years
England England 14 1935, 1945–46, 1946–47, 1947–48, 1949–50, 1953–54, 1969–70, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1996, 2003, 2004
France France 8 1938–39, 1948–49, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1977, 1981, 2005, 2011
Wales Wales 7 1935–36, 1936–37, 1938, 1995, 2009, 2010, 2015
 Other Nationalities 2 1952–53, 1955–56
England England Knights 1 2012
Scotland Scotland 1 2014

European Championship (1935–1996)[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up Third place Fourth place Number of teams
1935
England

France

Wales
- 3
1935–36
Wales

England

France
- 3
1936–37
Wales

England

France
- 3
1938
Wales

England

France
- 3
1938–39
France

Wales

England
- 3
1945–46
England

France

Wales
- 3
1946–47
England

Wales

France
- 3
1947–48
England

France

Wales
- 3
1948–49
France

England

Wales
- 3
1949–50
England
Other Nationalities
Wales

France
4
1950–51
France
Other Nationalities
England

Wales
4
1951–52
France

England
Other Nationalities
Wales
4
1952–53 Other Nationalities
Wales

England

France
4
1953–54
England
Other Nationalities
France

Wales
4
1955–56 Other Nationalities
France

England
- 3
1969–70
England

France

Wales
- 3
1975
England

Wales

France
- 3
1977
France

Wales

England
- 3
1978
England

Wales

France
- 3
1979
England

France

Wales
- 3
1980
England

France

Wales
- 3
1981
France

England

Wales
- 3
1995
Wales

England

France
- 3
1996
England

Wales

France
- 3

European Nations Cup (2003–2009)[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner-up Number of teams
2003
England
68–6
France
6
2004
England
36–12
Ireland
6
2005
France
38–16
Wales
6
2009
Wales
28–16
Scotland
6

European Cup (2010–2012)[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up Third place Fourth place Number of teams
2010
Wales

France

Scotland

Ireland
4
2012
England

Ireland

Scotland
- 3

European Championship (2014–present)[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up Third place Fourth place Number of teams
2014
Scotland

France

Ireland

Wales
4
2015
Wales

France

Ireland

Scotland
4
2018 4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alitalia extends Rugby League European Cup sponsorship Archived 17 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine. rleague.com, 20 October 2011

External links[edit]