The rugby league history of Lebanon
Lebanon Rugby League was formed in 1998 with their first international a thrashing of Japan 52-28 in the same year. It wasn’t long before the Cedars were competing with the big boys though, as, just two years following their founding, they were thrown into the World Cup mix in 2000 after defeating the USA to get there. They failed to get out of the group stages, but did so in 2017 when they lost against Tonga by just two points. This knock-out stage progress did, however, ensure Lebanon’s qualification for the 2021 World Cup.
Lebanon’s success has been rapid; they have won the Mediterranean Cup in the six years that it has been played, though they have been helped by the dominance of Lebanese Australians within their ranks.
In total, Lebanon have played over 50 games and have been successful in over 60% of those.