2002 Romania rugby union tour of British Isles

The 2002 Romania rugby union tour of British Isles was a series of matches played in September and November 2002 in Ireland, Scotland and Wales by the Romania national rugby union team. It was a tour in two phases with the first match in September against Ireland, and the remaining three matches in Wales and Scotland during November. After the Irish match Romania played two qualification matches for 2003 Rugby World Cup against Italy and Spain.

2002 Romania rugby union tour of British Isles
Summary
P W D L
Total
04 00 00 04
Test match
03 00 00 03
Opponent
P W D L
 Ireland
1 0 0 1
 Wales
1 0 0 1
 Scotland
1 0 0 1

First test: IrelandEdit

7 September 2002
  Ireland39–8  Romania
Try: Gleeson, Hayes,
Henderson, O'Driscoll
1 scrum
Con: O'Gara 3
Pen: O'Gara 2
Try: Maftei
Pen: Tofan
Thomond Park, Limerick
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Giulio de Santis  

Ireland:15.Girvan Dempsey, 14.John Kelly, 13.Brian O'Driscoll, 12.Kevin Maggs, 11.Denis Hickie, 10.Ronan O'Gara, 9.Peter Stringer, 8.Anthony Foley (capt.), 7.Keith Gleeson, 6.Simon Easterby, 5.Malcolm O'Kelly, 4.Gary Longwell, 3.John Hayes, 2.Shane Byrne, 1.Reggie Corrigan  replacements: 18.Leo Cullen, 19.Victor Costello, 20.Guy EasterbyNo entry : 16.Paul Shields, 17.Paul Wallace
Romania:15.Gabriel Brezoianu, 14.Cristian Sauan, 13.Valentin Maftei, 12.Romeo Gontineac (c), 11.Mihai Vioreanu, 10.Ionut Tofan, 9.Lucian Sirbu, 8.Alin Petrache  , 7.Alex Manta, 6.George Chiriac, 5.Cristian Petre, 4.Marius Dragomir, 3.Marius Tincu  , 2.Razvan Mavrodin, 1.Mihai Dumitru, – replacements: 16.Marius Picoiu, 17.Roland Vusec, 18.Petrisor Toderasc, 19.Dan Tudosa, 20.Augustin PetrecheiNo entry:

Second Test : WalesEdit

1 November 2002
  Wales40–3  Romania
Try: MA Jones, Quinnell
G. Thomas, penalty try
Con: Neil Jenkins 4
Pen: Neil Jenkins 4
Pen: Tofan
Wrexham
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Joel Judge  

Wales:15.Rhys Williams, 14.Mark Jones, 13.Tom Shanklin, 12.Sonny Parker, 11.Gareth Thomas, 10.Neil Jenkins, 9.Dwayne Peel, 8.Scott Quinnell, 7.Colin Charvis, 6.Michael Owen, 5.Steve Williams, 4.Robert Sidoli, 3.Martyn Madden, 2.Mefin Davies, 1.Gethin Jenkinsreplacements: 16.Andrew Lewis, 17.Ben Evans, 18.Gareth Llewellyn, 19.Gavin ThomasNo entry : 20.Ryan Powell
Romania:15.Dan Dumbrava, 14.Vasile Ghioc, 13.Gabriel Brezoianu, 12.Romeo Gontineac (c), 11.Marius Picoiu, 10.Ionut Tofan, 9.Petre Mitu, 8.Ovidiu Tonita, 7.Alin Petrache  , 6.Florin Corodeanu, 5.Cristian Petre, 4.Sorin Socol, 3.Silviu Florea, 2.Razvan Mavrodin, 1.Petrisor Toderasc, – replacements: 16.Nicolae Dragos Dima, 17.Marian Constantin, 18.Marcel Socaciu, 19.George ChiriacNo entry: 20.Cristian Podea

Mid week game against "Scotland A"Edit

5 November 2002
  Scotland A21–18  Romania A
Aberdeen

Third Test : ScotlandEdit

9 November 2002
  Scotland37–10  Romania
Try: Grimes, Leslie,
Moffat, Paterson, Pountney
Con: Laney 3
Pen: Laney 2
Try: Tofan
Con: Tofan
Pen: Tofan
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Andy Turner  

Scotland:15.Stuart Moffat, 14.Nikki Walker, 13.Andy Craig, 12.Brendan Laney, 11.Chris Paterson, 10.Gordon Ross, 9.Bryan Redpath (cap), 8.Simon Taylor, 7.Budge Pountney, 6.Martin Leslie, 5.Stuart Grimes, 4.Scott Murray, 3.Bruce Douglas, 2.Gordon Bulloch, 1.Tom Smithreplacements: Steve Scott, Matthew Stewart, Nathan Hines, Jon PetrieNo entry : Graeme Beveridge
Romania:15.Gabriel Brezoianu, 14.Ion Teodorescu, 13.Valentin Maftei, 12.Romeo Gontineac (cap), 11.Vasile Ghioc, 10.Ionut Tofan, 9.Petre Mitu, 8.Alin Petrache, 7.George Chiriac, 6.Florin Corodeanu, 5.Cristian Petre, 4.Augustin Petrechei, 3.Nicolae Dragos Dima, 2.Marius Tincu, 1.Petru Balan, – replacements: Petrisor Toderasc, Marcel Socaciu, Stefan Dragnea, Costica MersoiuNo entry: Cristian Podea

ReferencesEdit

  • "Ireland (32) 39 – 8 (3) Romania (FT)". ESPN Scrum. 7 September 2002. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  • Edward Kennedy (9 September 2002). "O'Sullivan plays down Irish World Cup hopes". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  • "Wales (12) 40 – 3 (0) Romania (FT)". ESPN Scrum. 1 November 2002. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  • Paul Rees (2 November 2002). "Wales need a Quinnell kickstart". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  • "Scotland A overcome Romania". The Guardian. 5 November 2002. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  • "Scotland (20) 37 – 10 (3) Romania (FT)". ESPN Scrum. 11 November 2002. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  • David Plummer (11 November 2002). "New Scots ready for bigger fish". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2013.