Athens Spartans RFC

Athens Spartans RFC (also known as The Spartans) is a Greek amateur rugby club based in Glyfada, a suburb of Athens. The club is the oldest rugby club in Greece and it is currently a member of the Unity cup, the top tier of domestic rugby union in Greece.

Athens Spartans RFC
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Full nameAthens Spartans Rugby Football Club
Nickname(s)Spartans Rugby
Founded1982, 32 years ago
LocationAthens, Greece
Ground(s)Agios Kosmas, Elliniko
Coach(es)Stefanos Stephanou
Captain(s)Nikolas Stephanou
Team kit

HistoryEdit

1982–2004Edit

The club was founded in 1982. Hungry for rugby, expatriates established the first rugby club in Greece in 1982, called the Athens Spartans Rugby Football Club (R.F.C.), where they played against visiting navy vessels from other countries. Over the years, the blue and white with the golden Spartan helmet emblem on their hearts have travelled to numerous countries such as the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Malta, Bulgaria, Turkey, Cyprus and Kenya, playing different clubs and spreading the word that Greek rugby is here. The Spartans also had the pleasure of welcoming and playing against foreign rugby clubs such as the Sussex Police, Aylesbury RFC, Newick RFC, and the Blake Bears. As rugby progressed in Greece with various other rugby clubs being established throughout the country, an official rugby championship was created, which the Spartans attended every year.

2004–2013Edit

In 2004 the National Rugby Association ΕΟΡ was created and became part of the IRB; the following year ΕΟΡ launched the first official national rugby union championship, which the Spartans have been part of ever since. The Spartans have also been a part of the first rugby 7’s tournament in Greece in 2008, where the Spartans reached the final and received second place in the 7’s championship. During 2012–2013 the club faced tremendous difficulties and almost ceased functioning. Due to rugby being an amateur sport in Greece there are no contracts to bind players therefore the club saw most of its players being absorbed by rival clubs. By the end of the 2012–2013 season, a majority of Greek rugby clubs left the ΕΟΡ Championship and created their own association and championship GRASS.

2013–2014Edit

The club is now competing in the Unity Cup XV championship and Unity 7's cup of GRASS against Aeolos Patras, Panathinaikos Owls RFC, Attica Springboks RFC, Thessaloniki Lions RFC, WSU RFC, Titanes Kavalas RFC.

 
Athens 7's M&M Tournament

Insignia and coloursEdit

The club insignia hasn't changed since the club was founded; it depicts an ancient Spartan helmet dyed yellow and the team kit colours have always been a combination of blue, white and yellow.

First team squadEdit

  • Forwards

  Hagipanagos Konstantinos
  Andrikopoulos Panagiotis
  Stefanos Petritsopoulos
  Nikos Roussos
  Aggelos Papadimas
  Christos Dimakos
  Tasos Tsolekas
  Giannis Stefanoulis
  Vangelis Viglas
  Stamatiadis Epaminondas Alkiviadis
  Edd Gaynor
  Mantzoutas Dimitris
   Aris Koulizakis

 
  • Backs

   Stephanou Stefanos
   Stephanou Nikos (c)
  Kounelis Vasileios
   George Zambetakis
   George Atte
  Savvas Kontos
  Petros Detsikas
  Alessandro Segredo
  Remi Lauraire
   Dan Smeeth
  Arapis Romanos
  Matty Wallis

In bold are the internationally capped players

ReferencesEdit

They are the oldest team in Greece founded in 1982

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