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CSA Steaua București is a professional Romanian rugby union club from Ghencea, south-west București, which plays in the 2018–19 season of the CEC Bank SuperLiga, the first division of Romanian rugby. They are the most successful Romanian rugby union team in the Romanian SuperLiga (24 championship wins).

CSA Steaua București
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Full nameClubul Sportiv al Armatei Steaua București
UnionFederația Română de Rugby
Founded1948
LocationBucharest, Romania
Ground(s)Steaua II (Capacity: 3,000)
PresidentCristian Petrea
Coach(es)Dănuț Dumbravă
Captain(s)Viorel Lucaci
League(s)CEC Bank SuperLiga
2018–192nd
Official website
www.steauarugby.com/ro/


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HistoryEdit

The Steaua București rugby club was formed in 1948, under the wing of the CSA Steaua București sports club that had been founded by the Romanian Army the previous year.[1]

Steaua established crosstown rivalries with Grivița Roșie București and Dinamo București, before winning the team's first Romanian Cup in 1950. The team won the league and cup double in 1953 and by the late 1950s Steaua was winning domestic titles with regularity. Over the years the team has also claimed success at the European Championships, winning six gold medals, three silver and one bronze.[1]

Steaua has produced several players that have represented the Romanian national rugby team including Daniel Barbu, Ionescu Alexandru Penciu, Rene Chiriac, Paul Ciobănel, Adrian Mateescu, Mircea Braga, and Răducu Durbac.[1]


RivalriesEdit

CS Dinamo Bucureşti = Both CSA Steaua Bucureşti and CS Dinamo Bucureşti have been bitter rivals most sports since 1949, and when it comes to rugby, both sides are always competitive about who is the better team of Bucureşti.

AchievementsEdit

  • Divizia Națională:
    • Winners (24) (record): 1949, 1953, 1954, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006
  • Divizia Națională (in 7 players):
    • Winners (1)
  • Cupa României:
    • Winners (10) : 1950, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1958, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
 
Players of CSA Steaua and Timișoara Saracens seen engaged in a scrum in a match during 2016-17 SuperLiga in April 2017

Current squadEdit

The CSA Steaua București squad for the 2018–19 Superliga season is:[2]

CSA Steaua București
Pos. Nat. Name Date of birth (age) Caps Former club
HK   Tudor Butnariu (1995-03-12) 12 March 1995 (age 24)   Politehnica Iași
HK   Dragoș Lucan (1998-03-18) 18 March 1998 (age 21)   CS Știința Petroșani
HK   Cristian Pană (1990-10-29) 29 October 1990 (age 28)   Timișoara Saracens
HK   Sosefo Sakalia (1991-12-14) 14 December 1991 (age 27) 7   CSM București
PR   Vlad Bădălicescu (1988-08-04) 4 August 1988 (age 31) 7   L'Aquila
PR   Andrei Florescu (1990-01-13) 13 January 1990 (age 29) homegrown player
PR   Ciprian Lucaci (1996-01-09) 9 January 1996 (age 23) homegrown player
PR   Marius Lungu (1996-06-26) 26 June 1996 (age 23) homegrown player
PR   Nicolae Nere (1981-12-06) 6 December 1981 (age 37) 18   CSM București
PR   Nika Pataraia (1991-03-23) 23 March 1991 (age 28)   CSM Baia Mare
PR   Petru Tamba (1990-12-19) 19 December 1990 (age 28) 3   L'Aquila
LK   Mikheil Archuashvili (1986-05-10) 10 May 1986 (age 33)   Qochebi Bolnisi
LK   Andrei Bucurescu (1993-12-07) 7 December 1993 (age 25)   CSM București
LK   Iulian Buturugă (2000-09-19) 19 September 2000 (age 18)   CNE Cornu
LK   Bogdan Doroftei (1995-11-13) 13 November 1995 (age 23)   CSS Bârlad
LK   Alexandru Grigore (1986-09-08) 8 September 1986 (age 32)   Arpechim Pitești
LK   Marian Șoană (1995-04-18) 18 April 1995 (age 24)   CSM București
FL   Viorel Lucaci (1986-08-09) 9 August 1986 (age 33) 65   CSM Baia Mare
FL   Kuselo Moyake (1986-08-07) 7 August 1986 (age 33) 4   CSM Baia Mare
FL   Andrei Pașalan (1998-03-19) 19 March 1998 (age 21)   CT Dinicu Golescu
FL   Marcel Rusu (1997-05-18) 18 May 1997 (age 22)   Dinamo București
FL   Damian Strătilă (1996-07-28) 28 July 1996 (age 23) homegrown player
N8   Eseria Vueti (1986-07-18) 18 July 1986 (age 33)   Farul Constanța
SH   Julien Bartoli (1999-09-21) 21 September 1999 (age 19)   Toulon
SH   Grigoraș Diaconescu (1982-10-07) 7 October 1982 (age 36) 1   AS Saint-Junien
SH   Daniel Plai (1994-09-05) 5 September 1994 (age 24) 6   Politehnica Iași
SH   Florin Surugiu (1984-12-10) 10 December 1984 (age 34) 77   Rugby Calvisano
FH   Tudor Boldor (1997-11-29) 29 November 1997 (age 21) 1 homegrown player
CE   Cristian Bumbac (2000-03-16) 16 March 2000 (age 19)   CS Olimpia București
CE   Rareș Ciudin (2000-02-03) 3 February 2000 (age 19)   CT Dinicu Golescu
CE   Robert Cătălin Dascălu (1984-04-13) 13 April 1984 (age 35) 51   RC Domus
CE   Florin Ioniță (1990-04-05) 5 April 1990 (age 29) 22 homegrown player
CE   Dennis Perju (1994-10-20) 20 October 1994 (age 24) 1   L'Aquila
WG   Eduard Bencea (1996-05-27) 27 May 1996 (age 23) homegrown player
WG   Ionuț Dumitru (1992-11-06) 6 November 1992 (age 26) 39 homegrown player
WG   Alexandru Porojan (1994-01-20) 20 January 1994 (age 25) homegrown player
FB   Ionel Melinte (1996-01-31) 31 January 1996 (age 23) 6 homegrown player
FB   Robert Neagu (1991-07-20) 20 July 1991 (age 28) 2   Farul Constanța
FB   Sabin Strătilă (1995-03-27) 27 March 1995 (age 24) 4   Farul Constanța

* Internationally capped players in bold.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "History" (in Romanian). CSA Steaua Rugby. 2013. Archived from the original on 25 October 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  2. ^ "STEAUA". SuperLiga CEC Bank (in Romanian). Retrieved 26 September 2017.

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