CSA Steaua București (rugby union)

CSA Steaua București is a professional Romanian rugby union club from Ghencea, south-west București, which plays in the CEC Bank SuperLiga, the first division of Romanian rugby. They are the most successful Romanian rugby union team in the Romanian SuperLiga with 24 championship wins and 15 cup wins. The club is also the current Cupa României (Romanian Cup) champions, having won the 2019 tournament.

CSA Steaua București
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Full nameClubul Sportiv al Armatei Steaua București
Founded1948; 73 years ago (1948)
LocationBucurești, Romania
Ground(s)Stadionul Steaua II
Stadionul Steaua (Some matches) (Capacity: 2,000
31,254)
PresidentMădălin Sorin Hîncu
Coach(es)Dănuț Dumbravă
Captain(s)Florin Surugiu
League(s)CEC Bank SuperLiga
2019–203rd
Official website
www.csasteaua.ro/jocuri-sportive/rugby/

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, Marin Ionescu, Alexandru Penciu, Rene Chiriac, Paul Ciobănel, Adrian Mateescu, Mircea Braga, and Răducu Durbac.[1]

Rivalry with DinamoEdit

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

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

  • CEC Bank SuperLiga:
    • 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
    • Runners-up (11): 1955, 1956, 1960, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2018–19
  • CEC Bank SuperLiga: (in 7 players):
    • Winners (13) (record)
  • Cupa României
    • Winners (15) (record) : 1950, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1974, 1977, 1978, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2019
    • Runners-up (5): 1954, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015
  • Cupa Regelui:
    • Runners-up (2): 2016, 2018
 
Players of CSA Steaua and Timișoara Saracens seen engaged in a scrum in a match during 2016–17 SuperLiga in April 2017

EuropeanEdit

  • FIRA European Cup
    • Winners (2): 1966, 1973[1]

FriendlyEdit

  • Cupa Victoriei
    • Winners (1): 1960
  • Cupa Păcii
    • Winners (1): 1964

Current squadEdit

The CSA Steaua București squad for the 2020–21 SuperLiga season is:[2]Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Florin Bârdașu Hooker   Romania
Tudor Butnariu Hooker   Romania
Dragoș Lucan Hooker   Romania
Cristian Pană Hooker   Romania
Vlad Bădălicescu Prop   Romania
Vasile Bălan Prop   Romania
Andrei Căpușanu Prop   Romania
Andrei Hurjui Prop   Romania
Ionuț Pîrvu Prop   Romania
Alexandru Savin Prop   Romania
Bogdan Doroftei Lock   Romania
Marian Drenceanu Lock   Romania
Virgil Ghenea Lock   Romania
Alexandru Grigore Lock   Romania
Mario Arvinte Back row   Romania
Viorel Lucaci Back row   Romania
Kuselo Moyake Back row   Romania
Dragoș Ser Back row   Romania
Damian Strătilă Back row   Romania
Kamil Sobota Back row   Romania
Matthew Tweddle Back row   Ireland
Eseria Vueti Back row   Fiji
Player Position Union
Julien Bartoli Scrum-half   Romania
Kyle Mcghie Scrum-half   Scotland
Florin Surugiu (c) Scrum-half   Romania
Tudor Boldor Fly-half   Romania
Daniel Plai Fly-half   Romania
Cristian Bumbac Centre   Romania
Ngoni Chibuwe Centre   Zimbabwe
Jone Nasalo Centre   Malaysia
Vlăduț Popa Centre   Romania
Fonovai Tangimana Centre   Romania
Ionuț Dumitru Wing   Romania
Cosmin Iliuță Wing   Romania
Sioeli Lama Fullback   Tonga
Robert Neagu Fullback   Romania
  • note – Players in bold have played at least one match for their national team.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "History" (in Romanian). CSA Steaua Rugby. 2013. Archived from the original on 25 October 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Steaua`s squad for the 2020–21 season". SuperLiga CEC Bank (in Romanian). Retrieved 6 March 2021.

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