CSM Știința Baia Mare

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CSM Știința Baia Mare, commonly referred to as Știința Baia Mare (Romanian pronunciation: [ʃtiintsa baia mare]), is a Romanian professional rugby union club based in Baia Mare that competes in the Liga de Rugby Kaufland, Romania's top division of rugby.

Știința Baia Mare
Full nameClub Sportiv Municipal Știința Baia Mare
Nickname(s)Zimbrii (The Bisons)
Băimărenii (The People of Baia Mare)
Founded1977; 47 years ago (1977)
LocationBaia Mare, Romania
Ground(s)Arena Zimbrilor (Capacity: 2,300)
PresidentCălin Matei
Coach(es)Eugen Apjok
Captain(s)Nicolaas Immelman
League(s)Liga de Rugby Kaufland

History edit

Originally founded in 1977 as Racemin Baia Mare, Știința Baia Mare quickly rose to prominence in the Romanian rugby scene. Despite encountering formidable competition from clubs such as Steaua București and Dinamo București, Baia Mare solidified its position as a dominant force in the Romanian rugby championship.

The pinnacle of their early success came in the 1980–81 season when they clinched their first tournament victory, the Romanian Cup, in a thrilling match against Dinamo București, which left the local fans in Baia Mare ecstatic. Building on this momentum, Baia Mare secured their inaugural Romanian championship in the 1989–90 season, during what is often regarded as the golden era of Romanian rugby throughout the 1980s.

However, sustaining their initial success proved challenging, and Baia Mare experienced a period of fluctuating fortunes. They managed to add two more Romanian Cup trophies to their cabinet in 1990 and 1999, respectively, but significant championship titles eluded them until 2009 when they clinched their second championship title, two decades after their first.

In the subsequent years, Știința Baia Mare regained their dominance in Romanian rugby, winning the championship four times within the last decade. However, unlike in previous years, they faced stiff competition from USV Timișoara during their championship campaigns.

Honours edit

Domestic edit

Leagues edit

Cups edit

  • Cupa României
    • Winners (6): 1980–81, 1989–90, 1998–99, 2010, 2012, 2020
    • Runners-up (13): 1981–82, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1999–2000, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017–18, 2021
  • Cupa Regelui
    • Winners (2) – Record: 2016, 2017
    • Runners-up (1): 2015

Continental edit

  • Central and Eastern European Rugby Union Cup
    • Winners (2) – Record: 2009–10, 2010–11

Current squad edit

Știința Baia Mare Liga de Rugby Kaufland squad


  •   Mihai Dico
  •   Revazi Dugladze
  •   Costel Grămadă
  •   Robert Hîncu
  •   Ciprian Sălceanu
  •   James Scott
  •   Sandro Zubashvili



Back row






(c) denotes the team captain, Bold denotes internationally capped players.
* denotes players qualified to play for Romania on residency or dual nationality.

Coaching staff edit

Name Nationality Role
Silviu Duma   ROU Manager
Eugen Apjok   ROU Head coach
Paul Rusu   ROU Assistant coach
Ionuț Pop   ROU Strength and conditioning coach
Marius Peride   ROU Team doctor
Codrin Despea   ROU Masseur

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