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Czech Republic national rugby union team

The Czech Republic national rugby union team is the third tier rugby national team of the Czech Republic.

Czech Republic
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UnionČeská rugbyová unie
Coach(es)Miroslav Němeček & Pavel Pala
Captain(s)Marek Loutocký
Team kit
Change kit
First international
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 5 - 21 Romania 
(22 May 1927)
 Andorra 6 - 3 Czech Republic 
(15 May 1993)
Largest win
 Czech Republic 95 - 5 Croatia 
(7 April 2002)
Largest defeat
 Italy 104 - 8 Czech Republic 
(18 May 1994)

They first started playing as the Czech Republic in 1993 after the split of Czechoslovakia and now compete in the European Nations Cup. They have yet to qualify for the Rugby World Cup, but have entered the qualifiers since the 1995 edition. Rugby union in the Czech Republic is administered by the Česká rugbyová unie. The sport is still amateur in the country, but there are several Czech players who are professionals in France, including Martin Jágr.

The best ranking in the world ranking was 24th place in 2005. The national side is ranked 36th in the world (as of 5 November 2019).[1]

HistoryEdit

In 2005, they took on Australian Super Rugby side the Waratahs in Prague, losing 3-94.[2]

The nation played against Hong Kong at the Synot Tip Arena in Prague on 16 December 2009. They won 17-5. It was the final match for six players:[3] Antonín Brabec, Jan Macháček, Jan Oswald, Pavel Syrový, Ladislav Vondrášek and Jan Žíla.

The Czech Republic were relegated from the European Nations Cup First Division to the Second Division in 2014, after finishing 6th in their group.

On 9 November 2016 The Czech Republic played in a historical match against the Barbarians to celebrate the Czech Rugby Union's 90th anniversary. The match was held at the Marketa Stadium in Prague. They lost the match to the Barbarians, 71-0.[4][5]

CoachesEdit

Czech (Czechoslovakia) coaches
Name Nationality Years Assistants Tests Won Drew Lost Win %
Voska   Czechoslovakia 1931 - 1 0 0 1 0
Rudolf Otto Bauše   Czechoslovakia 1933 - 2 0 0 2 0
Kratochvíl  Czechoslovakia 1934 - 1 0 0 1 0
Gustav Vlk   Czechoslovakia 1946–49 - 4 1 0 3 25
Jiří Žižka   Czechoslovakia 1954 Vladimír Škvor 2 2 0 0 100
Vladimír Škvor   Czechoslovakia 1955 - 2 0 0 2 0
Alfa Zeda   Czechoslovakia 1956 Vladimír Škvor 1 0 0 1 100
Miloš Dobrý   Czechoslovakia 1956–57 - 5 1 0 4 20
Alfa Zeda   Czechoslovakia 1958–59 - 0 0 0 0 0
Oldřich Pazdera   Czechoslovakia 1959-65 - 0 0 0 0 0
Milan Pětroš   Czechoslovakia 1966–67 - 0 0 0 0 0
Vladimír Vondráček   Czechoslovakia 1969-1972 Viktor Šťastný 0 0 0 0 0
Vladimír Škvor   Czechoslovakia 1972–76 - 0 0 0 0 0
Eduard Krützner   Czechoslovakia 1976-78 - 2 2 0 0 100
Milan Malovaný   Czechoslovakia 1979–81 Bohumil Sláma 0 0 0 0 0
Milan Malovaný   Czechoslovakia 1982-83 - 0 0 0 0 0
Milan Malovaný   Czechoslovakia 1984-88 Jiří Kotlový 0 0 0 0 0
Milan Malovaný   Czechoslovakia 1988-1989 Vilibald Hervert 0 0 0 0 0
Eduard Krützner   Czechoslovakia 1989-90 Vilibald Hervert 0 0 0 0 0
Eduard Krützner   Czechoslovakia 1990-91 Bruno Kudrna, Milan Buriánek 0 0 0 0 0
Bruno Kudrna   Czechoslovakia 1991-93 Milan Buryánek 0 0 0 0 0
Bruno Kudrna   Czech Republic 1993-95 Milan Buryánek 0 0 0 0 0
Karel Berka   Czech Republic 1995-97 Jaromír Kourek 0 0 0 0 0
Bruno Kudrna   Czech Republic 1997-99 Václav Horáček 0 0 0 0 0
Václav Horáček   Czech Republic 1999- Pavel Jágr 0 0 0 0 0
Jiří Šťastný   Czech Republic 2001-2003 Václav Čermák 0 0 0 0 0
Petr Michovský   Czech Republic 2003 Michel Bernardin   0 0 0 0 0
Michel Bernardin   France 2003-2004 Jan Macháček 0 0 0 0 0
Christian Galonier   France 2004-2005 Jan Macháček 0 0 0 0 0
Josef Fatka   Czech Republic 2005-2006 Petr Michovský 0 0 0 0 0
Levan Mgeladze   Georgia 2007 Martin Kafka, Jan Macháček 0 0 0 0 0
Martin Kafka   Czech Republic 2007-2008 Jan Macháček 0 0 0 0 0
Christian Gajan   France 2008-2009 Martin Kafka 0 0 0 0 0
Martin Kafka   Czech Republic 2010-2013 Jan Oswald (2010–13), Tomasz Putra (2013) 0 0 0 0 0
Thomasz Putra   Poland 2014-2016 Roman Šuster 0 0 0 0 0
Thomasz Putra   Poland 2016-2017 Pavel Pala, Filip Vacek 0 0 0 0 0
Phil Pretorius   South Africa 2017- 2018 Hein Kriek  , Daniel Beneš 0 0 0 0 0
Daniel Beneš   Czech Republic 2018-2019 Miroslav Němeček, Roman Šuster 0 3 0 3 0
Miroslav Němeček & Pavel Pala   Czech Republic 2019- 0 2 2 0 0 100

Current squadEdit

 
Netherlands v Czech Republic. Match in Amsterdam, 20 Nov 2010.
 
Spain vs. Czech Republic 11 November 2007, Madrid.
As of 25 November 2017.
Forwards
Name Position Caps Date of Birthday (Age) Nationality Club
Matouš Hodek Hooker - -   Czech Republic   RC Tatra Smíchov
Vojtěch Mára Hooker - -   Czech Republic   RC Tatra Smíchov
Emilio Caldaroni Prop - -   Czech Republic   RC Sparta Praha
Martin Havlíček Prop - -   Czech Republic   RA Olymp Praha
Anthony Kent Prop - -   Great Britain   Belenenses
Michal Průša Prop - -   Czech Republic   RC Tatra Smíchov
Pavel Šťastný Prop - -   Czech Republic   RC Prague Praha
Jiří Frank Lock - -   Czech Republic   Leucate Corbieres Méditérranée XV
Daniel Hošek Lock - -   Czech Republic   RC Prague Praha
Jan Olbrich Lock - -   Czech Republic   RC Tatra Smíchov
Robert Trefný Lock - -   Czech Republic   RA Olymp Praha
James Faktor Flanker - -   Great Britain   Honourable Artillery Company RFC
Vojtěch Havel (c) Flanker - -   Czech Republic   RC Tatra Smíchov
Michal Křižánek Flanker - -   Czech Republic   RC Sparta Praha
Marek Loutocký Number 8 - -   Czech Republic   CA Lannemezan
Backs
Name Position Caps Date of Birthday (Age) Nationality Club
Albert Froněk Scrum-half - -   Czech Republic   RA Olymp Praha
Zbyněk Schütz Scrum-half - -   Czech Republic   RC Dragon Brno
Marek Šimák Scrum-half - -   Czech Republic   RC Tatra Smíchov
Martin Cimprich Fly-half - -   Czech Republic   RC Mountfield Říčany
Jan Kučera Fly-half - -   Czech Republic   RC Mountfield Říčany
Karel Berounský Centre - -   Czech Republic   RC Tatra Smíchov
Jan Čížek Centre - -   Czech Republic   RC Přelouč
Ali Mohamed Samet Centre - -   Czech Republic   RC Praga Praha
Aleš Stejskal Centre - -   Czech Republic   RA Olymp Praha
Pavel Pytela Wing - -   Czech Republic   RC Sparta Praha
Michal Schlanger Wing - -   Czech Republic   RC Mountfield Říčany
Daniel Starka Wing - -   Czech Republic   RC Tatra Smíchov
Petr Čížek Fullback - -   Czech Republic   RC Praga Praha
Craig Kolarik Fullback - -   South Africa   Marr Rugby

Notable former playersEdit

  • Milan Mrtýnek
  • Petr Michovský
  • Pavel Bureš
  • Luděk Kudláček
  • Jiří Koutný
  • Miroslav Fuchs
  • Petr Skopal
  • Jiří Skall st
  • Jaromír Kourek
  • Bruno Kudrna
  • Karel Berka
  • Vlastimil Jágr
  • Václav Fanta
  • Zdeněk Mrazčínský
  • Barchánek

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.world.rugby/rankings/mru?lang=en
  2. ^ Waratahs attract record crowd in Prague
  3. ^ (in Czech) Loučení opor s národním týmem Archived 2010-01-04 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Barbarians entertain with 11-try win". Sport24.co.za. 9 November 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  5. ^ "Barbarians crush Czech Republic". Planetrugby.com. 2016-11-09. Retrieved 2016-11-26.

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