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Germany national rugby union team

The Germany national rugby union team currently plays at the second level of European rugby but is yet to qualify for the Rugby World Cup. The national team first played in 1927, with rugby union in Germany being administered by the German Rugby Federation (Deutscher Rugby-Verband).

Germany
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Schwarze Adler (Black Eagles)
EmblemBundesadler (Federal Eagle)
UnionDeutscher Rugby-Verband
Head coachMark Kuhlmann
CaptainSebastian Ferreira
Most capsAlexander Widiker (65)
Top scorerRaynor Parkinson (323)
Top try scorerJaco Otto (23)
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current28 (as of 25 February 2019)
Highest22 (2017)
Lowest37 (2011)
First international
France France 30−5 Germany Germany
(17 April 1927)
Biggest win
Germany Germany 108−0 Serbia and Montenegro
(12 November 2005)
Biggest defeat
Russia Russia 89−6 Germany Germany
(16 April 2000)
World Cup
Appearances0
Websitewww.rugby-verband.de
Germany playing Belgium in qualifiers for the 2007 Rugby World Cup

Germany competes in the Trophy Division, the second tier of the Rugby Europe International Championships, the senior men's rugby tournament for European nations below the Six Nations.[1]

Germany's greatest achievement in men's rugby is arguably the silver medal won at the 1900 Olympic Games.

Germany's declared aim was originally to qualify for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England,[2] but then lowered this ambition to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan,[3] for which it also failed to qualify. The national side is ranked 28th in the world (as of 12th October 2019).

HistoryEdit

BeginningsEdit

 
German rugby crest

The German rugby union team's history began on 17 April 1927, when they played France in Paris, losing 5–30. The team established itself in their early years as number two in continental Europe, behind the French. They played 14 tests against their neighbour before the Second World War, winning two of them. As an indication of the team's strength, they did not lose to any team but France until 1937, when Italy beat them 9–7. Because Germany never played any of the Home nations, it is difficult to judge the true strength of the team from that era.

With the outbreak of the war in 1939, rugby came to a halt and Germany only played one more game, against Italy, in 1940. Germany lost almost a complete first XV in the war, and thus came out of it as a much weaker side, never able to repeat its pre-war successes.[4]

Post-Second World WarEdit

After an absence of 12 years, Germany, now considerably reduced in size and under the name of Federal Republic of Germany, played its first post-war international in 1952, beating Belgium 16–9. At the same time, in the Eastern part of the country, the German Democratic Republic, the German Democratic Republic national rugby union team was formed. The DRV continued to offer the East German DTSB to play a rugby friendly, but this was always declined by the East.[5]

Until 1965, Germany played friendlies only as there was no European rugby competition it could take part in.

The team also made an appearance at England's home ground, Twickenham Stadium, in 1956, losing 8–26 to Harlequin F.C. on 8 September of that year.[6]

From 1965, it became part of the second tier of FIRA rugby, effectively the third tier of European rugby, the Five nations tournament being outside the FIRA structure. In 1975, it played its first international against a non-European nation, beating Morocco in Hannover.

The team's greatest success in the second half of the 20th century was promotion to the A group of FIRA rugby in 1981. From 1981 to 1983, Germany played ten games at this level, but won just one and were relegated back to the B level. After this, the team dropped briefly to the C level in 1985 but promptly returned to the second tier.

German reunificationEdit

With the German reunification, in 1991, the German Democratic Republic national rugby union team was dissolved and became part of the Federal Republic's team. In 1994, Horst Kemmling, Germany's long-standing captain, ended his international career, having played a record number of 50 games for Germany from 1976 onwards.[7]

With the reorganisation of the European Nations Cup (ENC) in 2000, Germany became part of the second division.

Centenary and Barbarians tourEdit

In 2000 the German Rugby Federation celebrated its centenary. Centenary celebrations included a banquet in the Heidelberg Castle and the hosting of the European leg of the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Heidelberg, in which the German team came close to upsetting Ireland, who had Gordon D'Arcy in their line-up. The tournament was won by the Welsh team, which featured Andy Marinos and Arwel Thomas.

The highlight of the Centenary season was the Centenary Match against the famous Barbarians. The Barbarians included a host of internationals including Scott Hastings, Peter Stringer, Shaun Longstaff, Jeff Probyn, Frankie Sheahan, Russell Earnshaw, Shaun Connor, John Langford and Derwyn Jones and won 47-19 against a determined German team.

Germany remained in the second division of the European Nations Cup until 2008, when it achieved promotion to the top level, facing Europe's number 7 to 11 teams in 2009 and 2010. Its declared aim at this level was to avoid relegation; qualification for the 2011 Rugby World Cup was not really expected from the team.[8]

With over 8,000 spectators, Germany's home game against the Netherlands in Hanover, at the Rudolf-Kalweit-Stadion in April 2007, achieved the best crowd figures for a rugby match in Germany since the pre-Second World War days.[9]

Germany was unbeaten at home from 12 November 2000, when it lost to Ukraine, until 8 November 2008, when it lost to a Welsh selection.[10]

ENC 2008–10Edit

In March 2009, coach Mark Kuhlmann stepped down after three and a half years in office, while the other two coaches Rudolf Finsterer and Bruno Stolorz, remained in the job. Stolorz was seconded to the German team by the Fédération française de rugby to improve Germany's performance in the sport.[11]

After five losses in the European Nations Cup in 2009, Germany achieved a win in a friendly against Hong Kong late in the year. Germany also managed a 15–12 victory over Switzerland but, as the German team had only one regular player in its side, captain Kehoma Brenner, the team was referred to as Germany A.[12] 2019 rugby world cup 2019 became Germany's new captain on 8 December 2009, after the retirement of the previous captain Jens Schmidt, and played his first game in this role four days later, against Hong Kong.[13] Germany fielded eight uncapped players in this game.[14] A planned game against the British Forces in Germany in January 2010 had to be called off twice because of bad weather.

Despite disappointing results on the field and the distinct possibility of Germany being relegated, the sport made some progress in the country in 2009–10. With the admittance of sevens rugby to the Olympic Games, rugby in Germany is now eligible for federal grants. Additionally, the Bundeswehr, the German army, has agreed to admit eight to ten players per year to its sports program, making those players effectively professionals.[15]

In October 2009, the DRV decided to set its aim at playing two friendlies every year in November at home and two in January abroad. It also plans to organise a 10-day tour in Europe every year from 2013.[16]

After disappointing results against Georgia, Portugal and Romania in spring 2010, the team's performance improved against Russia. In its final ENC game against Spain, where a victory by eleven points was needed, Germany played their best game in the campaign yet but nevertheless lost and was relegated. As a consequence, coach Rudolf Finsterer resigned after ten years of service.[1] He was replaced by 2019 rugby world cup 2019 in July 2010,[17] with South African Jakobus Potgieter as 2019 rugby world cup 2019.[18]

ENC 2010–12Edit

Germany suffered a defeat in its opening game of the 2010–2012 European Nations Cup First Division B, losing to Poland 17–22 after leading 17–9 at half time. The defeat was seen as unnecessary by the President of the German Rugby Federation, Claus-Peter Bach, but he also considered Poland's victory as deserved. Germany went into the match with a new coach and assistant, a new captain, Alexander Widiker and five uncapped players.[19]

Germany finally achieved its first win in the ENC since 26 April 2008, when it beat the Netherlands in Amsterdam on 27 November 2010. Its last victory in the European competition had come at the same place against the same opposition, just over 31 month earlier.[20]

After a disappointing first half of the campaign, where Germany only won one of its five games, the team improved and won three in the second half, consequently finishing fourth overall out of six teams. With the final game against Moldova, Germany's captain Alexander Widiker played his 50th game for his country, thereby equaling Horst Kemmling's record.[21]

ENC 2012–14Edit

Germany again competed in the European Nations Cup First Division B in 2012–2014, once more facing Poland, Moldova and the Czech Republic. Additionally, it also competed against Ukraine, relegated from the A group, and Sweden, promoted from the Second Division. Germany's first match was on 27 October when it played Ukraine at home.[22] Before that the team played an unofficial warm up match against the New Zealand Ambassador's XV on 13 October 2012, a team that featured former All Black Keith Lowen in its ranks,[23] and ended in a 22–20 victory for Germany.[24]

Germany won its opening match against Ukraine 46–28, a game in which captain Alexander Widiker became the country's record international rugby union player with 51 games.[25] After a loss to Poland, Germany finished 2012 with a win over Moldova. The German team lost a warm up match to a Welsh student selection in February 2013 before winning its first competitive match in 2013, against Czech Republic, 27-8. Germany finished the first phase of the campaign with a 73-17 victory over Sweden.[26]

Germany's coach Torsten Schippe resigned from his post in April 2013, citing work commitments as the reason, despite achieving good results with his team.[27]

Schippe was replaced by his assistant Kobus Potgieter as coach of the German team.[28] Germany started the autumn of 2013 with two wins in friendlies against the B team of the Czech Republic and the New Zealand Ambassador's XV, the later with former All Black captain Taine Randell in its ranks.[29] It then won its away match against Ukraine before winning at home against Poland, thereby taking back the lead in its division.[30][31] Germany lost its last game of 2013, 15–30 to Moldova, but won comfortably 76–12 against the Czech Republic in April 2014. This game was to be the 58th and last for German captain and record international Alexander Widiker as he retired from international rugby after that.[32]

Germany's last game of the 2012–14 campaign was against Sweden on 26 April where a bonus point win would guarantee the side the championship, promotion and an advancement in the Rugby World Cup qualifying.[33] Germany won the game 45–20 to advance to a play-off game against the Netherlands in the 2015 Rugby World Cup – Europe qualification,[34] which they won 17-7. They played Russia for a chance to qualify for the Repechage and lead 20–17 up to the 77th minute but eventually lost 20–31 and were knocked out of the qualifying.[35]

ENC 2014–16Edit

Germany played two warm up matches in 2014. Germany played a match against the New Zealand Ambassadors XV which it won 21–19.[36] Germany then lost to Namibia 58–20.[37][38]

Germany is competing in the European Nations Cup First Division 1A in 2014–16. It is facing Georgia, Portugal, Romania, Russia and Spain in this competition, the same opponents it faced at its last stint at this level when it lost all ten games and was relegated. Germany began its ENC campaign in February 2015 with an 8–64 loss against Georgia. It also lost the following four games against Russia, Portugal, Romania and Spain. Germany thereby ended the first half of the 2014–16 campaign in sixth and last place with just one point out of five games, a bonus point earned against Rumania.[39]

Germany played two friendlies against Brazil, on 28 November in Blumenau, and 4 December in São Paulo as warm-up matches for the upcoming European Nations Cup games.[40] In the first-ever game against a South American opponent Germany won 29–12 and thereby climbed to 27th spot in the world ranking.[41] After losing the first two games of the 2016 campaign Germany defeated Portugal 50–27 in Hanover in front of over 8,000 spectators.[42] After losing to Romania Germany drew their final game of the campaign, against Spain, thereby finishing in fifth place, above Portugal, and avoiding relegation.[43]

Europe International Championships 2016–17Edit

Germany played in the 2016–17 Championship Division of the Europe International Championships.

CompetitionsEdit

The performance of the German team since introduction of the European Nations Cup in 2000.

European Nations Cup (from 2016/17 Europe International Championships)Edit

Years Division W–L (Pts Diff) Position Promotion /
Relegation
2000 Second Division 5th
2001 Second Division 3rd
2002–2004 Second Division 5–2 (+102) 2nd
2006–2008 Second Division 6–2 (+67) 1st Promoted
2008–2010 First Division 0–10 (−409) 6th Relegated
2010–2012 Division 1B 4–6 (+17) 4th
2012–2014 Division 1B 8–2 (+218) 1st Promoted
2014–2016 Division 1A 1–8 (−234) 5th
2017 Championship Division 2–3 (−80) 5th
2018 Championship Division 0–5 (−325) 3rd (Romania, Belgium and Spain deducted points)
2019 Championship Division 0–5 (−115) 6th

Rugby World Cup qualifyingEdit

Years Division Position
2001–2002 2003 Rugby World Cup — Europe qualification – Round 2 – Pool A 2nd
2004–2006 2007 Rugby World Cup — Europe qualification – Round 3 – Play-off Lost to Spain 28–42 on aggregate.
2008–2010 2011 Rugby World Cup — Europe qualification — ENC Division 1 6th/6th in ENC.
2012–2014 2015 Rugby World Cup — Europe qualification — Round 6 Lost to Russia 20–31.

Match resultsEdit

Notable winsEdit

The following table shows all German wins during the Rugby World Cup era (1987–present) against teams that have played in a Rugby World Cup.

Match date Opponent Result Match
13 May 2006 Spain 18–6
27 February 2016 Portugal 50–27 European Nations Cup
12 November 2016 Uruguay 24–21 Autumn International
11 February 2017 Romania 41–38 Rugby Europe Championship
16 June 2018 Portugal 16-13 2019 Rugby World Cup – Europe qualification

Source:[44]

RecordEdit

Top 30 rankings as of 18 November 2019[45]
Rank Change* Team Points
1     South Africa 094.19
2     New Zealand 092.11
3     England 088.82
4     Wales 085.02
5     Ireland 084.45
6     Australia 081.90
7     France 080.88
8     Japan 079.28
9     Scotland 079.23
10     Argentina 078.31
11     Fiji 076.21
12     Italy 072.04
13     Tonga 071.44
14     Georgia 071.26
15     Samoa 070.72
16     Spain 068.15
17     United States 068.10
18     Uruguay 067.41
19     Romania 066.69
20     Russia 063.09
21     Hong Kong 061.25
22     Canada 061.12
23     Namibia 061.01
24     Portugal 061.01
25     Brazil 058.89
26     Netherlands 058.46
27     Germany 056.26
28     Belgium 055.74
29      Switzerland 054.41
30     Chile 053.83
*Change from the previous week

OverallEdit

Results listed includes games that was played as West Germany. See East Germany for results recorded by East Germany.

Until the separation of Germany to East and West, Germany had a winning record of 51.35%, winning 19 matches in 37 games between 1900 and 1940. As West Germany, they recorded a 40% win rate, winning 62 matches in 155 games from 1952 and 1990. As a united Germany, from 1900 until present day, Germany has won 151 of their 333 representative matches.

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Germany national team at test level up until 7 January 2019.[46][47]

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
  Andorra 1 1 0 0 100.00% 56 11 +45
  Austria 1 1 0 0 100.00% 69 9 +60
  Belgium 29 20 8 1 68.97% 689 412 +277
  Bulgaria 1 1 0 0 100.00% 40 12 +28
  Brazil 5 5 0 0 100.00% 157 51 +106
  British Army 1 1 0 0 100.00% 26 9 +17
  Canada 1 0 1 0 0.00% 10 29 -19
  Chile 1 0 1 0 0.00% 10 32 −22
  Croatia 3 1 1 1 33.33% 50 67 −17
  Czech Republic 9 7 2 0 77.78 254 138 +116
  Czechoslovakia 15 5 9 1 33.33% 176 223 −47
  Denmark 9 8 1 0 88.89% 215 99 +116
  France 15 2 13 0 13.33% 89 298 −209
  France XV 29 0 28 1 0.00% 177 822 −645
  Georgia 7 0 7 0 0.00% 32 366 −334
  Hong Kong 2 2 0 0 100.00% 50 23 +27
  Italy 20 4 15 1 20.00% 123 253 −130
  Kenya 2 2 0 0 100.00% 73 35 +28
  Latvia 2 2 0 0 100.00% 71 5 +66
  Lithuania 1 1 0 0 100.00% 31 5 +26
  Luxembourg 2 2 0 0 100.00% 150 7 +143
  Malta 1 1 0 0 100.00% 43 0 +43
  Moldova 7 4 3 0 57.14% 187 128 +59
  Morocco 10 3 7 0 30.00% 97 163 -66
  Namibia 3 0 3 0 0.00% 40 191 -151
  Netherlands 41 27 13 1 65.85% 728 421 +307
  Poland 17 8 9 0 47.06% 255 263 −8
  Portugal 11 5 6 0 45.45% 176 276 −100
  Romania 20 6 14 0 30.00% 227 566 −339
  Russia 10 0 10 0 0.00% 127 507 −380
  Samoa 3 0 3 0 0.00% 52 162 −110
  Serbia & Montenegro 7 6 0 1 85.71% 232 26 +206
  Soviet Union 5 1 4 0 20.00% 53 161 −108
  Spain 23 8 13 2 34.78% 275 496 −221
  Sweden 10 7 3 0 70.00% 276 135 +141
   Switzerland 5 5 0 0 100.00% 143 32 +111
  Tunisia 4 2 2 0 50.00% 58 53 +5
  Ukraine 8 5 2 1 62.50% 170 131 +39
  United States 1 0 1 0 0.00% 17 46 −29
  Uruguay 1 1 0 0 100.00% 24 21 +3
  Wales Dev. XV 1 0 1 0 0.00% 14 27 −13
Total 341 152 179 10 44.57% 5663 6667 −1004

SquadEdit

German 47 man squad for the 2019-20 Rugby Europe Trophy. [48]

Head Coach:   Mark Kuhlmann

  • Caps updated: 24 October 2017
Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Elmar Heimpel Hooker 0   RG Heidelberg
Marcel Becker Hooker (1999-01-19) 19 January 1999 (age 20)   SC Frankfurt 1880
Mark Fairhurst Hooker (1998-09-12) 12 September 1998 (age 21) 4   TSV Handschuhsheim
Antony Dickinson Prop (1994-02-05) 5 February 1994 (age 25) 11   RG Heidelberg
Felix Martel Prop (1996-01-17) 17 January 1996 (age 23) 9   TSV Handschuhsheim
Jörn Schröder Prop (1992-11-08) 8 November 1992 (age 27) 28   Heidelberger RK
Marcus Bender Prop (1988-05-28) 28 May 1988 (age 31) 16   TSV Handschuhsheim
Paul Schüle Prop (1997-01-19) 19 January 1997 (age 22) 2   TSV Handschuhsheim
Paul Weiss Prop (1991-09-14) 14 September 1991 (age 28) 7   SC Neuenheim
Samy Füchsel Prop (1992-07-28) 28 July 1992 (age 27) 45   SC Frankfurt 1880
Emil Rupf Lock (2000-08-09) 9 August 2000 (age 19) 4   SC Frankfurt 1880
Erik Marks Lock (1996-12-09) 9 December 1996 (age 22) 30   Vannes
Hassan Rayan Lock (1994-08-24) 24 August 1994 (age 25) 1   SC Frankfurt 1880
Michel Himmer Lock 0   La Rochelle
Mick Burisch Lock (1999-11-28) 28 November 1999 (age 19) 0   SC Neuenheim
Tim Schiffers Lock (1995-07-24) 24 July 1995 (age 24) 0   RG Heidelberg
Carsten Lang Loose forward (1994-09-05) 5 September 1994 (age 25) 6   RG Heidelberg
Chris Umeh Loose forward (2001-05-09) 9 May 2001 (age 18) 0   Berliner RC
Felix Schippe Loose forward (1994-12-18) 18 December 1994 (age 24) 0   DSV 78 Hannover
Johannes Schreieck Loose forward 0   RG Heidelberg
Justin Renc Loose forward 0   DSV 78 Hannover
Marcel Henn Loose forward (1992-09-10) 10 September 1992 (age 27) 9   SC Frankfurt 1880
Nico Windemuth Loose forward 0   SC Germania List
Nicolas Rinklin Loose forward (1996-11-07) 7 November 1996 (age 23) 0   SC Neuenheim
Onisimo Seremaia Loose forward 0   TSV 1846 Nürnberg
Robert Lehmann Loose forward (1988-09-22) 22 September 1988 (age 31) 4   SC Neuenheim
Daniel Windolf Scrum-half 0   DSV 78 Hannover
Emil Schäfer Scrum-half (1999-07-06) 6 July 1999 (age 20) 0   TSV Handschuhsheim
Oliver Paine Scrum-half (1991-09-25) 25 September 1991 (age 28) 10   SC Neuenheim
Pierre Mathurin Scrum-half (1990-09-25) 25 September 1990 (age 29) 10   Heidelberger RK
Tim Menzel Scrum-half (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 27) 37   Rennes Étudiants Club Rugby
Daniel Koch Fly-half (1995-10-22) 22 October 1995 (age 24) 4   SC Germania List
Nikolai Klewinghaus Fly-half (1998-03-16) 16 March 1998 (age 21) 10   TSV Handschuhsheim
Anton Gleitze Centre (2000-04-10) 10 April 2000 (age 19) 0   Berliner RC
Jarrod Saul Centre (1992-05-11) 11 May 1992 (age 27)   DSV 78 Hannover
Lukas Deichmann Centre (1993-02-13) 13 February 1993 (age 26) 1   SC Frankfurt 1880
Luke Wakefield Centre (1992-04-12) 12 April 1992 (age 27) 0   SC Neuenheim
Maximilian Kopp Centre 0   DSV 78 Hannover
Niklas Hohl Centre (1996-08-05) 5 August 1996 (age 23) 0   Heidelberger RK
Pascal Fischer Centre (1992-03-31) 31 March 1992 (age 27) 12   DSV 78 Hannover
Felix Lammers Wing 6   Heidelberger RK
Joshua Tasche Wing (1995-09-08) 8 September 1995 (age 24) 0   SC Neuenheim
Philip Gleitze Wing (2000-04-10) 10 April 2000 (age 19) 0   Berliner RC
Zinzan Hees Wing (1994-12-11) 11 December 1994 (age 24) 1   RK Heusenstamm
Benedikt Müssig Fullback (2000-02-18) 18 February 2000 (age 19) 0   TSV Handschuhsheim
Leon Hees Fullback (1993-03-31) 31 March 1993 (age 26) 0   RK Heusenstamm
Leonard Becker Fullback (1994-07-06) 6 July 1994 (age 25) 0   SC Neuenheim

RankingsEdit

Top 30 rankings as of 18 November 2019[45]
Rank Change* Team Points
1     South Africa 094.19
2     New Zealand 092.11
3     England 088.82
4     Wales 085.02
5     Ireland 084.45
6     Australia 081.90
7     France 080.88
8     Japan 079.28
9     Scotland 079.23
10     Argentina 078.31
11     Fiji 076.21
12     Italy 072.04
13     Tonga 071.44
14     Georgia 071.26
15     Samoa 070.72
16     Spain 068.15
17     United States 068.10
18     Uruguay 067.41
19     Romania 066.69
20     Russia 063.09
21     Hong Kong 061.25
22     Canada 061.12
23     Namibia 061.01
24     Portugal 061.01
25     Brazil 058.89
26     Netherlands 058.46
27     Germany 056.26
28     Belgium 055.74
29      Switzerland 054.41
30     Chile 053.83
*Change from the previous week


CaptainsEdit

The following players have captained Germany in the recent past:

Captain Years
Horst Kemmling –1994
Dirk Kuhnen 1995–1998
Mark Schulze 1998–1999
Mark Kuhlmann 1999–2003
Colin Grzanna 2007–2008
Jens Schmidt 2006–2009
Mustafa Güngör 2009–2010
Alexander Widiker 2011–2014
Sean Armstrong 2014–
Clemens von Grumbkow 2015
Michael Poppmeier 2016–2018
Sebastian Ferreira 2019

CoachesEdit

The following coaches have led Germany in the recent past:

Coach Years
  Helmut Flügge 1959–1969
  Klaus Wesch 1969–1981
  Fritz Raupers 1981–1988
  Robert Antonin 1988–1990
  Jean-Claude Rutault 1990–1992
  Petre Ianusevici 1992–2000
  Torsten Schippe 2000–2001
  Rudolf Finsterer 2001–2010
  Torsten Schippe 2010–2013
  Kobus Potgieter 2013–2017
  Pablo Lemoine 2018
  Mike Ford 2018 - 2019
  Mark Kuhlmann 2019

Silver medal team 1900Edit

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