Jens Schmidt (born 18 February 1981) is a German international rugby union player, playing for the TSV Handschuhsheim in the Rugby-Bundesliga and the German national rugby union team. He was, until 2009, the captain of the German team, but then retired from international rugby, to return once more in 2010.
|Birth name||Jens Schmidt|
|Date of birth||18 February 1981|
|Place of birth||Germany|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||118 kg (18 st 8 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
Jens Schmidt begun playing rugby when he was nine years old in 1990.
He has won the German rugby union cup twice with his team, TSV Handschuhsheim, in 2005 and 2008. His greatest success as a national team player was the promotion to Division 1 of the European Nations Cup in 2008.
He made his 35th international for Germany in the game against Spain on 15 November 2008 and made his last appearance for his country against Portugal on 21 February 2009, his 38th cap. He returned briefly to the team for the all-important relegation decider against Spain on 20 March 2010 but remained an unused substitute.
Schmidt is a teacher by profession.
Jens Schmidt's personal statistics in club and international rugby:
|2009–10||17||4||0||0||0||4th – Semi-finals|
|2010–11||15||1||0||0||0||3rd – Semi-finals|
- As of 30 April 2012
European Nations CupEdit
|2006–2008||Germany||European Nations Cup Second Division||7||0||Champions|
|2008–2010||Germany||European Nations Cup First Division||4||0||6th – Relegated|
|2010–2012||Germany||European Nations Cup Division 1B||3||5||4th|
Friendlies & other competitionsEdit
- As of 8 April 2012
- Jens Schmidt player profile ESPN Scrum.com
- Jens Schmidt profile at totalrugby.de (in German) accessed: 25 February 2010
- Jens Schmidt – Kapitän der Deutschen Rugby Nationalmannschaft Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine (in German) Short article on Jens Schmidt, accessed: 26 January 2009
- Spain hope to revive hopes Archived 20 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine rugbyrugby.com, published: 13 November 2008, accessed: 26 January 2009