Manuel Wilhelm

Manuel Wilhelm (born 15 December 1980 in Ludwigsburg)[1] is a German international rugby union player, playing for the RG Heidelberg in the Rugby-Bundesliga and the German national rugby union team.

Manuel Wilhelm
Birth nameManuel Wilhelm
Date of birth (1980-12-15) 15 December 1980 (age 40)
Place of birthLudwigsburg, Germany
Height1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight108 kg (17 st 0 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number 8, Lock
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Germany RGH
Germany SCN
Spain Valencia
Germany RGH
()
Correct as of 21 March 2010
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2003-2014 Germany 46 20
Correct as of 4 December 2013

Manuel Wilhelm plays rugby since 1986, first for RG Heidelberg, later he spent one season with league rival SC Neuenheim, before he went back to his club of origin RG Heidelberg. After his military service Wilhelm played one season for CAU Valencia in the first Spanish division, before returning to RG Heidelberg. He won two German championships (15s) with the later, in 2006 and 2007, five 7s-championships in 1998, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2009 and the German cup in 2004. He also plays beach rugby for The Romantics B.R.F.C..[2]

He was first called up for the German national team in 2000 but could not play because of injury and did not make his debut for Germany until 2003, in a game against Sweden.[3]

He is the founder of Germany's biggest rugby website, TotalRugby.de.[4]

In 2012, Wilhelm proposed a reform of the German league system which was approved at the Deutsche Rugby Tag, the annual general meeting of the DRV, in mid-July 2012. The new system will see the number of clubs in the Bundesliga increased from ten to 24, the league divided into four regional divisions of six clubs each and the finals series expanded from four to eight teams.[5][6]

Wilhelm's father is from Ghana while his mother is German.[3]

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StatsEdit

Manuel Wilhelm's personal statistics in club and international rugby:[2]

ClubEdit

Year Club Division Games Tries Con Pen DG Place
2007-08 RG Heidelberg Rugby-Bundesliga 13 2 0 0 0 2nd — Runners-up
2008-09 13 4 0 0 0 5th
2009-10 14 5 0 0 0 2nd — Semi-finals
2010-11 7 0 0 0 0 4th — Semi-finals
2011-12 12 0 0 0 0 6th
2012-13 4th — Semi finals
2013-14
  • As of 4 December 2013

National teamEdit

European Nations CupEdit

Year Team Competition Games Points Place
2006-2008 Germany European Nations Cup Second Division 7 0 Champions
2008-2010 Germany European Nations Cup First Division 10 0 6th — Relegated
2010–2012 Germany European Nations Cup Division 1B 1 0 4th
2012–2014 Germany European Nations Cup Division 1B 7 15 ongoing

Friendlies & other competitionsEdit

Year Team Competition Games Points
2008 Germany Friendly 1 0
2009 1 0
  • As of 4 December 2013

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Manuel Wilhelm profile at scrum.com accessed: 28 February 2010
  2. ^ a b Manuel Wilhelm profile totalrugby.de (in German) accessed: 28 February 2010
  3. ^ a b Deutschland vs. Schweden: Rugby-Nationalspieler Manuel Wilhelm im Porträt (in German) published: 3 April 2013, accessed: 27 April 2013
  4. ^ Olympic rugby Expert opinions: Germany olympic-rugby.org, Interview with Manuel Wilhelm, accessed: 28 February 2010
  5. ^ DRT 2012: Ligareform kommt / Vertrag mit DRV-Vermarkter wird überprüft (in German) totalrugby.de, published: 16 July 2012, accessed: 24 July 2012
  6. ^ DRT (in German) DRV website, published: 16 July 2012, accessed: 24 July 2012

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