|Birth name||Manuel Wilhelm|
|Date of birth||15 December 1980|
|Place of birth||Ludwigsburg, Germany|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||108 kg (17 st 0 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
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..
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.
He is the founder of Germany's biggest rugby website, TotalRugby.de.
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.
Wilhelm's father is from Ghana while his mother is German.
- German rugby union championship
- Champions: 2006, 2007
- Runners up: 1999, 2001, 2002, 2008
- German rugby union cup
- Winners: 2004
Manuel Wilhelm's personal statistics in club and international rugby:
|2007-08||RG Heidelberg||Rugby-Bundesliga||13||2||0||0||0||2nd — Runners-up|
|2009-10||14||5||0||0||0||2nd — Semi-finals|
|2010-11||7||0||0||0||0||4th — Semi-finals|
|2012-13||4th — Semi finals|
- As of 4 December 2013
European Nations CupEdit
|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
- As of 4 December 2013
- Manuel Wilhelm profile at scrum.com accessed: 28 February 2010
- Manuel Wilhelm profile totalrugby.de (in German) accessed: 28 February 2010
- Deutschland vs. Schweden: Rugby-Nationalspieler Manuel Wilhelm im Porträt (in German) published: 3 April 2013, accessed: 27 April 2013
- Olympic rugby Expert opinions: Germany olympic-rugby.org, Interview with Manuel Wilhelm, accessed: 28 February 2010
- DRT 2012: Ligareform kommt / Vertrag mit DRV-Vermarkter wird überprüft (in German) totalrugby.de, published: 16 July 2012, accessed: 24 July 2012
- DRT (in German) DRV website, published: 16 July 2012, accessed: 24 July 2012