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The Moldova national rugby union team is governed by the Moldovan Rugby Federation (Federaţia de Rugby din Moldova), and have yet to qualify for the Rugby World Cup.

Moldova
Moldova Rugby Logo.png
Nickname(s)Haiducii
UnionMoldovan Rugby Federation
Head coachSergiu Motoc
Captain?
Home stadiumComplexul Sportiv Raional Orhei
World Rugby ranking
Current55 (as of 11 Ocotober 2019)
Highest25 (2014)
Lowest57 (2019)
First international
Moldova 22–6 Lithuania
(Moldova; 10 October 1991)
Biggest win
Moldova 55–6 Luxembourg
(Moldova; 16 April 2005)
Biggest defeat
Sweden 80–6 Moldova
(Sweden; 20 October 2018)
World Cup
Appearances0
Websitewww.rugby.md

The national side is ranked 55th in the world (as of 12th October 2019).[1]

HistoryEdit

Moldova played their first international on October 10, 1991 against Lithuania. Moldova won the match, 22 points to six. The next year they played against Bulgaria, which Moldova won, 42 points to three. Moldova played Hungary in 1995, which they won, by three points, 17 to 14.

They played Georgia, who defeated them 47 to five. They then played Ukraine and Latvia and Bulgaria soon after.

Moldova played twice in 1997, defeating Norway and losing to Croatia. They won a number of fixtures in 2000. They played the Netherlands the following year. The national rugby team was designated by the members of Moldova's Sports Press Association as the best Moldovan team in 2004. Following this, they played in qualifying tournaments for the 2007 Rugby World Cup European qualify.

Moldova were grouped in Pool B of the second round, and they won two of their four matches, which saw them finish second in their pool behind Germany, and thus move onto round three and enter Pool A in round 3.

However, their road to the World Cup was ended when a respectful 2nd place above Poland, Netherlands and Andorra was not enough to proceed to round 4.

PopularityEdit

Perhaps surprisingly, the popularity of rugby in Moldova is growing rapidly, with well over 10,000 fans regularly turning up to their home matches in the European Nations Cup. Since 2004, the number of Moldovan rugby players has more than doubled, due to the national team's growing international reputation.

Notable playersEdit

Moldovan international Alexei Cotruţa was the top try-scorer in the Russian Professional Rugby League in 2006, scoring 16 tries in 14 matches for Moscow-area side VVA-Podmoskovye.

During March 2011, Vadim Cobîlaş signed for Aviva Premiership side, Sale Sharks. Shortly after, his younger brother Maxim Cobîlaş also signed for Aviva Premiership side, Sale Sharks making the two the first Moldovan players to sign for a professional English team. More recently, props Dmitri Arhip and Gheorghe Gajion have signed for two Welsh regional sides, Cardiff Blues and Ospreys. On the 23rd of August 2018, Cristian Ojovan another prop made his debut for D2 side Aurillacois Espoirs.

Current squadEdit

This is Moldova`s current squad for the 2018–19 Rugby Europe Conference 1

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Dmitri Arhip Prop (1988-11-12) 12 November 1988 (age 30)   Ospreys
Ion Dascăl Hooker   Lupii Albi-USEFS
Igor Orghianu Hooker (1991-12-18) 18 December 1991 (age 27)   Steaua București
Dumitru Vasilachi Hooker (1979-12-24) 24 December 1979 (age 39)   Lupii Albi-USEFS
Maxim Cobîlaş Prop (1986-08-12) 12 August 1986 (age 33)   Sale Sharks
Vadim Cobîlaş Prop (1983-12-30) 30 December 1983 (age 35)   Sale Sharks
Ruslan Dorogan Prop (1993-10-04) 4 October 1993 (age 26)   Dinamo București
Gheorghe Gajion Prop (1992-12-13) 13 December 1992 (age 26)   Rugby Rovigo Delta
Victor Leon Prop (1989-01-10) 10 January 1989 (age 30)   CSM Bucureşti
Nichita Macaria Prop (1994-09-23) 23 September 1994 (age 25)   RC Barlad
Veaceslav Titica Prop (1983-02-14) 14 February 1983 (age 36)   Krasny Yar
Maxim Gargalic Lock (1989-03-07) 7 March 1989 (age 30)   Yenisey-STM
Andrei Mahu Lock (1991-09-03) 3 September 1991 (age 28)   Zebre
Andrei Romanov Lock (1985-12-10) 10 December 1985 (age 33)   Krasny Yar
Victor Arhip Flanker (1990-12-24) 24 December 1990 (age 28)   Krasny Yar
Ion Buşilă Flanker (1986-04-02) 2 April 1986 (age 33)   Lupii Albi-USEFS
Maxim Beşleaga Flanker   Lupii Albi-USEFS
Sergiu Castravet Flanker (1987-12-29) 29 December 1987 (age 31)   Lupii Albi-USEFS
Roman Rotundu Flanker (1993-11-29) 29 November 1993 (age 25)   Dinamo București
Oleg Prepeliţă Number 8 (1983-06-18) 18 June 1983 (age 36)   Krasny Yar
Nicolae Purcel Number 8 (1992-11-03) 3 November 1992 (age 26)   ŞSSRAR-USPEE
Nicolae Caburgan Scrum-half (1984-12-08) 8 December 1984 (age 34)   Lupii Albi-USEFS
Nicolae Chirilă Scrum-half (1980-03-07) 7 March 1980 (age 39)   Lupii Albi-USEFS
Victor Murzac Scrum-half   Sporting-ASEM
Craig Felston Fly-half (1993-03-24) 24 March 1993 (age 26)   Stade Domontois
Octavian Manoli Fly-half (1983-02-07) 7 February 1983 (age 36)   Lupii Albi-USEFS
Alexandru Baltag Centre   Lupii Albi-USEFS
Andrian Baltag Centre (1987-01-30) 30 January 1987 (age 32)   Lupii Albi-USEFS
Ion Cavcaliuc Centre (1993-08-02) 2 August 1993 (age 26)   Dinamo București
Stefan Leca Centre   Lupii Albi-USEFS
Alexandru Bulgac Wing (1987-06-14) 14 June 1987 (age 32)   Lupii Albi-USEFS
Andrei Cebotari Wing (1992-10-15) 15 October 1992 (age 26)   RC Grivita
Ilie Lotcă Wing jhh   Lupii Albi-USEFS
Andrei Olari Wing (1988-11-04) 4 November 1988 (age 30)   Villefranche XIII
Eduard Toderică Wing (1988-09-13) 13 September 1988 (age 31)   Olimp-Electromaş
Mihai Artîc Fullback   Lupii Albi-USEFS
Mihai Golubenco Fullback (1994-11-21) 21 November 1994 (age 24)   Steaua București
Dorin Petrache Fullback fff   Lupii Albi-USEFS

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