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Petru Vladimir Bălan (born 12 July 1976 in Suceava) is a Romanian rugby union footballer, currently playing for RC Timişoara in the top level of Romanian rugby. He is also a Romanian international, and has played for his national team. His usual position is as a prop.

Petru Vladimir Bălan
Date of birth (1976-07-12) 12 July 1976 (age 43)
Place of birthSuceava, Romania
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight122 kg (18 st 6 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
CS Dinamo Bucureşti
FC Grenoble
CA Brive
US Dax
Correct as of 2007-09-19
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2003-  Romania 51 (40)
Correct as of 2007-09-19

Before moving to play rugby in France he played for Dinamo Bucharest in Romania, including playing for them in the 1998-99 European Challenge Cup. He played for FC Grenoble in the 2002-04 Challenge Cup and European Shield competitions. He moved to Biarritz for the 2003-04 season. He was a part of the team that won the 2004–05 Top 16 and the 2005-06 Top 14. Also with Biaritz Olimpique were runners-up to Munster in the 2005-06 Heineken Cup.

He was a part of the Romanian team at the 2003 Rugby World Cup, playing two matches throughout the tournament held in Australia.

On 14 March 2008 Bălan signed for Northampton Saints in the Guinness Premiership. He was expected to join the club for the 2008–09 season, but back problems led to his contract being voided. After finishing the season with Biarritz, Bălan was idle until he signed a two-year contract with Fédérale 1 (Third Division) club Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

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