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The Russia national rugby union team (Russian: Сборная России по регби, Sbornaya Rossii po regbi), nicknamed the Bears, is administered by the Rugby Union of Russia (RUR). The RUR is considered the official successor union of the Soviet Union by World Rugby and the combined CIS team which played in the early 1990s. Since 1992, the team has played as Russia. Its first test match as Russia was against the Barbarians in Moscow in June 1992 and the country's first test against an official Test nation was against Belgium later that same year.

Russia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Bears (Медведи)
EmblemRussian bear
UnionRugby Union of Russia
Head coachLyn Jones
CaptainVasily Artemyev
Most capsYuri Kushnarev (106)
Top scorerYuri Kushnarev (758)
Top try scorerVasily Artemyev (30)
Home stadiumSochi Central Stadium
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current20 (as of 21 May 2018)
Highest16 (2012)
Lowest26 (2005)
First international
Russia 27–23 Barbarian F.C.
(Moscow, Russia; 6 June 1992)
Biggest win
Denmark 7–104 Russia
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 13 May 2000)
Biggest defeat
Japan 75–3 Russia
(Tokyo, Japan; 6 November 2010)
World Cup
Appearances1 (First in 2011)
Best resultPool stage, 2011
Websitewww.rugby.ru

Russia is seen as a Tier 2 union by World Rugby.[1] The team's regular international competition is in the Rugby Europe Championship – often referred to as the Six Nations B. In addition, the team participates in World Rugby-run summer tournaments including the Nations Cup, the dormant Churchill Cup, and other international fixtures.

Russia competed in their first Rugby World Cup (RWC) in New Zealand in 2011 after qualifying as Europe 2 through their second-place finish in the 2009–10 ENC. Russia played in Pool C and finished fifth, scoring one point. Previous qualification campaigns saw elimination to Portugal ahead of the 2007 tournament and expulsion from 2003 qualifying for breaches of eligibility rules. The team also unsuccessfully attempted to qualify for the 1995 and 1999 Rugby World Cups. They will compete in the World Cup in Japan by qualifying as Europe 1 as a result of Spain, Romania and Belgium being eliminated.

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HistoryEdit

 
Georgia v. Russia, 24 March 2007

The Rugby Union of the Soviet Union was founded in 1936, although the national side did not play its first official international until 1974.

The Soviet Union took time to establish itself, but by the mid-1980s was regularly beating the likes of Italy and Romania. The team was invited to the inaugural 1987 Rugby World Cup, but declined on political grounds, not least the continued IRB membership of apartheid South Africa.[2]

Following the breakup of the USSR, Russian players played for the interim Commonwealth of Independent States team, which played four matches during 1991 and 1992.

The first game played by the new Russian national team took place on June 6, 1992, when Russia beat the Barbarians 27–23. Russia's first game against a full IRB member was versus Belgium four months later in the 1992/4 FIRA-AER European Trophy. That edition of the tournament saw Russia secure its first, and to-date only, win over Georgia. Russia continued to participate until realignment of FIRA-AER competitions in 2000.

The Russian national side has since played its regular competitive rugby in FIRA-AER's European Nations Cup, the second level mirror tournament to the Six Nations. Russia replaced Morocco in the top tier in 2001 after a team-record nine-game win streak and have stayed there ever since. The Russian side has yet to win the title, but has come close with second-place finishes twice, in the 2009 and the 2007-8 editions. It also secured second place in the 2009–10 combined table used in Rugby World Cup qualification.

In addition, as part of attempts to secure regular international fixtures the team has played in the now-defunct Superpowers Cup, winning the tournament once, the Nations Cup, the Churchill Cup, and most recently the IRB's International Rugby Series. The Russian side has also played representative teams including England Counties, France's equivalent side, South African Super Rugby youth and university sides, and New Zealand club teams as it seeks to vary and improve the quality of opposition.

The RUR has been attempting to gain greater participation in the autumn test window, and is now being integrated into World Rugby's global test match schedule.[1]

Rugby World CupEdit

World Cup recordEdit

World Cup record World Cup Qualification record
Year Round P W D L F A P W D L F A
   1987 Declined invitation -
    1991 Did not enter Did not enter
  1995 Did not qualify 4 3 0 1 125 49
  1999 4 1 0 3 85 92
  2003 Banned 6 5 0 1 176 114
  2007 Did not qualify 14 6 1 7 382 323
  2011 Pool Stage 4 0 0 4 57 196 10 7 1 2 291 175
  2015 Did not qualify 12 7 0 5 269 300
  2019 Pool Stage 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 4 0 6 249 201
Total 2/9 4 0 0 4 57 196 50 29 2 19 1328 1053

Early qualifying attempts (1987 – 2007)Edit

The Soviet Union declined to take up its invite to take part in the inaugural 1987 Rugby World Cup on the basis of the IRB membership by apartheid South Africa.[3] The Soviet Rugby Union was not an IRB member in time for 1991 Rugby World Cup qualifying.

In qualifying for the 1995 Rugby World Cup, the first in which the national side was involved, Russia came through preliminary qualifying with wins over Poland and Georgia, before beating Germany but losing to Romania for the Eastern Europe spot.

In European qualifying for the 1999 Rugby World Cup, Russia finished fourth in Pool 1 in Round B, which was not enough to progress from a group also including Italy, Georgia, Croatia, and Denmark.

The Russian national side was expelled from qualifying for the 2003 Rugby World Cup, due to eligibility issues. Spain, who Russia had beaten in qualifying, protested the fielding of three South African-born players (Johan Hendriks, Reiner Volschenck and Werner Pieterse), whom the RUR claimed had qualified through ancestry. However, the RUR did not produce documentation deemed acceptable by the IRB, and Spain were re-instated in qualification in Russia's place.[4]

In 2007 Rugby World Cup qualifying, Russia came through European qualifying to a mini-group stage where they were pooled with Italy and Portugal. The winner would qualify directly and the second place team would continue the qualification process, with the third-placed team eliminated. After both losing heavily to Italy, Portugal and Russia met to determine progression to qualifying round 5. Russia lost the match, played in Lisbon, 26–23 and dropped out.

2011Edit

Russia qualified for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand as Europe 2 after finishing second in the 2008–10 European Nations Cup. This marked the team's World Cup debut, with Russia becoming the 25th side to play at the tournament, where they faced Australia, Ireland, Italy and the United States in Group C of the tournament.[5]

Despite losing all four of their games, most disappointingly a narrow defeat to the US in its opening fixture in which the Bears scored a bonus point, Russia's debut was generally viewed as a success,[citation needed] as the team scored the most tries (8) by a debutant in the professional era,[citation needed] and the most since Western Samoa in 1991, and becoming the first side to score three tries against Australia in a World Cup match since 1987.[citation needed]

Match Results
Date Opponent Score Venue
15 Sep 2011   United States 6–13 Stadium Taranaki, New Plymouth
20 Sep 2011   Italy 17–53 Trafalgar Park, Nelson
25 Sep 2011   Ireland 12–62 International Stadium, Rotorua
1 Oct 2011   Australia 22–68 Trafalgar Park, Nelson

2015Edit

The Russian national rugby union team finished third in European qualifying for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The top two teams in the final group— Georgia and Romania — immediately qualified for the 2015 tournament. Russia, as third-place finisher in the final group, faced Uruguay in a home-and-away two-game playoff. Uruguay won on aggregate and secured the 20th and final qualifying spot for the 2015 tournament, with Russia failing to qualify.

2019Edit

The Russian national rugby union team once again finished third in European qualifying for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. However, after a controversial game played by Belgium and Spain (which was originally intended to be replayed), the issue of three teams in the group stage fielding ineligible players (Belgium, Romania, and Spain) was investigated by World Rugby and Rugby Europe. It was determined that all three teams had violated eligibility rules and gained an unfair advantage (both Romania and Spain defeated Russia by slim margins) and were sanctioned, and thus, Russia advanced as the automatic qualifier, with Germany headed to the repechage against Portugal.

European Nations CupEdit

As the Soviet Union, the side secured four straight silvers (all behind France and ahead of Italy and Romania) during the 1980s, and a further three bronzes.

Russia first played the FIRA Trophy in the 1992–94 season. Since 2000, Russia's primary international competition is the European Nations Cup, administered by Rugby Europe and played, by-and-large, during the Six Nations international release window in February and March. Russia won the inaugural Division 2 competition, winning promotion to the top tier in 2000, where they have remained ever since.

Since realignment, Russia has secured two runners-up spots and three third-place finishes, in doing so claiming the third-highest number of wins, the third-highest win percentage, and the third-lowest number of losses, in each case placing below Georgia and Romania.

In the 2011-12 season, Russia finished fourth with five wins and five losses. In the 2013-14 season, the team finished third with six wins and four losses. In the 2015-16 season, the Bears again claimed six wins and four losses to finish third. In the 2017 season, Russia finished fourth with two wins and three losses.

Current playersEdit

Russia has traditionally fielded squads consisting near-entirely of players from its own professional league, but as players gain exposure, several players have represented their country while playing club rugby overseas, including Vasily Artemyev, the first Russian to play in the Aviva Premiership and locks Andrei Ostrikov, and Kirill Kulemin.

Former Melbourne Rebels lock Adam Byrnes, who qualified for Russia through maternal lineage, is the only foreign-born player to have played for the Bears in recent years.

Current squadEdit

Russia's 41-man training squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.[6]

Head Coach:   Lyn Jones

  • Caps Updated: 20 August 2019

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

Player Position Date of birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Sergey Chernyshev Hooker (1988-05-13) 13 May 1988 (age 31) 12   Slava Moscow
Leonid Kalinin Hooker (1997-07-28) 28 July 1997 (age 22) 1   Slava Moscow
Evgeny Matveev Hooker (1985-04-15) 15 April 1985 (age 34) 59   VVA Saracens
Stanislav Sel'skiy Hooker (1991-02-09) 9 February 1991 (age 28) 36   Enisey-STM
Azamat Bitiev Prop (1989-12-09) 9 December 1989 (age 29) 20   Krasny Yar
Kirill Gotovtsev Prop (1987-07-17) 17 July 1987 (age 32) 4   Krasny Yar
Andrey Igretsov Prop (1985-12-23) 23 December 1985 (age 33) 25   Slava Moscow
Valery Morozov Prop (1994-09-21) 21 September 1994 (age 24) 18   Sale Sharks
Vladimir Podrezov Prop (1994-01-27) 27 January 1994 (age 25) 26   VVA Saracens
Andrey Polivalov Prop (1986-08-09) 9 August 1986 (age 33) 27   VVA Saracens
Sergey Sekisov Prop (1986-11-19) 19 November 1986 (age 32) 27   VVA Saracens
Evgeny Elgin Lock (1987-03-10) 10 March 1987 (age 32) 25   Enisey-STM
Bogdan Fedotko Lock (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 24) 21   Krasny Yar
Andrey Garbuzov Lock (1983-08-07) 7 August 1983 (age 36) 95   Krasny Yar
Evgeni Mishechkin Lock (1997-06-27) 27 June 1997 (age 22) 12   Slava Moscow
Andrei Ostrikov Lock (1987-07-02) 2 July 1987 (age 32) 33   Grenoble
Alexei Panasenko Lock (1983-01-13) 13 January 1983 (age 36) 33   VVA Saracens
Tagir Gadzhiev Back row (1994-03-29) 29 March 1994 (age 25) 22   Kuban
Victor Gresev Back row (1986-03-31) 31 March 1986 (age 33) 101   Krasny Yar
Alexander Ilin Back row (1997-11-07) 7 November 1997 (age 21) 12   Krasny Yar
Roman Khodin Back row (1993-09-06) 6 September 1993 (age 25) 5   Kuban
Patris Peki Back row (1995-10-19) 19 October 1995 (age 23) 2   VVA Saracens
Anton Sychev Back row (1994-02-05) 5 February 1994 (age 25) 14   Metallurg
Nikita Vavilin Back row (1994-05-13) 13 May 1994 (age 25) 10   Slava Moscow
Vitaly Zhivatov Back row (1992-02-16) 16 February 1992 (age 27) 10   VVA Saracens
Vasily Dorofeev Scrum-half (1990-08-06) 6 August 1990 (age 29) 23   Krasny Yar
Dmitry Perov Scrum-half (1984-11-18) 18 November 1984 (age 34) 11   VVA Saracens
Alexei Shcherban Scrum-half (1990-11-17) 17 November 1990 (age 28) 47   Enisey-STM
Ramil Gaisin Fly-half (1991-07-26) 26 July 1991 (age 28) 46   Enisey-STM
German Godlyuk Fly-half (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 27) 3   VVA Saracens
Yuri Kushnarev Fly-half (1985-06-06) 6 June 1985 (age 34) 109   Krasny Yar
Sergey Yanyushkin Fly-half (1986-11-16) 16 November 1986 (age 32) 17   Lokomotiv
German Davydov Centre (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 25) 18   VVA Saracens
Dmitry Gerasimov Centre (1988-04-16) 16 April 1988 (age 31) 64   Enisey-STM
Kirill Golosnitsky Centre (1994-05-30) 30 May 1994 (age 25) 10   Krasny Yar
Vladimir Ostroushko Centre (1986-09-30) 30 September 1986 (age 32) 48   Kuban
Mikhail Babaev Wing (1986-01-19) 19 January 1986 (age 33) 71   VVA Saracens
Igor Galinovskiy Wing (1985-11-08) 8 November 1985 (age 33) 50   Krasny Yar
Daniil Potikhanov Wing (1999-11-30) 30 November 1999 (age 19) 3   VVA Saracens
Denis Simplikevich Wing (1991-03-11) 11 March 1991 (age 28) 28   Enisey-STM
Vladislav Sozonov Wing (1993-10-09) 9 October 1993 (age 25) 9   VVA Saracens
Vasily Artemyev Fullback (1987-07-24) 24 July 1987 (age 32) 88   Krasny Yar

Coaching staffEdit

The current head coach is ex-Neath RFC flanker Lyn Jones.

Former head coach is Alexander Pervukhin, who returned to the position following a long break retains strong links to 2016 Russian Rugby Premier League Champions Enisei-STM in Krasnoyarsk.

Prior to Pervukhin, former Wales flanker Kingsley Jones was the most recent coach, with Siua Taumalolo and Darren Morris his assistants. He left in 2014 to take up a coaching role with the Newport Gwent Dragons in Wales. Raphaël Saint-André, brother of French coach Philippe Saint-André, then coached the team for the final two matches of the 2015 Rugby World Cup qualifying matches against Uruguay.

Coaching staff
Name
With Backs Forwards Strength & Conditioning Coach Dates
  Lyn Jones   Alexander Voytov   Shaun Connor   Mark McDermott   Mark Bennett 2018-
  Mark McDermott   Alexander Alekseenko   Mark McDermott 2018
  Alexander Pervukhin   Alexander Alekseenko   Mark McDermott 2014–2018
  Raphaël Saint-André   Laurent Seigne 2014
  Kingsley Jones   Siua Taumalolo   Darren Morris 2011–2014
  Nikolay Nerush   Kingsley Jones   Henry Paul   Darren Morris 2010–2011
  Nikolay Nerush   Steve Diamond   Jos Baxendell   Steve Diamond 2008–2010
  Claude Saurel 2008
  Alexander Pervukhin 2006–2008

Home groundsEdit

The Russian rugby team has no fixed national stadium at present, although Central Stadium in Sochi is currently serving that function in interim.

Russia has hosted international fixtures at a number of venues around the country. These include the rugby hotbed of Krasnoyarsk in Siberia, where the national side played its first full test against a foundation union, versus Ireland in 2002. Other games have been played in Moscow, normally at Slava Stadium in the city centre, Penza, and most recently at the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Sochi was selected as a case of convenience, as climatic conditions in other venues have proved too severe to guarantee playability during the ENC's February–March window. Support in Sochi is minimal and it is hoped that the completion of a stadium for the VVA-Podmoskovye club in Monino, Moscow region, with full undersoil heating will allow international fixtures to be played closer to Russian rugby's support bases. Sports Minister Vitaliy Mutko has promised this will be completed by 2013.

Recent and upcoming fixturesEdit

The following table shows the fixtures of the Russian national team in official test matches during the previous 12 months.

Date Opponent Opp Rank Result Venue Event
2017-11-18   Chile 24 W 42-11   Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong 2017 Cup of Nations
2017-11-14   Kenya 30 W 31-10   King's Park, Hong Kong 2017 Cup of Nations
2017-11-10   Hong Kong 22 W 16-13   King's Park, Hong Kong 2017 Cup of Nations
2017-06-18   Namibia 19 W 31-10   Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo 2017 World Rugby Nations Cup
2017-06-14   Uruguay 21 L 29-32   Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo 2017 World Rugby Nations Cup
2017-06-10   Argentina XV n/a W 39-38   Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo 2017 World Rugby Nations Cup
2017-03-19   Germany 24 W 52-25   Sochi Central Stadium, Sochi 2017 Rugby Europe Championship
2017-03-12   Georgia 12 L 14-28   Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi 2017 Rugby Europe Championship
2017-03-04   Romania 16 L 10-30   Sochi Central Stadium, Sochi 2017 Rugby Europe Championship
2017-02-18   Belgium 26 W 25-18   King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels 2017 Rugby Europe Championship
2017-02-11   Spain 22 L 6-16   Estadio Nacional Complutense, Madrid 2017 Rugby Europe Championship

World Rugby RankingsEdit

Top 30 rankings as of 19 August 2019[7]
Rank Change* Team Points
1  1   Wales 089.43
2  1   New Zealand 089.40
3     Ireland 088.69
4  1   South Africa 086.83
5  1   England 086.79
6     Australia 084.05
7  1   France 080.58
8  1   Scotland 079.01
9     Japan 077.21
10     Fiji 076.98
11     Argentina 076.29
12     Georgia 074.42
13     Italy 072.04
14     United States 071.93
15     Tonga 071.49
16     Samoa 069.08
17     Spain 068.15
18     Romania 066.69
19     Uruguay 065.18
20     Russia 064.81
21     Canada 061.36
22     Portugal 061.33
23     Namibia 061.01
24     Hong Kong 059.64
25     Netherlands 058.46
26     Brazil 057.84
27     Belgium 057.35
28     Germany 054.96
29     Chile 054.56
30      Switzerland 053.19
*Change from the previous week
Russia's historical rankings
 
Source: World Rugby - Graph updated to 7 January 2019[7]

On introduction of the World Rugby Rankings in October 2003, Russia was ranked 23rd. Since then the team's lowest ranking was 26 (most recently in October 2005). The team's ranking peaked at 16 on several occasions (most recently in February 2010). As of November 15, 2016, Russia is ranked 21st in the world.

Overall recordEdit

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Russia national XV at test level up until 20 August 2019.[8]

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
  Argentina Jaguars 5 0 5 0 0.00% 58 200 –142
  Argentina XV 2 2 0 0 100.00% 87 78 +9
  Australia 1 0 1 0 0.00% 22 68 –46
  Belgium 7 7 0 0 100.00% 263 110 +153
  Canada 5 1 4 0 20.00% 91 157 –66
  Chile 1 1 0 0 100.00% 42 11 +31
  Croatia 1 0 1 0 0.00% 16 23 –7
  Czech Republic 8 6 2 0 75.00% 309 104 +205
  Denmark 3 3 0 0 100.00% 191 28 +163
  England Saxons 1 0 1 0 0.00% 17 49 –32
  France XV 2 0 2 0 0.00% 21 87 –66
  French Military 1 0 1 0 0.00% 12 33 –21
  Georgia 23 1 21 1 4.35% 260 579 –319
  Germany 11 11 0 0 100.00% 528 140 +388
  Hong Kong 5 5 0 0 100.00% 144 62 +82
  Ireland 2 0 2 0 0.00% 15 97 –82
  Emerging Ireland 1 0 1 0 0.00% 0 66 –66
  Italy 5 0 5 0 0.00% 76 283 –207
  Emerging Italy 2 0 2 0 0.00% 36 60 –24
  Italy A 4 0 4 0 0.00% 66 129 –63
  Japan 6 1 5 0 16.7% 108 269 –161
  Kenya 1 1 0 0 100.00% 31 10 +21
  Morocco 3 2 1 0 66.67% 44 46 –2
  Namibia 7 5 2 0 71.43% 183 141 +42
  Netherlands 4 4 0 0 100.00% 208 39 +169
  Norway 1 1 0 0 100.00% 66 0 +66
  Papua New Guinea 1 1 0 0 100.00% 49 19 +30
  Poland 4 4 0 0 100.00% 201 59 +142
  Portugal 19 13 5 1 68.42% 518 362 +156
  Romania 23 6 16 1 28.26% 329 567 –238
  Scotland A 1 0 1 0 0.00% 7 49 –42
  Spain 22 16 6 0 72.72% 627 487 +140
  Sweden 1 0 1 0 0.00% 13 20 –7
  Tunisia 2 2 0 0 100.00% 57 41 +16
  Ukraine 9 9 0 0 100.00% 439 115 +324
  United States 8 0 8 0 0.00% 110 280 –170
  USA Selects 1 1 0 0 100.00% 30 21 +9
  Uruguay 9 4 5 0 44.44% 215 231 –16
  Zimbabwe 3 3 0 0 100.00% 92 35 +57
Total 215 110 102 3 51.16% 5590 5155 +435

Individual recordsEdit

Most capsEdit

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Won Lost Draw %
1 Yuri Kushnarev Fly-half 2005– 109 96 13 53 54 2 50.00
2 Victor Gresev Flanker 2006– 101 89 12 46 54 1 46.50
3 Andrei Garbuzov Lock 2005– 95 74 21 45 49 1 48.40
4 Vasily Artemyev Centre 2009– 88 83 5 41 46 1 47.70
5 Andrei Kuzin Centre 1997–2011 78 68 10 38 37 3 50.64
6 Alexander Khrokin Prop 1994–2011 76 47 29 36 38 2 48.68
7 Vladislav Korshunov Hooker 2002–2015 73 48 25 32 39 2 45.20
Alexander Voytov Lock 2003–2014 73 67 6 29 42 2 41.09
9 Viacheslav Grachev Flanker 1993–2011 72 70 2 33 37 2 47.22
10 Mikhail Babaev Wing 2006- 71 65 6 33 37 1 47.18

Most triesEdit

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries
1 Vasily Artemyev Centre 2009– 88 83 5 153 30
2 Andrei Kuzin Centre 1997–2011 78 68 10 130 26
3 Vladimir Ostroushko Wing 2006– 48 44 4 125 25
4 Victor Gresev Flanker 2006– 101 89 12 100 20
5 Igor Galinovskiy Wing 2006- 50 42 8 90 18
Viacheslav Grachev Flanker 1993–2011 72 70 2 90 18
7 Denis Simplikevich Wing 2011- 27 24 3 85 17
8 Alexander Gvozdovsky Wing 2005-2010 31 28 3 75 15
9 Evgeni Matveev Centre 2007- 59 25 34 65 13
10 Anton Rudoy Flanker 2016- 21 20 1 60 12

Most pointsEdit

# Player Pos Span Mat Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1 Yuri Kushnarev Fly-half 2005– 109 772 10 151 139 1
2 Konstantin Rachkov Fly-half 1997–2011 44 316 10 51 41 5
3 Vladimir Simonov Centre 2001-2004 22 168 11 25 18 3
4 Vasily Artemyev Centre 2009– 88 153 30 0 1 0
5 Ramil Gaisin Fly-half 2012– 46 145 5 33 18 0
6 Andrei Kuzin Centre 1997–2011 78 130 26 0 0 0
7 Vladimir Ostroushko Wing 2006– 48 125 25 0 0 0
8 Alexander Yanyushkin Scrum-half 2002–2015 70 116 10 9 16 0
9 Viktor Motorin Scrum-half 1999–2009 41 107 2 23 17 0
10 Victor Gresev Flanker 2006– 101 100 20 0 0 0

Other international teamsEdit

SevensEdit

Russia also has a rugby sevens team, which competes in several rounds each year on the World Rugby Sevens Series and in the FIRA-AER Grand Prix Sevens circuit, with Moscow hosting the second leg. The sevens team has recorded wins against Tier 1 nations and recorded their first top eight finish at the 2011 Hong Kong Sevens,[citation needed] and a Bowl win in Glasgow in 2012. The team is two-time European Champion (2007 and 2009), making it the second most successful team at that tournament.

WomenEdit

Russia's women field national rugby union teams in both fifteens, where it appeared at the Women's Rugby World Cup in 1994 and 1998 as Russia and in 1991 as the USSR, and in sevens, which took part in the first Women's Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2009 and which contests the IRB Women's Sevens World Series.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-15. Retrieved 2017-07-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ RUR Team Media Guide RWC11
  3. ^ Rugby Union of Russia Official Team Media Guide for RWC11
  4. ^ http://www.ferugby.com/noticias.htm
  5. ^ "Official RWC 2011 Site". RugbyWorldCup.com. Retrieved 2010-07-04.
  6. ^ Состав сборной России по регби на сбор в Сочи
  7. ^ a b "Men's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  8. ^ Russia rugby statistics

External linksEdit