Russia national rugby union team

The Russia national rugby union team (Russian: Сборная России по регби), nicknamed Medvedi (The Bears), represented Russia in men's international rugby union international competitions. The team 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.[citation needed]

Russia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)медведи (Medvedi, The Bears)
EmblemRussian Bear
UnionRugby Union of Russia
Head coachAleksandr Pervukhin
CaptainVictor Gresev
Most capsYuri Kushnarev (120)
Top scorerYuri Kushnarev (797)
Top try scorerVasily Artemyev (29)
Home stadiumVarious
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current25 (as of 3 July 2022)
Highest16 (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
Lowest26 (2005)
First international
 Soviet Union 28–0 Czechoslovakia 
(Soviet Union; 31 August 1975)
as Russian Federation
Unofficial
 Russia 27–23 Barbarians
(Moscow, Russia; 6 June 1992)
Official
 Belgium 11–17 Russia 
(Brussels, Belgium; 11 October 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
Appearances2 (First in 2011)
Best resultPool stage (2011, 2019)
Websiterugby.ru

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

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 Russia's breaches of eligibility rules. The team also unsuccessfully attempted to qualify for the 1995 and 1999 Rugby World Cups. They competed in the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan by qualifying as Europe 1 as a result of Spain, Romania and Belgium being eliminated.

After the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, World Rugby and Rugby Europe suspended Russia from international and European continental rugby union competition. In addition, the Rugby Union of Russia was suspended from World Rugby and Rugby Europe.[2][3]

History edit

 
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.[citation needed]

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.[4] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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 and have stayed there ever since. The Russian side has yet to win the title.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] The RUR attempted to gain greater participation in the autumn test window, and was being integrated into World Rugby's global test match schedule.[1]

After the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, World Rugby and Rugby Europe suspended Russia from international and European continental rugby union competition. In addition, the Rugby Union of Russia was suspended from World Rugby and Rugby Europe.[5][6]

Rugby World Cup edit

World Cup record edit

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 4 0 0 4 19 160 10 4 0 6 249 201
  2023 Disqualified Disqualified
Total 2/9 8 0 0 8 76 356 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.[7] The Soviet Rugby Union was not an IRB member in time for 1991 Rugby World Cup qualifying.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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.[8]

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.[citation needed]

2011 edit

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.[9]

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

2015 edit

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.[citation needed]

2019 edit

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) and were sanctioned, and thus, Russia advanced as the automatic qualifier, with Germany headed to the repechage against Portugal.[citation needed]

European Nations Cup edit

As the Soviet Union, the side secured four straight silvers (all behind France and ahead of Italy and Romania) during the 1980s, and three bronzes.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] Since realignment, Russia has secured two runners-up spots and three third-place finishes.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Players edit

Current squad edit

On the 23rd of January 2022, the following 26 players were called up for the 2022 Rugby Europe Championship.[10]

On the 24th of January, Vasily Artemyev was called up to the squad.[11] On the 26th and 27th of January, Vladimir Podrezov and Alexei Golov as well as Victor Kononov and Alexander Gudok were called up to the squad.[12]

On 30 January, Victor Arhip was called up to the squad.[13] On the 1st of February, Ramil Gaisin was called up to the squad.[14]

On 7 February, Evgeny Mishechkin, Alexei Skobiola, Gleb Farkov, Kirill Golosnitsky, Vladislav Sozonov and Maxim Shevtsov were called up to the squad while Kirill Gotovtsev returned to his club.[15]

Head Coach:   Aleksandr Pervukhin

  • Caps updated: 8 February 2022

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

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Shamil Davudov Hooker (1995-04-25) 25 April 1995 (age 28) 1   Kazan
Shamil Magomedov Hooker (1987-04-17) 17 April 1987 (age 36) 9   Enisey-STM
Dmitry Parkhomenko Hooker (1995-11-02) 2 November 1995 (age 28) 4   VVA Podmoskovye
Azamat Bitiev Prop (1989-12-09) 9 December 1989 (age 34) 25   Enisey-STM
Nikoloz Kazalikashvili Prop (1992-08-06) 6 August 1992 (age 31) 1   Kazan
Tamerlan Khubaev Prop (1998-04-25) 25 April 1998 (age 25) 0   Dinamo Moscow
Evgeny Mishechkin Prop (1997-06-27) 27 June 1997 (age 26) 22   Slava Moscow
Nikoloz Narmania Prop (2000-09-13) 13 September 2000 (age 23) 0   Carcassonne
Vladimir Podrezov Prop (1994-01-27) 27 January 1994 (age 30) 40   VVA Podmoskovye
Stepan Seryakov Prop (1997-09-26) 26 September 1997 (age 26) 1   Enisey-STM
Alexei Skobiola Prop (1991-08-08) 8 August 1991 (age 32) 2   Slava Moscow
Nikita Bekov Lock (1996-03-04) 4 March 1996 (age 27) 3   Blagnac
Maxim Gargalîc Lock (1989-03-07) 7 March 1989 (age 34) 1   Enisey-STM
Anton Makarenko Lock (1991-12-07) 7 December 1991 (age 32) 1   Enisey-STM
German Silenko Lock (1995-08-09) 9 August 1995 (age 28) 7   Lokomotiv Penza
Victor Arhip Back row (1990-02-24) 24 February 1990 (age 33) 1   Krasny Yar
Artémy Gallo Back row (2000-10-07) 7 October 2000 (age 23) 2   Suresnes
Vladimir Geraskin Back row (2000-05-21) 21 May 2000 (age 23) 1   Lokomotiv Penza
Victor Gresev (c) Back row (1986-03-31) 31 March 1986 (age 37) 106   Lokomotiv Penza
Nikita Vavilin Back row (1994-05-13) 13 May 1994 (age 29) 24   Slava Moscow
Vitaly Zhivatov Back row (1992-02-16) 16 February 1992 (age 32) 19   VVA Podmoskovye
Stepan Khokhlov Scrum-half (1998-05-09) 9 May 1998 (age 25) 6   Slava Moscow
Efim Ryabishchuk Scrum-half (1999-03-16) 16 March 1999 (age 24) 1   Enisey-STM
Alexey Shcherban Scrum-half (1990-11-17) 17 November 1990 (age 33) 49   Enisey-STM
Gleb Farkov Fly-half (1997-05-14) 14 May 1997 (age 26) 1   Dinamo Moscow
Ramil Gaisin Fly-half (1991-07-26) 26 July 1991 (age 32) 60   Enisey-STM
Alexei Golov Fly-half (1992-01-24) 24 January 1992 (age 32) 3   Kazan
Daniil Semenov Fly-half (2000-06-27) 27 June 2000 (age 23) 1   CSKA Moscow
German Davydov Centre (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 29) 31   VVA Podmoskovye
Dmitry Gerasimov Centre (1988-04-16) 16 April 1988 (age 35) 72   Enisey-STM
Kirill Golosnitsky Centre (1994-05-30) 30 May 1994 (age 29) 23   VVA Podmoskovye
Victor Kononov Centre (1996-05-26) 26 May 1996 (age 27) 6   Enisey-STM
Vladislav Sozonov Centre (1993-10-09) 9 October 1993 (age 30) 13   Lokomotiv Penza
Alexander Gudok Wing (1991-06-03) 3 June 1991 (age 32) 0   Lokomotiv Penza
Andrei Karzanov Wing (1990-11-25) 25 November 1990 (age 33) 8   Lokomotiv Penza
Alexey Mikhaltsov Wing (1991-07-24) 24 July 1991 (age 32) 11   Enisey-STM
Daniil Potikhanov Wing (1999-11-30) 30 November 1999 (age 24) 8   Lokomotiv Penza
Vasily Artemyev Fullback (1987-07-24) 24 July 1987 (age 36) 97   CSKA Moscow
Maxim Shevtsov Fullback (2001-03-09) 9 March 2001 (age 22) 0   Dinamo Moscow
Dmitry Sukhin Fullback (1995-01-15) 15 January 1995 (age 29) 1   Krasny Yar

Current coaching staff edit

The current coaching staff of the Russian national team:[16]

Name Nationality Role
Aleksandr Pervukhin   RUS Manager
Alexander Yanyushkin
VAkil Valeev
  RUS Head coach
Yuri Kushnarev   RUS Assistant coach
Vacant Strength & conditioning coach
Dr. Evgeny Trofimov   RUS Team doctor
Vacant Physiotherapist

Past Coaches edit

Since 1992

Years Coach
–1992   Petr Etko
1992–2000   Vladimir Grachev
2001–2002   James Stoffberg
2003–2004   Aleksandr Pervukhin
2004–2005    Igor Mironov
2006   Blikkies Groenewald
2007–2008   Claude Saurel
2008-2010   Steve Diamond (Director of Rugby)
2008–2011   Nikolay Nerush
2011–2014   Kingsley Jones
2014   Raphaël Saint-André (Interim)
2015–2018   Aleksandr Pervukhin
2018   Mark McDermott (Interim)
2018–2021   Lyn Jones
2021–2022   Dick Muir
2023–   Aleksandr Pervukhin

Stadiums and attendance edit

The national team does not have a permanent home stadium and play their matches at various locations across Russia.[citation needed] After 2018 FIFA World Cup was held in Russia, the country received new large stadiums as a heritage. The Russian rugby union was given the opportunity to use these stadiums for the home games of the national team. The first big match took place in Moscow at VTB Arena as part of the warm-up to 2019 Rugby World Cup. In February 2020, Russia will host Portugal to the Kaliningrad Stadium.[citation needed]

The highest attended matches in Russia involving the Russian national team were:

Rank Attendance Opponent Date Venue Location
1 15,000   Italy 1998-04-18 Central Stadium Krasnoyarsk
2 15,000   Ireland 2002-09-21 Central Stadium Krasnoyarsk
3 12,000   Namibia 2018-11-10 Kuban Stadium Krasnodar
4 12,000   Portugal 2020-02-22 Kaliningrad Stadium Kaliningrad
5 11,500   Spain 2018-02-10 Kuban Stadium Krasnodar
6 10,000   USA Selects 2003-07-19 Central Stadium Krasnoyarsk
7 9,500   Georgia 2021-03-20 Kaliningrad Stadium Kaliningrad
8 8,237   Spain 2020-02-01 Fisht Stadium Sochi
9 8,000   Georgia 2008-04-12 Central Stadium Krasnoyarsk
10 8,000   Zimbabwe 2014-08-04 Central Stadium Krasnoyarsk
11 6,500   Connacht 2019-09-07 VTB Arena Moscow
12 6,000   Belgium 2018-02-17 Kuban Stadium Krasnodar
13 5,850   Georgia 2019-03-17 Kuban Stadium Krasnodar
14 5,100 Barbarian F.C. 1992-06-06 RZD Arena Moscow

Recent and upcoming fixtures edit

Russia hasn't played in official tests after suspension in 2022.

The following table shows fixtures of the Russian national team in not official test matches during the previous 12 months.

Date Opponent Opp Rank Result Venue Event
2023-06-25   Russian Barbarians n/a L 14-57   Luzhniki Sports Village, Moscow Test match
2023-10-21   Russian Barbarians n/a L 21-25   Solidarnost Samara Arena, Samara Test match

World Rugby Rankings edit

Top 30 as of 5 February 2024[17]
Rank Change* Team Points
1     South Africa 094.54
2     Ireland 092.11
3     New Zealand 089.80
4     France 086.28
5     England 085.80
6     Scotland 084.45
7     Argentina 080.68
8     Wales 079.62
9     Australia 077.48
10     Fiji 076.38
11     Italy 075.58
12     Japan 074.27
13  1   Georgia 072.68
14  1   Samoa 072.23
15  1   Tonga 071.57
16  3   Portugal 070.78
17     United States 067.94
18     Uruguay 067.39
19  1   Spain 063.46
20  1   Romania 063.40
21     Canada 060.90
22     Namibia 060.56
23     Chile 060.49
24     Hong Kong 059.80
25     Russia 058.06
26  3   Belgium 056.58
27  1    Switzerland 056.29
28     Brazil 055.37
27  2   Netherlands 055.24
30     South Korea 053.46
* Change from the previous week
Russia's historical rankings
See or edit source data.
Source: World Rugby[17]
Graph updated to 25 December 2023

On introduction of the World Rugby Rankings in October 2003, Russia was ranked 23rd.[citation needed] As of March 2022, Russia was ranked 25th in the world.

Overall record edit

Below is a table of the representative rugby matches played by a Russia national XV at test level up until 06 November 2021.[18]

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 8 7 1 0 87.50% 275 148 +127
  Canada 5 1 4 0 20.00% 91 157 –66
  Chile 3 1 2 0 33.33% 98 83 +15
  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 25 1 23 1 4.00% 273 621 –348
  Germany 11 11 0 0 100.00% 528 140 +388
  Hong Kong 5 5 0 0 100.00% 144 62 +82
  Ireland 3 0 3 0 0.00% 15 132 –117
  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 7 1 6 0 16.7% 118 299 –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 5 5 0 0 100.00% 243 47 +196
  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 21 14 6 1 66.67% 563 429 +134
  Romania 24 7 16 1 29.17% 347 580 –233
  Samoa 1 0 1 0 0.00% 9 34 –25
  Scotland 1 0 1 0 0.00% 0 61 –61
  Scotland A 1 0 1 0 0.00% 7 49 –42
  Spain 23 16 7 0 72.72% 639 518 +121
  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 227 113 111 3 49.78% 5735 5514 +221

Individual records edit

Most caps edit

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Won Lost Draw %
1 Yuri Kushnarev Fly-half 2005–2021 120 101 19 55 63 2 47.82
2 Victor Gresev Flanker 2006– 107 97 10 46 60 1 44.28
3 Andrey Garbuzov Lock 2005–2020 100 76 24 45 54 1 45.50
4 Vasily Artemyev Centre 2009– 98 94 4 41 56 1 43.68
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 Dmitry Gerasimov Centre 2008- 73 63 10 29 44 0 40.84
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
10 Viacheslav Grachev Flanker 1993–2011 72 70 2 33 37 2 47.22

Most tries edit

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries
1 Vasily Artemyev Centre 2009– 98 94 4 145 29
2 Andrei Kuzin Centre 1997–2011 78 68 10 130 26
3 Vladimir Ostroushko Wing 2006–2020 51 47 4 125 25
4 Victor Gresev Flanker 2006– 107 97 10 110 22
5 Viacheslav Grachev Flanker 1993–2011 72 70 2 95 19
6 Igor Galinovskiy Wing 2006-2019 50 43 7 90 18
7 Alexander Gvozdovsky Wing 2005-2010 31 28 3 75 15
Denis Simplikevich Wing 2011- 30 25 5 75 15
9 Evgeny Matveev Hooker 2007-2020 65 26 39 65 13
10 Anton Rudoy Flanker 2016-2018 20 19 1 60 12

Most points edit

# Player Pos Span Mat Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1 Yuri Kushnarev Fly-half 2005–2021 120 797 11 155 142 2
2 Konstantin Rachkov Fly-half 1997–2011 44 316 10 51 41 5
3 Ramil Gaisin Fly-half 2012– 60 250 7 46 41 0
4 Vladimir Simonov Centre 2001-2004 22 168 11 25 18 3
5 Vasily Artemyev Centre 2009– 98 145 29 0 0 0
6 Andrei Kuzin Centre 1997–2011 78 130 26 0 0 0
7 Vladimir Ostroushko Wing 2006–2020 51 125 25 0 0 0
8 Alexander Yanyushkin Scrum-half 2002–2015 70 116 10 9 16 0
9 Viktor Motorin Scrum-half 1999–2009 41 112 2 24 18 0
10 Victor Gresev Flanker 2006– 107 110 22 0 0 0

Other international teams edit

Sevens edit

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.[citation needed]

Women edit

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.[citation needed]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b "International Rugby Board - Integrated Tier 2 Test calendar moves closer". Archived from the original on 2012-10-15. Retrieved 2017-07-26.
  2. ^ Gallan, Daniel (1 March 2022). "World Rugby joins other sports bodies by suspending Russia and Belarus". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Rugby Europe Statement – Russia and Belarus Suspension". Rugby Europe. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  4. ^ RUR Team Media Guide RWC11
  5. ^ Gallan, Daniel (1 March 2022). "World Rugby joins other sports bodies by suspending Russia and Belarus". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 March 2022.
  6. ^ "Rugby Europe Statement – Russia and Belarus Suspension". Rugby Europe. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  7. ^ Rugby Union of Russia Official Team Media Guide for RWC11
  8. ^ "FEDERACION ESPAÑOLA RUGBY - la DH y LIGA IBERDROLA".
  9. ^ "Official RWC 2011 Site". RugbyWorldCup.com. Retrieved 2010-07-04.
  10. ^ Russia`s squad for the 2022 Rugby Europe Championship
  11. ^ Artemyev joins Russia squad.
  12. ^ Podrezov, Golov, Kononov and Gudok join Russia squad.
  13. ^ Arhip joins Russia squad.
  14. ^ Gaisin joins Russia squad.
  15. ^ Mishechkin, Skobiola, Farkov, Golosnitsky, Sozonov and Shevtsov join Russia squad.
  16. ^ "Russia Rugby's Coaching Staff". Rugby Union of Russia.
  17. ^ a b "Men's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 5 February 2024.
  18. ^ Russia rugby statistics

External links edit