Stahl Brandenburg Rugby
|Full name||SG Stahl Brandenburg Rugby|
|Union||German Rugby Federation|
|Founded||1950 (club) |
1959 (rugby department)
The club, located in former East Germany, used to be part of the BSG Stahl Brandenburg, a multi-sports club formed in November 1950. Stahl was home, apart from rugby, to a football department, now the FC Stahl Brandenburg, as well as a large number of other sports. Stahl, German for steel, took its name from its association with the local steelworks.
The following year, in 1959, a rugby department was formed at the Thälmannwerft, a Shipbuilding company, as part of the BSG Motor Nord. The Thälmannwerft, and BSG Motor Nord, were closed in 1961-62 and the rugby players moved to the BSG Stahl Brandenburg.
The team took part in the East German rugby union championship without actually winning a championship, coming closest in 1988, when it finished runners-up to Stahl Hennigsdorf. The club also managed to provide five players to the East German national team.
The team competed at third-tier level in the following years, the local division of the Rugby-Regionalliga, until 2000, when a second place in the league and a good performance in the promotion round meant qualification to the tier-two 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East.
Stahl suffered relegation from this league in 2002 but returned in 2005 after a championship in the Regionalliga. It played two more seasons in the 2nd Bundesliga before returning to the Rugby-Regionalliga East A again in 2007, where it plays today.
Recent seasons of the club:
|2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East relegation round||9th — Promoted|
|2000-01||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East (II)||6th|
|2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East relegation round||3rd|
|2001-02||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East||8th — Relegated|
|2003-04||Rugby-Regionalliga East (North) (III)||3rd|
|Placings round 1||2nd|
|2004-05||Rugby-Regionalliga East A||4th|
|North/East championship round||1st — promoted|
|2005-06||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East (II)||5th|
|2006–07||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East||8th — Relegated|
|2007–08||Rugby-Regionalliga East A (III)||5th|
|2008–09||Rugby-Regionalliga East A||4th|
|2009–10||Rugby-Regionalliga East (III)||4th|
|Rugby-Regionalliga East A||4th|
- (in German) Official website
- (in German) Stahl Brandenburg Rugby club info at totalrugby.de