SuperLiga (rugby union)

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The SuperLiga, officially known as the CEC Bank SuperLiga (for sponsorship reasons), is Romania's top level professional men's rugby union competition. The SuperLiga is run by Federația Română de Rugby (FRR) and is contested by 7 teams as of the 2019-2020 season, following the withdrawal from CSM București of the competition. At the end of April, Gloria Buzău announced that they will withdraw from the competition leaving only 6 teams in the SuperLiga for the remainder of the season.

SuperLiga
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019–20 SuperLiga season
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FormerlyDivizia Naţională de Seniori
SportRugby union
Founded1914; 107 years ago (1914)
Inaugural season1914
Owner(s)Federaţia Română de Rugby
No. of teams7
6 Starting with the 2020-21 season
CountryRomania
Most recent
champion(s)
CSM Știința Baia Mare (7th title)[1]
Most titlesCSA Steaua Bucuresti (24 titles)
TV partner(s)TVR (some matches)
RugbyTV.ro (Live Streams)
Sponsor(s)CEC Bank
Relegation toDivizia Naţională de Seniori
International cup(s)European Rugby Challenge Cup
European Rugby Continental Shield
Continental Club Rugby League
Related
competitions
Cupa României
Official websiteSuperLiga.ro

HistoryEdit

The first Romanian competition took place in 1914 between two Bucharest team's in Tennis Club Român and Sporting Club with Tennis Club Român taking out the first title winning both of the matches by eight and three points respectively.[2] The competition expanded and grew in the 1920s and 1930s (with a peak in the 1970s and 1980s), after Stadiul Român and seventeen more (other) teams were founded in Bucharest-only ever since. The championship took place on an annual basis, with some gap years caused by the two World Wars mostly.

The first team set up outside Bucharest (to play the top tier competition) was IAR Brașov in 1939, a team owned and run by the famous Braşov aircraft factory I.A.R. (Industria Aeronautică Română), but the first one to become champion of Romania was Universitatea Timișoara, only in 1972.

The European Champions Cup in its early years (1960s) used to be a Franco-Romanian affair, with Grivița Roșie (1964) and Dinamo (1967) grabbing their fair share of glory. In 1995 it was Farul Constanţa the team to represent Romania in the newly born Heineken Cup (splitting with Stade Toulousain the honour of playing on home ground the first ever match of the competition), but that was to be followed by no other participation of a Romanian side ever since (as of 2020). Nonetheless the Romanian teams turned to the European Challenge Cup although never actually advanced to the quarterfinals. To better cope with the strong clubs of the 6 Nations countries the Romanian Rugby Union pulled together an all-domestic franchise - Stejarii (The Oaks), to be later renamed Lupii București (Bucharest Wolves) - but despite the healthy idea and some gleams of success, the mighty SuperLiga clubs forced the Romanian Rugby Establishment to back off and allow again the champions of the SuperLiga to take part in the European Challenge Cup.

Current teamsEdit

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality

Team Manager Captain Stadium Capacity
Dinamo București   Cosmin Rațiu   Tudorel Bratu Stadionul Florea Dumitrache 1,500
Gloria Buzău   Mugur Preda   Marco Fuhri Stadionul Prințul Șerban Ghica 1,000
Steaua București   Dănuț Dumbravă   Viorel Lucaci Stadionul Ghencea II 3,000
Știința Baia Mare   Eugen Apjok   Marius Dănilă Stadionul Lascăr Ghineț (Arena Zimbrilor) 1,000
Timișoara Saracens   Valentin Calafeteanu   Eugen Căpățână Stadionul Gheorghe Rășcanu
Stadionul Dan Păltinișanu
1,000
32,972
Tomitanii Constanța   George Sava   Johnny Sola Stadionul Mihai Naca 1,000
Universitatea Cluj-Napoca   Horea Hîmpea   Vlad-Bogdan Rotar Stadionul Iuliu Hațieganu
Cluj Arena
1,000
30,201

Winners by yearEdit

Titles by teamEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Baia Mare win the 2019-20 season of the CEC Bank SuperLiga". 12 September 2020. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  2. ^ Constantin-Mao, Vasile (4 July 2010). "„Acum… 80 de ani…" – un patriarh al rugbyului românesc" ["80 years ago" - a patriarch of Romanian rugby]. acum.tv (in Romanian). Retrieved 26 August 2020.

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