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The VVA Saracens, formally known as VVA-Podmoskovye, is a Russian rugby union team currently playing in the Professional Rugby League, under the Saracens global network after joining the Network in 2013.[1] The team plays at Gagarin Air Force Academy stadium in Monino, a garrison town just outside Moscow. VVA-Podmoskovye have strong links to the air force and also supply the bulk of Russia, with which they share a head coach, Nikolai Nerush. The team has ambitious plans for the future - it is lobbying hard for inclusion in the European Challenge Cup and is close to completing a 12,500-seat purpose-built rugby stadium.[2]

VVA Saracens
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Full nameRugby club VVA-Podmoskovje, Moscow region
Founded1967
LocationMonino, Russia
Ground(s)Gagarin Air Force Academy stadium (Capacity: 5000)
ChairmanRifkat Sattarov
Coach(es)Nikolay Nerush
Captain(s)Vladimir Marchenko
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.vva-podmoskovje.ru

VVA Saracens have won the title eight times, in 1993, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. They were also nine-time winners of the Soviet Championship.

March 2011 saw two stars depart for Aviva Premiership clubs, with Moldovan international Vadim Cobîlaş joining former Russia coach Steve Diamond at Sale Sharks and Russian international Vasily Artemiev joining Northampton Saints.

HonoursEdit

  • USSR/Russian Championship (17): 1969, 1971, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1993, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.
  • Runner-up (9): 1972, 1982, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2005.
  • USSR/Russian Cup (13): 1976, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010.

Current squadEdit

2019

VVA
Pos. Nat. Name Date of birth (age) Caps Former club
HK   Alexander Ivanov (1990-11-04) 4 November 1990 (age 29) 3 homegrown player
HK   Evgeny Matveev (1984-04-15) 15 April 1984 (age 35) 61   Lokomotiv
HK   Ivan Nezhdanov (1995-01-01) 1 January 1995 (age 24)   Bulava Taganrog
PR   Maxim Cobilas (1986-08-12) 12 August 1986 (age 33) 28   Sale Sharks
PR   Andrey Polivalov (1986-08-09) 9 August 1986 (age 33) 28   Enisei-STM
PR   Sergey Sekisov (1986-11-19) 19 November 1986 (age 33) 27   Enisei-STM
PR   Vladimir Podrezov (1994-01-27) 27 January 1994 (age 25) 27   Enisei-STM
PR   Anton Drozdov (1996-10-08) 8 October 1996 (age 23) 3   Bulava Taganrog
PR   Dmitry Krovyakov (1998-05-19) 19 May 1998 (age 21)   Energia Kazan
LK   Alexey Panasenko (1983-01-13) 13 January 1983 (age 36) 33 homegrown player
LK   Freddy Ngoza (1991-10-20) 20 October 1991 (age 28)   Boland Cavaliers
LK   Egor Zykov (1993-01-11) 11 January 1993 (age 26)   Krasny Yar
LK   Ivan Kravtsov (1995-04-06) 6 April 1995 (age 24) homegrown player
FL   Kirill Kushnarev (1982-04-20) 20 April 1982 (age 37) 33 homegrown player
FL   Alexander Lavrov (1991-03-18) 18 March 1991 (age 28)   Bulava Taganrog
FL   Danila Chegodaev (1992-01-09) 9 January 1992 (age 27) 7 homegrown player
FL   Vitaly Zhivatov (1992-02-16) 16 February 1992 (age 27) 12 homegrown player
FL   Sergey Mysin (1995-09-16) 16 September 1995 (age 24) homegrown player
FL   Patris Peki (1995-10-19) 19 October 1995 (age 24) 2   RC Zelenograd
N8   Vitaly Orlov (1987-10-05) 5 October 1987 (age 32) 6   Enisei-STM
N8   Artem Marchenko (1991-03-23) 23 March 1991 (age 28) homegrown player
N8   Alexander Zorin (1990-03-20) 20 March 1990 (age 29) homegrown player
SH   Dmitry Perov (1984-11-18) 18 November 1984 (age 35) 14 homegrown player
SH   Denis Syomin (1992-12-24) 24 December 1992 (age 26) homegrown player
FH   Lasha Malaguradze (1986-06-02) 2 June 1986 (age 33) 91   Krasny Yar
FH   Denis Kukishev (1991-02-20) 20 February 1991 (age 28) 2 homegrown player
FH   Marlou van Niekerk (1993-05-19) 19 May 1993 (age 26)   Free State XV
FH   Leighton Eksteen (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 25)   SWD Eagles
CE   Sergey Trishin (1984-12-12) 12 December 1984 (age 34) 56   Enisei-STM
CE   Mikhail Babaev (1986-01-19) 19 January 1986 (age 33) 71   Enisei-STM
CE   Ilya Babaev (1989-01-10) 10 January 1989 (age 30) homegrown player
CE   German Davydov (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 25) 21   Energia Kazan
CE   Artem Kashyrsky (1995-01-01) 1 January 1995 (age 24) homegrown player
CE   Sergey Motov (1997-01-05) 5 January 1997 (age 22) homegrown player
CE   Egor Kuleshov (1998-02-18) 18 February 1998 (age 21) homegrown player
WG   Alexander Gudok (1991-06-03) 3 June 1991 (age 28) homegrown player
WG   Alexander Romanov (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 26) homegrown player
WG   Vladislav Sozonov (1993-10-09) 9 October 1993 (age 26) 11 homegrown player
WG   Alexander Nikitin (1999-04-22) 22 April 1999 (age 20) homegrown player
WG   Daniil Potikhanov (1999-11-30) 30 November 1999 (age 20) 3   Lokomotiv
FB   Apisalome Waqatabu (1984-09-21) 21 September 1984 (age 35)   Fijian Latui
FB   Anton Pshenichnykh (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 27)   Slava Moscow
FB   German Godlyuk (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 27) 2   Slava Moscow

Former players now in a professional overseas leagueEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ VVA Saracens join the Global Network
  2. ^ "Russian League Expands for 2010".

External linksEdit