RUGBY EUROPE INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 11th Feb 2017

RUGBY EUROPE INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

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11/02/2017 – 13:15
2017 REIC – RUGBY EUROPE CHAMPIONSHIP

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GERMANY 0 – 0 ROMANIA

ROMANIAN SQUAD ANNOUNCED FOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2017

The Romania’s national rugby team prepares for its debut in the qualifying campaign for the World Cup 2019, which will take place debut with the first match of the Rugby Europe Championship on the 11th of February in Germany.

Coaching staff consisting of Lynn Howells, Marius Tincu and Rob Moffat has established a group of 36 players for the first two games of the competition. 24 forwards and 12 backs.

The players called up, most – 16 – come from Romanian champions, Saracens Timisoara, five from CSA Steaua, five of Science Baia Mare, one of CSM Bucharest, and 9 players in France. The novelty in the group is the first convocation of Alexander Savin, pillar of CSM Bucharest.

“Romania starts out with one thought, which is to qualify for the World Cup 2019, which is the most important objective of both players and staff, and the whole romanian players group. At the same time, with the changing format of the competition Rugby Championship Europe, we want to win this edition and win “it”, when I say this, thinking of winning the last match at home against Georgia. To reach this goal, we shall make any misstep, treat every game like a final and we must focus on what we must do. We know that the first two matches will be harder because players will come together after a period of two months’ break and will need less time to accommodate between them on the field, but we hope that experience and maturity will help. ” said coach Lynn Howells.

Players who are not involved in domestic championship will meet on January 29 and pass medical exams; then players will leave to Lisbon on February 3rd, where they will be joined by players evolving in France. On February 4th, Romania will hold a training game in Portugal. On February 9th, team will travel to Frankfurt for the first match of the Rugby Championship Europe on the 11th of February with Germany.

Players selected for the first Rugby Europe Championship games:

FORWARDS

Mihai Lazar (Castres Olympique), Constantin Prístavita (Science Baia Mare), Alexandru Tarus (Beziers), Alexander Gordas (CSA Steaua), Andrei Ursache (Carcassonne), Bodgan Neacsu (Dinamo), Vlad Badalicescu (Steaua), Alexander Savin (CSM Bucharest), Florin Bardasu (Baia Mare), Marian Capatana (Timisoara Saracens), Otar Turashvili (Colomiers), Valentin Poparlan (Timisoara Saracens), Andrei Iurea (Baia Mare), Johan Van Heerden (Science Baia Mare), Ionut Muresan (Timisoara Saracens), Viorel Lucaci (CSA Steaua), Andrei Gorcioaia (Massy), Cristian Chirica (Science Baia Mare), Vlad Nistor (Albi), Dorin Lazar (Timisoara Saracens), Razvan Ailenei (Stiinta Baia Mare)

BACKS:

Valentin Calafeteanu (Timisoara Saracens), Florin Surugiu (CSA Steaua), Alexandru Tigla (Stiinta Baia Mare), Jody Rose (Timisoara Saracens), Florin Vlaicu (CSA Steaua), Jack Umaga (Timisoara Saracens), Florin Vlad Popa (Timisoara Saracens), Stephen Shennan (Timisoara Saracens), Ionut Dumitru (CSA Steaua), Madalin Lemnaru (Timisoara Saracens), Catalin Fercu (Timisoara Saracens), Samoa Luke (Science Baia Mare)

More information on : https://frr.ro


11/02/2017 – 15:00
2017 REIC – RUGBY EUROPE CHAMPIONSHIP

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BELGIUM 0 – 0 GEORGIA

37 BELGIAN PLAYERS SELECTED FOR RUGBY EUROPE CHAMPIONSHIP
Selection announced for the 2 games of Belgium.

The list of Belgium players is now confirmed for the 2 first Fixtures of Rugby Europe Championship 2017 against Georgia (11.Feb) and Russia (18th Feb) :

BENOY GILLIAN (Dendermondse RC), BERGER JULIEN (Provence rugby), BILLI BERTRAND RC (Soignies), BONTEMS NATHAN (Beauvais), BREBANT GUILLAUME (Rugby Ottignies Club), BROUILLARD THOMAS (Rugby Ottignies Club), COCQU TOM (RC Aubenas Vals), CORRADI BRIEUC (Dijon), COUPE TOM (Dendermondse RC), DE BACKER SEP (Dendermondse RC), DE CLERCQ JEAN BAPTISTE (Stade Français Paris), DEBATTY LOUIS (RC Soignies), DEBATY CHRISTOPHE (RFC Liégeois), DEMOLDER THOMAS (Grasse), D’HOOGUE SVEN (Racing Métro 92), DIENST THOMAS (Rugby Ottignies Club), DOWSETT CRAIG (Old Albanians RC), DUBOIS MAX RC (Soignies), HAMZAOUI AMIN (Angouleme), HEYNDRICKX ROMAIN (RC Soignies), JADOT MAXIME (RC Vannes), LANCELLE BRUNO (Hyères), LESCARBOURA BAPTISTE (Royal Kituro RFC), MASSIMI JULIEN (ASUB Rugby Waterloo), MEEUS NICOLAS (Royal Kituro RFC), MEHREZ ADELIN (RC Soignies), MOELANTS TUUR (ASUB Rugby Waterloo), PIRON FLORIAN (RC Chartres), PIRON GUILLAUME (US Colomiers), REYNAERT CHARLES (Racing Métro 92), SENSEE HUGO (Royal Kituro RFC), SOTTEAU LUCAS (Oloron Sainte-Marie), VAN LAER PAUL-EDOUARD (Nice), VERVOORT THOMAS (La Seyne sur Mer), VOCEA SAVENACA (Dendermondse RC), WILLIAMS Kevin (ASUB Rugby Waterloo), WILLIAMS ALAN (US COGNAC)

The Lelos will assemble for their training camp in preparation for the first two REC 2017 matches in France on February 4th. The team will stay in Toulouse until February 9th and then travel to Brussels, to play against the Belgium on February 11th.The team will come back home on February 13 and camp at Shevardeni National High Performance to prepare for the match against Germany. Match Scheduled for February 19th at Rustavi Rugby Stadium. 

As Georgia secured its place for the next Rugby World Cup 2019 early on, the Lelos coaching staff will take benefit of Rugby Europe Championship 2017 to testing young players and build a solid group for 2019.

Milton Haig declared :“Our objectives will obviously be to win Rugby Europe Championship. On top of that our other objectives will be to continue to build depth in positions and give young players an opportunity to prove to coaches they are good enough for future selections. Its also important during this competition to develop our style and consistency of our play and continue to innovate our ability to play different styles of attack and defense”.

The selection of 31-man squad for the first two REC 2017 matches includes 8 uncapped players. If all these players enter the pitch vs Belgium and Germany, the all-time ranks of The Lelos will increase till 249.

“We have selected some younger players for the first 2 matches and this is a good chance for them to show selectors their skills. As we look towards the 2019 World Cup in Japan, some of these players will be involved so their selection is the start of this process. However its important for these players to realize that we are watching everything they do on and off the field. Their commitment and professionalism will be under the microscope so this will be interesting for the Coaches to see” Commented Haig about young players called to squad.

15 players from Georgia’s November 2016 squad will not play the starting matches of Rugby Europe Championship this year.

It should also be noted that this experimental squad still includes experienced leaders: Kvirikashvili, Kacharava, Malaguradze, Begadze and Nemsadze.

Detailed players’ list announced:

Backs
FB Merab KVIRIKASHVILI Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10] 1983 98 14T 132C 141P 3D [766 pt] 4SB
FB Beka TSIKLAURI Lokomotivi Tbilisi [GEO Big 10] 1989 25 4T 11C 15P 2D [93 pt]
WI Sandro TODUA Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10] 1987 59 7T 2SB
WI Giorgi PRUIDZE Bagrati Kutaisi [GEO Big 10]  1994 11 T
WI Anzor SITCHINAVA Akademia [GEO Big 10] 1995 1 SB
CE Davit KATCHARAVA Enisey Krasnoyarsk [RUS Super] 1985 96 20T [4 Capt] 2SB
CE Merab SHARIKADZE Aurillac [FRA Pro D2] 1993 47 8T [1 Capt]
CE Giorgi KOSHADZE

Kharebi Rustavi [GEO Div1] 

1996 1 :
CE Badri LIPARTELIANI Armazi Tbilisi [GEO Big 10] 1995 0 :
FH Lasha MALAGHURADZE Krasny Yar Krasnoyarsk [RUS Super] 1986 73 4T 38C 25P 3D [180 pt] 2SB
FH Lasha KHMALADZE Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10] 1988

48

7T 4C [43 pt]
FH Revaz JINTCHVELASHVILI Bagrati Kutaisi [GEO Big 10]  1995 2 :
HB Giorgi BEGADZE Qochebi Bolnisi [GEO Big 10] 1986 51 2SB
HB Vazha KHUTSISHVILI Lokomotivi Tbilisi [GEO Big 10] 1993 22 :
HB Gela APRASIDZE Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10] 1998 0 :
Forwards
LH Zurab ZHVANIA Stade Français [FRA Top 14] 1991 26 8T 2SB
LH Tornike MATARADZE Lyon [FRA Top 14] 1996 0 :
HK Badri ALKHAZASHVILI Toulon [FRA Top 14] 1995 2 :
HK

Giorgi TCHQOIDZE

Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10] 1991 0 :
TH Giorgi MELIKIDZE Stade Français [FRA Top 14] 1996 2 :
TH Soso BEKOSHVILI Brive [FRA Top 14] 1993 0 :
TH Lasha TABIDZE Bordeaux [FRA Top 14]  1997 0 :
LK Giorgi NEMSADZE Bristol [ENG Prem] 1984

65

12T 4SB
LK Nodar TCHEISHVILI Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10] 1990 4 :
BR Giorgi TKHILAISHVILI Batumi [GEO Big 10] 1991 33 6T SB
BR Lasha LOMIDZE Beziers [FRA Pro D2] 1992 25 5SB
BR Saba SHUBITIDZE Akademia [GEO Big 10] 1994 7 :
BR Beka GORGADZE Mont de Marsan [FRA Pro D2] 1996 7 T SB
BR Otar GIORGADZE Clermont [FRA Top 14] 1996 2 T
BR Giorgi MTCHEDLISHVILI Jiki Gori [GEO Big 10] 1993 0 :
BR Giorgi TSUTSKIRIDZE Brive [FRA Top 14] 1996 0 :

Photos Credit : Georgian Rugby Union


11/02/2017 – 16:00
2017 REIC – RUGBY EUROPE CHAMPIONSHIP

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SPAIN 0 – 0 RUSSIA

First challenge for Spain in Championship

For its first game in Rugby Europe Championship 2017, Spain will have a huge challenge facing the Russian, which finished at the third place just before Leones last season.
A great clash between the teams looking ahead to a possible qualification for 2019.
A victory of Spain would motivate players before moving to Romania and hosting Georgia, full of hopes and ambition.
A victory of Russia would be a good start before playing Belgium in Brussels and hosting Romania.
In any case, the last season opposition played in Sotchi was a tough game, ending with a short victory of Russia (22-20).

Relive the video of the game :

SPANISH SQUAD ANNOUNCED FOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2017
The Spanish team will gather from January 29th to February 1st in High Performance Center at Sant Cugat to prepare Rugby Europe Championship 2017, qualifying for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.
The Team Manager unveiled a list of 30 players for this training session, from which 23 players will be chosen for the first game against Russia to be played on February 11th at 16.00 (local time) in Estadio Central de la Universida Complutense de Madrid.
More information on : www.ferugby.es
Front-lines
Beñat Auzqui ,Fernando López, Marco Pinto, Juan Anaya, Jesús Moreno, Jonathan García
Second-lines
Víctor Sánchez, David Barrera, Iñaki Villanueva, Anibal Bonan
Third Lines
Carlos Gavidi, Pierre Barthere, Gautier Guiboin, Mathieu Roca, Mathiew Foulds, Jaime Nava (c)
Scrum-half
Guillaume Rouet, Sebastien Rouet
Fly-Half
Mathieu Belie, Daniel Snee
Centers
Gareth Griffiths, Federico Castiglioni, Fabien Perrin, Thibaut Álvarez
Wings
Sebastien Ascarat, Julen Goia, Jordi Jorba, Brice Labadie
Fullbacks
Brad Linklater, Javier Carrión


11/02/2017 – 18:00
2017 REIC – RUGBY EUROPE CONFERENCE 1 SOUTH

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ANDORRA 0 – 0 CYPRUS

2017 REIC TABLE – RUGBY EUROPE CONFERENCE 1 SOUTH

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Cyprus Squad for  Match vs Andorra 11th Feb. 2017

Cyprus Squad for Match vs Andorra 11th Feb. 2017

Stefan Yarrow Stirling CountyStefan begins exciting journey with Cyprus

The Scrum February 8, 2017

SCRUM Web Editor catches up with a BT Premiership player on the cusp of an international cap:

Stirling County’s Stefan Yarrow is heading off to Cyprus this week to begin his international rugby journey.

The 24-year-old’s father’s family are Cypriot and he has been given the chance to train with the national team in the coming days and then hopes to be involved in their match away to Andorra on Saturday. Explaining how it all came about Stefan, who has been playing in County’s first team this term, said: “My club team mate Struan Robertson follows Cyprus Rugby on Twitter and they tweeted a message out asking anyone who is eligible to play for Cyprus to contact them, so that’s what I did.

“A couple of weeks later I got a call from Andrew Binikos, who is part of the management team, and it just went from there.

“We travel to Barcelona on February 8 for a couple days training camp and then we head to Andorra to play them on Saturday.My family are super proud, My mum, dad, uncle, cousins, grandma and grandpa are heading across to Andorra to come and support me. My mum has even made hats in the Cyprus colours for Saturday for my travelling support.”

“This call-up is the highlight of my career, no way did I ever think starting rugby in P4 that I would ever get an internationalist call up for any sport. I started rugby with the minis at Stirling County because all my best mates – Blair Gilchrist, Craig Robertson and Finn Russell – used to go on about how fun it was so I thought I’d give it a go. I liked it ahead of other sports because you could get stuck in which I was right into.”

Stefan played for County all through the youth age-grades and also played rugby at Wallace High School.

He has been in and around the County senior teams since then and the electrician for FES said: “My first XV debut was around three years back on a rainy, cold and snowy day at Old Anniesland against Glasgow Hawks were I came off the bench. County really is a great club. The group of lads that are here make it for me if I’m being honest. We’re all really close so makes everything a lot easier be it training or game day.”

“Also we all know what is expected from us from coaches so when words need to be said nobody takes offence as we’re all mates at the end of the day.”

Stefan started off as a scrum-half when he was young – “I have played pretty much every position apart from 10 and front row” – but has now settled in the second-row.

And having watched pal Finn go on and play regularly at international level he is excited to try and follow in his footsteps.

“Finn’s my best mate so I’m in contact with him all the time pretty much. It has been great to watch his career,” Stefan explained.

“My aims for the next few months are to stay fit for the remainder of the season and continue playing as much as I can for Stirling.

“The next Cyprus game is in Cyprus so the family who still stay across there will hopefully get a chance to come watch me play if I get selected, so fingers crossed.”

Stefan Yarrow is pictured, thanks to Bryan Robertson for the photo


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