Alexander Widiker

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Alexander Widiker
Full name Alexander Widiker
Date of birth (1982-04-27) 27 April 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Kostanay, Kazakhstan
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Weight 110 kg (17 st 5 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Prop
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
TB Rohrbach
SC Neuenheim
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006–2010
2010–
RC Orléans
Heidelberger RK
65
33
(35)
(45)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2001–2014 Germany 59

Alexander Widiker (born 27 April 1982)[1] is a German international rugby union player, playing for Heidelberger RK in the Rugby-Bundesliga and, formerly, the German national rugby union team.[2]

Widiker played in the 2011 and 2012 German championship final for Heidelberger RK, which the club both won, with Widiker scoring a try in the 2011 game.

Widiker is one of the few German players who has successfully played abroad. From 2006 to 2010, he played for the RC Orléans in the Fédérale 1, alongside two other German internationals, the brothers Matthieu and Guillaume Franke.[3] In his last season with RCO he was also the teams captain.[1]

Biography[edit]

Widiker was born 27 April 1982 in Kostanay, Kazakhstan, as one of three children as an ethnic German in Kazakhstan in 1982. His parents, Friedrich and Emilia Widiker, are of Volga German descent. Widiker's grandparents were forcefully removed from the former Volga German Republic to Kazakhstan. When Widiker was eleven years old, his family moved to Germany. Initially, the family moved to Bramsche in Lower Saxony but was then allocated accommodation in Leipzig. Eventually, the family chose to move to Wiesloch, near Heidelberg.[1]

Widiker, who played association football, ice hockey and basketball in Kazakhstan, only began playing rugby when going to school in Germany. He joined the TB Rohrbach, which later merged its youth team with the SC Neuenheim, where he made his debut in the senior team at the age of 17. He played for the German Under-17 and Under-19 team, taking part in two world championships, before making his debut for the senior side on 21 October 2001 against Sweden.[1]

Before moving to France, Widiker, who has been playing rugby since 1994, won two German championships with his former club, SC Neuenheim, in 2003 and 2004.[2]

Widiker was scheduled to return to Germany for the 2010–11 season to play for SC Neuenheim once more,[4] but instead joint Heidelberger RK. He is also the new German captain, leading the team for the first time on 20 November 2010 against Poland.[5]

With the final game against Moldova, Alexander Widiker played his 50th game for his country, thereby equaling Horst Kemmling's record of number of internationals for the DRV.[6] He overtook Kemmling's record when he played his 51st game against the Ukraine on 27 October 2012.[7]

Widiker retired from international rugby after a record 58 games for Germany after a 76–12 win against the Czech Republic in April 2014, citing increased personal and business commitments as his reason.[8] He however returned to the German team one more time in May in the decisive world cup qualifier against Russia which Germany lost.[9]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

National team[edit]

Stats[edit]

Alexander Widiker's personal statistics in club and international rugby:[2][10]

Club[edit]

Year Team Competition Games Points Place
2006–07 RC Orléans Fédérale 1 17 5
2007–08 10 5
2008–09 17 15
2009–10 21 10
2010–11 Heidelberger RK Rugby-Bundesliga 17 30 1st – Champions
2011–12 16 15 1st – Champions
2012–13 1st – Champions
2013–14
  • As of 4 December 2013

National team[edit]

European Nations Cup[edit]

Year Team Competition Games Points Place
2006–2008 Germany European Nations Cup Second Division 8 0 Champions
2008–2010 Germany European Nations Cup First Division 10 0 6th – Relegated
2010–2012 Germany European Nations Cup Division 1B 10 5 4th
2012–2014 Germany European Nations Cup Division 1B 8 15 ongoing

Friendlies & other competitions[edit]

Year Team Competition Games Points
2007 Germany Friendly 1 0
2008 1 0
2010 1 5
  • As of 24 April 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Alexander Widiker profile (German) at the DRV website, accessed: 21 March 2011
  2. ^ a b c Alexander Widiker (German) totalrugby.de, accessed: 27 February 2010
  3. ^ DRV-Stürmer Alexander Widiker verlängert in Orléans (German) totalrugby.de, published: 5 June 2009, accessed: 27 February 2010
  4. ^ TotalRugby Wechselbörse (German) totalrugby.de, accessed: 30 April 2010
  5. ^ Widiker: “Für mich zählt nur der Aufstieg” (German) Rugby-Journal, published: 19 November 2010, accessed: 21 November 2010
  6. ^ Rekord für Snakko (German) DRV website, accessed: 7 April 2012
  7. ^ Deutsche 15er-Herren gewinnen EM-Auftakt gegen Ukraine (German) totalrugby.de, published: 27 October 2012, accessed: 1 November 2012
  8. ^ Der Kapitän geht von Bord (German) totalrugby.de, published: 4 April 2014, accessed: 24 April 2014
  9. ^ Deutschland kämpft in Hamburg gegen Russland um das WM-Ticket (German) Hamburger Abendblatt, published: 23 May 2014, accessed: 25 May 2014
  10. ^ Widiker Alexander (French) itsrugby.fr, accessed: 27 February 2010

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