Bogdan Bălan

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Bogdan Bălan
Date of birth (1980-02-11) 11 February 1980 (age 35)
Place of birth Paris, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 104 kg (229 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Prop
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
US Montauban
Lyon OU
50 (5)
correct as of 2011-08-06.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2003–11 Romania 29 (10)
correct as of 16 December 2011.

Bogdan Bălan (born 11 February 1979 in Brăila, Romania) is a Romanian rugby union footballer. He is currently playing professionally for Lyon in the Top 14. He plays at prop and also plays for Romania after making his debut in 2003; including getting selected for Romania's 2007 Rugby World Cup squad.

Balan began his rugby career playing for Brăila in his home town. He then played for Timişoara, Cluj and finally Steua Bucharest. After that he moved to France and played for Bordeaux Rugby Métropole who were in Fédérale 1 at the time. He helped them get promoted to the Pro D2, and then joined US Montauban in 2005. Montauban was promoted from the Pro D2 to France's premier competition the Top 14 following Balan's first season with them.

In August 2010 he signed for Lyon.

He was first selected for Romania in 2003 when he played against Georgia on 30 March that year. He has played for Romania every year since then, and has participated in the European Nations Cup, and in the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

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