German rugby union championship

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German rugby union championship
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Sport Rugby union
Founded 1909
Country  Germany
Most recent champion(s) Heidelberger RK (men & women)

The German rugby union championship was established in 1909 and has since been played, with exceptions, annually. It is the highest competition in Germany in the sport of Rugby Union.

History[edit]

Men[edit]

The German Rugby Federation, the DRV was formed on 4 November 1900 in Kassel.[1]

The first final of the German championship was played on 14 November 1909 in Stuttgart.[2] Originally it was played between the two best teams out of the regional competitions. In 1962, a cup competition, the DRV-Pokal, was introduced,[3] and additionally, a league cup was formed in 1983.[4] All competitions are played annually.

In 1971, the Rugby-Bundesliga was established, from then on the two best teams out of this league would play in the final.[5]

The TSV Victoria Linden from Hannover is the record champion, having won 20 titles so far.[6] Until 2006, every final included a team from Hannover. Since then, in 2006, 2007 and 2008, no team from this city has reached the German final.

From 1996, a German championship in sevens rugby has been organised. This competition has been held annually since, except in 2001 and 2002.[7]

Women[edit]

A German women's championship was established in 1988 and has been held annually since.[8] Since 2000, the women also organise a sevens championship.[9]

2013–14 season[edit]

Men[edit]

The 2013–14 mens final was played on 21 June 2014 in Pforzheim, the first-ever final to be played there. The play-offs for the German championship started on 26 April after two rounds of group stages. Of the 24 Rugby-Bundesliga clubs the best 12 take part in the play-offs. The top two teams in each of the two divisions automatically advanced to the quarter finals while the teams placed third to sixth played a first play-off round:[10]

First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                           
    Heidelberg, 3 May        
Berlin, 26 April
  Heidelberger RK   76
  RK 03 Berlin   33 Heidelberg, 17 May
    RK 03 Berlin   12  
  RK Heusenstamm   19     Heidelberger RK   101
  Berlin, 3 May
Heidelberg, 26 April     Berliner Rugby Club   5  
  Berliner Rugby Club   31
  RG Heidelberg   101 Pforzheim, 21 June
    RG Heidelberg   24  
  TSV Victoria Linden   10     Heidelberger RK   43
  Hanover, 10 May
Heidelberg, 3 May     TV Pforzheim   20
  DSV 78 Hannover   29
  SC Neuenheim   55 Hanover, 17 May
    SC Neuenheim   13  
  FC St. Pauli   3     DSV 78 Hannover   13
  Pforzheim, 3 May
Hanover, 26 April     TV Pforzheim   44  
  TV Pforzheim   84
  SC Germania List   22
    TSV Handschuhsheim   7  
  TSV Handschuhsheim   31  

Women[edit]

The 2013–14 women's final wasplayed on 10 May 2014. The play-offs for the German championship started on 12 April after a single round league season. Of the seven Women's Rugby-Bundesliga clubs the best four take part in the play-offs:[11]

                     
   SC Neuenheim 12 37  
 FC St. Pauli 22 0  
   SC Neuenheim 7
   Heidelberger RK 14
 Heidelberger RK 97 99
   SG Rhein-Main 0 0  


Men's championship finals[edit]

Since 1909, the German rugby champions are determined by a final (except in 2001-02), nowadays held between the two top teams of the Rugby-Bundesliga:

Championship finals[edit]

Season Winner Runner-Up Result
1908-09 FC 1897 Hannover FV Stuttgart 6-3
1909-10 FC Frankfurt 1880 SV Odin Hannover 3-0
1910-11 not held
1911-12 FC Neuenheim FC 1897 Hannover 13-6
1912-13 FC 1880 Frankfurt DFV 1878 Hannover 3-0
1913-14 SV Odin Hannover FC Neuenheim 3-0
1914-19 not held
1919-20 SV Odin Hannover SC 1880 Frankfurt 3-0
1920-21 FC Neuenheim Hawa-Alexandria Hannover 11-0
1921-22 SC 1880 Frankfurt Hawa-Alexandria Hannover 3-0
1922-23 FC Schwalbe Hannover SC Neuenheim 6-3
1923-24 SC Neuenheim TSV Victoria Linden 8-3
1924-25 SC 1880 Frankfurt SC Linden 33-13
1925-26 FC Schwalbe Hannover SC 1880 Frankfurt 8-0
1926-27 Heidelberger RK TSV Victoria Linden 10-6
1927-28 Heidelberger RK DFV 1878 Hannover 8-0
1928-29 TSV Victoria Linden Heidelberger RK 5-0
1929-30 SV Odin Hannover RG Heidelberg 13-0
1930-31 SV Odin Hannover SC 1880 Frankfurt 38-0
1931-32 FV 1897 Linden RG Heidelberg 6-5
1932-33 VfR Döhren RG Heidelberg 3-0
1933-34 VfR Döhren FV 1897 Linden 8-3
1934-35 not held
1935-36 FC Schwalbe Hannover SC Neuenheim 11-0
1936-37 FV 1897 Linden RG Heidelberg 32-11
1937-38 VfV Hannover RG Heidelberg 14-3
1938-39 VfV Hannover SC Neuenheim 16-0
1939-40 FV 1897 Linden Eintracht Frankfurt 19-6
1940-41 SC Elite Hannover BSC Siemens Berlin 11-3 / 12-8
1941-42 SG Ordnungspolizei Berlin SC Germania List 13-9
1942-47 not held
1947-48 TSV Victoria Linden Berliner SV 92 30-0
1948-49 SC Neuenheim SC Germania List 11-0
1949-50 SV 08 Ricklingen SC Neuenheim 6-0
1950-51 TSV Victoria Linden SC Neuenheim 18-9
1951-52 TSV Victoria Linden SC 1880 Frankfurt 22-3
1952-53 TSV Victoria Linden TSV Handschuhsheim 19-8
1953-54 TSV Victoria Linden SC Neuenheim 23-3
1954-55 TSV Victoria Linden TSV Handschuhsheim 6-3
1955-56 TSV Victoria Linden TSV Handschuhsheim 12-6
1956-57 TSV Handschuhsheim SC Elite Hannover 6-3
1957-58 TSV Victoria Linden SC Neuenheim 21-0
1958-59 VfR Döhren RG Heidelberg 10-5
1959-60 SV 08 Ricklingen TSV Handschuhsheim 17-0
1960-61 SV Odin Hannover SC Neuenheim 5-0
1961-62 TSV Victoria Linden SC Neuenheim 11-3
1962-63 SV Odin Hannover TSV Handschuhsheim 11-3
1963-64 DSV 1878 Hannover FC St. Pauli 11-0
1964-65 TSV Victoria Linden Eintracht Frankfurt 17-12
1965-66 SC Neuenheim DSV 1878 Hannover 9-3
1966-67 SC Neuenheim TSV Victoria Linden 11-9
1967-68 DSV 1878 Hannover TSV Handschuhsheim 8-6
1968-69 TSV Victoria Linden SC 1880 Frankfurt 25-3
1969-70 DSV 1878 Hannover RG Heidelberg 20-6
1970-71 Heidelberger RK DSV 1878 Hannover 14-9
1971-72 TSV Victoria Linden SC Neuenheim 17-16
1972-73 Heidelberger RK SV 08 Ricklingen 3-0
1973-74 SV 08 Ricklingen Heidelberger TV 15-9
1974-75 TSV Victoria Linden Heidelberger RK 12-4
1975-76 Heidelberger RK TSV Victoria Linden 35-0
1976-77 SC Germania List Heidelberger RK 16-9
1977-78 FV 1897 Linden TSV Handschuhsheim 24-16
1978-79 SC Germania List Heidelberger TV 9-0
1979-80 RG Heidelberg FV 1897 Linden 16-10
1980-81 SC Germania List Heidelberger RK 28-19
1981-82 DSV 78 Hannover RG Heidelberg 15-6
1982-83 DSV 78 Hannover RG Heidelberg 16-12
1983-84 DSV 78 Hannover TSV Victoria Linden 27-6
1984-85 DSV 78 Hannover Heidelberger RK 24-9
1985-86 Heidelberger RK DSV 1878 Hannover 15-9
1986-87 TSV Victoria Linden DSV 1878 Hannover 24-0
1987-88 DRC Hannover DSV 1878 Hannover 12-9
1988-89 TSV Victoria Linden Berliner RC 20-6
1989-90 DSV 78 Hannover SC Neuenheim 31-4
1990-91 DSV 78 Hannover TSV Victoria Linden 6-3
1991-92 TSV Victoria Linden SV 08 Ricklingen 59-3
1992-93 TSV Victoria Linden DSV 1878 Hannover 18-14
1993-94 TSV Victoria Linden Heidelberger TV 15-3
1994-95 SC Neuenheim TSV Victoria Linden 14-13
1995-96 TSV Victoria Linden RG Heidelberg 9-8
1996-97 RG Heidelberg TSV Victoria Linden 15-13
1997-98 DRC Hannover TSV Victoria Linden 25-20
1998-99 DRC Hannover RG Heidelberg 24-10 / 11-22
1999–2000 DRC Hannover TSV Victoria Linden 45-12 / 34-3
2000-01 DRC Hannover SC Neuenheim 28-16 / 8-13
2001-02 DRC Hannover not held [12]
2002-03 SC Neuenheim DRC Hannover 18-9
2003-04 SC Neuenheim DRC Hannover 23-18
2004-05 DRC Hannover TSV Handschuhsheim 21-9
2005-06 RG Heidelberg SC Neuenheim 13-9
2006-07 RG Heidelberg SC 1880 Frankfurt 23-15
2007-08 SC 1880 Frankfurt RG Heidelberg 28-13
2008-09 SC 1880 Frankfurt Heidelberger RK 11-8
2009-10 Heidelberger RK SC 1880 Frankfurt 39-22
2010-11 Heidelberger RK SC 1880 Frankfurt 12-9
2011-12 Heidelberger RK TV Pforzheim 20-16
2012-13 Heidelberger RK SC Neuenheim 41-10
2013-14 Heidelberger RK TV Pforzheim 43-20

Source:"Die Deutschen Meister der Männer". Deutscher Rugby Verband. Retrieved 2008-12-25. 

Winners & Finalists[edit]

As of 2014, this is the standing in the all-time winners list of the German championship:

Club Championships Finals
TSV Victoria Linden 20 30
Heidelberger RK 11 17
DSV 78 Hannover 9 17
SC Neuenheim 9 24
DRC Hannover 7 9
SC 1880 Frankfurt 6 13
SV Odin Hannover 6 7
RG Heidelberg 4 16
FV 1897 Linden 4 6
FC Schwalbe Hannover 3 3
VfR Döhren 3 3
SC Germania List 3 5
SV 08 Ricklingen 3 5
VfV Hannover 2 2
SG Ordnungspolizei Berlin 1 1
SC Elite Hannover 1 2
FC 1897 Hannover 1 1
TSV Handschuhsheim 1 8
Heidelberger TV 0 3
Eintracht Frankfurt Rugby 0 2
Hawa-Alexandria Hannover 0 2
TV Pforzheim 0 2
Berliner RC 0 1
FC St Pauli Rugby 0 1
Berliner SV 92 Rugby 0 1
BSC Siemens Berlin 0 1
SC Linden 0 1
FV Stuttgart 0 1

Winners by city[edit]

Rugby in Germany is predominantly played in Heidelberg and Hanover, which is reflected in championship wins by city (as of 2014):

City Wins
Hanover 62
Heidelberg 25
Frankfurt 6
Berlin 1

Sevens rugby championship finals[edit]

Season Winner Runner-Up Result
1995-96 SC Neuenheim RG Heidelberg 23-12
1996-97 RG Heidelberg SC Neuenheim 7-5
1997-98 RG Heidelberg SC Neuenheim 33-5
1998-99 RG Heidelberg DRC Hannover 33-20
1999–2000 TSV Victoria Linden RG Heidelberg 40-12
2000-01 not held
2001-02 not held
2002-03 RG Heidelberg Karlsruher SV 31-7
2003-04 TSV Handschuhsheim RG Heidelberg 20-5
2004-05 RG Heidelberg RK Heusenstamm 36-17
2005-06 RK Heusenstamm Berliner RC 19-14 aet
2006-07 SC 1880 Frankfurt RG Heidelberg 40-26
2007-08 RG Heidelberg SC 1880 Frankfurt 26-24
2008-09 RG Heidelberg RK Heusenstamm 31-19
2009-10 SC 1880 Frankfurt SC Neuenheim 29-12
2010-11 Heidelberger RK RG Heidelberg 25-14
2011-12 TV Pforzheim Heidelberger RK 31-24
2012-13 Heidelberger RK TV Pforzheim 20-19

Source:"Die Deutschen Siebener-Meister der Männer". Deutscher Rugby Verband. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 

Women's championship finals[edit]

Since 1988, the German women's rugby champions are determined by a final:

Championship finals[edit]

Season Winner Runner-Up Result
1987-88 SC Neuenheim
1988-89 SC Neuenheim
1989-90 SC Neuenheim
1990-91 SC Neuenheim DRC Hannover 30-0
1991-92 SC Neuenheim
1992-93 SC Neuenheim DRC Hannover 22-7
1993-94 RC Rottweil SC Neuenheim 3-0
1994-95 FC St. Pauli SC Neuenheim 23-5
1995-96 SC Neuenheim FC St. Pauli 14-5
1996-97 SC Neuenheim FC St. Pauli 12-8
1997-98 SC Neuenheim FC St. Pauli 26-12
1998-99 SC Neuenheim FC St. Pauli 17-15
1999–2000 FC St. Pauli SC Neuenheim 39-3
2000-01 FC St. Pauli SC Neuenheim 37-8
2001-02 DRC Hannover FC St. Pauli 18-17
2002-03 FC St. Pauli SC Germania List 25-0
2003-04 SC Neuenheim FC St. Pauli 31-5
2004-05 FC St. Pauli SC Neuenheim 15-0
2005-06 FC St. Pauli SC Germania List 17-5
2006-07 FC St. Pauli Heidelberger RK 34-17
2007-08 FC St. Pauli SC Neuenheim 29-7
2008-09 SC Neuenheim Heidelberger RK 24-23
2009-10 Heidelberger RK SC Neuenheim 37-5
2010-11 Heidelberger RK SC Neuenheim 58-5
2011-12 Heidelberger RK FC St. Pauli 27-19
2012-13 Heidelberger RK SC Neuenheim 19-0
2013-14 Heidelberger RK SC Neuenheim 14-7

Source:"Die Deutschen Meister der Frauen". Deutscher Rugby Verband. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 

Sevens rugby championship finals[edit]

Season Winner Runner-Up Result
1999–2000 FC St. Pauli
2000-01 FC St. Pauli
2001-02 FC St. Pauli
2002-03 SC Germania List SC Neuenheim 5-0
2003-04 SC Germania List SC Neuenheim 20-0
2004-05 ASV Köln SC Neuenheim 10-5
2005-06 Heidelberger RK SC Germania List 40-0
2006-07 SC Neuenheim FC St. Pauli 22-17
2007-08 Heidelberger RK SC Neuenheim 24-15
2008-09 Heidelberger RK no final
2009-10 Heidelberger RK SC Neuenheim 29-0
2010-11 Heidelberger RK SG Berlin 60-5
2011-12 Heidelberger RK SC Neuenheim 30-7
2012-13 Heidelberger RK SC Neuenheim 37-14

Source:"Die Deutschen Siebener Meister der Frauen". Deutscher Rugby Verband. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 

East Germany[edit]

The East German championship was held from 1952 to 1990, with the Stahl Hennigsdorf Rugby as the most successful team, winning 27 championships:[13]

Season Winner Runner-Up
1952 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1953 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1954 DHfK Leipzig
1955 DHfK Leipzig
1956 SC Vorwärts Berlin
1957 DHfK Leipzig
1958 DHfK Leipzig
1959 not held
1960 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1961 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1962 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1963 DHfK Leipzig
1964 BSG Lokomotive Wahren Leipzig
1965 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1966 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1967 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1968 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1969 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1970 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1971 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1972 BSG Stahl Leegebruch
1973 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1974 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1975 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1976 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1977 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1978 BSG Lokomotive Wahren Leipzig BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1979 BSG Lokomotive Wahren Leipzig BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1980 BSG Lokomotive Wahren Leipzig BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1981 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1982 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1983 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1984 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1985 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1986 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1987 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf
1988 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf BSG Stahl Brandenburg
1989 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf BSG Post Berlin
1990 BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf BSG Post Berlin

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Die Gründerjahre des deutschen Rugbysports (German) DRV website - Foundation years, accessed: 27 December 2008
  2. ^ Die Zeit vor den Länderspielen (German) DRV website - History, accessed: 26 december 2008
  3. ^ Die DRV-Pokalsieger (German) DRV website, accessed: 27 December 2008
  4. ^ Die Deutschen Liga-Pokalsieger (German) DRV website, accessed: 27 December 2008
  5. ^ Wiederaufbau der Vereine und Landesverbände (German) DRV website - History, accessed: 26 december 2008
  6. ^ Die Deutschen Meister der Männer (German) DRV website - List of German champions, accessed: 26 December 2008
  7. ^ Die Deutschen Siebener-Meister der Männer (German) DRV website, accessed: 27 December 2008
  8. ^ Die Deutschen Meister der Frauen (German) DRV website - List of German women's champions, accessed: 27 December 2008
  9. ^ Die Deutschen Siebener Meister der Frauen (German) DRV website - List of German women's champions, accessed: 27 December 2008
  10. ^ BL Meisterrunde rugbyweb.de, Play-offs to the German championship, accessed: 29 April 2014
  11. ^ Frauenbundesliga rugbyweb.de, Play-offs to the German championship, accessed: 29 April 2014
  12. ^ Rugby Archiv - Rugby Spielpläne - 2001/2002 (German) Results of the 2001-02 season, accessed: 25 December 2008
  13. ^ Rugby - DDR - Meisterschaften (German) sport-komplett.de, accessed: 10 April 2010

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