Krasny Yar Krasnoyarsk
|Full name||Krasny Yar Krasnoyarsk|
|Ground(s)||Krasny Yar Stadium, Krasnoyarsk (Capacity: 3,200)|
|League(s)||Professional Rugby League|
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Krasny Yar Krasnoyarsk is a Russian rugby club founded in 1969 in the city of Krasnoyarsk, the unofficial capital of Russian rugby. They compete in the Professional Rugby League, the premier league in the country. They have an operating budget of 2.5m Euros, making them one of the biggest clubs in the competition. Their main rival is fellow Krasnoyarsk based, Yenisey-STM Krasnoyarsk.
Krasny-Yar play in white and green, and recently moved into their own purpose built stadium. The stadium holds 3,200 spectators and is the first rugby-specific stadium east of the Urals. The stadium was recently sold out for a game against VVA-Monino (2 August 2010), emphasising the growing popularity of the sport in Russia.
Krasny Yar was founded in 1969 in the city of Krasnoyarsk. A traditional powerhouse of the game in Russia, Krasny Yar is currently tied with VVA Monino as the most successful team in the country with eight championships in the Super League-Professional Rugby League era. The club has also won two Soviet Championships.
Although Krasny Yar remain a powerhouse, they have been unsuccessful in the Professional Rugby League era. The club has not been champions since the Super League era, with their most recent championship being in 2001. The club's financial resources have also been overtaken by their local rivals, Yenisey-STM.
However, in an attempt to once again climb back to the top, Krasny Yar have recently (2010) entered into an agreement with the Canterbury Rugby Union and the Canterbury Crusaders to use their facilities for a three-week period during March and April every year. The club will use this base to play warm-up games against local New Zealand sides, receive high quality training and recruit players from New Zealand's endless production line.
The arrangement has already born fruit, with several New Zealand players signing on to play for Krasny Yar for the 2010 and 2011 Seasons, whilst the club has also recruited a New Zealand traniner currently working with the Canterbury Rugby Union.
- USSR Championship: 1990, 1991
- Russian Championship: 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001
- Russian Cup: 1995, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2006, 2011, 2013
Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under IRB eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-IRB nationality.
- Campbell Johnstone
- Glen Horton (Māori All Blacks)
- Nazir Gasanov
- Sergei Bazhenov
- Maxim Tymoschuk
- Ivan Prischepenko
- Grigory Tsnobiladze
- Maxim Kiselev
- Alexander Khudyakov
- Andrey Khvorostyanov
- Andrey Garbuzov
- Viktor Gresev
- Anton Ryabov
- Igor Galinovsky
- Alex Makovetsky
- Alexander Gvozdovsky
- Andrey Otrokov
- Ruslan Yagudin
- Maxim Cobilas
- Veaceslav Titica
- Oleg Prepelita
- Karolis Navickas
- Campbell Johnstone (from Ospreys Rugby)
- Karolis Navickas (from Union Bordeaux-Bègles)
- Maxim Cobilas (from VVA Saracens)
- Craig Clare (from Manawatu Turbos)
- Glen Horton (from Southland Rugby)
- Toby Morland (from Auckland Rugby)
- Viktor Gresev (from London Wasps)
- Oleg Prepelita (from Spartak GM)
- Pehi Te Whare (from Southland Rugby)
- Glen Gregory (from Tasman Makos)
- Tom Fleming (from Midlands Rugby Club)
- Sergei Bazhenov (from Enisey-STM)
- Giorgi Minadze (from Imperia Penza)
- Vadim Zaichko (from Imperia Penza)
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