Petru Bălan

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Petru Vladimir Bălan
Date of birth (1976-06-12) 12 June 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Suceava, Romania
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 122 kg (18 st 6 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Prop
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1998-1999
2002-2003
2003-2008
2008-2009
2009-2011
2011-
CS Dinamo Bucureşti
FC Grenoble
Biarritz
CA Brive
US Dax
Timisoara
correct as of 2007-09-19.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2003-  Romania 51 (40)
correct as of 2007-09-19.

Petru Vladimir Bălan (born 12 July 1976 in Suceava) is a Romanian rugby union footballer, currently playing for RC Timisoara in the top level of Romanian rugby. He is also a Romanian international, and has played for his national team. His usual position is as a prop.

Before moving to play rugby in France he played for Dinamo Bucharest in Romania, including playing for them in the 1998-99 European Challenge Cup. He played for FC Grenoble in the 2002-04 Challenge Cup and European Shield competitions. He moved to Biarritz for the 2003-04 season. He was a part of the team that were runners-up to Munster in the 2005-06 Heineken Cup, and won the 2005-06 Top 14.

He was a part of the Romanian team at the 2003 Rugby World Cup, playing two matches throughout the tournament held in Australia.

On 14 March 2008 Bălan signed for Northampton Saints in the Guinness Premiership. He was expected to join the club for the 2008-09 season, but back problems lead to his contract being voided. After finishing the season with Biarritz, Bălan was idle until he signed a two-year contract with Fédérale 1 (Third Division) club Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

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