Romania national rugby union team

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Romania
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Union Federaţia Română de Rugby
Nickname(s) The Oaks
Emblem(s) The Oak leaf
Ground(s) Arcul de Triumf Stadium
Coach(es) Lynn Howells
Captain(s) Mihai Macovei
Most caps Cristian Petre (92)
Top scorer Florin Vlaicu (431)
Most tries Gabriel Brezoianu (28)
Cătălin Fercu (28)
Team kit
Change kit
First international
 Romania 0–21 United States 
(1 July 1919)
Largest win
 Bulgaria 0–100 Romania 
(21 September 1976)
Largest defeat
 England 134–0 Romania 
(17 November 2001)
World Cup
Appearances 7 (First in 1987)
Best result One win, 1987, 1991, 1999, 2003 and 2007
Olympic medal record
Men's Rugby
Bronze 1924 Paris Team

The Romania national rugby union team (Romanian: Echipa naţională de rugby a României), nicknamed The Oaks (Stejarii), is the representative side of Romania in rugby union. Long considered one of the stronger European teams outside the Six Nations, they have participated in all seven Rugby World Cups, and currently compete in the first division of the European Nations Cup, where most recently in the 2012–14 competition they finished second. Rugby union in Romania is administered by the Romanian Rugby Federation. The team plays in yellow and blue strips.

France first played Test rugby against Romania in 1924 when they tried to establish a rival to the Five Nations championship. At their best, during the 1980s, the national side defeated Wales (twice), Scotland (the 1984 Grand Slam side) and France (twice). In 1981, they lost to the All Blacks 14–6 but had two tries disallowed. However, with the subsequent deterioration of the domestic political and economic situation in the country rugby in Romania suffered.

Nonetheless, Romania played in the first seven Rugby World Cups from 1987, with their best result being a win during the pool stages. However, the likes of Georgia have challenged Romania for top spot below the Six Nations, and Georgia, along with Portugal have both won the European Nations Cup (or Six Nations B). Romania played in Pool C at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, along with Portugal, New Zealand, Italy and Scotland. They played in Pool D in the Rugby World Cup 2011.

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

Romania versus France at the Inter-Allied Games of 1919

The game itself was introduced by students returning with rugby balls from their studies in Paris to form clubs such as Stadiul Roman from 1913 onwards. Seventeen other teams would be formed in the capital, Bucharest.

Romania's first international was played against the USA in 1919. France first played rugby union against Romania in May 1924 when they tried to establish a rival to the Five Nations Championship (now the Six Nations). France were victorious by 59 points to 3.

Romania were one of three teams who entered the 1924 Olympics in Paris. France won 59–3, scoring 13 tries including four by the fine Stade Francais winger Adolphe Jaureguy. The USA then defeated Romania 39–0. Romania finishing third claimed the bronze medal. The Federaţia Română de Rugby was formed in 1931. In 1939 a team was formed in Braşov at an aircraft factory. This was the first team outside Bucharest.

Post-World War II[edit]

The communist regime used rugby union like it used other sports, as a propaganda tool during the Cold War with the West. Every international success was presented as a direct result of the righteousness of the communist rule and ideology. All the financial resources were directed toward the preparation of the national team to the detriment of domestic development. Top players were employed in the army or the police, whose sides CSA Steaua București and Dynamo practised six days a week in superb sporting centres. These infrastructures bred a talented national side.

A generation of French school trained coaches from late ’40s, and ’50s built a system and led the national team to success of the 1960s, ’70s and early ’80s. In this era Romania began to compete more regularly against the major nations. Their first win over France came in 1960 in Bucharest, in a friendly tour match won by 11-5. In 1974 Romania won against France 15 – 10 in Bucharest,[1] and the FIRA – Association of European Rugby championship.[2] In 1975 Romania went for an 8 games tour to New Zealand, tour concluded in Wellington with a 10-10 draw against Junior All Blacks. Exposure to international rugby developed the country's game and they began to form their own distinctive style of play, built around giant, bruising packs. That Romania was emerging as a real force on the world stage became clear on their 1979 Romania rugby union tour of Wales at Cardiff Arms Park in 1979 in an unofficial, non-cap match. The Oaks led going into the dying minutes, when only a last-gasp drop goal from Gareth Davies gave a narrow 13–12 victory for Wales. The improvement continued in 1980, when Romania crushed the French in a record 15–0 win in Bucharest. A trip to Lansdowne Road in the 1980 Romania rugby union tour of Ireland then yielded a 13–13 draw against Ireland in another unofficial, non-cap match.

In the 1980s the country boasted more than 12,000 players in 110 clubs. Home nations sides began to award international caps for matches against Romania in 1981; Scotland were the first to do so when Romania visited them on their 1981 tour, Scotland winning the international by 12 points to 6.[3] Wales travelled to Bucharest in November 1983 and were totally overwhelmed, falling to a 24–6 defeat. Romania's first win over Scotland came in Bucharest in 1984 and their first away win against Five Nations opposition came in 1988 against Wales; 15–9 at Cardiff Arms Park.

Their national side beat Wales (twice – 1983: 24 – 6 in Romania, 1988: 15–9 in Wales), Scotland (the 1984 Grand Slam side 28 – 22 in Romania), France (twice 1980: 15 – 0 in Romania, 1982: 13 – 9 in Romania) and drew with Ireland (13–13, in 1980, at Dublin). In 1981, they lost to the All Blacks 14–6 but had two tries disallowed. Many felt it was wrong for the rugby union powers to fail to bring them into top-flight competition. There are even rumours that the Oaks were invited to join but refused because the championship took place during their winter break. Romanian beat Zimbabwe 21–20 in their first ever Rugby World Cup match in 1987 but did not win any other games and failed to progress beyond the group stage.

After the collapse of Communism[edit]

However, with the deterioration of the domestic political and economic situation in the country in the 1990s, Romanian rugby union suffered; the two leading rugby union teams – Dinamo Bucharest and Steaua Bucharest, represented the police and the army respectively, so their state funding fell. Several leading rugby union players lost their lives in the 1989 revolution. Among the dead was Romania's skipper, Florică Murariu, an army officer who was shot dead at a roadblock.

Post-revolution, Romanian rugby union was still alive and kicking. In 1990 they recorded their best win to date by beating France 12–6 on French soil for the first time. The following year they beat Scotland 18–12. At the 1991 World Cup they managed to beat Fiji 17–15 and as recently as the 1995 World Cup, Romania held the eventual winners South Africa to a highly respectable 21–8.

The professionalism that followed immediately upon the heels of that World Cup was the undoing of the sport in Romania. Approximately 200 Romanian players are thought to be playing in France and Italy. It wasn't just playing numbers that suffered, but a whole generation of potential referees and administrators was lost to the game. By 1994 Romania's rugby fortunes had declined sharply, when a Welsh team travelled to Bucharest for an uncapped international the visitors came away with a 16–9 win. In 1997 the Romanians toured Wales. They lost 36–21 to Wales A at Pontypridd and 70–21 in a test held in Wrexham. At the 1999 World Cup Romania could again only manage a single win 27–25 against the United States. Since then Romania's playing numbers have dropped by 75% while its clubs have dwindled to just 28, none of which can boast its own clubhouse.

The new millennium[edit]

Romania versus Ireland at Lansdowne Road in 2005.

In 2000, Romania won the first European Nations Cup by a large margin, recording victories in all four matches. By 2001, Romania had been caught by the likes of Georgia who defeated them to take the 2001 European Nations Cup, crowned with a decisive 31–20 win over Romania in Bucharest. The national side lost to England by 134–0 in 2001 and Dinamo Bucharest lost 151–0 to Saracens in the European Rugby Shield. Several French-based players refused to turn up for the England debacle simply because their clubs refused to pay them for the week. Players in that Romanian squad were getting £30 a day in expenses while England's top earners scooped £6,000 for their afternoon's work.

In January 2002, Bernard Charreyre was appointed coach of the national team both supplied by and paid by the French Rugby Federation (FFR). Under Charreyre (known by The Oaks as 'Little Napoleon'), the Oaks’ decline has been stopped and the team has started to slowly climb from the basement of international rugby union. With a change of format in the European Nations Cup, Romania started in 2002 trailing Georgia due to the inclusion of 2001 results. The Oaks managed to win all of the remaining five games, including a hard-fought 31–23 victory in Tbilisi to win the tournament. They qualified for the World Cup in 2003, where they beat Namibia and lost to Ireland (45–17), after an honourable display, and then to Australia (90–8) and Argentina (50–3). Charreyre was dismissed after the World Cup as the Romanian Federation was not satisfied by the World Cup performance and decided not to renew his contract. Three other French coaches followed: first, Phillipe Sauton, for a very short period, Robert Antonin as a temporary stand-in and then Daniel Santamans.

In the 2003–2004 European Nations Cup, Portugal were surprise 16–15 winners over Romania in Lisbon and installed themselves on the top of the 2003 table. In the second half of the competition, Romania seemed back on track (36–6 against Portugal in Constanţa), but went down 24–33 to Russia in Krasnodar following allegations of players having been doped. Then Portugal clinched their first title with a last-minute 19–18 win over Russia in Lisbon. In 2004, the Romanians scored a narrow 25–24 victory over Italy, their first victory to date over a Six Nations Championship side.

In 2005 Romania was given 'second tier' status by the IRB and replaced Russia in the Super Powers Cup. The USA beat a Romanian team stripped of their France-based players 23–16 in the third place play-off. The 2005–06 European Nations Cup also served as a qualifying group for the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Romania triumphed despite finishing level on points with Georgia.

Romania qualified for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France, finishing at the top of their pool during the Round 5 of the European qualifying tournaments. Romania won their first qualifying match on October 7, defeating Georgia in Bucharest 20–8. Their 43–20 win over Spain in Madrid on October 14 ensured that they qualified directly for the World Cup in 2007. In June 2007, Romania hosted the IRB Nations Cup in Bucuresti.[4] In the 2007 Rugby World Cup finals, Romania managed to win a bonus point in the 18–24 loss to Italy and to win a second game with Portugal by a narrow margin (14–10), but suffered heavy losses to Scotland (42–0) and New Zealand (85–8).

On 21 March 2009, Romania lost 22–21 at home to Portugal, leaving them with an uphill struggle to qualify for the 2011 World Cup – qualification for which is determined by performances in the European Nations Cup in 2009 and 2010. Romania went unbeaten, with a draw at Russia, in the 2010 phase of the European Nations Cup. The Oaks' strong finish put them in third place and the final phase of the European qualification playoffs, in which they easily defeated Ukraine over two legs (94–10 on aggregate) for the European place in the Final Place Playoff for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Romania emerged as the last qualifier for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand by overcoming first Tunisia in a winner-takes-it-all game (56–13) and later Uruguay (60–33 on aggregate). Thus, the Oaks are one of only 12 teams to participate at all World Cups alongside New Zealand, Australia, England, France, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Argentina, Canada, and Japan.

Honours[edit]

Record[edit]

Top 25 Rankings as 15 September 2014[5]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  New Zealand 93.75
2 Steady  South Africa 88.24
3 Steady  Australia 88.10
4 Steady  England 85.68
5 Steady  Ireland 83.44
6 Steady  Wales 80.70
7 Steady  France 80.01
8 Steady  Scotland 77.78
9 Steady  Samoa 76.59
10 Steady  Japan 75.39
11 Steady  Fiji 74.56
12 Steady  Argentina 73.98
13 Steady  Tonga 72.58
14 Steady  Italy 70.92
15 Steady  Georgia 70.46
16 Steady  Romania 68.42
17 Steady  Canada 68.01
18 Steady  United States 67.30
19 Steady  Uruguay 63.72
20 Steady  Russia 62.15
21 Steady  Spain 60.65
22 Steady  Namibia 58.78
23 Steady  Portugal 57.73
24 Steady  Hong Kong 57.63
25 Steady  South Korea 57.22
*Change from the previous week
Romania's Historical Rankings
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Source: IRB - Graph updated to 20 May 2013[5]


European competitions[edit]

Romania's only annual tournament is a competition involving Europe's tier 2 and tier 3 national teams. From 1936 through 1938, they competed in the FIRA Tournament against France, Germany and Italy. In 1965 till 1973 the FIRA Nations Cup was formed allowing other teams to be promoted or relegated from the competition. Romania won the competition once in 1969, being the only team to defeat France.

Pre– II WW Tournament (1936 – 1938)
Nation Games Points Table
points
Championships
played won drawn lost for against difference
 France 6 6 0 0 133 48 +85 3
 Germany 6 3 0 3 83 92 –9 0
 Italy 5 3 0 2 75 76 –1 0
 Romania 7 1 0 6 81 114 –33 0
 Belgium 2 1 0 1 20 48 –28 0
 Netherlands 2 0 0 2 8 62 –54 0
FIRA Nations Cup (1965 – 1973)
Nation Games Points Table
points
Championships
played won drawn lost for against difference
 France 26 25 0 1 824 198 +626 65 7
 Romania 26 17 1 8 528 222 +306 51 1
 Czechoslovakia 17 2 2 13 135 411 –267 16 0
 Morocco 9 2 0 7 65 332 –267 13 0
 Italy 13 4 1 8 86 227 –141 12 0
 West Germany 10 1 1 8 81 132 –51 6 0
 Spain 3 1 0 2 56 55 +1 5 0
 Poland 3 0 0 3 19 132 –113 3 0
 Portugal 3 0 0 3 23 108 –85 0 0

World Cup[edit]

Romania has competed in every Rugby World Cup since the inaugural tournament in 1987. Their best finish was with one win in 1987, 1991, 1999, 2003 and 2007. So far Romania has not hosted any World Cup games, but it may put in bids for future tournaments.

Overall[edit]

As of 25 November 2013, Romania have won 218 of their 377 test matches, a win record of 57.82%. Their test match record against all nations, up until 25 November 2013, is as follows:[6][7]

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn  % Won
 Argentina 8 0 8 0 0.00%
 Australia 3 0 3 0 0.00%
 Belgium 4 4 0 0 100.00%
 Bulgaria 2 2 0 0 100.00%
 Canada 4 2 2 0 50.00%
 Czech Republic 24 23 0 1 95.83%
 East Germany 13 12 0 1 92.31%
 England 5 0 5 0 0.00%
 Fiji 3 1 2 0 33.33%
 France 49 8 39 2 16.33%
 Georgia 17 8 8 1 47.06%
 Germany 7 3 4 0 42.86%
 Ireland 8 0 8 0 0.00%
 Italy 41 16 22 3 39.02%
 Japan 4 1 3 0 25.00%
 Morocco 8 7 1 0 87.50%
 Namibia 4 3 1 0 75.00%
 Netherlands 8 7 0 1 87.50%
 New Zealand 2 0 2 0 0.00%
 Poland 18 16 2 0 88.89%
 Portugal 20 17 3 0 85.00%
 Russia 16 10 5 1 62.50%
 Samoa 1 1 0 0 100.00%
 Scotland 13 2 11 0 15.38%
 Serbia 1 1 0 0 100.00%
 South Africa 1 0 1 0 0.00%
 Soviet Union 18 15 3 0 83.33%
 Spain 30 28 2 0 93.33%
 Tonga 1 1 0 0 100.00%
 Tunisia 5 4 1 0 80.00%
 Ukraine 7 7 0 0 100.00%
 United States 6 1 5 0 16.67%
 Uruguay 5 4 0 1 80.00%
 Wales 8 2 6 0 25.00%
 West Germany 9 8 1 0 88.89%
 Zimbabwe 4 4 0 0 100.00%
Total 377 218 148 11 57.82%

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Romania 30-man squad for the 2014 European Nations Cup, facing Portugal (1 February), Russia (8 February), Spain (22 February), Belgium (8 March) and Georgia (15 March).[8]


Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by the International Rugby Board.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Florin Bărdaṣu Hooker (1991-09-23) 23 September 1991 (age 22) 0 Romania Baia Mare
Eugen Căpăţână Hooker (1986-06-18) 18 June 1986 (age 28) 13 Romania Timişoara
Andrei Rădoi Hooker (1987-04-21) 21 April 1987 (age 27) 33 England Ealing Trailfinders
Paulică Ion Prop (1983-01-10) 10 January 1983 (age 31) 63 France Perpignan
Mihai Lazăr Prop (1986-11-03) 3 November 1986 (age 27) 37 France Castres
Constantin Pristăviță Prop (1993-05-23) 23 May 1993 (age 21) 6 Romania Baia Mare
Horaţiu Pungea Prop (1986-02-18) 18 February 1986 (age 28) 14 Wales Scarlets
Andrei Ursache Prop (1984-05-10) 10 May 1984 (age 30) 13 France Carcassonne
Alin Coste Lock (1987-10-04) 4 October 1987 (age 26) 27 France Bourg-en-Bresse
Cristian Munteanu Lock (1989-05-10) 10 May 1989 (age 25) 3 France Romans
Valentin Popîrlan Lock (1987-06-12) 12 June 1987 (age 27) 32 Romania Timişoara
Marius Sirbe Lock (1987-04-03) 3 April 1987 (age 27) 25 France Tarbes
Stelian Burcea Flanker (1983-10-07) 7 October 1983 (age 30) 40 Romania Timişoara
Viorel Lucaci Flanker (1986-03-30) 30 March 1986 (age 28) 28 Romania Steaua
Mihai Macovei (c) Flanker (1986-10-29) 29 October 1986 (age 27) 50 France Saint-Nazaire
Alexandru Mitu Flanker (1988-03-09) 9 March 1988 (age 26) 7 Romania CSM Bucureşti
Vlad Nistor Number 8 (1994-03-26) 26 March 1994 (age 20) 4 France Castres
Valentin Calafeteanu Scrum-half (1985-01-25) 25 January 1985 (age 29) 60 Romania Timişoara
Ciprian Căplescu Scrum-half (1986-07-28) 28 July 1986 (age 28) 11 Romania Constanţa
Florin Surugiu Scrum-half (1984-12-10) 10 December 1984 (age 29) 39 Romania CSM Bucureşti
George Oprea Fly-half (1993-08-30) 30 August 1993 (age 21) 0 Romania Baia Mare
Cristian Dinis Centre (1983-06-19) 19 June 1983 (age 31) 13 Romania Baia Mare
Csaba Gál Centre (1985-03-07) 7 March 1985 (age 29) 67 Romania Baia Mare
Florin Vlaicu Centre (1986-07-26) 26 July 1986 (age 28) 68 Romania Constanţa
Adrian Apostol Wing (1990-03-11) 11 March 1990 (age 24) 10 Romania Constanţa
Ionuț Dumitru Wing (1992-11-06) 6 November 1992 (age 21) 9 Romania Steaua
Florin Ioniță Wing (1990-04-05) 5 April 1990 (age 24) 7 Romania Steaua
Mădălin Lemnaru Wing (1989-03-26) 26 March 1989 (age 25) 24 Romania Timişoara
Dorin Manole Wing (1986-08-05) 5 August 1986 (age 28) 15 France Orthez
Cătălin Fercu Fullback (1986-09-05) 5 September 1986 (age 28) 70 Romania RC Timişoara

Caps Updated: 28 February 2014

Notable players[edit]

Romania's current top point scorer of all time Florin Vlaicu.

The 1924 Romania Olympic team are the only Romanian inductee to have been inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame. Nicolae Mărăscu captained the famously Hall of Fame side. The highest point of Mărăscu's career was at the 1924 tournament earning Romanaia the Bronze medal. He played as a centre and had five caps, without ever scoring, since his first match, in 1919, a 48–5 loss to France, in Paris, for the Inter-Allied Games, and his last, at 22 May 1927, in a 21–5 win over Czechoslovakia, in Bratislava.

Iulian Dumitraș was Romania's main man. Dumitraș was known to be one of the Oaks' most gifted playmakers, with an accurate kicking boot and a penchant for sparking attacks. Having made his test debut in 2002, he went on to start in every match a Rugby World Cup 2007 in France, bringing plenty of experience to the nation. The then standing 1.88m and weighing in a 110 kg, Dumitraș was a punishing runner when he chimes into the line on attack, which he looked to do often, and he provided a solid and dependable last obstacle in defence.

Sorin Socol is regarded by many good judges as the then best player in the current squad and was one of the rocks of the Romanian forward pack. He has captained the most matches to date for Romania, between 2003 and 2011. A total of 61 tests, 36 of them were as captain. He captained Romania for the first time on 30 October 2003 during the 2003 Rugby World Cup match against Namibia. He went on and featured in the 2007 World Cup squad and eventually retired from all international rugby after the 2011 tournament. Socol had one of Romania's highest winning percentage as a captain of 63.88.

Florin Vlaicu is Romania's top ever point scorer. Vlaicu plays made his international debut in 2006 as a substitute against Ukraine. He played for Romania in the IRB Nations Cup and in their 2007 Rugby World Cup qualifying before appearing for them in the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He played two Tests at the World Cup as a substitute against both Scotland and the All Blacks. He also played at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Cristian Petre is Romania's most recognized player after dominating the lock position for eleven years. He is Romania's most capped player with a total of 92 matches and a career span that started in 2001 against England and ended in 2012 against Italy. Petre has featured in three Rugby World Cups, first in 2003, going on to feature in 2007 and his last being in 2011. Petre has scored a total of six tries and had winning percentage of 55.43.

Cătălin Fercu is generally regarded as one of Romania's true global superstar of rugby union. Fercu is one of Romania's top try scorers. He had quickly made appearances on the international stage at a very young age and played against France and Scotland in the Autumn internationals in 2006. He also scored a try against the French. Fercu helped guide Romania to the 2007 Rugby World Cup as he played in the qualifier matches including the vital games against Georgia and Spain and scored a try against Spain in the game that sealed their qualification to the Rugby World Cup. Fercu was a late withdrawal from their Rugby World Cup squad in 2011 because he was not prepared to fly all the way to New Zealand. The Romanian side arrived in Christchurch to prepare for their first game of the tournament against Scotland in Invercargill on 10 September without Fercu, who failed to get on the plane when it left Romania.

Another one of the Oaks greatest players are Romeo Gontineac, represented Romania in four Rugby World Cups from 1995 to 2007. The hard running centre, who became the national coach in 2010, was capped 75 times for the nation, scoring 13 tries and a drop goal. During his career he played professionally in Romania, South Africa and France.

Original members of the 1924 Olympics team[edit]

Individual all-time records[edit]

Most caps[edit]

# Player Position Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
1 Cristian Petre Lock 2001–2012 92 83 9 30 6 0 0 0 50 40 2 55.43
2 Romeo Gontineac Centre 1995–2008 76 75 1 68 13 0 0 1 35 41 0 46.05
Adrian Lungu Centre 1980–1995 76 75 1 12 3 0 0 0 40 36 0 52.63
Lucian Sîrbu Scrum-half 1996–2011 76 62 14 45 9 0 0 0 40 34 2 53.94
5 Gabriel Brezoianu Centre 1996–2007 71 67 4 142 28 1 0 0 36 35 0 50.70
6 Constantin Dinu Prop 1965–1983 69 69 0 0 0 0 0 0 46 19 4 69.56
Florică Murariu Flanker 1976–1989 69 69 68 1 32 8 0 0 45 22 2 66.66
8 Gheorghie Dumitru Lock 1973–1987 68 67 1 12 3 0 0 0 42 24 2 63.23
Ovidiu Toniţa Number 8 2000– 68 63 5 60 12 0 0 0 37 29 2 55.88
10 Cătălin Fercu Fullback 2005– 67 66 1 140 28 0 0 0 45 19 3 69.40

Last updated: Romania vs Fiji, 23 November 2013. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[9]

Most tries[edit]

# Player Position Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1 Gabriel Brezoianu Centre 1996–2007 71 67 4 142 28 1 0 0
Cătălin Fercu Fullback 2005– 67 66 1 140 28 0 0 0
3 Petre Mitu Scrum-half 1996–2009 41 36 5 331 14 54 51 0
Cristian Sauan Wing 1999–2007 37 32 5 70 14 0 0 0
Marius Tincu Hooker 2002–2012 53 49 4 70 14 0 0 0
6 Ionut Dimofte Fly-half 2004–2013 65 55 10 95 13 3 8 0
Romeo Gontineac Centre 1995–2008 76 75 1 68 13 0 0 1
Gheorghe Solomie Wing 1992–2001 50 49 1 65 13 0 0 0
Ion Teodorescu Wing 2001–2007 39 34 5 65 13 0 0 0
10 3 players on 12 tries

Last updated: Romania vs Fiji, 23 November 2013. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[10]

Most points[edit]

# Player Position Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1 Florin Vlaicu Centre 2006– 65 48 17 431 6 76 81 2
2 Dănuţ Dumbravă Fly-half 2002–2012 63 48 15 378 3 69 73 2
3 Petre Mitu Scrum-half 1996–2009 41 36 5 331 14 54 51 0
4 Ionuţ Tofan Fly-half 1997–2007 60 40 20 316 12 53 46 4
5 Neculai Nichitean Fly-half 1990–1997 28 25 3 201 0 18 45 10
6 Valentin Calafeteanu Scrum-half 2004– 57 26 31 161 8 20 26 1
7 Gabriel Brezoianu Centre 1996–2007 71 67 4 142 28 1 0 0
8 Cătălin Fercu Fullback 2005– 67 66 1 140 28 0 0 0
9 Gelu Ignat Fly-half 1986–1992 25 24 1 137 1 14 29 6
10 Dumitru Alexandru Fly-half 1974–1990 47 45 2 110 3 4 22 8

Last updated: Romania vs Fiji, 23 November 2013. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[11]

Most points in a match[edit]

# Player Position Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Opposition Venue Date
1 Ionuţ Tofan Fly-half 32 2 8 2 0  Spain Romania Iași 05/10/2002
2 Virgil Popisteanu Fly-half 27 0 12 1 0  Portugal Romania Bucharest 13/04/1996
Petre Mitu Scrum-half 27 1 2 6 0  Portugal Portugal Lisbon 04/02/2001
4 Ionel Rotaru Wing 25 5 0 0 0  Portugal Romania Bucharest 13/04/1996
5 Florin Vlaicu Fullback 24 1 8 0 1  Czech Republic Romania Bucharest 22/03/2008
Florin Vlaicu Centre 24 1 2 5 0  Russia Romania Bucharest 09/02/2013
7 Gelu Ignat Fly-half 22 0 5 4 0  Netherlands Italy Treviso 30/09/1990
Petre Mitu Scrum-half 22 1 4 3 0  Russia Romania Bârlad 18/03/2001
Ionuţ Tofan Fly-half 22 1 1 5 0  Russia Russia Krasnodar 24/03/2002
10 5 players on 21 points

Last updated: Romania vs Fiji, 23 November 2013. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[12]

Most tries in a match[edit]

# Player Position Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Opposition Venue Date
1 Gheorgie Rascanu Flanker 20 5 0 0 0  Morocco Romania Bucharest 02/05/1972
Cornel Popescu Wing 20 5 0 0 0  Portugal Romania Bârlad 18/10/1986
Ionel Rotaru Wing 25 5 0 0 0  Portugal Romania Bucharest 13/04/1996
4 Petre Motrescu Wing 16 4 0 0 0  Italy Romania Bucharest 01/05/1977
Gheorghe Solomie Wing 20 4 0 0 0  Belgium Belgium Brussels 04/10/1997
Lucian Colceriu Wing 20 4 0 0 0  Poland Romania Bucharest 02/05/1998
7 7 players on 3 tries

Last updated: Romania vs Fiji, 23 November 2013. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[13]

Most matches as captain[edit]

# Player Position Span Mat Won Lost Draw % Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1 Sorin Socol Lock 2001–2011 36 22 12 2 63.88 25 5 0 0 0
2 Mircea Paraschiv Scrum-half 1980–1987 18 7 10 1 41.66 16 4 0 0 0
3 Mihai Macovei Flanker 2012– 15 11 3 1 76.66 27 5 1 0 0
4 Haralambie Dumitras Number 8 1989–1993 14 5 9 0 35.71 20 5 0 0 0
Romeo Gontineac Centre 1999–2003 14 4 10 0 28.57 5 1 0 0 0
6 Tiberiu Brînză Number 8 1994–1997 13 1 12 0 7.69 5 1 0 0 0
7 Marius Tincu Hooker 2007–2012 10 5 5 0 50.00 0 0 0 0 0
8 Costica Mersoiu Number 8 2007–2008 8 4 4 0 50.00 5 1 0 0 0
9 Alin Petrache Number 8 1999–2004 7 3 4 0 42.85 0 0 0 0 0
10 Stelian Burcea Flanker 2009–2010 6 3 3 0 50.00 0 0 0 0 0

Last updated: Romania vs Fiji, 23 November 2013. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[14]

Youngest players[edit]

# Player Position Age Opposition Venue Date
1 George Chiriac Flanker 16 years and 172 days  Belgium Romania Bucharest 19/04/1996
2 Răzvan Stanca Scrum-half 16 years and 186 days  France France Lourdes 22/10/1997
3 Eugen Sfetescu Hooker 16 years and 308 days  France France Colombes 04/05/1924
4 Paul Vidrascu Flanker 17 years  United States France Colombes 1919
5 Sterian Soare Number 8 17 years and 308 days  France France Colombes 04/05/1924
6 Cristian Raducanu Flanker 18 years and 66 days  Italy Italy L'Aquila 07/12/1985
7 Mircea Sfetescu Centre 18 years and 308 days  France France Colombes 04/05/1924
8 Alex Manta Flanker 18 years and 317 days  Belgium Romania Bucharest 19/04/1996
9 Valentin Ursache Lock 18 years and 319 days  Italy Romania Bucharest 26/06/2004
10 Vasile Doja Flanker 18 years and 340 days  France Romania Bucharest 22/06/1991

Last updated: Romania vs Fiji, 23 November 2013. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[15]

Oldest players[edit]

# Player Position Age Opposition Venue Date
1 Marcel Mihalache Hooker 36 years and 207 days  Russia Russia Krasnodar 15/03/2008
2 Gheorghie Dumitru Number 8 35 years and 284 days  France France Agen 11/11/1987
3 Răzvan Mavrodin Hooker 35 years and 256 days  Uruguay Romania Bucharest 12/06/2009
4 Alex Manta Flanker 35 years and 170 days  United States Romania Bucharest 24/11/2012
5 Lucian Sîrbu Scrum-half 34 years and 343 days  England New Zealand Dunedin 24/09/2011
6 Adrian Lungu Centre 34 years and 271 days  Australia South Africa Stellenbosch 03/06/1995
7 Romeo Gontineac Centre 34 years and 185 days South Africa Emerging Springboks Romania Bucharest 20/06/2008
8 Florică Murariu Flanker 34 years and 180 days  Zimbabwe Romania Brașov 24/09/1989
9 Cezar Popescu Prop 34 years and 172 days Argentina Argentina Jaguars Romania Bucharest 19/06/2011
10 Silviu Florea Prop 34 years and 162 days  Georgia New Zealand Palmerston North 28/09/2011

Last updated: Romania vs Fiji, 23 November 2013. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[16]

Notable clubs[edit]

Media coverage[edit]

Romania's European Nations Cup matches, mid year tests and autumn internationals are currently televised by TVR1.

Kit suppliers[edit]

Between 2007 to 2011, Romania's kit were supplied by O'Neills. KooGa took over from there and have remained Romania's kit suppliers.

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