Rugby union in Slovenia
|Rugby union in Slovenia|
The governing body is Rugby Zveza Slovenije (Rugby Union of Slovenia).
Rugby union was a moderately popular sport in Yugoslavia (a name which Serbia retained long after the disintegration of that state). Although rugby union in Croatia was the main centre for the sport in the former Yugoslavia, there was still quite a bit of rugby played in Slovenia. The Rugby Championship of Yugoslavia ran from 1957-1991.
The breakup of Yugoslavia, fortunately, cost few Slovenian lives. However, it broke up many of the Slovenian rugby structures, which had to be started afresh.
In the early 1990s, former Italian cap, Dr Giancarlo Tizanini was a major driving force in Austrian rugby. Before his death in 1994, he tried hard to establish a Central European equivalent of the Six Nations between Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia.
Slovenia also borders Italy, which is a major rugby playing nation. In recent years, however, there have been serious attempts by rugby league to expand into the Balkans, using substantial financial incentives, and expats from Australia.
As of 2009, the following clubs were active:
- RAK Olimpija
- RFC BEŽIGRAD
- RFC Doberman
- RFC Emoona
- RFC Maribor
- RFC Ribnica
- RFC Ris
- RK Ljubljana
- RK Sokol Maribor(Maribor Sokol)
- VRK Hermes (Veterans Rugby Club)
Current team has been refreshed with many new young talents while most of the players from former strong squad retired. Team is now mostly represented by Rugby Club Ljubljana, Rugby Athletic Club Olimpija and Rugby Club Bežigrad. Majority of the squad consists of RK Ljubljana who stands firmly on first position in Austrian Elite League as well at home cup.
Slovenia (Slovenia 8:7 Hungary 27.10.2012)
1. MIKLIČ LUKA (RAK OLIMPIJA)
2. SAMBOL LOVRO (RK BEŽIGRAD)
3. HOČEVAR TIT abroad (Germany)
4. JAVORNIK PEČNIK ŽIGA (RK LJUBLJANA)
5. KRSMANOVIČ ŽARKO (RK LJUBLJANA)
6. GOMBAČ SIMON (RK BEŽIGRAD)
7. MILJUŠ GREGOR (RK LJUBLJANA)
8. DAMJAN JOVIČ (RK LJUBLJANA)
9. RADELJ ŠEMROV ENEJ (RK LJUBLJANA)
10. AHAČIČ DAMJAN (RK LJUBLJANA)
11. ŠUBIC ANDREJ (RK LJUBLJANA)
12. SULJIČ DALI Cpt.(RK LJUBLJANA)
13. HABJANIČ BLAŽ (RK LJUBLJANA)
14. JOVANOVIČ DRAGAN (RK LJUBLJANA)
15. SAJEVIC JAKA (RK LJUBLJANA)
16. PILKO BLAŽ (RK LJUBLJANA)
17. JAVORNIK IZTOK (RK LJUBLJANA)
18. ZUKIČ MAKS (RK LJUBLJANA)
19. SITAR NEJC (RK MARIBOR)
20. MAGUŠAR URBAN (RAK OLIMPIJA)
21. TANKO BOŠTJAN (RAK OLIMPIJA)
22. MIHELIČ IGOR (RAK OLIMPIJA)
23. HORVAT DAVID (RAK OLIMPIJA)
Head Coach: ZORAN KALAKOVIČ Backs Coach: ROBERT PUCONJA Assistant Coach: ANDREJ ČEVKA
- IRB.com retrieved on 23rd June, 2009
- Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1-86200-013-1) p63