Welfen SC Braunschweig

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Welfen SC Braunschweig
Welfen SC Braunschweig logo.gif
Full name Welfen-Sport Club Braunschweig e.V.
Union German Rugby Federation
Founded 1973
Location Braunschweig, Germany
Ground(s) Rote Wiese
League(s) 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga
2013–14 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East, 9th
Official website
www.rugby-braunschweig.de

Welfen SC Braunschweig is a German rugby union club from Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, currently playing in the 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga. Apart from rugby, the club also offers other sports like athletics, tennis and judo. The club is named after the House of Welf.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1973.[1] However, the history of the club's rugby section goes back to 27 January 1954. On that date, the rugby section of Post SV Braunschweig, a large multi-sports club, was founded.[2]

The club played mostly in regional lower-tier competitions, but in 1991 won their first (and only) promotion into the Rugby-Bundesliga, but suffered relegation again after just one season at the top-level.[3] In the late 1990s, Post SV Braunschweig ran into financial problems, which eventually lead to the club's dissolution in 2001.[4] Due to this, the rugby section separated from the parent club and joined Welfen SC Heidberg, another local sports club, in 1999.[5] The club, based in the Heidberg district of Braunschweig, later changed its name into Welfen SC Braunschweig.

After several seasons in the Rugby-Regionalliga, Welfen SC won promotion back to the 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga in 2011.

Recent seasons[edit]

Recent seasons of the club:[6]

Year Division Position
2010–11 Rugby-Regionalliga (III) 1st — Promoted
2011–12 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East (II) 8th
2012–13 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga qualification round – North 3rd
Ligapokal – North/East 3rd — Quarter finals
2013–14 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga qualification round – North 3rd
Ligapokal – North/East 1st — Quarter finals

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hoffmeister, Kurt (2010). Zeitreise durch die Braunschweiger Sportgeschichte: 180 Jahre Turnen und Sport in Braunschweig (in German). p. 161. 
  2. ^ Welfen SC Heidberg e.V. (2004). 50 Jahre Rugby in Braunschweig. 1954 bis 2004 (in German). p. 5. Online version: 50 Jahre Rugby in Braunschweig. 1954 bis 2004 (German) (Welfen SC Heidberg – 50 Years of rugby in Brunswick), accessed: 30 August 2014
  3. ^ 50 Jahre Rugby in Braunschweig. 1954 bis 2004 (in German). p. 20.
  4. ^ Hoffmeister (2010). p. 147.
  5. ^ 50 Jahre Rugby in Braunschweig. 1954 bis 2004 (in German). p. 29.
  6. ^ RugbyWeb Ergebnisarchiv (German) rugbyweb.de - Results archive, accessed: 27 August 2014

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