Wild Rugby Academy

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Wild Rugby Academy
Wild Rugby Academy.jpg
Founded October 2007
Location
Fields Rugby union
Key people Germany Hans Peter Wild Founder
Website http://www.wildrugbyacademy.de/siteEn/

The Wild Rugby Academy is a German rugby union institution in Heidelberg, focused on the development of the sport in the region and Germany.[1][2] One of its main aims is to develop players for Germany to be able to participate in the 2015 Rugby World Cup,[3][4] as well as to establish a German team in the European Challenge Cup, the Wild Titans by 2010.[5] The later plan was delayed but a German team is now scheduled to enter the competition from 2011, alongside other academy teams from Russia, Spain and Georgia.[6]

History[edit]

The academy was named after its founder, the German entrepreneur Hans Peter Wild.[7] He originally conceived the idea in May 2007 and the academy was established in October of the same year.

The academy aims to import expertise from the more developed rugby nations in order to improve the game in Germany. It started out with an under-19 group which was later followed by an under-21 group, and draws young players from the Frankfurt, Heusenstamm and Heidelberg area, targeting clubs and schools.[8] In 2008, the academy "decided to become more professional" and employed a new manager and coach.[8]

In November 2008, the academy embarked on its first tour, traveling to England to play two matches.[9] In March 2009, an academy team, the Wild Titans, will be traveling to Hong Kong for a tournament. Mustafa Güngör and Benjamin Danso, two current German internationals, are part of the 15 selected players for the tournament.[10][11]

Aims and achievements[edit]

The academy aims to develop the game of rugby union in Germany, by awarding scholarships to young and senior players. It also plans to assist in the development of coaches and referees. The main goals of the academy are:

Christopher Liebig was the first player trained with the academy to make a debut for Germany, in its game against Portugal in February 2009.[13][14]

Staff[edit]

The W.R.A. employees a number of staff for coaching purposes:[15]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ W.R.A. website - What is the Wild Rugby Academy? accessed: 7 March 2009
  2. ^ Die Wucht der Gegner (German) Sueddeutsche Zeitung - Article on the German rugby team, published: 12 February 2008, accessed: 7 March 2009
  3. ^ a b c "Wild Rugby Academy" soll Rugbysport in Deutschland fördern (German) DOSB website, published: 25 February 2008, accessed: 7 March 2009
  4. ^ Talent pool booms abroad The Coffs Coast Advocate, published: 31 December 2008, accessed: 7 March 2009
  5. ^ a b W.R.A. website - Aims accessed: 7 March 2009
  6. ^ a b Sechs Talente zum Lernen nach Südafrika (German) totalrugby.de, published: 20 February 2009, accessed: 23 March 2010
  7. ^ W.R.A. website - History accessed: 7 March 2009
  8. ^ a b Wild Rugby Academy, History of the W.R.A., retrieved 19 march 2009.
  9. ^ W.R.A. website - WILD RUGBY ACADEMY UK TOUR REPORT – NOVEMBER 2008 accessed: 7 March 2009
  10. ^ W.R.A. website - Wild Titans start their preparation for 2009 Hong Kong 10s accessed: 7 March 2009
  11. ^ Skinstad to spearhead South African challenge at GFI HKFC Tens published: 17 February 2009, accessed: 7 March 2009
  12. ^ W.R.A. website - W.R.A. 2008-2010 accessed: 7 March 2009
  13. ^ Wild Rugby Academy, Under 21 team list, retrieved 19 March 2009.
  14. ^ Rugby365, Portugal expected to beat Germany, 19 Feb 2009, retrieved 19 March 2009.
  15. ^ W.R.A. website accessed: 13 December 2010