1980 Romania rugby union tour of Ireland

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1980 Romania rugby union tour of Ireland
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The 1980 Romania rugby union tour of Ireland was a series of six matches played by the Romania national rugby union team in Ireland and England in October 1980. The tour was essentially a visit to Ireland, with a single match against Leicester (to celebrate that club's centenary) being played in England.[2] Romania won four of their six matches, lost one and drew the other.[3] The draw came in the international match against Ireland, which the home team did not consider a full international match. This was rated a major result for Romania, who were hopeful at the time of joining the Five Nations Championship, and the Rothmans Rugby Yearbook's review of the tour stated that "any lingering doubts about the ability of the Romanians to pose a challenge to the home countries were dispelled".[2]


Scores and results list Romania's points tally first.
Opposing Team Result For Against Date Venue
Munster Won 32 9 4 October Limerick
Leinster Lost 10 24 8 October Dublin
Ulster Won 15 13 11 October Belfast
Connacht Won 28 9 14 October Galway
IRELAND XV Drew 13 13 18 October Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Leicester Won 39 7 22 October Welford Road, Leicester

Touring party[edit]

  • Manager: V. Moraru
  • Assistant Managers: V. Irimescu
  • Captain: M. Paraschiv


  • T. Tudose
  • L. Codoi
  • S. Fuicu
  • G. Vacaru
  • M. Aldea


  • M. Zafiescu
  • A. Radulescu
  • Florică Murariu
  • E. Stoica
  • G. Dumitru
  • P. Bors
  • G. Caragea
  • M. Ionescu
  • G. Daraban
  • I. Bucan
  • V. Turlea
  • C. Dinu
  • M. Munteanu
  • M. Ortelcan
  • C. Gheorghe


  1. ^ Ireland did not award full international caps
  2. ^ a b Rothmans, p60
  3. ^ Rothmans, p61


  • Vivian Jenkins, ed. (1981). Rothmans Rugby Yearboook 1981–82. Rothmans Publications Ltd. pp. 60–63. ISBN 090757405X.