Budapest Exiles RFC

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Budapest Exiles
Full name Budapest Exiles Rugby Football Club
Nickname(s) Exiles
Founded 1991
Location Budapest, Hungary
Ground(s) Pesterzsebet Sports Ground (47.430853,19.099644), Budapest
President France Francois Taillo
Coach(es) France Nico Valloo (player-coach)
League(s) Extraliga
Team kit

Budapest Exiles RFC is a Hungarian rugby club in Budapest. They are the currently champions in the Hungarian Extra Liga. The club used to be confined to expatriates, but since 2000 Hungarian players have been welcomed to join.[1]


The club was founded in 1991 by Thomas Bain (the ball) and Neil Curray (the men). They were rapidly followed by Nick Langford (the kit) and Jean-Claude Fédou (the pitch), who both had significant management skills. Other players played a prominent role in the launching such as Tom Howard (the logo) and Mike Caroll (more men). The team had a steep initiation curve that culminated in the drafting of the Statutes. Bain insisted on the educative role of the team at the national level, and Niel Curray ended up advising the referees country-wide. The sport was very young in Hungary, it was difficult to get complex rules such as the off-side rule respected on the pitch.

It later merged with Yeti RK, a club from the nearby village of Leányfalu.

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Philip Angel Hooker England England
Péter Füstös Hooker Hungary Hungary
Zsolt Szendrey-Kiss Hooker Hungary Hungary
Tamás Bolgár Hooker Hungary Hungary
Lajos Bihari Prop Hungary Hungary
Ted Coe Prop United States United States
Zsolt Habóczki Lock Hungary Hungary
Géza Juhász Lock Hungary Hungary
Matyas Bihari Lock Hungary Hungary
Remy Segretain Flanker France France
Jason Weistroffer Flanker France France
Francois Taillander Flanker France France
Jake Hines Flanker England England
Remy Jan Flanker France France
André Brand Number 8 South Africa South Africa
Roland Kollárszky Number 8 Hungary Hungary
Player Position Union
Tibor Pásztor Scrum-half Hungary Hungary
Clarence du Cellier Joubert Fly-half France France
Gareth Lloyd Fly-half Wales Wales
Nicolas Valloo Centre France France
Myles Ellison Centre Scotland Scotland
Blaise Malta-Bey Centre France France
Csanád Bánhegyi Wing Hungary Hungary
Andy Davis Wing England England
Ádám Hosszú Wing Hungary Hungary
Mehdi Benaniba Wing France France
Federico Sciotti Wing Italy Italy
Andrew Clark Wing New Zealand New Zealand
Conor Duignan Fullback Ireland Ireland
Arnaud Chassis Fullback France France
Scott Torrance Fullback Scotland Scotland
Eoin Kilkenny Fullback Ireland Ireland

Former Players[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Arno Franken Flanker South Africa South Africa
Róbert Veress Prop Hungary Hungary
Gyula Nikoletti Prop Hungary Hungary
Tibor Horvath Prop Hungary Hungary
Brian Fitzgerald Prop Ireland Ireland
Matt Edwards Lock Canada Canada
Colin Brown Fly-half Canada Canada
Pál Mihalovics Fly-half Hungary Hungary
André Marques Centre Portugal Portugal
Elias Deceuster Centre Belgium Belgium
Christophe Mann Centre Austria Austria
Laszlo Harangozo Centre Hungary Hungary
Tatsuro Kawai Wing Japan Japan
Grant McKenzie Fullback Scotland Scotland
Michael Toomey Fly-half Ireland Ireland
Zoltán Máthé Flanker Hungary Hungary


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