Catalonia national rugby union team

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Catalonia
Nickname(s)El XV de la ginesta
UnionCatalan Rugby Federation
(Catalan: Federació Catalana de Rugbi)
Head coachÁlvaro Hompanera
Home stadiumCamp de la Foixarda
First colours
Second colours
First international
Catalonia Catalonia 5 – 5  Italy
(Camp de Les Corts; 14 April 1934)
Biggest win
Catalonia Catalonia 66 – 6  Andorra
(Sant Boi; 25 March 1995)
Biggest defeat
Catalonia Catalonia 15 – 67  Russia
(L'Hospitalet; 24 March 1998)
Websitewww.rugby.cat

The Catalonia national rugby union team is the national and/or representative rugby union team of Catalonia. It is organised by the Catalan Rugby Federation and has been active since 1923. On 14 April 1934 they made their international debut with a 5–5 draw at the Camp de Les Corts against Italy.

History[edit]

The Catalan Rugby Federation was founded in 1922 and the national rugby union team made their debut on 21 May 1923, losing 9–0 to Tolouse Lanlade Olimpique at the l'Hipòdrom de Can Tunis. During the early 1930s they played against various French club and provincial teams. In 1930 they also twice played a visiting Royal Navy XV and also embarked on brief tour of Germany. In March 1934 Catalonia became a founding member of the Fédération Internationale de Rugby Amateur and on 14 April 1934 they made their international debut with a 5–5 draw at the Camp de Les Corts against Italy. On 27 May 1934 Catalonia played their first international against France, losing 15–22.[1][2][better source needed][3][4][5] After the Spanish Civil War, Catalonia lost its sporting independence. This saw the Catalan Rugby Federation lose its full membership of FIRA and the right to organise full international games. Despite these restrictions, the Catalonia national rugby union team continues to play friendlies against international teams as well as club and provincial teams. The Catalan Rugby Federation has also campaigned for its full membership of Rugby Europe to be restored.[1][6]

Matches[edit]

Internationals[edit]

Date Home Score Away Venue
14 April 1934 Catalonia Catalonia 5–5  Italy [Note 1] Camp de Les Corts[4]
27 May 1934 Catalonia Catalonia 15–22  France [Note 1] Camp de Les Corts[5]
24 March 1935  Italy 5–3 Catalonia Catalonia [Note 1] Stadio Luigi Ferraris[7]
6 July 1936 Catalonia Catalonia 17–24  France [Note 1] Barcelona
January 1940 Catalonia Catalonia ?  Romania [Note 2] Camp de Les Corts[1]
27 Nov 1955 Catalonia Catalonia 20–5  England XV Camp de la Foixarda
29 Nov 1955 Catalonia Catalonia 0–11  England XV Camp de la Foixarda
25 Sept. 1960 Catalonia Catalonia 26–3 Ireland Ireland Universities Camp de la Foixarda
21 May 1972 Catalonia Catalonia 31–17 France France XV L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
1980 Catalonia Catalonia 16–3  England XV
11 June 1982 Catalonia Catalonia 17–22  Ireland XV Camp de la Foixarda
13 June 1982 Catalonia Catalonia 24–17  Scotland XV Camp de la Foixarda
13 January 1990 Catalonia Catalonia 8–34  Italy Argelès-sur-Mer
22 April 1990 Catalonia Catalonia 16–15  Tunisia Andorra la Vella
11 May 1990  Basque Country 56–15 Catalonia Catalonia San Mamés[8]
25 March 1995 Catalonia Catalonia 66–6  Andorra Sant Boi de Llobregat
6 April 1995 Catalonia Catalonia 40–12  Czech Republic Barcelona
3 May 1997 Catalonia Catalonia 61–17  Spain Estadi Baldiri Aleu [Note 3]
28 May 1997 Catalonia Catalonia 18–58  France Estadi Olímpic [Note 3]
24 March 1998 Catalonia Catalonia 15–67  Russia L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
13 June 1998 Catalonia Catalonia 19–40  Italy Estadi La Feixa Llarga
18 June 2006 Catalonia Catalonia 17–21  Basque Country Cornellà[8]
14 February 2010 Catalonia Catalonia 17–21  Sweden Estadi Baldiri Aleu[6][9]
25 Sept. 2010 Catalonia Catalonia 12–29  France Classic Camp de la Foixarda
21 Sept. 2013 Catalonia Catalonia 64–10  Andorra Camp de la Foixarda
25 June 2016 Catalonia Catalonia 25–22 Portugal Portugal XV Camp de la Foixarda

Source:[2][better source needed]

Notes

  • ^1 Recognised as full internationals by Rugby Europe
  • ^2 In January 1940 Catalonia played two games against a Bucharest XV. The Catalan Rugby Federation refers to one of these games as an international against Romania.
  • ^3 75th Anniversary of the Catalan Rugby Federation.

Spanish Regions Championship finals[edit]

Since 1983–84 Catalonia have competed in the Spanish Regions Championship, featuring other teams, such as the Basque Country, representing the autonomous communities of Spain. This competition is organised by the Spanish Rugby Federation.[10]

Season Date Home Score Away Venue
1983–84 26 February 1984  Basque Country 24–12 Catalonia Catalonia
1984–85 3 March 1985  Basque Country 25–4 Catalonia Catalonia
1985–86 18 May 1986 Community of Madrid Madrid 13–12 Catalonia Catalonia
1987–88 5 June 1988 Catalonia Catalonia 16–9  Basque Country
1988–89 28 May 1989 Catalonia Catalonia 21–20 Castile and León Castile-León
1989–90 8 June 1990 Castile and León Castile-León 20–16 Catalonia Catalonia
1990–91 19 May 1991 Catalonia Catalonia 19–16 Castile and León Castile-León
1993–94  Basque Country 28–10 Catalonia Catalonia
1995–96 19 Nov 1995  Basque Country 25–17 Catalonia Catalonia
1996–97 3 Nov 1996  Basque Country 37–14 Catalonia Catalonia Guernica
1997–98 7 December 1997  Basque Country 29–8 Catalonia Catalonia Tudela, Navarre
1999–2000 5 December 1999 Catalonia Catalonia 10–9 Andalusia Andalusia Camp de la Foixarda

Source:[10][2][better source needed]

Honours[edit]

  • Spanish Regions Championship
    • Winners: 1987–88, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1999–2000: 5
    • Runners-up: 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98: 8

Source:[10]

2010 squad[edit]

Catalonia vs Sweden in 2010
Catalonia vs Sweden in 2010

Catalonia vs. Sweden (2010)[11]

# Name Club
1 Josep Raya CR Sant Cugat
2 Omar Miniño UE Santboiana
3 Marc González BUC
4 Pol Massoni UE Santboiana
5 Ignacio Gaminde RC l'Hospitalet
6 Ivan Gurriere FC Barcelona
7 Andrés Rangel CR Sant Cugat
8 Sergi Guerrero UE Santboiana
9 Marc Puigvert UE Santboiana
10 Àlex Benet CN Poble Nou
11 Cristian Martín UE Santboiana
12 Sebastià Fernández FC Barcelona
13 Sergi Aubanell UE Santboiana
14 Jordi Sánchez BUC
15 Geoffroy Lourdou CR Sant Cugat
16 Leo Paredes CR Sant Cugat
17 Óscar Ferreras RC l'Hospitalet
18 Gerard Blasco RC l'Hospitalet
19 Àlex Palomo UE Santboiana
20 David Porto SEL Vilanova
21 Víctor Linares Químic RC
22 Pau Puigdollers CR Sant Cugat
23 Ignasi Baqué RC l'Hospitalet

List of Basque players who also represented IRB international teams in International matches[edit]

 France

 Spain

 Ireland

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Història". www.rugby.cat. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Partits de la selecció catalana de rugbi". ca.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  3. ^ "About Us". www.rugbyeurope.eu. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Catalonia v Italy". Mundo Deportivo. 15 April 1934. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Catalonia v France". Mundo Deportivo. 28 May 1934. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  6. ^ a b "La selecció, a un pas de la remuntada". www.elpuntavui.cat. 15 February 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Italy v Catalonia". Mundo Deportivo. 25 March 1935. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Historial Selecciones Euskadi" (PDF). www.euskadirugby.org. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Katalonien-Sverige 17–21" (in Swedish). Swedish Rugby Union. 14 Feb 2010.
  10. ^ a b c "Federación Española de Rugby – Palmares Nacional" (PDF). www.ferugby.es. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Torna Catalunya, el XV de la ginesta" (in Catalan). www.elpunt.cat. 14 February 2010.

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