Czech Republic national rugby union team

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Czech Republic
Rugbyczech.jpg
UnionČeská Rugbyová Unie
Coach(es)Phil Pretorius
Captain(s)Vojtěch Havel
Team kit
Change kit
First international
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 5 - 21 Romania 
(22 May 1927)
 Andorra 6 - 3 Czech Republic 
(15 May 1993)
Largest win
 Czech Republic 95 - 5 Croatia 
(7 April 2002)
Largest defeat
 Italy 104 - 8 Czech Republic 
(18 May 1994)

The Czech Republic national rugby union team is the third tier rugby national team of the Czech Republic.

They first started playing as the Czech Republic in 1993 after the split of Czechoslovakia and now compete in the European Nations Cup. They have yet to qualify for the Rugby World Cup, but have entered the qualifiers since the 1995 edition. Rugby union in the Czech Republic is administered by the Česká Rugbyová Unie. The sport is still amateur in the country, but there are several Czech players who are professionals in France, including Martin Jágr.

As of February 2017 the team is ranked 31 of 102 in the IRB Rankings.[1]

History[edit]

In 2005, they took on Australian Super Rugby side the Waratahs in Prague, losing 3-94.[2]

The nation played against Hong Kong at the Synot Tip Arena in Prague on 16 December 2009. They won 17-5. It was the final match for six players:[3] Antonín Brabec, Jan Macháček, Jan Oswald, Pavel Syrový, Ladislav Vondrášek and Jan Žíla.

The Czech Republic were relegated from the European Nations Cup First Division to the Second Division in 2014, after finishing 6th in their group.

On 9 November 2016 The Czech Republic played in a historical match against the Barbarians to celebrate the Czech Rugby Union's 90th anniversary. The match was held at the Marketa Stadium in Prague. They lost the match to the Barbarians, 71-0.[4][5]

Coaches[edit]

Czech (Czechoslovakia) coaches
Name Nationality Years Assistants Tests Won Drew Lost Win %
Voska Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1931 - 1 0 0 1 0
Rudolf Otto Bauše Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1933 - 2 0 0 2 0
Kratochvíl CzechoslovakiaCzechoslovakia 1934 - 1 0 0 1 0
Gustav Vlk Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1946–49 - 4 1 0 3 25
Jiří Žižka Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1954 Vladimír Škvor 2 2 0 0 100
Vladimír Škvor Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1955 - 2 0 0 2 0
Alfa Zeda Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1956 Vladimír Škvor 1 0 0 1 100
Miloš Dobrý Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1956–57 - 5 1 0 4 20
Alfa Zeda Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1958–59 - 0 0 0 0 0
Oldřich Pazdera Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1959-65 - 0 0 0 0 0
Milan Pětroš Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1966–67 - 0 0 0 0 0
Vladimír Vondráček Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1969-1972 Viktor Šťastný 0 0 0 0 0
Vladimír Škvor Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1972–76 - 0 0 0 0 0
Eduard Krützner Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1976-78 - 2 2 0 0 100
Milan Malovaný Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1979–81 Bohumil Sláma 0 0 0 0 0
Milan Malovaný Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1982-83 - 0 0 0 0 0
Milan Malovaný Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1984-88 Jiří Kotlový 0 0 0 0 0
Milan Malovaný Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1988-1989 Vilibald Hervert 0 0 0 0 0
Eduard Krützner Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1989-90 Vilibald Hervert 0 0 0 0 0
Eduard Krützner Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1990-91 Bruno Kudrna, Milan Buriánek 0 0 0 0 0
Bruno Kudrna Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1991-93 Milan Buryánek 0 0 0 0 0
Bruno Kudrna  Czech Republic 1993-95 Milan Buryánek 0 0 0 0 0
Karel Berka  Czech Republic 1995-97 Jaromír Kourek 0 0 0 0 0
Bruno Kudrna  Czech Republic 1997-99 Václav Horáček 0 0 0 0 0
Václav Horáček  Czech Republic 1999- Pavel Jágr 0 0 0 0 0
Jiří Šťastný  Czech Republic 2001-2003 Václav Čermák 0 0 0 0 0
Petr Michovský  Czech Republic 2003 Michel Bernardin France 0 0 0 0 0
Michel Bernardin  France 2003-2004 Jan Macháček 0 0 0 0 0
Christian Galonier  France 2004-2005 Jan Macháček 0 0 0 0 0
Josef Fatka  Czech Republic 2005-2006 Petr Michovský 0 0 0 0 0
Levan Mgeladze  Georgia 2007 Martin Kafka, Jan Macháček 0 0 0 0 0
Martin Kafka  Czech Republic 2007-2008 Jan Macháček 0 0 0 0 0
Christian Gajan  France 2008-2009 Martin Kafka 0 0 0 0 0
Martin Kafka  Czech Republic 2010-2013 Jan Oswald (2010–13), Tomasz Putra (2013) 0 0 0 0 0
Thomasz Putra  Poland 2014-2016 Roman Šuster 0 0 0 0 0
Thomasz Putra  Poland 2016-2017 Pavel Pala, Filip Vacek 0 0 0 0 0
Phil Pretorius  South Africa 2017- Hein Kriek South Africa, Daniel Beneš 0 0 0 0 0

Current squad[edit]

Netherlands v Czech Republic. Match in Amsterdam, 20 Nov 2010.
Spain vs. Czech Republic 11 November 2007, Madrid.
As of 25 November 2017.
Forwards
Name Position Caps Date of Birthday (Age) Nationality Club
Matouš Hodek Hooker - -  Czech Republic Czech Republic RC Tatra Smíchov
Vojtěch Mára Hooker - -  Czech Republic Czech Republic RC Tatra Smíchov
Emilio Caldaroni Prop - -  Czech Republic Czech Republic RC Sparta Praha
Martin Havlíček Prop - -  Czech Republic Czech Republic RA Olymp Praha
Anthony Kent Prop - -  Great Britain Portugal Belenenses
Michal Průša Prop - -  Czech Republic Czech Republic RC Tatra Smíchov
Pavel Šťastný Prop - -  Czech Republic Czech Republic RC Prague Praha
Jiří Frank Lock - -  Czech Republic France Leucate Corbieres Méditérranée XV
Daniel Hošek Lock - -  Czech Republic Czech Republic RC Prague Praha
Jan Olbrich Lock - -  Czech Republic Czech Republic RC Tatra Smíchov
Robert Trefný Lock - -  Czech Republic Czech Republic RA Olymp Praha
James Faktor Flanker - -  Great Britain United Kingdom Honourable Artillery Company RFC
Vojtěch Havel (c) Flanker - -  Czech Republic Czech Republic RC Tatra Smíchov
Michal Křižánek Flanker - -  Czech Republic Czech Republic RC Sparta Praha
Marek Loutocký Number 8 - -  Czech Republic France CA Lannemezan
Backs
Name Position Caps Date of Birthday (Age) Nationality Club
Albert Froněk Scrum-half - -  Czech Republic Czech Republic RA Olymp Praha
Zbyněk Schütz Scrum-half - -  Czech Republic Czech Republic RC Dragon Brno
Marek Šimák Scrum-half - -  Czech Republic Czech Republic RC Tatra Smíchov
Martin Cimprich Fly-half - -  Czech Republic Czech Republic RC Mountfield Říčany
Jan Kučera Fly-half - -  Czech Republic Czech Republic RC Mountfield Říčany
Karel Berounský Centre - -  Czech Republic Czech Republic RC Tatra Smíchov
Jan Čížek Centre - -  Czech Republic Czech Republic RC Přelouč
Ali Mohamed Samet Centre - -  Czech Republic Czech Republic RC Praga Praha
Aleš Stejskal Centre - -  Czech Republic Czech Republic RA Olymp Praha
Pavel Pytela Wing - -  Czech Republic Czech Republic RC Sparta Praha
Michal Schlanger Wing - -  Czech Republic Czech Republic RC Mountfield Říčany
Daniel Starka Wing - -  Czech Republic Czech Republic RC Tatra Smíchov
Petr Čížek Fullback - -  Czech Republic Czech Republic RC Praga Praha
Craig Kolarik Fullback - -  South Africa Scotland Marr Rugby

Notable former players[edit]

  • Milan Mrtýnek
  • Petr Michovský
  • Pavel Bureš
  • Luděk Kudláček
  • Jiří Koutný
  • Miroslav Fuchs
  • Petr Skopal
  • Jiří Skall st
  • Jaromír Kourek
  • Bruno Kudrna
  • Karel Berka
  • Vlastimil Jágr
  • Václav Fanta
  • Zdeněk Mrazčínský
  • Barchánek

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.worldrugby.org/rankings/mru
  2. ^ Waratahs attract record crowd in Prague
  3. ^ (in Czech) Loučení opor s národním týmem Archived 2010-01-04 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Barbarians entertain with 11-try win". Sport24.co.za. 9 November 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  5. ^ "Barbarians crush Czech Republic". Planetrugby.com. 2016-11-09. Retrieved 2016-11-26.

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