Juvenia Kraków

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RzKS Juvenia Kraków
Full name Rzemieślniczy Klub Sportowy Juvenia Kraków
Nickname(s) Smoki (Dragons)
Founded 8 December 1906
1973; 44 years ago (1973) (rugby team)
Location Kraków, Poland
Ground(s) Juvenia Stadium (Capacity: 800)
Chairman Leszek Samel
Coach(es) Marek Odoliński
Captain(s) Szymon Szczepański
League(s) I liga Rugby
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.juvenia.info

Juvenia Kraków (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjuvɛɲa ˈkrakuf]) is a Polish rugby union club based in Kraków, Poland. They were founded in 1906 (like Wisła Kraków and Cracovia) as a football club. The rugby union team was founded in 1973 and currently play in the I liga Rugby.

History of the rugby section[edit]

The rugby section was founded in 1973. The first rugby match was played the following year against Posnania, who had been relegated from the Rugby Extraleague; Juvenia lost 60–0. For the next three years Juvenia had not won a single match. They had their first win in 1976 and in the same year they achieved a semi-final place in the Polish Cup where they lost to Czarni Bytom 12–15.

Juvenia came close to promotion to the top tier on two occasions. The first was in 1982, when they drew with Budowlani Olsztyn (7–7), who were promoted. The second chance occurred two years later, in 1984, when they also missed out on promotion.

In 1986 the rugby section was moved to Korona Carcow, which caused the suspension of the section, only to return in 1993. In 2000 the team was promoted to the Rugby Ekstraliga, where they played for three seasons. In 2003 the club was relegated to the I liga Rugby but returned to the Rugby Extraleague in 2005. In 2006 Salwator became its main sponsor and the first team changed its name to Salwator Juvenia Kraków. They ended that season on the highest, third place. Since 2009, Salwator is no longer the team sponsor and the name has changed back to Juvenia Kraków.

The board[edit]

  • President – Leszek Samel
  • Vice president – Maciej Mączka

First team squad[edit]

  • Forwards

Poland Michał Baster
Ukraine Kostia Bezwerchnyj
Poland Maciej Bielawski
England Daniel Glynn
Poland Jerzy Głowacki
Poland Adam Grabski
Poland Mateusz Ingarden
Poland Łukasz Kościelniak
Poland Jan Krawiec
Poland Krzysztof Krzanowski
Poland Krzysztof Pszyk
Poland Przemysław Rejentowicz
Poland Marcin Siemaszko
Poland Szymon Szczepański
Poland Dominik Szostek
Poland Tomasz Świadek
Poland Kamil Trzos
Poland Tomasz Zagrajek
Poland Piotr Zemła


 
  • Backs

Poland Jacek Bielawski
Poland Kamil Bobola
Moldova Andriy Cebotari
Moldova Ion Chitic
Poland Maciej Dorywalski
Poland Bartłomiej Fiszer
Poland Artur Fursenko
Poland Krzysztof Gola
Poland Juliusz Krawiec
Georgia (country) Ucha Mchedlishvili
Fiji Usaia Navia Rataku
Poland Patryk Okrajek
Poland Bartłomiej Sierant
Poland Maciej Sokołowski
Poland Marcin Sokołowski
Poland Mariusz Tumiel
Poland Grzegorz Zawojski

In bold are the internationally capped players

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