Luxembourg national rugby union team

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Luxembourg Rugby Federation
Luxembourgrugby.jpg
Union Fédération Luxembourgeoise de rugby
Ground(s) Stade Boy Konen
Cessange and Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City
Coach(es) Marty Davis (2003- )New Zealand
Jon FlynnScotland
Captain(s) Saman Rezapour (2012)
Most caps Nigel Shaplin (42)
Top scorer Gilles Caviglia (288)
Most tries Steve Knowles (8)
Team kit
First international
Belgium Belgium 28 – 6 Luxembourg Luxembourg
(3 May 1975)
Largest win
Luxembourg Luxembourg 78 – 12 Norway Norway
(15 April 2000)
Largest defeat
Luxembourg Luxembourg 3 – 116 Sweden Sweden
(5 May 2001)
Official website
www.rugby.lu

The Luxembourg national rugby union team (FLR) represents Luxembourg at rugby union. Luxembourg is a minor team, and is ranked as a third tier nation. The team participates in the annual FIRA-AER European Nations Cup Division 2D.

Luxembourg has been a member of FIRA since 1976, two years after the founding of Luxembourg Rugby Federation (French: Fédération Luxembourgeoise de Rugby (FLR)). The Grand Duchy has participated several times in the FIRA championships and, despite the small size, has honourably acquitted itself. Luxembourg has also been a member of the International Rugby Board since 1991.

The Luxembourg rugby team is the only national sports team to have been three times champions of their group in a European competition. In 1995, more than 20 points scored against Slovenia at Cessange and more than 20 points scored in Split against Croatia and finally an excellent draw against Andorra in Luxembourg enabled them to be champions of their group. In 1997 they won the Bronze Cup with wins against Bosnia, Bulgaria and Monaco. Luxembourg has in their past encounter recorded a 10-10 draw against Georgia, but the best performance to date was a“Grand Slam” in 2004 in FIRA-AER European Cup division 3B.

National clubs[edit]

The Rugby Club Luxembourg was founded in May 1973 by a group of expatriates working in the Grand Duchy. Several of the founders still live in Luxembourg and contribute one way or another to the sport. The club played its first competitive game against US Castillionnaise in September 1973. Up until 1995, the club played in the Alsace-Lorraine regional league. In that year, the team joined the Belgian second division, which it belonged to until 1998, when it earned promotion to the first division. In 2001, the club decided to return to the French league system, again playing regionally in Alsace-Lorraine. It won its division in 2008 but, after an invitation to play in Germany, decided to join the German league system in 2009.

De Rugby Club Walferdange was founded in 1990. In 2001, after 10 years in the Belgian League they finished top of the third division and champion during the 2002/03 season. In its first season in the second division, the club was relegated back to the third Division. The club's objective having gone through a rebuilding phase, is to return to the Belgian 2nd division and remain there.

The Richard Mertens Club is a member of the European Community sports clubs (French: Cercle Sportif des Communautés Européennes) and caters to children from Under 7s up to Under 19s, its goal being to promote the game of rugby in Luxembourg and act as a feeder club for the two senior clubs of Luxembourg with any talented players. Player retention remains a concern for Luxembourgish rugby with most of such players stopping the sport after school for various reasons, even if they remain in Luxembourg. Despite this, the school has had some success stories since its inception with a few of its past players having gone on to play for well known university and club sides, or having gone on to represent Luxembourg at the senior level.

Current Squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Marcus Adam Hooker (1954-04-07) 7 April 1954 (age 61) 1 England Belsize
Matais Garis-Polak Hooker (1992-07-27) 27 July 1992 (age 22) 2 none
Saman Rezapour Prop (1990-01-05) 5 January 1990 (age 25) 19 Wales Waunarlwydd RFC
Kim Zimmer Prop (1992-09-09) 9 September 1992 (age 22) 8 Luxembourg De Renert
Bob Wagner Prop (1992-02-22) 22 February 1992 (age 23) 1 Austria Vienna
Johan Barnard Prop (1989-02-21) 21 February 1989 (age 26) 2 Luxembourg RCL
Julien Da Col Lock (1986-08-15) 15 August 1986 (age 28) 25 Luxembourg De Renert
Scott McKinlay Lock (1983-04-11) 11 April 1983 (age 32) 20 Luxembourg RCL
Tim Seite Lock (1980-11-29) 29 November 1980 (age 34) 11 Luxembourg De Renert
Vincent Giffard Flanker (1984-04-25) 25 April 1984 (age 31) 7 France Annecy
Nigel Sharplin Flanker (1976-02-16) 16 February 1976 (age 39) 42 Luxembourg RCL
Jan Louw Number 8 (1978-06-25) 25 June 1978 (age 37) 4 none
Jason Limpach Number 8 (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 21) 2 Luxembourg CSCE
William Dennis Scrum-half (1994-03-21) 21 March 1994 (age 21) 1 Luxembourg CSCE
Damien Bessieres Scrum-half (1984-10-05) 5 October 1984 (age 30) 8 Luxembourg RCL
Bertrand Cohan-Sabban Fly-half (1981-01-19) 19 January 1981 (age 34) 3 none
Tertius Barnard Centre (1991-02-06) 6 February 1991 (age 24) 2 England Old Scouts
Yared Ketema Centre (1992-12-23) 23 December 1992 (age 22) 6 England Rosslyn
Christopher Rossa Wing (1994-06-24) 24 June 1994 (age 21) 1 Luxembourg CSCE
Ciaran Keane Fly-half (1994-06-24) 24 June 1994 (age 21) 7 England Edge Hill University
Robin Dex Wing (1990-09-21) 21 September 1990 (age 24) 6 Luxembourg RCL
Philippe Vimond Wing (1983-09-13) 13 September 1983 (age 31) 11 Luxembourg RCL
Adrien Timmermans Fullback (1989-04-14) 14 April 1989 (age 26) 14 Luxembourg RCL
Samuel Deasy Back (1990-07-02) 2 July 1990 (age 25) 2 Scotland Aberdeen Uni

2012-2014 ENC Division 2D[edit]

Season 2012-13[edit]

Table

Place
Nation
Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1  Luxembourg (95) 4 3 0 1 74 62 +12 0 12
2  Norway (93) 4 2 0 2 65 48 +17 3 11
3  Bosnia and Herzegovina (87) 4 2 0 2 78 71 +7 2 10
4  Greece (NR) 4 2 0 2 61 64 -3 1 9
5  Finland (96) 4 1 0 3 45 78 -33 2 6

Pre-tournament rankings in parentheses. NR=No ranking

Games[1]

2012-13









Finland v Luxembourg[edit]

6 October 2012
Finland  14 - 16  Luxembourg
Try: Mikko Luopio (56'),
Andras Devenyi (76')
Con: Mikko Luopio,
Antti Cammi
IRB Team List
Report
Try: Philippe Vimond (49')
Con: Yared Ketema
Pen: Yared Ketema 2 (26', 46'),
James Harris (40')
Helsinki, Finland
Referee: Denmark Michael Vestorp

Luxembourg v Norway[edit]

10 November 2012
15:00
 Luxembourg[3] 15 – 8  Norway
Try: Adrien Timmermans m[3]
Philippe Vimond m
Vincent Giffard m
Teamsheet
Josy Barthel, Luxembourg
Attendance: 700
Referee: Christophe Secat Switzerland
Luxembourg
FB 15 Adrien Timmersman
RW 14 Philippe Vimond
OC 13 Yared Ketema
IC 12 Tertius Barnard Substituted off 79'
LW 11 Robin Dex
FH 10 Bertrand Cohan-Sabban
SH 9 William Dennis Substituted off 79'
N8 8 Jan Louw Substituted off 75'
OF 7 Nigel Sharplin
BF 6 Vincent Giffard
RL 5 Scott McKinlay Substituted off 26'
LL 4 Julien Da Col
TP 3 Kim Zimmer Substituted off 77'
HK 2 Adam Marcus Substituted off 62'
LP 1 Saman Rezapour (c)
Replacements:
PR 16 Bob Wagner
HK 17 Matais Garcia-Polak Substituted in 62'
PR 18 Johan Barnard Substituted in 77'
LK 19 Tim Seite Substituted in 26'
N8 20 Jason Limpach Substituted in 75'
SH 21 Damien Bessieres Substituted in 79'
BK 22 Samuel Deasy
WG 23 Christopher Rossa Substituted in 79'
Coach:
New Zealand Marty Davis

Season 2013-2014[edit]

Table

Place
Nation
Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost Bonus for against difference
1  Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0
2  Finland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0
3  Greece 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0
4  Luxembourg 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0
5  Norway 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0

Games TBA

Statistics[edit]

Test Record[4][edit]

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn  % Won
 Andorra 5 1 3 1 20%
 Armenia 1 0 1 0 0%
 Austria 4 2 2 0 50%
 Azerbaijan 1 1 0 0 100%
 Belgium 4 0 4 0 0%
 Bermuda 1 0 1 0 0%
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 7 6 1 0 86%
 Bulgaria 9 2 7 0 23%
 Croatia 2 1 1 0 50%
 Cyprus 2 0 2 0 0%
 Denmark 2 0 2 0 0%
 East Germany 1 1 0 0 100%
 Finland 7 6 1 0 86%
 Georgia 1 0 0 1 0%
 Germany 2 0 2 0 0%
 Greece 4 1 3 0 25%
 Hungary 2 0 2 0 0%
 Israel 8 3 5 0 38%
 Latvia 2 0 2 0 0%
 Lithuania 5 2 3 0 40%
 Malta 1 0 1 0 0%
 Moldova 1 0 1 0 0%
 Monaco 2 1 0 1 50%
 Norway 4 3 1 0 75%
 Slovenia 3 1 2 0 33%
 Sweden 3 0 3 0 0%
  Switzerland 4 0 4 0 0%
 Tunisia 1 0 1 0 0%
 Yugoslavia 1 0 1 0 0%
Total 90 31 56 3 34.44

10 Most Appearances[edit]

Rank Player Caps
1 Nigel Sharplin 44
2 Gilles Caviglia 37
3 Arnaud Tribellini 35
4 Stuart Kelly 33
5 Ruadhri Guilfoyle 31
6 Zelito Neves Dos Santos 30
7 Christophe Hoffmann 29
8= Joe Lister 27
8= Andy Thompson 27
10 Willy Lafaysse 26

15 Top Scorers[edit]

Rank Player Pts.
1 Gilles Caviglia 288 pts.
2 Jonathan Harris 65 pts.
3 Steve Knowles 63 pts.
4 Graham Cope 61 pts.
5 Guilfoyle Ruadhri 38 pts.
6 Warren Young 35 pts.
7 Ciaran Keane 34 pts.
8 Bertrand Cohen-Sabban 31 pts.
9 Tony Whiteman 27 pts.
10= Simon Williams 25 pts.
10= Alex Goodhew 25 pts.
10= Anthony Isturis 25 pts.
11= Nigel Sharplin 20 pts.
11= Willy Lafaysse 20 pts.
12= Stefan Focas 18 pts.
12= Alan Dunn 18 pts.

See also[edit]

Clubs[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ENC 2D 1st Leg". FIRA-AER. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  2. ^ a b FIRA Match sheet shows incorrectly that Tertius Barnard scored.
  3. ^ a b FIRA match report shows incorrectly that Tertius Barnard scored the first try.
  4. ^ Checking Stats on Scrum.com they have one match Lux v Sui in 1995 that is not in these figures as FLR can not identify

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