Moldova national rugby union team

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Moldova
Moldova Rugby Logo.png
Nickname(s)Haiducii (Outlaws)
UnionMoldovan Rugby Federation
Head coachSergiu Motoc
CaptainMihai Golubenco
Most capsAndrei Romanov (46)
Top scorerOleg Prepelița (135)
Top try scorerOleg Prepelița (27)
Home stadiumComplexul Sportiv Raional Orhei
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current59 (as of 13 December 2019)
Highest25 (2014)
Lowest59 (2019)
First international
 Moldova 22–6  Lithuania
(Moldova; 10 October 1991)
Biggest win
 Moldova 58–8  Malta
(Moldova; 18 November 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Sweden 80–6  Moldova
(Sweden; 20 October 2018)
World Cup
Appearances0
Websitewww.rugby.md

The Moldova national rugby union team, nicknamed Haiducii, are a Rugby Europe national team that play in the Conference 2 North competition and are administered by the Moldovan Rugby Federation. They are yet to qualify for the Rugby World Cup.

History[edit]

Moldova played their first international on October 10, 1991 against Lithuania. Moldova won the match, 22 points to six. The next year they played against Bulgaria, which Moldova won, 42 points to three. Moldova played Hungary in 1995, which they won, by three points, 17 to 14.

They played Georgia, who defeated them 47 to five. They then played Ukraine and Latvia and Bulgaria soon after.

Moldova played twice in 1997, defeating Norway and losing to Croatia. They won a number of fixtures in 2000. They played the Netherlands the following year. The national rugby team was designated by the members of Moldova's Sports Press Association as the best Moldovan team in 2004. Following this, they played in qualifying tournaments for the 2007 Rugby World Cup European qualifiers. Moldova were grouped in Pool B of the second round, and they won two of their four matches, which saw them finish second in their pool behind Germany, and thus move onto round three and enter Pool A in round 3.

However, their road to the World Cup was ended when a respectful 2nd place above Poland, Netherlands and Andorra was not enough to proceed to round 4.

Popularity[edit]

Surprisingly, the popularity of rugby in Moldova is growing rapidly, with well over 1,250 fans regularly turning up to their home matches in the European Nations Cup. Since 2004, the number of Moldovan rugby players has more than doubled, due to the national team's growing international reputation.

Notable players[edit]

Moldovan international Alexei Cotruţa was the top try-scorer in the Russian Professional Rugby League in 2006, scoring 16 tries in 14 matches for Moscow-area side VVA-Podmoskovye.

During March 2011, Vadim Cobîlaş signed for Aviva Premiership side, Sale Sharks. Shortly after, his younger brother Maxim Cobîlaş also signed for Aviva Premiership side, Sale Sharks making the two the first Moldovan players to sign for a professional English team. More recently, props Dmitri Arhip and Gheorghe Gajion have signed for two Welsh regional sides, Cardiff Blues and Ospreys.

On the 23rd of August 2018, Cristian Ojovan another prop made his debut for D2 side Aurillacois. After his impressive performances at Aurillacois, George Ojovan signed with Top 14 champions Clermont Auvergne during October 2019.

Current squad[edit]

This is Moldova`s current squad for the 2019-20 for Rugby Europe Conference 2 North.

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

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Sergiu Goncear Hooker {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Hungary Esztergomi Vitézek Rugby AFC
Marius Cardasim Hooker {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Moldova RC Sporting ASEM
Valeriu Belous Prop {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Moldova RC Ciorescu
Vlad Braniște Prop {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Moldova RC Sergus Soroca
Maxim Cobilaș Prop {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Russia VVA Saracens
Alexandru Colev Prop {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Romania SCM Gloria Buzău
Ruslan Dorogan Prop {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Ireland Clonakilty RFC
Andrei Lungu Prop {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Malta Kavallieri Rugby Football Club
Tudor Cojocaru Lock {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Moldova RC Sporting ASEM
Andrei Mahu Lock {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Russia Krasny Yar Krasnoyarsk
Andrei Romanov Lock {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Unattached
Dorin Boțan Flanker {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Unattached
Cristin Buzenco Flanker {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Moldova CSR Sporting
Petru Crețu Flanker {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Moldova LIMPS
Igor Orghianu Flanker {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Moldova RC Sporting ASEM
Serghei Budaian Number 8 {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Moldova CR UTM
Grigore Pahom Scrum-half {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Italy Unione Rugbistica Anconitana
Vadium Preguza Scrum-half {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Moldova RC Sporting ASEM
Ion Puică Scrum-half {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Italy CUS Perugia Rugby
Dumitru Beșliu Fly-half {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Moldova RC Sporting ASEM
Mihai Golubenco Fly-half {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Romania SCM Gloria Buzău
Alexandru Matveev Fly-half {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Moldova RC Sporting ASEM
Alexandru Bulgac Centre {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Unattached
Ion Bușilă Centre {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Moldova CSR Lupii Albi
Igor Mișin Centre {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Moldova CR UTM
Ion Dinu Wing {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Moldova RC Ciorescu
Mihail Boian Wing {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Unattached
Ion Constantin Wing {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Moldova RC Ciorescu
Adrian Adam Fullback {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Unattached
Sandu Gritenco Fullback {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Moldova RC Ciorescu
Alexei Isaac Fullback {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Moldova RC Ciorescu

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