Moldova national rugby union team
|Union||Moldovan Rugby Federation|
Moldova 22 -6 Lithuania |
Moldova 55 - 6 Luxembourg |
Moldova 0 - 59 Portugal |
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.
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 qualify.
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.
Perhaps surprisingly, the popularity of rugby in Moldova is growing rapidly, with well over 10,000 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.
During March 2011, Vadim Cobîlaş signed for Aviva Premiership side, Sale Sharks. He is the first Moldovan player to sign for a professional English team. More recently, prop Dumutri Arhip has signed for the Welsh regional side, Ospreys.
Head Coach: Sergiu Motoc
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