Poland national rugby union team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Biało-czerwoni (The White and Reds)
UnionPolski Związek Rugby
Head coachDuaine Lindsay
CaptainPiotr Zeszutek
Most capsStanislaw Więciorek (65)
Top scorerJanusz Urbanowicz (205)
Home stadiumNarodowy Stadion Rugby
Stadion ŁKS
Stadion Widzewa
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current34 (as of 23 November 2020)
Highest26 (2012, 2013)
Lowest39 (2010)
First international
Poland 9–8 East Germany
(Łódź, Poland 24 August 1958)
Biggest win
Poland 74–0 Norway
(Riga, Latvia 24 September 1994)
Biggest defeat
Romania 74–13 Poland
(Bucharest, Romania 2 May 1998)

The Poland national rugby union team (Polish: Reprezentacja Polski w rugby) represents Poland in men's international rugby union competitions. Nicknamed The White and Reds (Biało-czerwoni), is considered one of the stronger tier 3 teams in European rugby and currently compete in the second division of the Rugby Europe International Championships in the Rugby Europe Trophy, a competition which is just below the Rugby Europe Championship where the top 6 countries in Europe (apart from the teams in the 6 nations) compete. They are yet to participate in any Rugby World Cup and often play in white with red shorts as well as in red with white shorts.


Poland made their international debut against East Germany in 1958 in Łódź, which they won by just one point, 9–8. Later that year they played West Germany in Krasnoyarsk, who defeated them 11–3. The following year they played two matches at Dinamo Stadion in Bucharest, defeating Czechoslovakia and then losing to Romania. Poland continued to contest internationals with these nations over the coming years.

They defeated East Germany in Grimma the 1971, this was followed by strong form from the Polish, winning matches against the Netherlands, Morocco, Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union. In 1975 Poland played Italy in Treviso, and lost 13–28. In 1977 Poland played a France XV again, and lost 9–26; also that year they played Italy, and lost by only six points, with the final score being 6–12. They played a France XV again in 1978, losing 24–35. They also defeated Spain that year.

Poland played Italy in 1979, losing 3–13, and then played a France XV the following year, though they did not perform as well as previous meetings, losing 42–0. A subsequent match against a France XV in 1981 saw the France XV defeat Poland 49–6. A match between the two sides in 1984 produced a good result for the Polish, losing 19–3. A match against the Italian Barbarians the following year produced the same scoreline.

In 1987 Poland played two Italian teams, the Italian Barbarians and Italy under-21, although they lost to the Barbarians, they won against the under-21 team. Poland did not play at the 1987 World Cup. In 1990 they played the full Italy team in Naples, losing 34–3. Poland did not play in the 1991 World Cup in England. From 1992 to 1993 Poland won six matches in a row. Russia won five to 41 in a following match.

Poland played Italy A, but lost 19–107. Poland also played Romania in 1998, losing 74–13. Poland were grouped in Pool D of round two of the 2007 Rugby World Cup European qualify tournament. Poland performed very well in the pool, winning all four of their games, and finishing at the top of the pool. This saw them through to Pool A of Round three, but they were knocked out here, finishing fourth in the pool.

Current squad[edit]

Head Coach: Ireland Duaine Lindsay

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

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Adrian Ignaczak Hooker Poland Budowlani Łódź
Łukasz Kujawa Hooker Poland Budowlani Łódź
Robizon Kelberashvili Hooker Poland Budowlani Lublin
Adrian Chróściel Prop Poland Pogoń Siedlce
Toma Mhedlidze Prop Poland Budowlani Łódź
Marcin Wilczuk Prop Poland Ogniwo Sopot
Wojciech Król Prop Poland Budowlani Lublin
Stanisław Powała-Niedźwiecki Prop Poland Ogniwo Sopot
Paweł Poniatowski Lock Poland Budowlani Łódź
Jakub Bobruk Lock Poland Budowlani Lublin
Chris O'Hara! Flanker Poland Budowlani Łódź
Jędrzej Nowicki Flanker France Le Creusot
Dawid Dybowski Flanker Poland Pogoń Siedlce
Piotr Zeszutek Number 8 Poland Ogniwo Sopot
Mateusz Plichta Scrum-half
Sebastian Kacprzak Fly-half Poland Lechia Gdańsk
Daniel Gdula Centre Poland Pogoń Siedlce
Patryk Reksulak Centre Poland Budowlani Łódź
Grzegorz Szczepański Centre Poland Ogniwo Sopot
Kewin Bracik Centre Poland Lechia Gdańsk
Rafał Janeczko Centre Poland Pogoń Siedlce
Piotr Wiśniewski Centre (1982-08-11) 11 August 1982 (age 38) Poland Budowlani Lublin
Andrzej Charlat Wing France CS Beaune
Marek Płonka Jr Wing Poland Lechia Gdańsk
Szymon Sirocki Wing Poland Arka Gdynia
Mateusz Mrowca Wing
Tomasz Rokicki Fullback Poland Pogoń Siedlce

Current coaching staff[edit]

The current coaching staff of the Polish national team:[1]

Name Nationality Role
Grzegorz Witczak  POL Manager
Duaine Lindsay Ireland IRE Head coach
Karol Czyż  POL Assistant coach
Dr Bartosz Chudzik  POL Team doctor
Kamil Łódzki  POL Physiotherapist

Former coaches[edit]

  • Marian Bondarowicz (1958–1969)
  • Eugeniusz Rogatka (1959–1960)
  • Marian Bondarowicz (1960–1961)
  • Jan Frankowski (1961)
  • Marian Bondarowicz (1962)
  • Józef Koter (1963)
  • Józef Grochowski (1964)
  • Franciszek Nowak (1965)
  • Józef Sokołowski (1965–1968)
  • Zbigniew Janus (1969–1970)
  • Józef Sokołowski (1970)
  • Józef Grochowski (1971–1975)
  • Józef Sokołowski (1975)
  • Ryszard Wiejski (1976–1989)
  • Andrzej Kopyt (1990)
  • Zdzisław Szczybelski (1990–1991)
  • Andrzej Kopyt (1991–1994)
  • Ryszard Wiejski & Maciej Powała-Niedźwiecki (1994–1995)
  • Maciej Powała-Niedźwiecki (1995–2000)
  • Jerzy Jumas (2000–2006)
  • Tomasz Putra (2006–2013)
  • Marek Płonka (2013–2016)
  • Blikkies Groenewald (2016–2017)
  • Stanislaw Więciorek (2017–2018)
  • Ireland Duaine Lindsay (2018–present)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Switerzerland vs Poland Match Report" (PDF). www.rugbyeurope.eu. Rugby Europe. 23 November 2019.

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