RK Heusenstamm

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RK Heusenstamm
RK Heusenstamm.png
Full name Rugby-Klub Heusenstamm e.V.
Union German Rugby Federation
Founded 1979
Location Heusenstamm, Germany
Ground(s) Sportzentrum Martinsee (Capacity: 10,000)
Chairman Jürgen Zeiger
Coach(es) Jens Steinweg
Captain(s) Markus Walger
League(s) Rugby-Bundesliga
2015–16 Rugby-Bundesliga South/West, 7th
Team kit
Official website
www.rugby-klub.de

The RK Heusenstamm is a German rugby union club from Heusenstamm, currently playing in the Rugby-Bundesliga.

History[edit]

The club was formed in 1979, much later than most other current Bundesliga clubs, in Heusenstamm, Hesse.

After relegation from the Rugby-Bundesliga in 2000, the club played in the 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga for a number of seasons.

The RKH's greatest success came in 2006, when it managed to take out the German sevens championship.

In 2007, the club achieved promotion back to the first division through winning its league and a subsequent 52-10 victory over the North/East champion SC Germania List.

The following season, 2007-08, the team finished last in the Bundesliga but was saved from relegation by the decision to expand the league from 8 to 9 teams for 2008-09.

In the 2008-09 season, the team lived a separate existence from the six clubs contending for the four final spots as well as the two strugglers at the end of the table, clearly removed in points from both groups in seventh place.

In 2010-11, the club, coming last, was only saved from relegation because only one team opted for Bundesliga promotion, with the league expanded from nine to ten clubs.

A league reform in 2012 allowed the club to remain in the Bundesliga after initially being relegated as the league was expanded from ten to 24 teams. RK finished second in their group in the 2012-13 season and qualified for the south/west division of the championship round, where it came sixth. The club was knocked out in the first round of the play-offs after losing 45–34 to RK 03 Berlin.

In 2013–14 the team qualified for the championship and the play-offs once more, losing 33–19 to RK 03 Berlin in the first round and being knocked out. In the 2014–15 season the club finished sixth in the south-west championship group and was knocked out by TV Pforzheim in the quarter finals of the play-offs after a first round victory over Berliner Rugby Club.

Club honours[edit]

  • German sevens championship
    • Champions: 2006
    • Runners-up: 2005, 2009
  • 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga
    • Champions: 2007

Recent seasons[edit]

Recent seasons of the club:[1]

Men[edit]

Year Division Position
1998-99 Rugby-Bundesliga South/West (I) 6th
Bundesliga qualification round 2nd
1999-2000 Rugby-Bundesliga South/West 6th
Bundesliga qualification round 4th — Relegated
2000-01 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga South/West (II) 1st
Bundesliga qualification round 5th
2001-02 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga South/West (II) 4th
2002-03 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga South/West 3rd
2003-04 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga South/West 4th
2004-05 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga South/West 2nd
2005-06 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga South/West 2nd
2006-07 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga South/West 1st — Promoted
2007-08 Rugby-Bundesliga (I) 8th
2008-09 Rugby-Bundesliga 7th
2009–10 Rugby-Bundesliga 8th
2010–11 Rugby-Bundesliga 9th
2011–12 Rugby-Bundesliga 10th
2012–13 Rugby-Bundesliga qualification round – West 2nd
Rugby-Bundesliga championship round – South-West 6th — Round of sixteen
2013–14 Rugby-Bundesliga qualification round – West 1st
Rugby-Bundesliga championship round – South-West 5th — First round
2014–15 Rugby-Bundesliga qualification round – West 1st
Rugby-Bundesliga championship round – South-West 6th — Quarter finals
2015–16 Rugby-Bundesliga South-West 7th
  • Until 2001, when the single-division Bundesliga was established, the season was divided in autumn and spring, a Vorrunde and Endrunde, whereby the top teams of the Rugby-Bundesliga would play out the championship while the bottom teams together with the autumn 2nd Bundesliga champion would play for Bundesliga qualification. The remainder of the 2nd Bundesliga teams would play a spring round to determine the relegated clubs. Where two placing's are shown, the first is autumn, the second spring. In 2012 the Bundesliga was expanded from ten to 24 teams and the 2nd Bundesliga from 20 to 24 with the leagues divided into four regional divisions.

Women[edit]

Year Division Position
2004-05
2005-06 Regionalliga West (III) 6th — Promoted
2006–07 Women's 2nd Rugby Bundesliga (II) 3rd
2007–08 Women's 2nd Rugby Bundesliga 4th
2008–09 Women's 2nd Rugby Bundesliga 7th — Relegated
2009–10 Regionalliga West (III)

Rugby internationals[edit]

In Germany's 2006–08 European Nations Cup campaign, the brothers Dennis and Markus Walger were called up for the national team.

In the 2008–10 campaign, Markus Walger was called up again.

In the 2010–12 campaign, no player from the club was selected for Germany.

The club had one player selected for the German under-18 team at the 2009 European Under-18 Rugby Union Championship, Sam Rainger .[2] No player from RKH was called up for the 2010 tournament.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ RugbyWeb Ergebnisarchiv (German) rugbyweb.de - Results archive, accessed: 24 July 2012
  2. ^ U18-EM: Deutschland feiert klaren Auftaktsieg (German) Rugby-Journal - 2009 squad, published: 4 April 2009, accessed: 30 April 2010
  3. ^ U18 in Bestbesetzung zur EM nach Italien (German) totalrugby.de, published: 23 March 2010, accessed: 30 April 2010

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