Romania national rugby union team

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Romania
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Oaks
Emblem Oak leaf
Union Federaţia Română de Rugby
Head coach Lynn Howells
Captain Mihai Macovei
Most caps Florin Vlaicu (93)
Top scorer Florin Vlaicu (733)
Top try scorer Cătălin Fercu (29)
Home stadium Arcul de Triumf Stadium
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current 16 (as of 29 February 2016)
Highest 13 (2006)
Lowest 19 (2011)
First international
Romania 0–21 United States
(Colombes, France; 1 July 1919)
Biggest win
Bulgaria 0–100 Romania
(Burgas, Bulgaria; 21 September 1976)
Biggest defeat
England 134–0 Romania
(London, England; 17 November 2001)
World Cup
Appearances 8 (First in 1987)
Best result Pool stage, 1987, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015

The Romania national rugby union team (Romanian: Echipa naţională de rugby a României), nicknamed The Oaks (Stejarii), is the representative side of Romania in rugby union. Long considered one of the stronger European teams outside the Six Nations, they have participated in all seven Rugby World Cups, and currently compete in the first division of the European Nations Cup, where most recently in the 2014–16 competition they finished second. Rugby union in Romania is administered by the Romanian Rugby Federation. The team plays in yellow and blue strips.

France first played rugby against Romania in 1924 when they tried to establish a rival to the Five Nations championship. Although not regarded as a top-tier team in more recent times, their history includes wins against four (France, Italy, Scotland, Wales) of the Six Nations Championship teams.[1]

Romania have played in every Rugby World Cup as of 2015, with their best result being a win during the pool stages. However, the likes of Georgia have challenged Romania for top spot below the Six Nations, and Georgia, along with Portugal have both won the European Nations Cup (or Six Nations B).

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

Romania versus France at the Inter-Allied Games of 1919

The game itself was introduced by students returning with rugby balls from their studies in Paris to form clubs such as Stadiul Roman from 1913 onwards. Seventeen other teams would be formed in the capital, Bucharest.

Romania's first international was played against the USA in 1919. France first officially played rugby union against Romania in May 1924 when they tried to establish a rival to the Five Nations Championship (now the Six Nations). France were victorious by 59 points to 3.

Romania were one of three teams who entered the 1924 Olympics in Paris. France won 59–3, scoring 13 tries including four by the fine Stade Francais winger Adolphe Jaureguy. The USA then defeated Romania 39–0. Romania finishing third claimed the bronze medal. The Federaţia Română de Rugby was formed in 1931. In 1939 a team was formed in Braşov at an aircraft factory. This was the first team outside Bucharest.

Post-World War II[edit]

The communist regime used rugby union like it used other sports, as a propaganda tool during the Cold War with the West. Every international success was presented as a direct result of the righteousness of the communist rule and ideology. All the financial resources were directed toward the preparation of the national team to the detriment of domestic development. Top players were employed in the army or the police, whose sides CSA Steaua București and Dynamo practised six days a week in superb sporting centres. These infrastructures bred a talented national side.

A generation of French school trained coaches from late ’40s, and ’50s built a system and led the national team to success of the 1960s, ’70s and early ’80s. In this era Romania began to compete more regularly against the major nations. Their first win over France came in 1960 in Bucharest, in a tour match won by 11-5. In 1974 Romania won against France 15 – 10 in Bucharest,[2] and the FIRA – Association of European Rugby championship.[3] In 1975 Romania went for an 8 game tour to New Zealand, concluding in Wellington with a 10-10 draw against the Junior All Blacks. Exposure to international rugby developed the country's game and they began to form their own distinctive style of play, built around giant, bruising packs. That Romania was emerging as a real force on the world stage became clear on their 1979 Romania rugby union tour of Wales at Cardiff Arms Park in 1979 in an unofficial, non-cap international. The Oaks led going into the dying minutes, when only a last-gasp drop goal from Gareth Davies gave a narrow 13–12 victory for Wales. The improvement continued in 1980, when Romania crushed the French in a record 15–0 win in Bucharest. A trip to Lansdowne Road in the 1980 Romania rugby union tour of Ireland then yielded a 13–13 draw against Ireland in another unofficial, non-cap match.

In the 1980s the country boasted more than 12,000 players in 110 clubs. Home nations sides began to award international caps for matches against Romania in 1981; Scotland were the first to do so when Romania visited them on their 1981 tour, Scotland winning the international by 12 points to 6.[4] Wales travelled to Bucharest in November 1983 and were totally overwhelmed, falling to a 24–6 defeat. Romania's first win over Scotland came in Bucharest in 1984 and their first away win against Five Nations opposition came in 1988 against Wales; 15–9 at Cardiff Arms Park.

Their national side beat Wales (twice – 1983: 24 – 6 in Romania, 1988: 15–9 in Wales), Scotland (the 1984 Grand Slam side 28 – 22 in Romania), France (twice 1980: 15 – 0 in Romania, 1982: 13 – 9 in Romania) and drew with Ireland (13–13, in 1980, at Dublin). In 1981, they lost to the All Blacks 14–6 but had two tries disallowed. Many felt it was wrong for the rugby union powers to fail to bring them into top-flight competition. There are even rumours that the Oaks were invited to join but refused because the championship took place during their winter break. Romania beat Zimbabwe 21–20 in their first ever Rugby World Cup match in 1987 but did not win any other games and failed to progress beyond the group stage.

After the collapse of Communism[edit]

However, with the deterioration of the domestic political and economic situation in the country in the 1990s, Romanian rugby union suffered; the two leading rugby union teams – Dinamo Bucharest and Steaua Bucharest, represented the police and the army respectively, so their state funding fell.[citation needed]

Post-revolution, Romanian rugby union was still alive and kicking. In 1990 they recorded their best win to date by beating France 12–6 on French soil for the first time. The following year they beat Scotland 18–12. At the 1991 World Cup they managed to beat Fiji 17–15 and as recently as the 1995 World Cup, Romania held the eventual winners South Africa to a highly respectable 21–8.

The professionalism that followed immediately upon the heels of that World Cup was the undoing of the sport in Romania. Approximately 200 Romanian players are thought to be playing in France and Italy. It wasn't just playing numbers that suffered, but a whole generation of potential referees and administrators was lost to the game. By 1994 Romania's rugby fortunes had declined sharply, when a Welsh team travelled to Bucharest for an uncapped international the visitors came away with a 16–9 win. In 1997 the Romanians toured Wales. They lost 36–21 to Wales A at Pontypridd and 70–21 in a test held in Wrexham. At the 1999 World Cup Romania could again only manage a single win 27–25 against the United States.[citation needed]

The new millennium[edit]

Romania versus Ireland at Lansdowne Road in 2005.

In 2000, Romania won the first European Nations Cup by a large margin, recording victories in all four matches. By 2001, Romania had been caught by the likes of Georgia who defeated them to take the 2001 European Nations Cup, crowned with a decisive 31–20 win over Romania in Bucharest. The national side lost to England by 134–0 in 2001 and Dinamo Bucharest lost 151–0 to Saracens in the European Rugby Shield. Several French-based players refused to turn up for the England debacle simply because their clubs refused to pay them for the week. Players in that Romanian squad were getting £30 a day in expenses while England's top earners scooped £6,000 for their afternoon's work.

In January 2002, Bernard Charreyre was appointed coach of the national team both supplied by and paid by the French Rugby Federation (FFR). Under Charreyre (known by The Oaks as 'Little Napoleon'), the Oaks’ decline has been stopped and the team has started to slowly climb from the basement of international rugby union. With a change of format in the European Nations Cup, Romania started in 2002 trailing Georgia due to the inclusion of 2001 results. The Oaks managed to win all of the remaining five games, including a hard-fought 31–23 victory in Tbilisi to win the tournament. They qualified for the World Cup in 2003, where they beat Namibia and lost to Ireland (45–17), after an honourable display, and then to Australia (90–8) and Argentina (50–3). Charreyre was dismissed after the World Cup as the Romanian Federation was not satisfied by the World Cup performance and decided not to renew his contract. Three other French coaches followed: first, Phillipe Sauton, for a very short period, Robert Antonin as a temporary stand-in and then Daniel Santamans.

In the 2003–2004 European Nations Cup, Portugal were surprise 16–15 winners over Romania in Lisbon and installed themselves on the top of the 2003 table. In the second half of the competition, Romania seemed back on track (36–6 against Portugal in Constanţa), but went down 24–33 to Russia in Krasnodar following allegations of players having been doped. Then Portugal clinched their first title with a last-minute 19–18 win over Russia in Lisbon. In 2004, the Romanians scored a narrow 25–24 victory over Italy, their first victory to date over a Six Nations Championship side.

In 2005 Romania was given 'second tier' status by the IRB and replaced Russia in the Super Powers Cup. The USA beat a Romanian team stripped of their France-based players 23–16 in the third place play-off. The 2005–06 European Nations Cup also served as a qualifying group for the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Romania triumphed despite finishing level on points with Georgia.

Romania qualified for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France, finishing at the top of their pool during the Round 5 of the European qualifying tournaments. Romania won their first qualifying match on October 7, defeating Georgia in Bucharest 20–8. Their 43–20 win over Spain in Madrid on October 14 ensured that they qualified directly for the World Cup in 2007. In June 2007, Romania hosted the IRB Nations Cup in Bucuresti.[5] In the 2007 Rugby World Cup finals, Romania managed to win a bonus point in the 18–24 loss to Italy and to win a second game with Portugal by a narrow margin (14–10), but suffered heavy losses to Scotland (42–0) and New Zealand (85–8).

On 21 March 2009, Romania lost 22–21 at home to Portugal, leaving them with an uphill struggle to qualify for the 2011 World Cup – qualification for which is determined by performances in the European Nations Cup in 2009 and 2010. Romania went unbeaten, with a draw at Russia, in the 2010 phase of the European Nations Cup. The Oaks' strong finish put them in third place and the final phase of the European qualification playoffs, in which they easily defeated Ukraine over two legs (94–10 on aggregate) for the European place in the Final Place Playoff for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Romania emerged as the last qualifier for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand by overcoming first Tunisia in a winner-takes-it-all game (56–13) and later Uruguay (60–33 on aggregate). Thus, the Oaks are one of only 12 teams to participate at all World Cups alongside New Zealand, Australia, England, France, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Argentina, Canada, and Japan.

Honours[edit]

Record[edit]

Top 30 rankings as of 11 July 2016[6]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  New Zealand 96.10
2 Steady  England 89.49
3 Steady  South Africa 86.32
4 Steady  Australia 84.43
5 Steady  Wales 82.49
6 Steady  Ireland 81.67
7 Steady  France 80.75
8 Steady  Scotland 80.44
9 Steady  Argentina 80.20
10 Steady  Fiji 75.49
11 Steady  Georgia 75.23
12 Steady  Japan 74.95
13 Steady  Italy 72.23
14 Steady  Samoa 71.37
15 Steady  Tonga 69.47
16 Steady  Romania 68.74
17 Steady  United States 65.60
18 Steady  Canada 64.53
19 Steady  Uruguay 63.56
20 Steady  Namibia 62.28
21 Steady  Russia 61.91
22 Steady  Hong Kong 59.03
23 Steady  Spain 58.79
24 Increase2  Kenya 58.58
25 Decrease1  Belgium 57.94
26 Decrease1  Germany 57.71
27 Steady  Ukraine 56.95
28 Steady  Chile 55.73
29 Steady  South Korea 54.85
30 Steady  Portugal 54.29
*Change from the previous week
Romania's Historical Rankings
Romania IRB World Rankings.png
Source: World Rugby - Graph updated to 1 November 2015[6]


European competitions[edit]

Romania's only annual tournament is a competition involving Europe's tier 2 and tier 3 national teams. From 1936 through 1938, they competed in the FIRA Tournament against France, Germany and Italy. In 1965 till 1973 the FIRA Nations Cup was formed allowing other teams to be promoted or relegated from the competition. Romania won the competition once in 1969, being the only team to defeat France.

Pre– II WW Tournament (1936 – 1938)
Nation Games Points Table
points
Championships
played won drawn lost for against difference
 France 6 6 0 0 133 48 +85 3
 Germany 6 3 0 3 83 92 –9 0
 Italy 5 3 0 2 75 76 –1 0
 Romania 7 1 0 6 81 114 –33 0
 Belgium 2 1 0 1 20 48 –28 0
 Netherlands 2 0 0 2 8 62 –54 0
FIRA Nations Cup (1965 – 1973)
Nation Games Points Table
points
Championships
played won drawn lost for against difference
 France 26 25 0 1 824 198 +626 65 7
 Romania 26 17 1 8 528 222 +306 51 1
 Czechoslovakia 17 2 2 13 135 411 –267 16 0
 Morocco 9 2 0 7 65 332 –267 13 0
 Italy 13 4 1 8 86 227 –141 12 0
 West Germany 10 1 1 8 81 132 –51 6 0
 Spain 3 1 0 2 56 55 +1 5 0
 Poland 3 0 0 3 19 132 –113 3 0
 Portugal 3 0 0 3 23 108 –85 0 0

European Nations Cup (2000–present)[edit]

Winners[edit]

Year First Division Lower Division Champions
Winner Second Third Relegated Division 2 Division 3
2000  Romania  Georgia  Morocco  Russia  Czech Republic
2001  Georgia  Romania  Russia  Poland Not played [7]
2001–2002  Romania  Georgia  Russia  Netherlands  Czech Republic[8]  Slovenia
2003–2004  Portugal  Romania  Georgia  Spain  Ukraine  Moldova
2004–2006  Romania  Georgia  Portugal  Ukraine  Spain  Latvia
2006–2008  Georgia  Russia  Romania  Czech Republic  Germany  Sweden
2008–2010  Georgia  Russia  Portugal  Germany [9]  Ukraine  Lithuania
2010  Romania  Georgia  Russia
2011  Georgia  Romania  Portugal  Ukraine [10]  Sweden  Bosnia and Herzegovina
2012  Georgia  Spain  Romania
2013  Georgia  Romania  Russia  Belgium [11]  Netherlands  Turkey
2014  Georgia  Romania  Russia
2015  Georgia  Romania  Spain  Portugal  Belgium TBD
2016  Georgia  Romania  Russia
2017 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

All-time table[edit]

Pld W D L PF PA PD AVPPG Pts Champs
 Georgia 85 69 4 12 2610 1038 + 1572 30.70 268 9
 Romania 85 62 2 21 2577 1064 + 1513 30.31 242 4
 Russia 79 45 3 31 2083 1671 + 412 26.36 187 0
 Portugal 85 35 3 47 1605 1865 - 260 18.88 152 1
 Spain 75 22 4 49 1484 1966 − 482 19.78 132 0
 Czech Republic 29 6 0 23 362 1075 − 713 12.48 40 0
 Germany 20 1 1 18 220 863 − 643 11.00 18 0
 Netherlands 15 1 0 14 278 652 − 374 18.53 17 0
 Ukraine 20 1 0 19 201 998 − 797 10.05 15 0
 Morocco 5 3 0 2 94 69 + 25 18.80 11 0
 Belgium 10 0 1 9 134 259 − 125 13.40 6 0

World Cup[edit]

Romania has competed in every Rugby World Cup since the inaugural tournament in 1987. Their best finish was with one win in 1987, 1991, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015. They lost all pool matches in 1995 and 2011. So far Romania has not hosted any World Cup games, but it may put in bids for future tournaments.

Overall[edit]

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Romania national XV at test level up until 20 June 2016.[12]

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
 Argentina 8 0 8 0 0.00% 97 317 −220
Argentina Argentina XV 6 5 1 0 83.33% 133 82 +51
 Australia 3 0 3 0 0.00% 20 189 −169
 Belgium 5 5 0 0 100.00% 263 52 +211
 Bulgaria 2 2 0 0 100.00% 170 3 +167
 Canada 6 4 2 0 66.67% 92 117 −25
 Czech Republic 6 6 0 0 100.00% 307 53 +254
 Czechoslovakia 18 17 0 1 77.78% 349 105 +244
 East Germany 13 12 0 1 92.31% 393 69 +324
 England 5 0 5 0 0.00% 24 335 −311
 Fiji 3 1 2 0 33.33% 42 70 −28
 France 51 8 41 2 15.68% 473 1342 −869
 France A 1 0 1 0 0.00% 16 20 −4
 France XV 5 0 5 0 0.00% 30 153 −123
 Georgia 20 8 11 1 45.37% 348 385 −37
 Germany 9 5 4 0 55.56% 244 111 +133
 Ireland 9 0 9 0 0.00% 102 390 −288
 Ireland XV 1 0 0 1 0.00% 13 13 +0
Ireland Emerging Ireland 1 0 1 0 0.00% 10 31 −21
 Italy 42 16 23 3 38.10% 634 609 +25
 Italy A 4 2 2 0 50.00% 65 87 −22
 Emerging Italy 2 2 0 0 100.00% 43 26 +17
 Japan 5 1 4 0 20.00% 98 119 −21
 Japan XV 1 1 0 0 100.00% 30 25 +5
 Morocco 8 7 1 0 87.50% 342 56 +286
 Namibia 6 5 1 0 83.33% 158 66 +92
 Netherlands 7 7 0 0 100.00% 296 46 +250
 New Zealand 2 0 2 0 0.00% 14 99 −85
 New Zealand XV 1 0 1 0 0.00% 30 60 −30
New Zealand Junior All Blacks 1 0 0 1 0.00% 10 10 +0
 Poland 16 14 2 0 87.50% 514 143 +371
 Portugal 23 20 3 0 87.00% 722 227 +495
 Russia 20 13 6 1 65.00% 490 284 +206
 Samoa 1 1 0 0 100.00% 32 24 +8
 Scotland 13 2 11 0 15.38% 192 475 −283
 Scotland A 1 0 1 0 0.00% 18 21 −3
 South Africa 1 0 1 0 0.00% 8 21 −13
South Africa Emerging Springboks 2 0 2 0 0.00% 20 86 −66
 Soviet Union 15 12 3 0 80.00% 251 153 +98
 Spain 34 32 2 0 94.11% 1001 329 +672
 Tonga 2 1 1 0 50.00% 35 39 −4
 Tunisia 5 4 1 0 80.00% 189 42 +147
 Ukraine 7 7 0 0 100.00% 400 43 +357
 United States 7 1 6 0 14.29% 76 789 −113
 Uruguay 7 6 0 1 85.71% 190 75 +115
 Wales 8 2 6 0 25.00% 96 342 −246
 Wales XV 1 0 1 0 0.0% 12 13 −1
 West Germany 9 8 1 0 88.89% 199 69 +130
 Zimbabwe 4 4 0 0 100.00% 123 84 +39
Total 426 241 173 12 56.57% 9420 7681 +1739

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Romania 32-man squad for the 2016 World Rugby Nations Cup.[13]

Note: Caps correct 11 June 2016

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

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Florin Bărdașu Hooker (1991-09-23) 23 September 1991 (age 24) 0 Romania Baia Mare
Andrei Rădoi Hooker (1987-02-07) 7 February 1987 (age 29) 55 Romania Timișoara Saracens
Otar Turashvili Hooker (1986-07-14) 14 July 1986 (age 30) 28 France Colomiers
Alexandru Gordaș Prop (1994-05-11) 11 May 1994 (age 22) 4 Romania Steaua Bucureşti
Gigi Militaru Prop (1986-08-14) 14 August 1986 (age 29) 1 Romania Timișoara Saracens
Constantin Pristăviță Prop (1993-05-23) 23 May 1993 (age 23) 22 Romania Baia Mare
Silviu Suciu Prop (1991-10-16) 16 October 1991 (age 24) 1 Romania Baia Mare
Alexandru Țăruș Prop (1989-05-09) 9 May 1989 (age 27) 11 France Béziers
Marius Antonescu Lock (1992-08-09) 9 August 1992 (age 23) 15 France Tarbes
Andrei Iurea Lock (1996-12-01) 1 December 1996 (age 19) 1 Romania Baia Mare
Ionuț Mureșan Lock (1994-10-06) 6 October 1994 (age 21) 0 Romania Timișoara Saracens
Valentin Popârlan Lock (1987-06-12) 12 June 1987 (age 29) 57 Romania Timișoara Saracens
Johan van Heerden Lock (1986-12-09) 9 December 1986 (age 29) 11 Romania Baia Mare
Răzvan Ailenei Flanker (1992-02-04) 4 February 1992 (age 24) 1 Romania Baia Mare
Dorin Lazăr Flanker (1990-01-23) 23 January 1990 (age 26) 10 Romania Timișoara Saracens
Viorel Lucaci Flanker (1986-08-29) 29 August 1986 (age 29) 51 Romania Steaua Bucureşti
Stelian Burcea (c) Number 8 (1983-10-07) 7 October 1983 (age 32) 59 Romania Timișoara Saracens
Tudorel Bratu Scrum-half (1991-04-23) 23 April 1991 (age 25) 5 Romania Dinamo București
Valentin Calafeteanu Scrum-half (1985-01-25) 25 January 1985 (age 31) 83 Romania Timișoara Saracens
Alexandru Țigla Scrum-half (1993-02-19) 19 February 1993 (age 23) 0 Romania Olimpia București
Jody Rose Fly-half (1986-07-29) 29 July 1986 (age 30) 5 Romania Timișoara Saracens
Florin Vlaicu Fly-half (1986-07-26) 26 July 1986 (age 30) 91 Italy Calvisano
Ionuț Balaban Centre (1996-05-23) 23 May 1996 (age 20) 1 Romania Dinamo București
Cătălin Dascălu Centre (1984-04-14) 14 April 1984 (age 32) 51 Romania Steaua Bucureşti
Dennis Perju Centre unattached 0 Italy L'Aquila
Jack Umaga Centre (1984-06-18) 18 June 1984 (age 32) 1 Romania Timișoara Saracens
Adrian Apostol Wing (1990-03-11) 11 March 1990 (age 26) 25 Romania Baia Mare
Ionuț Dumitru Wing (1992-11-06) 6 November 1992 (age 23) 16 Romania Steaua Bucureşti
Nicolas Onutu Wing (1995-12-27) 27 December 1995 (age 20) 1 France La Voulte-Valence
Stephen Shennan Wing (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 25) 5 Romania Timișoara Saracens
Cătălin Fercu Fullback (1986-09-05) 5 September 1986 (age 29) 88 Romania Timișoara Saracens
Sabin Strătilă Fullback (1995-03-27) 27 March 1995 (age 21) 1 Romania Steaua București

Notable players[edit]

Romania's current top point scorer of all time Florin Vlaicu.

The 1924 Romania Olympic team are the only Romanian inductee to have been inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame. Nicolae Mărăscu captained the famously Hall of Fame side. The highest point of Mărăscu's career was at the 1924 tournament earning Romanaia the Bronze medal. He played as a centre and had five caps, without ever scoring, since his first match, in 1919, a 48–5 loss to France, in Paris, for the Inter-Allied Games, and his last, at 22 May 1927, in a 21–5 win over Czechoslovakia, in Bratislava.

Iulian Dumitraș was Romania's main man. Dumitraș was known to be one of the Oaks' most gifted playmakers, with an accurate kicking boot and a penchant for sparking attacks. Having made his test debut in 2002, he went on to start in every match a Rugby World Cup 2007 in France, bringing plenty of experience to the nation. The then standing 1.88m and weighing in a 110 kg, Dumitraș was a punishing runner when he chimes into the line on attack, which he looked to do often, and he provided a solid and dependable last obstacle in defence.

Sorin Socol is regarded by many good judges as the then best player in the current squad and was one of the rocks of the Romanian forward pack. He has captained the most matches to date for Romania, between 2003 and 2011. A total of 61 tests, 36 of them were as captain. He captained Romania for the first time on 30 October 2003 during the 2003 Rugby World Cup match against Namibia. He went on and featured in the 2007 World Cup squad and eventually retired from all international rugby after the 2011 tournament. Socol had one of Romania's highest winning percentage as a captain of 63.88.

Florin Vlaicu is Romania's top ever point scorer. Vlaicu plays made his international debut in 2006 as a substitute against Ukraine. He played for Romania in the IRB Nations Cup and in their 2007 Rugby World Cup qualifying before appearing for them in the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He played two Tests at the World Cup as a substitute against both Scotland and the All Blacks. He also played at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Cristian Petre is Romania's most recognized player after dominating the lock position for eleven years. He is Romania's most capped player with a total of 92 matches and a career span that started in 2001 against England and ended in 2012 against Italy. Petre has featured in three Rugby World Cups, first in 2003, going on to feature in 2007 and his last being in 2011. Petre has scored a total of six tries and had winning percentage of 55.43.

Cătălin Fercu is generally regarded as one of Romania's true global superstar of rugby union. Fercu is one of Romania's top try scorers. He had quickly made appearances on the international stage at a very young age and played against France and Scotland in the Autumn internationals in 2006. He also scored a try against the French. Fercu helped guide Romania to the 2007 Rugby World Cup as he played in the qualifier matches including the vital games against Georgia and Spain and scored a try against Spain in the game that sealed their qualification to the Rugby World Cup. Fercu was a late withdrawal from their Rugby World Cup squad in 2011 because he was not prepared to fly all the way to New Zealand. The Romanian side arrived in Christchurch to prepare for their first game of the tournament against Scotland in Invercargill on 10 September without Fercu, who failed to get on the plane when it left Romania.

Another one of the Oaks greatest players are Romeo Gontineac, represented Romania in four Rugby World Cups from 1995 to 2007. The hard running centre, who became the national coach in 2010, was capped 75 times for the nation, scoring 13 tries and a drop goal. During his career he played professionally in Romania, South Africa and France.

Original members of the 1924 Olympics team[edit]

Individual all-time records[edit]

Most caps[edit]

# Player Position Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
1 Cristian Petre Lock 2001–2012 92 83 9 30 6 0 0 0 50 40 2 55.43
2 Csaba Gál Centre 2005–2015 88 65 23 22 4 1 0 0 49 37 2 56.81
3 Florin Vlaicu Fly-half 2006– 87 68 19 668 7 111 133 4 52 32 3 59.77
4 Cătălin Fercu Fullback 2005– 86 84 2 143 28 0 1 0 57 26 3 66.28
5 Valentin Calafeteanu Scrum-half 2004– 79 42 36 211 11 27 33 1 46 31 2 58.23
6 Romeo Gontineac Centre 1995–2008 76 75 1 68 13 0 0 1 35 41 0 46.05
Adrian Lungu Centre 1980–1995 76 75 1 12 3 0 0 0 40 36 0 52.63
Lucian Sîrbu Scrum-half 1996–2011 76 62 14 45 9 0 0 0 40 34 2 53.94
9 Paulică Ion Prop 2003–2015 74 52 22 5 1 0 0 0 36 36 2 50.00
10 Dănuț Dumbravă Fly-half 2002–2015 73 57 16 389 3 73 74 2 47 25 1 65.06

Last updated: Romania vs Spain, February 13, 2016. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[14]

Most tries[edit]

# Player Position Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1 Gabriel Brezoianu Centre 1996–2007 71 67 4 142 28 1 0 0
Cătălin Fercu Fullback 2005– 86 84 2 143 28 0 1 0
3 Petre Mitu Scrum-half 1996–2009 41 36 5 331 14 54 51 0
Cristian Sauan Wing 1999–2007 37 32 5 70 14 0 0 0
Marius Tincu Hooker 2002–2012 53 49 4 70 14 0 0 0
Ovidiu Tonița Lock 2000–2015 72 66 6 70 14 0 0 0
7 Ionut Dimofte Fly-half 2004–2013 65 55 10 95 13 3 8 0
Romeo Gontineac Centre 1995–2008 76 75 1 68 13 0 0 1
Gheorghe Solomie Wing 1992–2001 50 49 1 65 13 0 0 0
Ion Teodorescu Wing 2001–2007 39 34 5 65 13 0 0 0

Last updated: Romania vs Spain, February 13, 2016. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[15]

Most points[edit]

# Player Position Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1 Florin Vlaicu Fly-half 2006– 87 68 19 668 7 111 133 4
2 Dănuţ Dumbravă Fly-half 2002–2015 73 57 16 389 3 73 74 2
3 Petre Mitu Scrum-half 1996–2009 41 36 5 331 14 54 51 0
4 Ionuţ Tofan Fly-half 1997–2007 60 40 20 316 12 53 46 4
5 Valentin Calafeteanu Scrum-half 2004– 79 43 36 211 11 27 33 1
6 Neculai Nichitean Fly-half 1990–1997 28 25 3 201 0 18 45 10
8 Cătălin Fercu Fullback 2005– 85 83 2 143 28 0 1 0
7 Gabriel Brezoianu Centre 1996–2007 71 67 4 142 28 1 0 0
9 Gelu Ignat Fly-half 1986–1992 25 24 1 137 1 14 29 6
10 Dumitru Alexandru Fly-half 1974–1990 47 45 2 110 3 4 22 8

Last updated: Romania vs Spain, February 13, 2016. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[16]

Most points in a match[edit]

# Player Position Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Opposition Venue Date
1 Ionuţ Tofan Fly-half 32 2 8 2 0  Spain Romania Iași 05/10/2002
2 Virgil Popisteanu Fly-half 27 0 12 1 0  Portugal Romania Bucharest 13/04/1996
Petre Mitu Scrum-half 27 1 2 6 0  Portugal Portugal Lisbon 04/02/2001
4 Ionel Rotaru Wing 25 5 0 0 0  Portugal Romania Bucharest 13/04/1996
5 Florin Vlaicu Fullback 24 1 8 0 1  Czech Republic Romania Bucharest 22/03/2008
Florin Vlaicu Centre 24 1 2 5 0  Russia Romania Bucharest 09/02/2013
7 Gelu Ignat Fly-half 22 0 5 4 0  Netherlands Italy Treviso 30/09/1990
Petre Mitu Scrum-half 22 1 4 3 0  Russia Romania Bârlad 18/03/2001
Ionuţ Tofan Fly-half 22 1 1 5 0  Russia Russia Krasnodar 24/03/2002
10 5 players on 21 points

Last updated: Romania vs Spain, February 13, 2016. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[17]

Most tries in a match[edit]

# Player Position Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Opposition Venue Date
1 Gheorgie Rascanu Flanker 20 5 0 0 0  Morocco Romania Bucharest 02/05/1972
Cornel Popescu Wing 20 5 0 0 0  Portugal Romania Bârlad 18/10/1986
Ionel Rotaru Wing 25 5 0 0 0  Portugal Romania Bucharest 13/04/1996
4 Petre Motrescu Wing 16 4 0 0 0  Italy Romania Bucharest 01/05/1977
Gheorghe Solomie Wing 20 4 0 0 0  Belgium Belgium Brussels 04/10/1997
Lucian Colceriu Wing 20 4 0 0 0  Poland Romania Bucharest 02/05/1998
7 7 players on 3 tries

Last updated: Romania vs Spain, February 13, 2016. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[18]

Most matches as captain[edit]

# Player Position Span Mat Won Lost Draw % Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1 Sorin Socol Lock 2001–2011 36 22 12 2 63.88 25 5 0 0 0
2 Mihai Macovei Flanker 2012– 35 23 11 1 65.71 55 11 0 0 0
3 Mircea Paraschiv Scrum-half 1980–1987 18 7 10 1 41.66 16 4 0 0 0
4 Haralambie Dumitras Number 8 1989–1993 14 5 9 0 35.71 20 5 0 0 0
Romeo Gontineac Centre 1999–2003 14 4 10 0 28.57 5 1 0 0 0
6 Tiberiu Brînză Number 8 1994–1997 13 1 12 0 7.69 5 1 0 0 0
7 Marius Tincu Hooker 2007–2012 10 5 5 0 50.00 0 0 0 0 0
8 Stelian Burcea Flanker 2009– 8 5 3 0 62.5 5 1 0 0 0
Costica Mersoiu Number 8 2007–2008 8 4 4 0 50.00 5 1 0 0 0
10 Alin Petrache Number 8 1999–2004 7 3 4 0 42.85 0 0 0 0 0

Last updated: Romania vs Spain, February 13, 2016. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[19]

Youngest players[edit]

# Player Position Age Opposition Venue Date
1 George Chiriac Flanker 16 years and 172 days  Belgium Romania Bucharest 19/04/1996
2 Răzvan Stanca Scrum-half 16 years and 186 days  France France Lourdes 22/10/1997
3 Eugen Sfetescu Hooker 16 years and 308 days  France France Colombes 04/05/1924
4 Paul Vidrascu Flanker 17 years  United States France Colombes 1919
5 Sterian Soare Number 8 17 years and 308 days  France France Colombes 04/05/1924
6 Cristian Raducanu Flanker 18 years and 66 days  Italy Italy L'Aquila 07/12/1985
7 Valentin Ursache Lock 18 years and 201 days  Italy Romania Bucharest 26/06/2004
8 Mircea Sfetescu Centre 18 years and 308 days  France France Colombes 04/05/1924
9 Alex Manta Flanker 18 years and 317 days  Belgium Romania Bucharest 19/04/1996
10 Vasile Doja Flanker 18 years and 340 days  France Romania Bucharest 22/06/1991

Last updated: Romania vs Spain, February 13, 2016. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[20]

Oldest players[edit]

# Player Position Age Opposition Venue Date
1 Marcel Mihalache Hooker 36 years and 207 days  Russia Russia Krasnodar 15/03/2008
2 Gheorghie Dumitru Number 8 35 years and 284 days  France France Agen 11/11/1987
3 Răzvan Mavrodin Hooker 35 years and 256 days  Uruguay Romania Bucharest 12/06/2009
4 Alex Manta Flanker 35 years and 170 days  United States Romania Bucharest 24/11/2012
5 Ovidiu Tonița Lock 35 years and 52 days Ireland Ireland England Wembley 11/10/2015
6 Lucian Sîrbu Scrum-half 34 years and 343 days  England New Zealand Dunedin 24/09/2011
7 Adrian Lungu Centre 34 years and 271 days  Australia South Africa Stellenbosch 03/06/1995
8 Romeo Gontineac Centre 34 years and 185 days South Africa Emerging Springboks Romania Bucharest 20/06/2008
9 Florică Murariu Flanker 34 years and 180 days  Zimbabwe Romania Brașov 24/09/1989
10 Cezar Popescu Prop 34 years and 172 days Argentina Argentina XV Romania Bucharest 19/06/2011

Last updated: Romania vs Spain, February 13, 2016. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[21]

Notable clubs[edit]

Media coverage[edit]

Romania's European Nations Cup matches, mid year tests and autumn internationals are currently televised by TVR1.

Kit suppliers[edit]

Between 2007 to 2011, Romania's kit were supplied by O'Neills. KooGa took over from there and have remained Romania's kit suppliers.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Men's International Rugby Union Teams beaten by Romania
  2. ^ http://www.espnscrum.com/statsguru/rugby/match/20798.html
  3. ^ 1974–1975 FIRA Trophy
  4. ^ Vivian Jenkins, ed. (1982). Rothmans Rugby Yearboook 1982-83. Rothmans Publications Ltd. p. 65. ISBN 0907574130. 
  5. ^ "IRB". 
  6. ^ a b "World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Was played the first round of 2003 Rugby World Cup – European qualification
  8. ^ Was played as the second round of 2003 Rugby World Cup – European qualification
  9. ^ relegation and promotion on two year based ranking
  10. ^ relegation and promotion on two year based ranking
  11. ^ relegation and promotion on two year based ranking
  12. ^ Romania statistics
  13. ^ "ANTRENORUL LYNN HOWELLS A STABILIT LOTUL LARGIT AL ROMANIEI PENTRU WORLD RUGBY NATIONS CUP". 5 June 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  14. ^ http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_matches.html?id=12;type=team
  15. ^ http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_tries.html?id=12;type=team
  16. ^ http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_points.html?id=12;type=team
  17. ^ http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_points_match.html?id=12;type=team
  18. ^ http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_tries_match.html?id=12;type=team
  19. ^ http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_matches_captain.html?id=12;type=team
  20. ^ http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/youngest_appearance.html?id=12;type=team
  21. ^ http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/oldest_appearance.html?id=12;type=team

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