Russia national rugby union team

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Russia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Medvedi (The Bears)
EmblemRussian bear
UnionRugby Union of Russia
Head coachLyn Jones
CaptainVictor Gresev
Most capsYuri Kushnarev (115)
Top scorerYuri Kushnarev (784)
Top try scorerVyacheslav Grachev (31)
Home stadiumVarious
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current20 (as of 18 March 2021)
Highest16 (2012)
Lowest26 (2005)
First international
 Russia 27–23 Barbarian F.C.
(Moscow, Russia; 6 June 1992)
Biggest win
 Denmark 7–104 Russia
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 13 May 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Japan 75–3 Russia
(Tokyo, Japan; 6 November 2010)
World Cup
Appearances2 (First in 2011)
Best resultPool stage, 2011, 2019
Websitewww.rugby.ru

The Russia national rugby union team (Russian: Сборная России по регби), nicknamed Medvedi (The Bears), represents Russia in men's international rugby union international competitions. The team is administered by the Rugby Union of Russia (RUR). The RUR is considered the official successor union of the Soviet Union by World Rugby and the combined CIS team which played in the early 1990s. Since 1992, the team has played as Russia. Its first test match as Russia was against the Barbarians in Moscow in June 1992 and the country's first test against an official Test nation was against Belgium later that same year.

Russia is seen as a Tier 2 union by World Rugby.[1] The team's regular international competition is in the Rugby Europe Championship – often referred to as the Six Nations B. In addition, the team participates in World Rugby-run summer tournaments including the Nations Cup, the dormant Churchill Cup, and other international fixtures.

Russia competed in their first Rugby World Cup (RWC) in New Zealand in 2011 after qualifying as Europe 2 through their second-place finish in the 2009–10 ENC. Russia played in Pool C and finished fifth, scoring one point. Previous qualification campaigns saw elimination to Portugal ahead of the 2007 tournament and expulsion from 2003 qualifying for breaches of eligibility rules. The team also unsuccessfully attempted to qualify for the 1995 and 1999 Rugby World Cups. They competed in the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan by qualifying as Europe 1 as a result of Spain, Romania and Belgium being eliminated.

History[edit]

Georgia v. Russia, 24 March 2007

The Rugby Union of the Soviet Union was founded in 1936, although the national side did not play its first official international until 1974.

The Soviet Union took time to establish itself, but by the mid-1980s was regularly beating the likes of Italy and Romania. The team was invited to the inaugural 1987 Rugby World Cup, but declined on political grounds, not least the continued IRB membership of apartheid South Africa.[2]

Following the breakup of the USSR, Russian players played for the interim Commonwealth of Independent States team, which played four matches during 1991 and 1992.

The first game played by the new Russian national team took place on June 6, 1992, when Russia beat the Barbarians 27–23. Russia's first game against a full IRB member was versus Belgium four months later in the 1992/4 FIRA-AER European Trophy. That edition of the tournament saw Russia secure its first, and to-date only, win over Georgia. Russia continued to participate until realignment of FIRA-AER competitions in 2000.

The Russian national side has since played its regular competitive rugby in FIRA-AER's European Nations Cup, the second level mirror tournament to the Six Nations. Russia replaced Morocco in the top tier in 2001 after a team-record nine-game win streak and have stayed there ever since. The Russian side has yet to win the title, but has come close with second-place finishes twice, in the 2009 and the 2007-8 editions. It also secured second place in the 2009–10 combined table used in Rugby World Cup qualification.

In addition, as part of attempts to secure regular international fixtures the team has played in the now-defunct Superpowers Cup, winning the tournament once, the Nations Cup, the Churchill Cup, and most recently the IRB's International Rugby Series. The Russian side has also played representative teams including England Counties, France's equivalent side, South African Super Rugby youth and university sides, and New Zealand club teams as it seeks to vary and improve the quality of opposition.

The RUR has been attempting to gain greater participation in the autumn test window, and is now being integrated into World Rugby's global test match schedule.[1]

Rugby World Cup[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

World Cup record World Cup Qualification record
Year Round P W D L F A P W D L F A
AustraliaNew Zealand 1987 Declined invitation -
United KingdomIrelandFrance 1991 Did not enter Did not enter
South Africa 1995 Did not qualify 4 3 0 1 125 49
Wales 1999 4 1 0 3 85 92
Australia 2003 Banned 6 5 0 1 176 114
France 2007 Did not qualify 14 6 1 7 382 323
New Zealand 2011 Pool Stage 4 0 0 4 57 196 10 7 1 2 291 175
England 2015 Did not qualify 12 7 0 5 269 300
Japan 2019 Pool Stage 4 0 0 4 19 160 10 4 0 6 249 201
Total 2/9 8 0 0 8 76 356 50 29 2 19 1328 1053

Early qualifying attempts (1987 – 2007)[edit]

The Soviet Union declined to take up its invite to take part in the inaugural 1987 Rugby World Cup on the basis of the IRB membership by apartheid South Africa.[3] The Soviet Rugby Union was not an IRB member in time for 1991 Rugby World Cup qualifying.

In qualifying for the 1995 Rugby World Cup, the first in which the national side was involved, Russia came through preliminary qualifying with wins over Poland and Georgia, before beating Germany but losing to Romania for the Eastern Europe spot.

In European qualifying for the 1999 Rugby World Cup, Russia finished fourth in Pool 1 in Round B, which was not enough to progress from a group also including Italy, Georgia, Croatia, and Denmark.

The Russian national side was expelled from qualifying for the 2003 Rugby World Cup, due to eligibility issues. Spain, who Russia had beaten in qualifying, protested the fielding of three South African-born players (Johan Hendriks, Reiner Volschenck and Werner Pieterse), whom the RUR claimed had qualified through ancestry. However, the RUR did not produce documentation deemed acceptable by the IRB, and Spain were re-instated in qualification in Russia's place.[4]

In 2007 Rugby World Cup qualifying, Russia came through European qualifying to a mini-group stage where they were pooled with Italy and Portugal. The winner would qualify directly and the second place team would continue the qualification process, with the third-placed team eliminated. After both losing heavily to Italy, Portugal and Russia met to determine progression to qualifying round 5. Russia lost the match, played in Lisbon, 26–23 and dropped out.

2011[edit]

Russia qualified for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand as Europe 2 after finishing second in the 2008–10 European Nations Cup. This marked the team's World Cup debut, with Russia becoming the 25th side to play at the tournament, where they faced Australia, Ireland, Italy and the United States in Group C of the tournament.[5]

Despite losing all four of their games, most disappointingly a narrow defeat to the US in its opening fixture in which the Bears scored a bonus point, Russia's debut was generally viewed as a success,[citation needed] as the team scored the most tries (8) by a debutant in the professional era,[citation needed] and the most since Western Samoa in 1991, and becoming the first side to score three tries against Australia in a World Cup match since 1987.[citation needed]

Match Results
Date Opponent Score Venue
15 Sep 2011  United States 6–13 Stadium Taranaki, New Plymouth
20 Sep 2011  Italy 17–53 Trafalgar Park, Nelson
25 Sep 2011  Ireland 12–62 International Stadium, Rotorua
1 Oct 2011  Australia 22–68 Trafalgar Park, Nelson

2015[edit]

The Russian national rugby union team finished third in European qualifying for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The top two teams in the final group— Georgia and Romania — immediately qualified for the 2015 tournament. Russia, as third-place finisher in the final group, faced Uruguay in a home-and-away two-game playoff. Uruguay won on aggregate and secured the 20th and final qualifying spot for the 2015 tournament, with Russia failing to qualify.

2019[edit]

The Russian national rugby union team once again finished third in European qualifying for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. However, after a controversial game played by Belgium and Spain (which was originally intended to be replayed), the issue of three teams in the group stage fielding ineligible players (Belgium, Romania, and Spain) was investigated by World Rugby and Rugby Europe. It was determined that all three teams had violated eligibility rules and gained an unfair advantage (both Romania and Spain defeated Russia by slim margins) and were sanctioned, and thus, Russia advanced as the automatic qualifier, with Germany headed to the repechage against Portugal.

European Nations Cup[edit]

As the Soviet Union, the side secured four straight silvers (all behind France and ahead of Italy and Romania) during the 1980s, and a further three bronzes.

Russia first played the FIRA Trophy in the 1992–94 season. Since 2000, Russia's primary international competition is the European Nations Cup, administered by Rugby Europe and played, by-and-large, during the Six Nations international release window in February and March. Russia won the inaugural Division 2 competition, winning promotion to the top tier in 2000, where they have remained ever since.

Since realignment, Russia has secured two runners-up spots and three third-place finishes, in doing so claiming the third-highest number of wins, the third-highest win percentage, and the third-lowest number of losses, in each case placing below Georgia and Romania.

In the 2011-12 season, Russia finished fourth with five wins and five losses. In the 2013-14 season, the team finished third with six wins and four losses. In the 2015-16 season, the Bears again claimed six wins and four losses to finish third. In the 2017 season, Russia finished fourth with two wins and three losses.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 32 players were called up for the 2021 Rugby Europe Championship on 17 February 2021.[6]

Head Coach: Wales Lyn Jones

  • Caps updated: 21 March 2021

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

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Shamil Magomedov Hooker (1987-04-17) 17 April 1987 (age 34) 7 Russia Enisey-STM
Stanislav Sel'skiy Hooker (1991-09-02) 2 September 1991 (age 29) 43 Russia Enisey-STM
Magomed Davudov Prop (1991-01-22) 22 January 1991 (age 30) 7 Russia Kazan
Kirill Gotovtsev Prop (1987-07-17) 17 July 1987 (age 33) 11 Russia Krasny Yar
Evgeny Mishechkin Prop (1997-06-27) 27 June 1997 (age 23) 18 Russia Slava Moskva
Valery Morozov Prop (1994-09-21) 21 September 1994 (age 26) 26 England Sale Sharks
Vladimir Podrezov Prop (1994-01-27) 27 January 1994 (age 27) 34 Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Alexey Scobyola Prop (1991-08-08) 8 August 1991 (age 29) 1 Russia Slava Moskva
Stepan Seryakov Prop (1997-09-26) 26 September 1997 (age 23) 1 Russia Enisey-STM
Bogdan Fedotko Lock (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 26) 27 Russia Krasny Yar
Alexandr Ilin Lock (1997-11-07) 7 November 1997 (age 23) 13 Russia Krasny Yar
Andrei Ostrikov Lock (1987-07-02) 2 July 1987 (age 33) 40 France Grenoble
German Silenko Lock (1995-08-09) 9 August 1995 (age 25) 2 Russia Lokomotiv Penza
Victor Gresev (c) Back row (1986-03-31) 31 March 1986 (age 35) 105 Russia Lokomotiv Penza
Roman Khodin Back row (1994-09-06) 6 September 1994 (age 26) 7 Russia Kazan
Vladislav Perestyak Back row (1995-10-17) 17 October 1995 (age 25) 2 Russia Lokomotiv Penza
Anton Sychev Back row (1994-02-05) 5 February 1994 (age 27) 22 Russia Metallurg
Nikita Vavilin Back row (1994-05-13) 13 May 1994 (age 27) 18 Russia Slava Moskva
Denis Barabantsev Scrum-half (1993-06-25) 25 June 1993 (age 27) 1 Russia Kazan
Alexandr Belosludtsev Scrum-half (2001-02-07) 7 February 2001 (age 20) 1 Russia Enisey-STM
Konstantin Uzunov Scrum-half (1994-04-19) 19 April 1994 (age 27) 19 Russia Enisey-STM
Ramil Gaisin Fly-half (1991-07-26) 26 July 1991 (age 29) 55 Russia Enisey-STM
Yuri Kushnarev Fly-half (1985-06-06) 6 June 1985 (age 36) 115 Russia Krasny Yar
Luc Brocas Centre (2001-09-23) 23 September 2001 (age 19) 1 France Narbonne
German Davydov Centre (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 27) 27 Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Kirill Golosnitsky Centre (1994-05-30) 30 May 1994 (age 27) 19 Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Vasily Artemyev Wing (1987-07-24) 24 July 1987 (age 33) 96 Russia CSKA Moscow
Khetag Dzobelov Wing (1998-07-05) 5 July 1998 (age 22) 3 Russia Kazan
Andrei Karzanov Wing (1990-11-25) 25 November 1990 (age 30) 3 Russia Lokomotiv Penza
Daniil Potikhanov Wing (1999-11-30) 30 November 1999 (age 21) 4 Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Alexandr Budychenko Fullback (1997-09-09) 9 September 1997 (age 23) 13 Russia Enisey-STM
Alexey Golov Fullback (1992-01-24) 24 January 1992 (age 29) 0 Russia Kazan

Current coaching staff[edit]

The current coaching staff of the Russian national team:[7]

Name Nationality Role
Zorik Masandilov  RUS Manager
Lyn Jones  WAL Head coach
Mark Bennett  WAL Assistant coach (Forwards)
Boris Stankovich  ENG Assistant coach (Scrum)
Shaun Connor  WAL Assistant coach (Backs)
Dr. Evgeny Trofimov  RUS Team doctor
Pavel Dekhanov  RUS Covid manager
Dr. Christopher Jenkins  WAL Physiotherapist

Stadiums and attendance[edit]

The national team does not have a permanent home stadium and play their matches at various locations across Russia. These include the rugby hotbed of Krasnoyarsk in Siberia, where the national side played its first full test against a foundation union, versus Ireland in 2002. Other games have been played in Krasnodar, Sochi, Moscow, Monino and Penza.

After 2018 FIFA World Cup was held in Russia, the country received new large stadiums as a heritage. The Russian rugby union was given the opportunity to use these stadiums for the home games of the national team. The first big match took place in Moscow at VTB Arena as part of the warm-up to 2019 Rugby World Cup. In February 2020, Russia will host Portugal to the Kaliningrad Stadium.

The highest attended matches in Russia involving the Russian national team are:

Rank Attendance Opponent Date Venue Location
1 15,000  Italy 1998-04-18 Central Stadium Krasnoyarsk
2 15,000  Ireland 2002-09-21 Central Stadium Krasnoyarsk
3 12,000  Namibia 2018-11-10 Kuban Stadium Krasnodar
4 12,000  Portugal 2020-02-22 Kaliningrad Stadium Kaliningrad
5 11,500  Spain 2018-02-10 Kuban Stadium Krasnodar
6 10,000 United States USA Selects 2003-07-19 Central Stadium Krasnoyarsk
7 9,500  Georgia 2021-03-20 Kaliningrad Stadium Kaliningrad
8 8,237  Spain 2020-02-01 Fisht Stadium Sochi
9 8,000  Georgia 2008-04-12 Central Stadium Krasnoyarsk
10 8,000  Zimbabwe 2014-08-04 Central Stadium Krasnoyarsk
11 6,500 Ireland Connacht 2019-09-07 VTB Arena Moscow
12 6,000  Belgium 2018-02-17 Kuban Stadium Krasnodar
13 5,850  Georgia 2019-03-17 Kuban Stadium Krasnodar
14 5,100 Barbarian F.C. 1992-06-06 RZD Arena Moscow

Recent and upcoming fixtures[edit]

The following table shows the fixtures of the Russian national team in official test matches during the previous 12 months.

Date Opponent Opp Rank Result Venue Event
2017-11-18  Chile 24 W 42-11 Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong 2017 Cup of Nations
2017-11-14  Kenya 30 W 31-10 Hong Kong King's Park, Hong Kong 2017 Cup of Nations
2017-11-10  Hong Kong 22 W 16-13 Hong Kong King's Park, Hong Kong 2017 Cup of Nations
2017-06-18  Namibia 19 W 31-10 Uruguay Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo 2017 World Rugby Nations Cup
2017-06-14  Uruguay 21 L 29-32 Uruguay Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo 2017 World Rugby Nations Cup
2017-06-10  Argentina XV n/a W 39-38 Uruguay Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo 2017 World Rugby Nations Cup
2017-03-19  Germany 24 W 52-25 Russia Sochi Central Stadium, Sochi 2017 Rugby Europe Championship
2017-03-12  Georgia 12 L 14-28 Georgia (country) Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi 2017 Rugby Europe Championship
2017-03-04  Romania 16 L 10-30 Russia Sochi Central Stadium, Sochi 2017 Rugby Europe Championship
2017-02-18  Belgium 26 W 25-18 Belgium King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels 2017 Rugby Europe Championship
2017-02-11  Spain 22 L 6-16 Spain Estadio Nacional Complutense, Madrid 2017 Rugby Europe Championship

World Rugby Rankings[edit]

Men's World Rugby Rankings
Top 30 rankings as of 10 May, 2021[8]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  South Africa 094.20
2 Steady  New Zealand 088.95
3 Steady  England 085.44
4 Steady  Ireland 084.69
5 Steady  France 084.27
6 Steady  Wales 083.44
7 Steady  Australia 083.08
8 Steady  Scotland 082.02
9 Steady  Argentina 080.31
10 Steady  Japan 079.29
11 Steady  Fiji 076.87
12 Steady  Georgia 073.73
13 Steady  Tonga 071.44
14 Steady  Samoa 070.72
15 Steady  Italy 070.65
16 Steady  United States 068.10
17 Steady  Uruguay 067.02
18 Steady  Romania 066.22
19 Steady  Spain 064.82
20 Steady  Russia 062.71
21 Steady  Portugal 062.10
22 Steady  Hong Kong 061.23
23 Steady  Canada 061.11
24 Steady  Namibia 061.04
25 Steady  Netherlands 060.09
26 Steady  Brazil 057.71
27 Steady  Belgium 057.17
28 Steady   Switzerland 054.12
29 Steady  Chile 053.81
30 Steady  Germany 053.13
*Change from the previous week
Russia's historical rankings

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Source: World Rugby - Graph updated to 10 May 2021[8]

On introduction of the World Rugby Rankings in October 2003, Russia was ranked 23rd. Since then the team's lowest ranking was 26 (most recently in October 2005). The team's ranking peaked at 16 on several occasions (most recently in February 2010). As of November 15, 2016, Russia is ranked 21st in the world.

Overall record[edit]

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Russia national XV at test level up until 6 March 2021.[9]

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
 Argentina Jaguars 5 0 5 0 0.00% 58 200 –142
 Argentina XV 2 2 0 0 100.00% 87 78 +9
 Australia 1 0 1 0 0.00% 22 68 –46
 Belgium 8 7 1 0 87.50% 275 148 +127
 Canada 5 1 4 0 20.00% 91 157 –66
 Chile 1 1 0 0 100.00% 42 11 +31
 Croatia 1 0 1 0 0.00% 16 23 –7
 Czech Republic 8 6 2 0 75.00% 309 104 +205
 Denmark 3 3 0 0 100.00% 191 28 +163
 England Saxons 1 0 1 0 0.00% 17 49 –32
 France XV 2 0 2 0 0.00% 21 87 –66
France French Military 1 0 1 0 0.00% 12 33 –21
 Georgia 24 1 22 1 4.16% 267 595 –328
 Germany 11 11 0 0 100.00% 528 140 +388
 Hong Kong 5 5 0 0 100.00% 144 62 +82
 Ireland 3 0 3 0 0.00% 15 132 –117
Ireland Emerging Ireland 1 0 1 0 0.00% 0 66 –66
 Italy 5 0 5 0 0.00% 76 283 –207
 Emerging Italy 2 0 2 0 0.00% 36 60 –24
 Italy A 4 0 4 0 0.00% 66 129 –63
 Japan 7 1 6 0 16.7% 118 299 –161
 Kenya 1 1 0 0 100.00% 31 10 +21
 Morocco 3 2 1 0 66.67% 44 46 –2
 Namibia 7 5 2 0 71.43% 183 141 +42
 Netherlands 4 4 0 0 100.00% 208 39 +169
 Norway 1 1 0 0 100.00% 66 0 +66
 Papua New Guinea 1 1 0 0 100.00% 49 19 +30
 Poland 4 4 0 0 100.00% 201 59 +142
 Portugal 20 14 5 1 68.42% 537 380 +157
 Romania 24 7 16 1 29.17% 347 580 –233
 Samoa 1 0 1 0 0.00% 9 34 –25
 Scotland 1 0 1 0 0.00% 0 61 –61
 Scotland A 1 0 1 0 0.00% 7 49 –42
 Spain 23 16 7 0 72.72% 639 518 +121
 Sweden 1 0 1 0 0.00% 13 20 –7
 Tunisia 2 2 0 0 100.00% 57 41 +16
 Ukraine 9 9 0 0 100.00% 439 115 +324
 United States 8 0 8 0 0.00% 110 280 –170
 USA Selects 1 1 0 0 100.00% 30 21 +9
 Uruguay 9 4 5 0 44.44% 215 231 –16
 Zimbabwe 3 3 0 0 100.00% 92 35 +57
Total 224 112 109 3 50.00% 5677 5431 +246

Individual records[edit]

Most caps[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Won Lost Draw %
1 Yuri Kushnarev Fly-half 2005– 116 99 17 54 60 2 47.82
2 Victor Gresev Flanker 2006– 105 95 10 46 58 1 44.28
3 Andrey Garbuzov Lock 2005– 100 76 24 45 54 1 45.50
4 Vasily Artemyev Centre 2009– 96 92 4 41 54 1 43.68
5 Andrei Kuzin Centre 1997–2011 78 68 10 38 37 3 50.64
6 Alexander Khrokin Prop 1994–2011 76 47 29 36 38 2 48.68
7 Vladislav Korshunov Hooker 2002–2015 73 48 25 32 39 2 45.20
Alexander Voytov Lock 2003–2014 73 67 6 29 42 2 41.09
9 Viacheslav Grachev Flanker 1993–2011 72 70 2 33 37 2 47.22
10 Mikhail Babaev Wing 2006- 71 65 6 33 37 1 47.18
Dmitry Gerasimov Centre 2008- 71 61 10 29 42 0 40.84

Most tries[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries
1 Vasily Artemyev Centre 2009– 96 92 4 145 29
2 Andrei Kuzin Centre 1997–2011 78 68 10 130 26
3 Vladimir Ostroushko Wing 2006– 51 47 4 125 25
4 Victor Gresev Flanker 2006– 105 95 10 100 20
5 Viacheslav Grachev Flanker 1993–2011 72 70 2 95 19
6 Igor Galinovskiy Wing 2006- 50 43 7 90 18
7 Alexander Gvozdovsky Wing 2005-2010 31 28 3 75 15
Denis Simplikevich Wing 2011- 29 24 5 75 15
9 Evgeny Matveev Hooker 2007- 65 26 39 65 13
10 Anton Rudoy Flanker 2016-2018 20 19 1 60 12

Most points[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1 Yuri Kushnarev Fly-half 2005– 116 784 11 150 141 2
2 Konstantin Rachkov Fly-half 1997–2011 44 316 10 51 41 5
3 Ramil Gaisin Fly-half 2012– 54 194 7 33 31 0
4 Vladimir Simonov Centre 2001-2004 22 168 11 25 18 3
5 Vasily Artemyev Centre 2009– 96 145 29 0 0 0
6 Andrei Kuzin Centre 1997–2011 78 130 26 0 0 0
7 Vladimir Ostroushko Wing 2006– 51 125 25 0 0 0
8 Alexander Yanyushkin Scrum-half 2002–2015 70 116 10 9 16 0
9 Viktor Motorin Scrum-half 1999–2009 41 112 2 24 18 0
10 Victor Gresev Flanker 2006– 105 100 20 0 0 0

Other international teams[edit]

Sevens[edit]

Russia also has a rugby sevens team, which competes in several rounds each year on the World Rugby Sevens Series and in the FIRA-AER Grand Prix Sevens circuit, with Moscow hosting the second leg. The sevens team has recorded wins against Tier 1 nations and recorded their first top eight finish at the 2011 Hong Kong Sevens,[citation needed] and a Bowl win in Glasgow in 2012. The team is two-time European Champion (2007 and 2009), making it the second most successful team at that tournament.

Women[edit]

Russia's women field national rugby union teams in both fifteens, where it appeared at the Women's Rugby World Cup in 1994 and 1998 as Russia and in 1991 as the USSR, and in sevens, which took part in the first Women's Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2009 and which contests the IRB Women's Sevens World Series.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-15. Retrieved 2017-07-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ RUR Team Media Guide RWC11
  3. ^ Rugby Union of Russia Official Team Media Guide for RWC11
  4. ^ http://www.ferugby.com/noticias.htm
  5. ^ "Official RWC 2011 Site". RugbyWorldCup.com. Retrieved 2010-07-04.
  6. ^ Russia`s squad for the 2021 Rugby Europe Championship.
  7. ^ "Russia Rugby`s Coaching Staff" (PDF). rugbyeurope.eu. Rugby Europe.
  8. ^ a b "Men's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  9. ^ Russia rugby statistics

External links[edit]