Russia national rugby union team

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Russia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Bears (Медведи)
Emblem Russian bear
Union Rugby Union of Russia
Head coach Mark McDermott
Captain Vasily Artemyev
Most caps Yuri Kushnarev (94)
Top scorer Yuri Kushnarev (667)
Top try scorer Vasily Artemyev (27)
Home stadium Sochi Central Stadium
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current 19 (as of 21 May 2018)
Highest 16 (2012)
Lowest 26 (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
Appearances 1 (First in 2011)
Best result Pool stage, 2011
Website www.rugby.ru

The Russia national rugby union team (Russian: Сборная России по регби, Sbornaya Rossii po regbi), nicknamed the Bears, 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 will compete in the 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 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 4 0 6 249 201
Total 1/7 4 0 0 4 57 196 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 USA 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.

Current players[edit]

Russia has traditionally fielded squads consisting near-entirely of players from its own professional league, but as players gain exposure, several players have represented their country while playing club rugby overseas, including Vasily Artemyev, the first Russian to play in the Aviva Premiership and locks Andrey Ostrikov, and Kirill Kulemin.

Former Melbourne Rebels lock Adam Byrnes, who qualified for Russia through maternal lineage, is the only foreign-born player to have played for the Bears in recent years.

Current squad[edit]

Russia's squad for the 2018 Summer Test Series, against USA (9 June) and Canada (16 June).

Head Coach: Ireland Mark McDermott

  • Caps Updated: 16 June 2018

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

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Evgeny Matveev Hooker (1985-04-15) 15 April 1985 (age 33) 49 Russia VVA Saracens
Stanislav Sel`skiy Hooker (1991-09-02) 2 September 1991 (age 26) 28 Russia Enisey-STM
Valery Tsnobiladze Hooker (1980-03-11) 11 March 1980 (age 38) 43 Russia Krasny Yar
Valery Morozov Prop (1994-09-21) 21 September 1994 (age 23) 14 Russia Enisey-STM
Anton Drozdov Prop (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 22) 2 Russia VVA Saracens
Evgeny Pronenko Prop (1984-06-06) 6 June 1984 (age 34) 54 Russia Enisey-STM
Evgeny Mishechkin Prop (1997-06-27) 27 June 1997 (age 21) 5 Russia Slava Moscow
Sergey Sekisov Prop (1986-11-19) 19 November 1986 (age 31) 24 Russia VVA Saracens
Bogdan Fedotko Lock (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 23) 14 Russia Krasny Yar
Andrei Garbuzov Lock (1983-08-07) 7 August 1983 (age 34) 86 Russia Krasny Yar
Evgeny Elgin Lock (1987-03-10) 10 March 1987 (age 31) 21 Russia Enisey-STM
Tagir Gadzhiev Flanker (1994-03-29) 29 March 1994 (age 24) 18 Russia Kuban
Nikita Vavilin Flanker (1994-05-13) 13 May 1994 (age 24) 3 Russia Slava Moscow
Dmitri Krotov Flanker (1992-01-14) 14 January 1992 (age 26) 23 Russia Enisey-STM
Anton Sychev Flanker (1994-02-05) 5 February 1994 (age 24) 7 Russia Metallurg
Anton Rudoy Number 8 (1983-02-21) 21 February 1983 (age 35) 21 Russia Enisey-STM
Vasily Dorofeev Scrum-half (1990-08-06) 6 August 1990 (age 27) 15 Russia Krasny Yar
Alexei Shcherban Scrum-half (1990-11-17) 17 November 1990 (age 27) 44 Russia Enisey-STM
Konstantin Uzunov Scrum-half (1994-04-19) 19 April 1994 (age 24) 15 Russia Enisey-STM
German Godlyuk Fly-half (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 25) 2 Russia VVA Saracens
Yuri Kushnarev Fly-half (1985-06-06) 6 June 1985 (age 33) 99 Russia Enisey-STM
Dmitry Gerasimov Centre (1988-04-16) 16 April 1988 (age 30) 54 Russia Enisey-STM
Sergey Trishin Centre (1984-12-12) 12 December 1984 (age 33) 55 Russia VVA Saracens
Kirill Golosnitsky Centre (1994-05-30) 30 May 1994 (age 24) 4 Russia Krasny Yar
Mikhail Babaev Wing (1986-01-19) 19 January 1986 (age 32) 67 Russia VVA Saracens
Vasily Artemyev Wing (1987-07-24) 24 July 1987 (age 30) 77 Russia Krasny Yar
Alexey Mikhaltsov Wing (1991-11-06) 6 November 1991 (age 26) 12 Russia Enisey-STM
Alexander Budychenko Fullback (1997-09-09) 9 September 1997 (age 20) 10 Russia Enisey-STM

Coaching staff[edit]

The current head coach is ex-Munster hooker Mark McDermott.

Former head coach is Alexander Pervukhin, who returned to the position following a long break retains strong links to 2016 Russian Rugby Premier League Champions Enisei-STM in Krasnoyarsk.

Prior to Pervukhin, former Wales flanker Kingsley Jones was the most recent coach, with Siua Taumalolo and Darren Morris his assistants. He left in 2014 to take up a coaching role with the Newport Gwent Dragons in Wales. Raphaël Saint-André, brother of French coach Philippe Saint-André, then coached the team for the final two matches of the 2015 Rugby World Cup qualifying matches against Uruguay.

Coaching staff
Name
With Backs Forwards Dates
Ireland Mark McDermott Russia Alexander Alekseenko 2018–
Russia Alexander Pervukhin Russia Alexander Alekseenko 2014–2018
France Raphaël Saint-André France Laurent Seigne 2014
Wales Kingsley Jones Tonga Siua Taumalolo Wales Darren Morris 2011–2014
Russia Nikolay Nerush Wales Kingsley Jones New Zealand Henry Paul Wales Darren Morris 2010–2011
Russia Nikolay Nerush England Steve Diamond England Jos Baxendell England Steve Diamond 2008–2010
France Claude Saurel 2008
Russia Alexander Pervukhin 2006–2008

Home grounds[edit]

The Russian rugby team has no fixed national stadium at present, although Central Stadium in Sochi is currently serving that function in interim.

Russia has hosted international fixtures at a number of venues around the country. 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 Moscow, normally at Slava Stadium in the city centre, Penza, and most recently at the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Sochi was selected as a case of convenience, as climatic conditions in other venues have proved too severe to guarantee playability during the ENC's February–March window. Support in Sochi is minimal and it is hoped that the completion of a stadium for the VVA-Podmoskovye club in Monino, Moscow region, with full undersoil heating will allow international fixtures to be played closer to Russian rugby's support bases. Sports Minister Vitaliy Mutko has promised this will be completed by 2013.

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]

Top 30 rankings as of 16 July 2018[6]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  New Zealand 093.99
2 Steady  Ireland 090.12
3 Steady  Wales 085.94
4 Steady  England 085.68
5 Steady  Australia 084.48
6 Steady  South Africa 083.32
7 Steady  Scotland 083.02
8 Steady  France 079.10
9 Steady  Fiji 076.54
10 Steady  Argentina 075.55
11 Steady  Japan 075.24
12 Steady  Tonga 073.84
13 Steady  Georgia 073.13
14 Steady  Italy 072.56
15 Steady  United States 071.66
16 Increase1  Samoa 068.28
17 Decrease1  Romania 068.25
18 Steady  Uruguay 065.37
19 Steady  Russia 064.89
20 Steady  Spain 063.09
21 Steady  Hong Kong 060.46
22 Steady  Canada 059.93
23 Steady  Namibia 059.31
24 Steady  Portugal 058.30
25 Steady  Belgium 058.09
26 Steady  Brazil 056.81
27 Steady  Netherlands 056.52
28 Steady  Kenya 056.30
29 Steady  Germany 055.59
30 Steady  Chile 054.36
*Change from the previous week
Russia's historical rankings
Russia IRB World Rankings.png
Source: World Rugby - Graph updated to 2 July 2018[6]

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 17 June 2018.[7]

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
Argentina Argentina Jaguars 5 0 5 0 0.00% 58 200 –142
Argentina Argentina XV 1 1 0 0 100.00% 39 38 +1
 Australia 1 0 1 0 0.00% 22 68 –46
 Belgium 6 6 0 0 100.00% 199 103 +96
 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 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 22 1 20 1 5.00% 254 557 –303
 Germany 10 10 0 0 100.00% 507 127 +380
 Hong Kong 5 5 0 0 100.00% 144 62 +82
 Ireland 2 0 2 0 0.00% 15 97 –82
Ireland Emerging Ireland 1 0 1 0 0.00% 0 66 –66
 Italy 4 0 4 0 0.00% 61 198 –137
 Emerging Italy 2 0 2 0 0.00% 36 60 –24
 Italy A 4 0 4 0 0.00% 66 129 –63
 Japan 5 1 4 0 20.00% 90 237 –147
 Kenya 1 1 0 0 100.00% 31 10 +21
 Morocco 3 2 1 0 66.67% 44 46 –2
 Namibia 5 3 2 0 60.00% 116 121 –5
 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 19 13 5 1 68.42% 518 362 +156
 Romania 22 6 15 1 27.27% 309 545 –236
 Scotland A 1 0 1 0 0.00% 7 49 –42
 Spain 21 16 5 0 76.19% 613 471 +142
 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
United States USA Selects 1 1 0 0 100.00% 30 21 +9
 Uruguay 8 4 4 0 50.00% 189 183 +6
 Zimbabwe 3 3 0 0 100.00% 92 35 +57
Total 204 105 96 3 51.47% 5282 4850 +432

Individual records[edit]

Most caps[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Won Lost Draw %
1 Yuri Kushnarev Fly-half 2005– 92 80 12 46 44 2 51.08
Victor Gresev Flanker 2006– 92 81 11 42 49 1 46.19
3 Andrei Garbuzov Lock 2005– 79 60 19 37 41 1 47.46
4 Andrei Kuzin Centre 1997–2011 78 68 10 38 37 3 50.64
5 Alexander Khrokin Prop 1994–2011 76 49 27 35 38 2 47.36
6 Vasily Artemyev Centre 2009– 74 70 4 35 38 1 47.97
7 Viacheslav Grachev Flanker 1993–2011 73 71 2 33 37 2 46.57
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
10 Alexander Yanyushkin Scrum-half 2002–2015 70 49 21 31 37 2 45.71

Most tries[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries
1 Vasily Artemyev Centre 2009– 74 70 4 135 27
2 Andrei Kuzin Centre 1997–2011 78 68 10 130 26
3 Vladimir Ostroushko Wing 2006–2014 37 33 14 100 20
4 Victor Gresev Flanker 2006– 92 81 11 95 19
5 Igor Galinovskiy Wing 2006- 48 41 7 90 18
6 Viacheslav Grachev Flanker 1993–2011 72 70 2 85 17
Denis Simplikevich Wing 2011- 25 22 3 85 17
8 Alexander Gvozdovsky Wing 2005-2010 31 28 3 75 15
9 Vladimir Simonov Centre 2001-2004 22 21 1 173 12
10 4 players on 10 tries

Most points[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1 Yuri Kushnarev Fly-half 2005– 92 646 10 112 123 1
2 Konstantin Rachkov Fly-half 1997–2011 44 316 10 51 41 5
3 Vladimir Simonov Centre 2001-2004 22 173 12 25 18 3
4 Vasily Artemyev Centre 2009– 74 135 27 0 0 0
5 Andrei Kuzin Centre 1997–2011 78 130 26 0 0 0
6 Alexander Yanyushkin Scrum-half 2002–2015 70 116 10 9 16 0
7 Ramil Gaisin Fly-half 2012– 34 110 4 24 14 0
8 Viktor Motorin Scrum-half 1999–2009 41 107 2 23 17 0
9 Vladimir Ostroushko Wing 2006–2014 37 100 20 0 0 0
10 Igor Klyuchnikov Fullback 2003–2015 69 96 6 12 14 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. 
  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. ^ a b "Men's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 25 June 2018. 
  7. ^ Russia rugby statistics

External links[edit]