Russia national rugby sevens team

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Union Rugby Union of Russia
Nickname(s) Bears
Coach(es) Henry Paul
World Cup Sevens
Appearances 3 (First in 2001)
Best result 9th (2001)

The Russia national rugby sevens team compete in the Sevens World Series and Rugby World Cup Sevens.

Russia has competed at the 2001, 2005 and 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens. The team won the Plate final in 2001 to end 9th, with wins over Kenya, Spain and Georgia. In 2005 they resulted 11th, collecting wins over Kenya, Uruguay and Japan. As hosts of the 2013 World Cup, Russia claimed the Bowl final to take 17th place, after beating Spain, Uruguay and Japan.

Sevens World Series[edit]

The first appearance of Russia at the Sevens World Series was at the 2011 Hong Kong Sevens. The team lost to Wales, tied versus Fiji and defeated West Indies to reach Plate quarterfinals, where they lost to France to take 13th place.

At the 2006 London Sevens, Russia defeated Canada, Tunisia and Australia to reach the Bowl final, where they lost to Portugal to finish 10th. The team resulted ninth at the 2007 Hong Kong Sevens, after defeating Italy, Korea, Kenya and France.

At the 2009 South Africa Sevens, Russia tied Australia and defeated Zimbabwe and the United States to reach the Cup final, where they were defeated by Wales to result 10th. At the 2010 South Africa Sevens, they defeated Kenya, Zimbabwe and France to reach the Cup final, where they lost to Scotland to end tenth.

At the 2011 Hong Kong Sevens, Russia defeated Kenya and Malaysia to advance to Cup quarterfinals. After losing to England and Australia, the team resulted seventh. At the 2012 Scotland Sevens they won the Cup final to result ninth, after beating United States, France and Spain.

Russia played the 2013 Sevens World Series qualifier at Hong Kong. They defeated Cook Islands, Mexico and Zimbabwe to win they group. Later they defeated Uruguay but lost to Zimbabwe in the semifinals. In the 2014 qualifier, they defeated Chile and Barbados and lost to Zimbabwe in the group phase. Next they defeated Uruguay to reach semifinal, where they were beaten by Japan.

Core status 2015[edit]

Russia returned to the Sevens World Series qualifier at the 2015 Hong Kong Sevens, where they defeated South Korea and Tunisia and lost to Papua New Guinea in the group phase. Later they defeated Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe to win the tournament and claim core status for the 2015-16 Sevens World Series.

Current squad[edit]

Squad to the 2014 Hong Kong Sevens World Series Qualifier.[1]

  • Vladimir Ostroushko
  • Alexander Gudok
  • Vladislav Lazarenko
  • Evgeny Nepeyvoda
  • Dmitriy Perov
  • Eduard Filatov
  • Ivan Korotkov
  • Alexsandr Ianiushkin
  • Ivan Kotov
  • Yury Kushnarev
  • Stanislav Bondarev
  • Dmitry Gritsenko

Tournament history[edit]


Hong Kong Sevens[edit]

Year Venue Cup Plate Bowl
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Winner
Hong Kong Stadium


Hong Kong Stadium
New Zealand
South Africa



2008 Hannover Sevens[edit]

Group A matches -

Portugal 26-10 28-5 14-12 45-5 38-0
Georgia 28-5 26-0 5-0 12-0
Spain 26-22 7-29 14-0
Germany 17-12 24-21
Russia 19-19
Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
 Portugal 5 5 0 0 151 32 +119 15
 Georgia 5 4 0 1 81 31 +50 13
 Spain 5 2 0 3 57 107 -50 9
 Germany 5 2 0 3 75 99 -24 9
 Russia 5 1 1 3 74 100 -26 8
 Romania 5 0 1 4 31 100 -69 6

See also[edit]


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