Serbia national rugby union team

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Serbia
Ragbi savez Srbije logo.jpg
Coach(es)LJubomir Bukvic
Captain(s)Miladin Zivanov
Most capsMarko Kapor (50)
Top scorerMarko Kapor (209)
Team kit
First international
 Serbia 8–3 British Colonies
(9 March 1918)
Largest win
 Serbia 52–0 Slovenia 
(29 October 2011)
Largest defeat
 Germany 108–0 Serbia 
(12 November 2005)
World Cup
Appearancesnone

The Serbia national rugby union team is classified as a tier three nation by World Rugby, and has yet to qualify for the Rugby World Cup. They have played over 100 internationals.

The national side is ranked 84th in the world (as of 29 July 2019).[1]

History[edit]

A Serbian Rugby Team, 1918

The first known rugby players from Serbia were Serbian students in George Heriot's School in Edinburgh, Scotland during The First World War. On March, 9th 1918 they played their first unofficial international game, in front of 10,000 spectators, against a British Dominions VII and won by eight points to three.[2] Notable players from this period included Toma Tomić from Leskovac, Dimitrije Dulkanović from Ćuprija and Danilo Pavlović from Prokuplje. Serbian students also played rugby at the High School of Dundee and Hillhead High School in Glasgow. The best Serbian player in Scotland was Slavoljub DJordjevic from Čajetina. He played more than 100 games for Hillhead HS, Glasgow University RFC and Hillhead RFC in Scotland rugby top competitions.

Serbia played as a part of Yugoslavia since 1919 until 1992, then as FR Yugoslavia until 2003, and, finally, as Serbia and Montenegro from 2003 to 2006. Yugoslavia made their official international debut in 1968 against a Romanian XV, losing 3 points to 11. They made their full test debut the following month, losing 6 points to 29 against Bulgaria. They won their first official international match in 1969, defeating Bulgaria 22 points to six.

During the 60s, 70s and 80s, Serbian players played for the Yugoslavia national rugby union team alongside players from the rest of Yugoslavia. After the wars and breakup of Yugoslavia, the Yugoslavia team consisted of players from Serbia only, and they played their first full international against Andorra at Vršac in 1996.

After 1996, playing as FR Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro until 2006, they have played regularly in FIRA-AER and IRB competitions.

Current squad[edit]

Serbia Rugby Team 2010

Senior Squad: [3][4]

Player Position Caps Club
Alen Cosovic Hooker 4 Serbia Rugby Club Rad
Vlastimir Sretenovic Hooker 19 Serbia Belgrade Rugby Club Red Star
Bojan Lukic Hooker 15 Austria Vienna Celtic Rugby Football Club
Vladimir Djukic Prop 40 Serbia Rugby Club Rad
Bosko Jovanovic Prop 5 France Châteaurenard
Vid Pejovic Prop 5 Serbia Rugby Club Dinamo
Uros Martinovic Prop 4 Serbia Belgrade Rugby Club Red Star
Predrag Vraneš Prop 23 Serbia Rugby Club Rad
Goran Porobic Lock 2 Serbia Rugby Club Vojvodina
Thomas Cvijanovic Lock 6 England Vale of Lune RFC
Aleksandar Krstic Lock 22 Serbia Rugby Club Partizan
Đorđe Preradojevic Lock 9 Serbia Rugby Club Partizan
Vladimir Mijatovic Lock 5 Serbia Rugby Club Vojvodina
Mirko Rankovic Lock 15 Serbia Rugby Club Rad
Marko Gvozdenovic Flanker 6 France Massy RC
Stanislav LJubicic Flanker 7 Serbia Rugby Club Rad
Milan Marinkovic Flanker 15 Scotland GHA RFC
Stefan DJordjevic Flanker 7 Serbia Rugby Club Partizan
Boris Martic Number 8 36 France RC Jacou Montpellier Nord
Julien Matijasevic Scrum-half 7 France Sporting Tulle
Nikola Stankovic Fly-half 6 Serbia Rugby Club Rad
Marko Kapor Fly-half 50 Serbia Rugby Club Rad
Janko Zemun Milinkovic Scrum-hal 10 Italy AS Rugby Bergamo 1950
Rajko Jankovic Wing 5 Serbia Rugby Club Vojvodina
Miladin Živanov Centre 36 Serbia Rugby Club Rad
Nikola Tatic Centre 3 Serbia Rugby Club Dinamo Pancevo
Uros Babic Wing 15 Serbia Rugby Club Rad
Kaspar Strugar Wing 2 England Sheffield University RFC
Luka Rakita Wing 2 Serbia Rugby Club Vojvodina
Igor Dejanovic Fullback 31 Serbia Rugby Club Partizan

Results[edit]

As the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1996–2002)[edit]

Date Location Opposition Result Tournament
4/05/1996 Vršac  Andorra 30–12 1995–1997 FIRA Trophy
18/05/1996 Gabrovo  Bulgaria 39–9 1995–1997 FIRA Trophy
6/10/1996 Kiev  Ukraine 0–60 1999 Rugby World Cup - European qualification
2/11/1996 Vienna  Austria Default 1999 Rugby World Cup - European qualification
1/03/1997 Pančevo   Switzerland 8–0 1999 Rugby World Cup - European qualification
10/05/1997 Pančevo  Israel 10–7 1999 Rugby World Cup - European qualification
8/11/1997 Nyon   Switzerland 13–29 1997–1998 FIRA Tournament
25/04/1998 Belgrade  Israel 30–6 1997–1998 FIRA Tournament
20/05/1998 Belgrade  Lithuania 44–0 1997–1998 FIRA Tournament
2/06/1998 Riga  Latvia Default 1997–1998 FIRA Tournament
10/10/1998 Brussels  Belgium 6–12 1998–1999 FIRA Tournament
8/05/1999 Tunis  Tunisia 6–45 1998–1999 FIRA Tournament
2/04/2000 Belgrade  Moldova 17–3 European Nations Cup Fourth Division 2000
30/04/2000 Pernik  Bulgaria 33–6 European Nations Cup Fourth Division 2000
13/05/2000 Herzlia  Israel 17–3 European Nations Cup Fourth Division 2000
14/10/2000 Andorra la Vella  Andorra 9–12 2003 Rugby World Cup – European qualification
5/11/2000 Dimitrovgrad  Bulgaria 46–6 2003 Rugby World Cup – European qualification
31/03/2001 Dimitrovgrad  Hungary 25–10 2003 Rugby World Cup – European qualification
12/05/2001 Zenica  Bosnia and Herzegovina 13–23 2003 Rugby World Cup – European qualification
26/5/2001 Gornji Milanovac   Switzerland 13–10 2003 Rugby World Cup – European qualification
20/10/2001 Chişinău  Moldova 16–36 2001–2002 European Nations Cup Third Division
6/04/2002 Belgrade  Austria 26–8 2001–2002 European Nations Cup Third Division
4/05/2002 Andorra La Vella  Andorra 19–5 2001–2002 European Nations Cup Third Division
11/05/2002 Belgrade  Slovenia 27–21 2001–2002 European Nations Cup Third Division

As Serbia and Montenegro (2003–2006)[edit]

Date Location Opposition Result Tournament
26.04.2003. Esztergom  Hungary 23–47 2002–2003 European Nations Cup Third Division
03.05.2003. Belgrade  Latvia 18–29 2002–2003 European Nations Cup Third Division
24.05.2003. Chişinău  Moldova 17–17 2002–2003 European Nations Cup Third Division
10.04.2004. Subotica  Hungary 31–3 2003–2004 European Nations Cup Third Division
17.04.2004. Marsa  Malta 18–20 2003–2004 European Nations Cup Third Division
08.05.2004. Pančevo  Moldova 20–43 2003–2004 European Nations Cup Third Division
13.11.2004. Belgrade  Bulgaria 33–10 2007 Rugby World Cup – Europe qualification
19.03.2005. Belgrade   Switzerland 11–11 2007 Rugby World Cup – Europe qualification
09.04.2005. Valletta  Malta 24–13 2007 Rugby World Cup – Europe qualification
07.05.2005. Łódź  Poland 11–18 2007 Rugby World Cup – Europe qualification
08.10.2005. Split  Croatia 9–26 2007 Rugby World Cup – Europe qualification
05.11.2005. Pančevo  Malta 3–16 2007 Rugby World Cup – Europe qualification
12.11.2005. Heidelberg  Germany 0–108 2007 Rugby World Cup – Europe qualification
08.04.2006. Lazarevac  Belgium 15–36 2007 Rugby World Cup – Europe qualification

As Serbia (2006–)[edit]

Date Location Opposition Result Tournament
07.10.2006. Nyon   Switzerland 9–30 2006–2008 European Nations Cup Third Division
04.11.2006. Belgrade  Denmark 34–23 2006–2008 European Nations Cup Third Division
14.04.2007. Pančevo  Sweden 12–30 2006–2008 European Nations Cup Third Division
27.10.2007. Odense  Denmark 17–17 2006–2008 European Nations Cup Third Division
24.11.2007. Pančevo   Switzerland 5–13 2006–2008 European Nations Cup Third Division
26.04.2008. Lund  Sweden 3–22 2006–2008 European Nations Cup Third Division
10.05.2008. Yerevan  Armenia 0–25 2006–2008 European Nations Cup Third Division
25.05.2008. Belgrade  Armenia 19–8 2006–2008 European Nations Cup Third Division
13.09.2008. Smederevo  Armenia 0–41 2008–2010 European Nations Cup Third Division
06.12.2008. Smederevo  Andorra 32–7 2008–2010 European Nations Cup Third Division
04.04.2009. Nyon   Switzerland 12–6 2008–2010 European Nations Cup Third Division
02.05.2009. Vilnius  Lithuania 9–50 2008–2010 European Nations Cup Third Division
24.10.2009. Belgrade   Switzerland 13–8 2008–2010 European Nations Cup Third Division
28.11.2009. Andorra La Vella  Andorra 7–21 2008–2010 European Nations Cup Third Division
10.04.2010. Abovian  Armenia 19–20 2008–2010 European Nations Cup Third Division
24.04.2010. Pančevo  Lithuania 5–77 2008–2010 European Nations Cup Third Division
23.10.2010. Ljubljana  Slovenia 3–33 2010–2012 European Nations Cup Second Division
20.11.2010. Belgrade   Switzerland 18–15 2010–2012 European Nations Cup Second Division
19.02.2011. Andorra La Vella  Andorra 25–42 2010–2012 European Nations Cup Second Division
07.05.2011. Belgrade  Armenia 20–18 2010–2012 European Nations Cup Second Division
29.10.2011. Belgrade  Slovenia 52–0 2010–2012 European Nations Cup Second Division
12.11.2011. Monthey   Switzerland 19–27 2010–2012 European Nations Cup Second Division
14.04.2012. Belgrade  Andorra 7–9 2010–2012 European Nations Cup Second Division
21.04.2012.  Armenia 25–0 2010–2012 European Nations Cup Second Division
13.10.2012. Netanya  Israel 22–48 2012–2014 European Nations Cup Second Division
27.10.2012. Belgrade  Latvia 39–22 2012–2014 European Nations Cup Second Division
03.11.2012. Belgrade  Andorra 26–29 2012–2014 European Nations Cup Second Division
13.04.2013. Odense  Denmark 0–38 2012–2014 European Nations Cup Second Division
12.10.2013. Valmiera  Latvia 14–25 2012–2014 European Nations Cup Second Division
19.10.2013. Belgrade  Israel 6–18 2012–2014 European Nations Cup Second Division
30.03.2014. Andorra La Vella  Andorra 12–23 2012–2014 European Nations Cup Second Division
12.04.2014. Belgrade  Denmark 19–33 2012–2014 European Nations Cup Second Division
18.10.2014. LJubljana  Slovenia 3–48 2014–16 European Nations Cup Second Division
25.10.2014. Belgrade  Luxembourg 0–36 2014–16 European Nations Cup Second Division
18.04.2015. Belgrade  Austria 22–3 2014–16 European Nations Cup Second Division
25.04.2015. Odense  Denmark 25–22 2014–16 European Nations Cup Second Division
07.11.2015. Belgrade  Slovenia 17–33 2014–16 European Nations Cup Second Division
14.11.2015. Luxembourg  Luxembourg 24–30 2014–16 European Nations Cup Second Division
09.04.2016. Vienna  Austria 26–12 2014–16 European Nations Cup Second Division
16.04.2016. Belgrade  Denmark 23–20 2014–16 European Nations Cup Second Division
29.10.2016. LJubljana  Slovenia 13–74 2016–17 Rugby Europe International Championships
05.11.2016. Zrenjanin  Turkey 25–0 2016–17 Rugby Europe International Championships
09.04.2017. Zenica  Bosnia and Herzegovina 10–21 2016–17 Rugby Europe International Championships
29.04.2017. Belgrade  Austria 29–12 2016–17 Rugby Europe International Championships
21.10.2017. Vienna  Austria 25–27 2017–18 Rugby Europe International Championships
28.10.2017. Pancevo  Slovenia 21–30 2017–18 Rugby Europe International Championships
21.04.2018. Piestany  Slovakia 50–24 2017–18 Rugby Europe International Championships
28.04.2018. Belgrade  Cyprus 35–17 2017–18 Rugby Europe International Championships
13.10.2018. Belgrade  Bulgaria 29–35 2018–19 Rugby Europe International Championships
10.11.2018. Piestany  Slovakia 37–10 2018–19 Rugby Europe International Championships
11.05.2019. Pancevo  Slovenia 35–27 2018–19 Rugby Europe International Championships
18.05.2019. Andorra La Vella  Andorra 0–33 2018–19 Rugby Europe International Championships
12.10.2019. Sofia  Bulgaria 7–71 2019–20 Rugby Europe International Championships
19.10.2019. Belgrade  Turkey 30–15 2019–20 Rugby Europe International Championships

Overall[edit]

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Serbia national XV at test level up until 19.10.2019.

Nation Games Won Lost Drawn Percentage of wins
 Andorra 10 3 7 0 30%
 Armenia 6 3 3 0 50%
 Austria 6 4 2 0 67%
 Belgium 2 0 2 0 0%
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 0 2 0 0%
 Bulgaria 6 4 2 0 66,66%
 Croatia 1 0 1 0 0%
 Cyprus 1 1 0 0 100%
 Denmark 6 3 2 1 50%
 Germany 1 0 1 0 0%
 Hungary 3 2 1 0 66,66%
 Israel 5 3 2 0 60%
 Latvia 3 1 2 0 33%
 Lithuania 3 1 2 0 33,33%
 Luxembourg 2 0 2 0 0%
 Malta 3 1 2 0 33,33%
 Moldova 4 1 2 1 25%
 Poland 1 0 1 0 0%
 Slovakia 2 2 0 0 100%
 Slovenia 8 3 5 0 37%
 Sweden 2 0 2 0 0%
  Switzerland 10 5 4 1 55%
 Tunisia 1 0 1 0 0%
 Turkey 2 2 0 0 100%
 Ukraine 1 0 1 0 0%
Total 91 39 49 3 40%

Player records[edit]

Most caps[edit]

# Name Years Caps Position
1 Marko Kapor 1999– 50 Fly-half
2 Nikola Stancevic 1973–1990 45 Flanker
3 Milan Rastovac 1997–2013 45 Centre
4 Nenad Matejic 2002–2019 42 Fullback
5 Dragan Grujic 1988–2006 39 Fullback
6 Vladimir DJukic 2008– 40 Prop
7 Boris Martic 2005– 36 Flanker
8 Miladin Zivanov 2006– 36 Centre
9 Aleksandar DJordjevic 2008–2017 32 Centre
10 Aleksandar Poprecica 1996–2006 32 Flanker

Last updated: Serbia vs Turkey, 19 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Top point scorers[edit]

# Name Career Points Caps Position
1 Marko Kapor 1999– 209 50 Fly-half
2 Vladimir Jelic 1996–2014 103 14 Fly-half
3 Boris Martic 2005– 103 36 Flanker
4 Dragan Grujic 1988–2006 98 39 Full-back
5 Milan Orlovic 2007–2014 75 24 Centre
6 Nenad Matejic 2002–2014 71 42 Full-back
7 Marko Gvozdenovic 2015– 63 6 Flanker
8 Milan Rastovac 1997–2013 55 45 Centre
9 Goran Vucicevic 1996–2002 40 14 Centre
10 Sasa DJukic 1996–2011 36 28 Wing

Youngest players[edit]

# Player Pos Age Opposition Date
1. Stefan Jerkovic Centre 17 years 10 months 28 days  Slovenia 29/10/2016
2. Srdjan Bozic Scrum-half 17 years 11 months 21 days  Slovakia 10/11/2018
3. Ivan Pirkovic Centre 18 years 1 month 12 days  Sweden 14/04/2007
4. Aleksandar Jakisic Flanker 18 years 2 months 3 days  Czech Republic 21/04/1991
5. Milan Rastovac Centre 18 years 2 months 4 days  Israel 10/05/1997
6. Ivan Biocanin Prop 18 years 2 months 25 days   Switzerland 08/11/1997
7. Marko Isailovic Wing 18 years 3 months 3 days  Luxembourg 25/10/2014
7. Branimir Petrovic Centre 18 years 3 months 3 days  Andorra 28/11/2009
9. Janko Zemun Milinkovic Scrum-half 18 years 3 months 28 days  Bosnia and Herzegovina 22/04/2017
10. Dalibor Vukanovic Centre 18 years 4 months 6 days  Bulgaria 13/11/2004

Last updated: Andorra vs Serbia, 18 May 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Oldest players[edit]

# Player Pos Age Opposition Date
1. Srdjan Nikolic Tighthead Prop 43 years 1 month 2 days  Bulgaria 12/10/2019
2. Vladimir Jelic Fly-half 41 years 9 months 12 days  Luxembourg 25/10/2014
3. Milan Medic Hooker 40 years 9 months 4 days   Switzerland 08/11/1997
4. Sasa DJukic Wing 40 years 4 month 23 days  Andorra 19/02/2011
5. Branislav Acimovic Prop 39 years 10 months 22 days  Andorra 06/12/2008
6. Dragan Grujic Fullback 39 years 9 months 7 days  Belgium 08/04/2006
7. Dejan Karatrajkovski Scrum-half 39 years 5 months 6 days  Denmark 25/04/2015
8. Nikola Stancevic Flanker 39 years 4 months 25 days  Andorra 26/05/1990
9. Bojan Lukic Hooker 39 years 3 months 10 days  Bulgaria 12/10/2019
10. Marko Kapor Fly-half 39 years 2 months 25 days  Turkey 19/10/2019

Last updated: Andorra vs Serbia, 15 May 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

World Cup record[edit]

  • 1987 – No qualifying tournament held
  • 1991 – Did not qualify
  • 1995 – Did not participate in qualifying tournament due to political situation.
  • 1999 – Did not qualify
  • 2003 – Did not qualify
  • 2007 – Did not qualify
  • 2011 – Did not qualify

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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