|Full name||Timișoara Saracens Sport Club Municipal Universitatea de Vest din Timișoara|
|Ground(s)||Stadionul Dan Păltinișanu (Capacity: 32,972)|
|League(s)||CEC Bank SuperLiga|
|Active departments of SCM Timișoara|
Timișoara Saracens SCM UVT is a professional Romanian rugby union club from Timișoara, which plays in the SuperLiga CEC Bank, the first division of Romanian rugby. The team first won the championship in 1972, becoming the first club outside Bucharest to achieve this performance. In the modern format of the SuperLiga, Timișoara Saracens won 4 titles in 6 seasons. The team is colloquially known as "Universitatea" Timișoara as it has historical ties with the University of Timișoara. In 2014 the club became a partner of London-based Saracens rugby club.
In 1949, CSUT (Club Sportiv Universitar Timișoara) played its first match in the city of Sighişoara against the local team, that match was won by CSUT with a score of 34–0, the team from Timișoara having the following line-up: Liteanu, Antonescu, Popa, Nistor, Haller, Onciul, Zomborian, Georgescu (player-coach), Dăncescu, Gurti, Kalincov, Barla, Baruch, Balios and Melinte.
Name change and first National title
Starting with the year 1966 the team changes its name from CSUT to Universitatea Timișoara; Mitică Antonescu was in charge of the team at that point. The year 1966 was the start of the ascension for the team from Timișoara. In the 1968–69 championship the team occupies 5th place, in the 1969–70 championship the team occupies 3rd place, in the 1970–71 championship the team occupies 5th place and in the 1971–72 championship, Universitatea Timișoara – after 58 years of supremacy from the teams from Bucharest – manages to bring the national title to Timișoara.
It is said that on 12 June 1972 (the day the team won the national title) the bells of the Metropolitan Cathedral in Timișoara rang one time more than usual, and on the second day at the gate of the boarding house where the majority of the rugby players of Universitatea Timișoara were living, on a board the following could be read: “Trecătorule, oprește-te un moment și înclină-te în fața ușii caminului unde trăiesc perlele rugby-ului românesc (translation: Passer-by, stop for a moment and kneel in front of the door of the boarding house where the pearls of Romanian rugby are living)”, the author of it being, at that time student, Nicolae Benga. Here are the artisans of this beautiful achievement: Duţă, Szasz, Cândrea, Peter, Suciu, Gheţu, Iacob, Ceauş, Tătucu, Nedelcu, Vollman, Rășcanu, Priess, Ionică, Ene, Malancu, Neiss, Popovici, Vlad, Ioniţă, Arsene.
Chester Williams Era
In January 2012, former Springbok Chester Williams (the only non-white player in South Africa's winning 1995 Rugby World Cup team) joined Timișoara Saracens as head coach. His first attempt to get involved with Romanian rugby was being the technical director for CS Dinamo București. He was close to taking over the bench of Timișoara in the summer of 2011, but negotiations were put to a hold because of the World Cup that was taking place in New Zealand.
Williams brought the first league title in 40 years to Timișoara in 2012. He was then replaced by fellow South African Danie de Villiers. In 2014, former New Zealand Heartland XV coach Grainger Heikell took over from Danie de Villiers as head coach of Timișoara Saracens.
After two successful seasons for Timișoara, Chester Williams eventually came back to replace Danie de Villiers.
In 2011, Timișoara Saracens RCM UVT won the Romanian Cup for the first time, after a 32–10 victory against CSM Stiinţa Baia-Mare. The match took place in Alba Iulia, on the Cetate Stadium. Timișoara Saracens won the Romania Cup once again in 2014 with a victory over CSM Stiinţa Baia-Mare on Cluj Arena, and went on to repeat their cup success in 2015 and 2016.
Romanian Rugby Championship (pre-2012) and SuperLiga (2012-)
In 2011, Timișoara Saracens RCM UVT finished in 3rd place. After losing 22–24 to CSM Știința Baia Mare in the semifinals of the Romanian Rugby Championship, the team from Timișoara won the 3rd place final against Farul Constanţa (15–11). Under Chester Williams' management, they won the league in 2012 and 2013.
In 2014, Timișoara lost against Farul Constanța in the league semi-finals, after the medical visas were allegedly ripped out of the files of Timișoara Saracen's top six players. This is one of many corruption accusations made by the team.
Timișoara Saracens won the league again in 2015 and 2016-17. These two finals, as well as the finals in 2012 and 2013, were played against CSM Știința Baia Mare. Timișoara won 8 out of 8 finals (in the SuperLiga, Romanian Cup and King's Cup) they played against Baia Mare.
- SuperLiga CEC Bank:
- Winners (6): 1972, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016–17, 2017–18
- Runner-up (1): 1973
- Third Place (7): 1974, 1975, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2011, 2014
- Romanian Cup:
- Winners (4): 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016
- Runner-up (2): 1978, 1980
- King's Cup:
- Winners (1): 2015
- Runner-up (1): 2017
- Energy Cup (Central and Eastern European Rugby Cup):
- Winners (1): 2009
- Runner-up (2): 2010, 2011
|Pos.||Nat.||Name||Date of birth (age)||Height||Weight||Caps||Former club|
|HK||Eugen Căpățână||18 June 1986||179 cm||105 kg||37||homegrown player|
|HK||Andrei Rădoi||7 February 1987||185 cm||107 kg||72||Ealing Trailfinders|
|HK||Marian Sabău||14 August 1988||183 cm||108 kg||Știința Petroșani|
|PR||Henri Boshoff||8 February 1992||187 cm||111 cm||Valke|
|PR||Sione Halalilo||28 April 1992||185 cm||130 kg||Toloa Old Boys|
|PR||Samuel Mariș||13 May 1985||190 cm||131 kg||6||CA Périgueux|
|PR||Gigi Militaru||14 August 1988||180 cm||117 kg||3||Știința Petroșani|
|PR||Horațiu Pungea||18 February 1986||190 cm||132 kg||30||Oyonnax|
|PR||Sione Taupaki||11 August 1988||180 cm||113 kg||Toloa Old Boys|
|LK||Marian Drenceanu||1 March 1990||202 cm||124 kg||6||CSU AV Arad|
|LK||Marius Iftimiciuc||13 August 1997||201 cm||110 kg||1||homegrown player|
|LK||Dorin Lazăr||23 January 1990||196 cm||113 kg||16||CSA Steaua Bucuresti|
|LK||Ionuț Mureșan||6 October 1994||196 cm||107 kg||3||Universitatea Cluj-Napoca|
|LK||Valentin Popârlan||12 June 1987||197 cm||117 kg||75||CSA Steaua Bucuresti|
|FL||Randall Morrison||12 February 1984||187 cm||100 kg||1||Golden Lions|
|FL||Vlad Neculau||7 January 1998||191 cm||99 kg||homegrown player|
|FL||Vasile Rus||20 October 1983||193 cm||109 kg||14||SC Mazamet|
|FL||George Tătăruș||7 May 1996||180 cm||85 kg||homegrown player|
|FL||Thomas Whitehurst||12 December 1994||189 cm||104 kg||Harlequin F.C.|
|N8||Michael Stewart||15 October 1991||195 cm||109 kg||Rugby Southland|
|SH||Kevin Luiters||2 July 1992||174 cm||82 kg||Pumas|
|SH||Gabriel Rupanu||28 September 1997||176 cm||73 kg||homegrown player|
|FH||Jody Rose||29 July 1986||178 cm||86 kg||12||Golden Lions|
|FH||Luke Samoa||13 May 1988||183 cm||101 kg||5||CSM Baia Mare|
|CE||Marius Iștoc||29 March 1997||181 cm||95 kg||homegrown player|
|CE||Tevita Manumua||12 February 1993||187 cm||107 kg||Saracens|
|CE||Florin Popa||27 March 1996||175 cm||90 kg||6||homegrown player|
|CE||Jack Umaga||18 June 1984||183 cm||101 kg||17||Tasman Makos|
|WG||John Leiataua||13 January 1991||188 cm||111 kg||CSM Baia Mare|
|WG||Mădălin Lemnaru||26 March 1989||189 cm||95 kg||35||CSA Steaua București|
|WG||Viliami Moala||23 January 1981||174 cm||81 kg||Petone Rugby|
|WG||Stephen Shennan||7 January 1991||183 cm||83 kg||17||Boroondara Redbacks|
|WG||Vlad Zaharia||12 January 1995||181 cm||77 kg||3||homegrown player|
|FB||Gabriel Conache||24 January 1991||180 cm||88 kg||3||CSU AV Arad|
|FB||Cătălin Fercu||5 September 1986||183 cm||87 kg||105||Saracens|
|FB||Marius Simionescu||5 September 1997||183 cm||85 kg||6||homegrown player|
* Internationally capped players in bold.
Notable former players
- "TIMISOARA SARACENS current squad list". SuperLiga CEC Bank (in Romanian). Retrieved 9 December 2018.