Turkey national rugby union team

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Union Turkish Rugby Federation
Nickname(s) Ay Yıldızlar (The Crescent Stars)
Coach(es) Niall Doherty
Team kit
First international
 Turkey 31–5 Slovakia 
(19 April 2012)
Largest win
 Turkey 55–3 Slovakia 
(23 November 2013)
Largest defeat
 Turkey 25–34 Bosnia & Herz. 
(25 October 2014)

The Turkey national rugby union team represents Turkey at rugby union football. It is a relatively recent creation, being started at the end of 2009. Turkey is currently a third-tier side. The team first played in 2012 against Slovakia and won 31-5 in Bratislava. On tour, they also defeated Estonia 49-5 in Tallinn.[1] Turkey has yet to play in the qualifying stages for the Rugby World Cup finals.

Rugby union in Turkey is administered by the Turkish Rugby Federation (Türkiye Ragbi Federasyonu). The federation is affiliated to Rugby Europe (formerly FIRA-AER),[2] but not yet to the World Rugby (formerly IRB). Şahin Kömürcü is the federation's president.

Current squad (XV)[edit]

  • Abdullah Gunes (ODTÜ SK)
  • Dinçhan Kilercioğlu (ODTÜ SK)
  • Kemal Ege Gurkan (ODTÜ SK)
  • Ertugrul Gunday (ODTÜ SK)
  • Doğu Eroğlu (ODTÜ SK)
  • Koray Kaya (Samsun RK)
  • Adem Selim (Samsun RK)
  • Selçuk Kozlu (Samsun RK)
  • Yavuz Kocaer (Samsun RK)
  • Mustafa Kemal Kurt (Koç Üniversitesi SK)
  • Mehmet Akif Ersoy (Trakya Üniversites Ragbi)
  • Deniz Krom (Kadıköy RK)
  • Mert Zabci (based in England)
  • Murat Altun (Based in France)
  • Semih Aydın (Based in France)
  • Bahri Dagli (Based in France)
  • Huseyin Sasmaz (Based in France)
  • Ramazan Kilickaya (RC Vichy)
  • Gokhan Ceylan (Based in France)
  • Atilla Demir (Based in France)
  • Necmi Kara (Based in France)
  • Hüseyin Yesik (Based in France)
  • Melikşah Kuzucu (Based in France)
  • Kerim Galal (Based in Germany)
  • Erkut Levent Durmus (Based in Germany)
  • Ali Bökeyhan Sürer (Based in Germany)
  • Tamer Celikbas James (Based in Wales)


International matches up to the end of 2014:[1][3]

 Against  Played Won Lost Drawn Win percentage
 Azerbaijan 2 2 0 0 100%
 Bulgaria 1 0 1 0 0%
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 0 1 0 0%
 Estonia 1 1 0 0 100%
 Slovakia 3 3 0 0 100%
Total 8 6 2 0 75%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Preview Rugby Redefined. 2012.
  2. ^ Turkey Rugby Europe.
  3. ^ Team records Turkey ESPN Scrum. Accessed 12 February 2015.

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