Sorin Socol

2011-02-09 10:51
Romania captain Sorin Socol. (Wikipedia)

Full name: Sorin Socol
Nickname: Socool
Born: November 30, 1977, Bucuresti
Current age: 33 years 71 days
Major teams: Romania
Position: Lock, No. 8
Height: 6 ft 5 in
Weight: 115kg (244 lbs)

Romania's captain Sorin 'Socool' Socol first caught the attention of the international rugby community in 1996 when he starred for Romanian Under 21 side at the Under 21 Rugby World Championships that year.

Socol, who captained the side at the tournament, had moved to France, just prior to the tournament and was studying business at university while playing for Top 14 side Brive.

Fortunately for then Romanian rugby team and its fans, Socol chose to focus on the rugby career and broke into the starting team after a short while.

Socol played for the Brive first team for seven years, between 1996 and 2003, before moving to fellow French Top 14 side Agen.

After four years at Agen, Socol was on the move again and stepped down to the French second division to join Pau.

Socol's international career has been slightly more stable has his club career. The forward made his full international debut in 2001 Spain and soon cemented his position in the side.

He is status in the team has grown considerably and he will go into the Rugby World Cup with 61 full Test caps for Romania.

This will be Socol's third World Cup and his second as the captain of the team. The forward played in all of his team's games at the last two World Cup's and his experience will be key to helping Romania achieve respectable results at the tournament.


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