2011-01-19 10:44

Nickname: The Oaks

Captain: Marius Tincu

Coach: Romeo Gontineac

RWC Appearances: 6 (first in 1987)  

Best result: Continuous qualification, and a win in pool stages in each World Cup they've competed in.

The Romania national rugby union team, nicknamed The Oaks (Stejarii), have long been considered one of the stronger European teams outside of the Six Nations.

They have participated in all six Rugby World Cups, and currently compete in the first division of the European Nations Cup, where they recently finished third in the 2008-2010 competition.

Rugby union in Romania is administered by the Romanian Rugby Federation and the national team plays in yellow and blue stripes.

France first played Test rugby against Romania in 1924, when they tried to establish a rival to the Five Nations championship.

At their best during the 1980s, Romania defeated Wales (twice), Scotland (the 1984 Grand Slam side) and France (twice). In 1981, they lost to the All Blacks 14-6 but had two tries disallowed.

At this height of their powers, many felt Romani should have been invited into top-flight competition. There were, however, rumours that the Oaks were invited to join, but refused because the championship took place during their winter break.

Subsequently, with the deterioration of the domestic political and economic situation in the country, rugby in Romania suffered. The country has of late experienced an economic recovery, and it's hoped local rugby will once again soar to the heights of the 1980s and beyond.

Romania played in the first six Rugby World Cups from 1987, with their best result being a win during the pool stages.

Of late, the likes of Georgia have challenged Romania for top spot below the Six Nations, and Georgia, along with Portugal have both won the European Nations Cup (or Six Nations B).

In the 2011 World Cup, Romania will play in Pool B with Argentina, England, Georgia and Scotland.


Forwards: Stelian Burcea, Daniel Carpo, Nicolae Dragos Dima, Silviu Florea, Daniel Ianus, Paulica Ion, Mihaita Lazar, Mihai Macovei, Nicolae Nere, Cristian Petre, Valentin Poparlan, Cosmin Ratiu, Marius Tincu, Ovidiu Tonita, Valentin Ursache, Bogdan Zebega.

Backs: Valentin Calafeteanu, Ionel Cazan, Stefan Ciuntu, Ionut Dimofte, Danut Dumbrava, Iulian Dumitras, Catalin Fercu, Csaba Gal, Constantin Gheara, Madalin Lemnaru, Catalin Nicolae, Lucian Sirbu, Florin Surugiu, Florin Vlaicu.

Key Player

Marius Tincu (Captain)
Height: 1.80m
Weight: 110kgs

Romanian captain Marius Tinku is one of the most dogged and toughest hookers in the French Top 14 and will be playing in his second Rugby World Cup.


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