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Kazakhstan national rugby union team

Kazakhstan
Union Kazakhstan Rugby Union
Nickname(s) The Nomads
Emblem(s) Steppe eagle
Coach(es) Timur Mashurov
Captain(s) Serik Zhanseitov
First international
Kazakhstan Georgia
(4 March 1994)
Largest win
Kazakhstan  89–10  India
(18 November 2002)
Largest defeat
Japan  101–7  Kazakhstan
(15 May 2010)

The Kazakhstan national rugby union team represents Kazakhstan at international level of rugby union. The team are nicknamed "The Nomads" and are controlled by the Kazakhstan Rugby Union.

Kazakhstan have been participating in international competition since 1994 after their independence from the USSR.

In 2007, the fortunes of the team greatly improved by winning all five of their matches and rising 14 places in the IRB World Rankings to 32nd. This rise was the biggest by any international team over the year. This led to the team being entered into the top division of the new Asian Five Nations in 2008.[1]

Kazakhstan are now one of the leading rugby union nations in Asia, finishing second in the 2009 and 2010 Asian Five Nations to continent heavyweights Japan on both occasions. Their second-place finish in 2010 saw them advance to the four-team playoff for a final place at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. They lost 44–7 to Uruguay in Montevideo, being eliminated but it was still their best result yet.

They have yet to qualify for a Rugby World Cup finals.

Asian Five Nations Record

Current Squad

Squad to 2011 Asian Five Nations:

  • Tairzhan Arzuev
  • Sergey Menshikov
  • Vladamir Chernhik
  • Serik Zhanseitov
  • Yevginey Shekurov
  • Nikolay Zhuravlev
  • Alexandr Zaharov
  • Timur Mashurov (c)
  • Akhmetzan Baratov
  • Daulet Akymbekov
  • Pavel Stikhin
  • Ildar Abdrazakov
  • Sergey Konev
  • Pavel Leonov
  • Vladamir Mitin

Substitutes:

  • Vladamir Sitdikov
  • Dimitri Tkachenko
  • Anton Gunbin
  • Roman Sorokodyuba
  • Dimitri Tronin
  • Dastan Suleimenov
  • Evegeniy Romanov

World Cup Record

Year Result Reached
1995 Did not Enter N/A
1999 Did not Enter N/A
2003 Did not Qualify Asia Round 1 – Pool C (3rd)
2007 Did not Qualify Asia Round 1b Playoff
2011 Did not Qualify Final place play-offs

See also

External links

  • Official site
  • Tries and Tribulations
  • Current Squad

References

  1. ^ International Rugby Board – 2007 rankings highs and lows. 28 December 2007


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