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Moldova national rugby union team

The Moldova national rugby union team represent Moldova at rugby union. They are governed by the Moldovan Rugby Federation (Federatia de Rugby din Moldova), and have yet to qualify for the Rugby World Cup.

History

Moldova played their first international on October 10, 1991 against Lithuania. Moldova won the match, 22 points to six. The next year they played against Bulgaria, which Moldova won, 42 points to three. Moldova played Hungary in 1995, which they won, by three points, 17 to 14.

They played Ukraine and Latvia and Bulgaria.

Moldova played twice in 1997, defeating Norway and losing to Croatia. They won a number of fixtures in 2000. They played the Netherlands the following year. The national rugby team was designated by the members of Moldova's Sports Press Association as the best Moldovan team in 2004. Following this, they played in qualifying tournaments for the 2007 Rugby World Cup European qualify.

Moldova were grouped in Pool B of the second round, and they won two of their four matches, which saw them finish second in their pool behind Germany, and thus move onto round three and enter Pool A.

Popularity

Perhaps surprisingly, the popularity of rugby in Moldova is growing rapidly, with well over 10,000 fans regularly turning up to their home matches in the European Nations Cup. Since 2004, the number of Moldovan rugby players has more than doubled, due to the national team's growing international reputation.

Notable players

Moldovan international Alexei Cotruţa was the top try-scorer in the Russian Professional Rugby League in 2006, scoring 16 tries in 14 matches for Moscow-area side VVA-Podmoskovye.

During March 2011, Vadim Cobîlaş signed for Aviva Premiership side, Sale Sharks. He is the first Moldovan player to sign for a professional English team. More recently, prop Dumutri Arhip has signed for the Welsh regional side, Ospreys.

Current squad

Head Coach: Sergiu Motoc

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Dmitri Arhip | style="vertical-align:top;" |Prop | style="vertical-align:top;" | (1988-11-12) 12 November 1988 | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" | Ospreys

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Ion Dascăl | style="vertical-align:top;" |Hooker | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" |3 | style="vertical-align:top;" | Lupii Albi-USEFS

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Igor Orghianu | style="vertical-align:top;" |Hooker | style="vertical-align:top;" | (1991-12-18) 18 December 1991 | style="vertical-align:top;" |8 | style="vertical-align:top;" | Steaua București

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Dumitru Vasilachi | style="vertical-align:top;" |Hooker | style="vertical-align:top;" | (1979-12-24) 24 December 1979 | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" | Lupii Albi-USEFS

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Maxim Cobîlaş | style="vertical-align:top;" |Prop | style="vertical-align:top;" | (1986-08-12) 12 August 1986 | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" | Sale Sharks

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Vadim Cobîlaş | style="vertical-align:top;" |Prop | style="vertical-align:top;" | (1983-12-30) 30 December 1983 | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" | Sale Sharks

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Ruslan Dorogan | style="vertical-align:top;" |Prop | style="vertical-align:top;" | (1993-10-04) 4 October 1993 | style="vertical-align:top;" |0 | style="vertical-align:top;" | Dinamo București

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Gheorge Gajion | style="vertical-align:top;" |Prop | style="vertical-align:top;" | (1992-12-13) 13 December 1992 | style="vertical-align:top;" |1 | style="vertical-align:top;" | Rugby Rovigo Delta

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Victor Leon | style="vertical-align:top;" |Prop | style="vertical-align:top;" | (1989-01-10) 10 January 1989 | style="vertical-align:top;" |8 | style="vertical-align:top;" | CSM Bucureşti

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Nichita Macaria | style="vertical-align:top;" |Prop | style="vertical-align:top;" | (1994-09-23) 23 September 1994 | style="vertical-align:top;" |0 | style="vertical-align:top;" | RC Barlad

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Veaceslav Titica | style="vertical-align:top;" |Prop | style="vertical-align:top;" | (1983-02-14) 14 February 1983 | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" | Krasny Yar

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Maxim Gargalic | style="vertical-align:top;" |Lock | style="vertical-align:top;" | (1989-03-07) 7 March 1989 | style="vertical-align:top;" |8 | style="vertical-align:top;" | Yenisey-STM

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Andrei Mahu | style="vertical-align:top;" |Lock | style="vertical-align:top;" | (1991-09-03) 3 September 1991 | style="vertical-align:top;" |11 | style="vertical-align:top;" | Zebre

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Andrei Romanov | style="vertical-align:top;" |Lock | style="vertical-align:top;" | (1985-12-10) 10 December 1985 | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" | Krasny Yar

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Victor Arhip | style="vertical-align:top;" |Flanker | style="vertical-align:top;" | (1990-12-24) 24 December 1990 | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" | Krasny Yar

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Ion Buşilă | style="vertical-align:top;" |Flanker | style="vertical-align:top;" | (1986-04-02) 2 April 1986 | style="vertical-align:top;" |1 | style="vertical-align:top;" | Lupii Albi-USEFS

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Maxim Beşleaga | style="vertical-align:top;" |Flanker | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" |1 | style="vertical-align:top;" | Lupii Albi-USEFS

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Sergiu Castravet | style="vertical-align:top;" |Flanker | style="vertical-align:top;" | (1987-12-29) 29 December 1987 | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" | Lupii Albi-USEFS

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Roman Rotundu | style="vertical-align:top;" |Flanker | style="vertical-align:top;" | (1993-11-29) 29 November 1993 | style="vertical-align:top;" |2 | style="vertical-align:top;" | Dinamo București

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Oleg Prepeliţă | style="vertical-align:top;" |Number 8 | style="vertical-align:top;" | (1983-06-18) 18 June 1983 | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" | Krasny Yar

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Nicolae Purcel | style="vertical-align:top;" |Number 8 | style="vertical-align:top;" | (1992-11-03) 3 November 1992 | style="vertical-align:top;" |1 | style="vertical-align:top;" | ŞSSRAR-USPEE

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Nicolae Caburgan | style="vertical-align:top;" |Scrum-half | style="vertical-align:top;" | (1984-12-08) 8 December 1984 | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" | Lupii Albi-USEFS

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Nicolae Chirilă | style="vertical-align:top;" |Scrum-half | style="vertical-align:top;" | (1980-03-07) 7 March 1980 | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" | Lupii Albi-USEFS

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Victor Murzac | style="vertical-align:top;" |Scrum-half | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" |0 | style="vertical-align:top;" | Sporting-ASEM

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Craig Felston | style="vertical-align:top;" |Fly-half | style="vertical-align:top;" | (1993-03-24) 24 March 1993 | style="vertical-align:top;" |5 | style="vertical-align:top;" | Stade Domontois

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Octavian Manoli | style="vertical-align:top;" |Fly-half | style="vertical-align:top;" | (1983-02-07) 7 February 1983 | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" | Lupii Albi-USEFS

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Alexandru Baltag | style="vertical-align:top;" |Centre | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" | Lupii Albi-USEFS

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Andrian Baltag | style="vertical-align:top;" |Centre | style="vertical-align:top;" | (1987-01-30) 30 January 1987 | style="vertical-align:top;" |7 | style="vertical-align:top;" | Lupii Albi-USEFS

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Ion Cavcaliuc | style="vertical-align:top;" |Centre | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" |1 | style="vertical-align:top;" | Dinamo București

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Stefan Leca | style="vertical-align:top;" |Centre | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" | Lupii Albi-USEFS

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Alexandru Bulgac | style="vertical-align:top;" |Wing | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" | Lupii Albi-USEFS

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Andrei Cebotari | style="vertical-align:top;" |Wing | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" |1 | style="vertical-align:top;" | RC Grivita

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Ilie Lotcă | style="vertical-align:top;" |Wing | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" |0 | style="vertical-align:top;" | Lupii Albi-USEFS

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Andrei Olari | style="vertical-align:top;" |Wing | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" |1 | style="vertical-align:top;" | Villefranche XIII

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Eduard Toderică | style="vertical-align:top;" |Wing | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" | Olimp-Electromaş

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Mihai Artîc | style="vertical-align:top;" |Fullback | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" | Lupii Albi-USEFS

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Mihai Golubenco | style="vertical-align:top;" |Fullback | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" |10 | style="vertical-align:top;" | Steaua București

|- class="vcard agent" | style="text-align:left;vertical-align:top;" | Dorin Petrache | style="vertical-align:top;" |Fullback | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" | | style="vertical-align:top;" | Lupii Albi-USEFS |} |}

External links

  • Moldova on IRB.com
  • Moldova on rugbydata.com
  • Current Squad
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