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Poland vs Switzerland RET 23.03.19

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Poland vs Switzerland RET 23.03.19

Postby polter » Thu, 21 Mar 2019, 22:37

Kick-off 15:00 local time. The game is to be played again in Lodz but this time not at the Widzew stadium but at the football stadium of their city rivals LKS Lodz.

Polish starting line-up below:

01. Bachurzewski Craig - Alnwick RFC
02. Buczek Grzegorz - Lechia Gdańsk
03. Mchedlidze Toma - Budowlani Łódź SA
04. Seydak Ronan - Edinburgh Accies
05. Bartoszek Mateusz - SMRC Saint Médard
06. Wiśniewski Piotr - Budowlani Lublin
07. Bezverkhyi Kostiantyn - Ogniwo Sopot
08. Zeszutek Piotr, kapitan - Ogniwo Sopot
09. Nowicki Jędrzej - FCY Rugby La Roche-sur-Yon
10. Banaszek Dawid - Arka Gdynia
11. Cooke Ross, debiutant - Gala RFC
12. Gdula Daniel - Pogoń Siedlce
13. Jurczyński Michał - Juvenia Kraków
14. Szczepański Grzegorz - Ogniwo Sopot
15. Pogorzelski Krystian - Budowlani Łódź SA


16. Wilczuk Marcin - Ogniwo Sopot
17. Bysewski Radosław - Ogniwo Sopot
18. Piotrowski Adam - Ogniwo Sopot
19. Musur Michał, debiutant - Budowlani Lublin
20. Plichta Mateusz - Ogniwo Sopot
21. Niemiec Adrian - Orkan Sochaczew
22. Piotrowicz Wojciech - Ogniwo Sopot
23. Chróściel Adrian - Pogoń Siedlce

Sztab szkoleniowy:

- I Trener - Duaine Lindsey
- Asystent - Stanisław Więciorek
- Asystent - Karol Czyż
- Lekarz - Bartosz Chudzik
- Fizjoterapeuta - Kamil Łódzki
- Technik (logistyka) - Grzegorz Witczak

A couple of interesting changes for this game which should determine who will come third in the RET. The front row looks better with the recall of Bachurzewski and Mchedlidze after 2 poor scrummaging performances against the Dutch and Portuguese. Bachurzewski has played for Hartpury College in the English second tier and has played in the Bristol second team, while Mchedlidze is your typical Georgian tight-end. He's also a Lodz player so good to see them back in the fold, the full-back Pogorzelski is another from the club. The flanker Nowicki from the Macon club in France is unavailable but his brother plays at scrum-half (he's also played at fullback and fly half for Poland before). He makes up the half back partnership with the recalled Arka fly-half Banaszek. The bench also looks strong with another good kicker in the form of Piotrowski.

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Re: Poland vs Switzerland RET 23.03.19

Postby polter » Fri, 22 Mar 2019, 18:59

Both line ups below. The Swiss have a similar team to the one that played last week which means a big pack which Poland will look to move around. Should be a good game.

https://www.rugbyeurope.eu/2018-19-reic ... witzerland

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Re: Poland vs Switzerland RET 23.03.19

Postby NedRugby » Sat, 23 Mar 2019, 16:57

A very close game. FT 25-28.

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Re: Poland vs Switzerland RET 23.03.19

Postby polter » Tue, 26 Mar 2019, 07:36

This was another close game between these 2 sides but again the Swiss came out on top. I'd say the Poles showed the more physicality and go forward but the made more mistakes and the Swiss took their chances so well.

Here's a link to the highlights of the game and post match interviews. There's a particularly interesting answer from the Polish coach when asked why more Lodz players were not in the team. For reasons best known to themselves many Lodz players have retired from international rugby. This goes to show the difficulty of managing a national team at this level where there is often a problem of foreign based players not being available but also it seems domestic players as well.


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