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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby amz » Fri, 17 Nov 2017, 20:58

Don't think will be on facebook but is expected to be on rugbytv.ro

Lineups:

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1. Lazar (Castres)
2. Radoi (Timisoara Saracens)
3. Ursache (Carcassonne)
4. van Heerden (Stiinta Baia Mare)
5.Antonescu (Tarbes)
6.Gorcioaia (Massy)
7.(C) Macovei (Colomiers)
8.Burcea (CSM Bucuresti)
9.Surugiu (Steaua Bucuresti)
10.Vlaicu (Steaua Bucuresti)
11.Dumitru (Steaua Bucuresti)
12.Fakaosilea (Stiinta Baia Mare)
13.Kinikinilau (CSM Bucuresti)
14.Tangimana (Timisoara Saracens)
15.Simionescu (Timisoara Satacens)

Subs:
16. Badiu (Timisoara Saracens)
17. Cojocaru (Stiinta Baia Mare)
18. Gordas (Steaua Bucuresti)
19. Muresan (Timisoara Saracens)
20. Nistor (Albi)
21. Bratu (Dinamo Bucuresti)
22. Umaga (Timisoara Saracens)
23. Neagu (Steaua Bucuresti)

Samoa:

15 Ah See Tuala,
14 Paul Perez,
13 Kieron Fonotia,
12 Reynold Lee-Lo,
11 David Lemi,
10 Tim Nanai-Williams,
9 Dwayne Polataivao,
8 Ofisa Treviranus,
7 Jack Lam,
6 Piula Faasalele,
5 Chris Vui (c),
4 Faatiga Lemalu,
3 Donald Brighouse,
2 Motu Matu’u,
1 Jordan Lay
Subs: 16 Manu Leiataua, 17 James Lay, 18 Hisa Sasagi, 19 Brandon Nansen, 20 Maurie Faasavalu, 21 Melani Matavao, 22 Jj Taulagi, 23 Alapati Leiua


Some big names missing from Oaks' squad like Timisoara's back three Fercu and Sheenan, Vali Ursache (Oyonnax), Tarus (Sale Sharks) due to injury or club duty, it seems Howells wants to rotate players in this match. Tarus will come for Tonga and Ursache is expected to be back in REC 2018 after more than an year hiatus due to personal problems and now he asked some time off to focus on his club to avoid relegation.

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby amz » Tue, 21 Nov 2017, 08:10

Some changes in the squad for Tonga due to injury or rotation of players:

Players out: Mihai Macovei (Colomiers), Andrei Ursache (Carcassonne), Andrei Gorcioaia (Massy), Marius Antonescu (Tarbes) and Valentin Calafeteanu (CSM Bucuresti)
Players in: Alexandru Tarus (Sale Sharks), Vlad Neculau (Timisoara Saracens), Florin Bardasu (CSM Stiinta Baia Mare), Adrian Motoc (Racing 92), Kuselo Moyake (CSA Steaua) si Gabriel Rupanu (Timisoara Saracens).

Squad for Tonga match:

PROPS:
Constantin Pristavita (Stiinta Baia Mare)
Alexandru Gordas (CSA Steaua)
Alexandru Tarus (Sale Sharks)
Ionel Badiu (Timisoara Saracens)
Mihaita Lazar (Castres)

HOOKERS:
Andrei Radoi (Timisoara Saracens)
Ovidiu Cojocaru (Baia Mare)
Florin Bardasu (Baia Mare)

LOCKS:
Johannes Van Heerden (Stiinta Baia Mare)
Ionut Muresan (Timisoara Saracens)
Valentin Poparlan (Timisoara Saracens)
Adrian Motoc (Racing 92 Metro)

BACKROW:
Cristi Chirica (Stiinta Baia Mare)
Vlad Nistor (Albi)
Moyake Kuselo (CSA Steaua)
Stelian Burcea (CSM Bucuresti)
Vlad Neculau (Timisoara Saracens)

SCRUM-HALVES:
Florin Surugiu (CSA Steaua )
Tudorel Bratu (CS Dinamo)
Gabriel Rupanu (Timisoara Saracens)

FLY-HALVES:
Florin Vlaicu (CSA Steaua)
Luke Samoa (Timisoara Saracens)

CENTERS:
Jack Umaga (Timisoara Saracens)
Paula Kinikinilau (CSM Bucuresti)
Sione Fakaosilea (Stiinta Baia Mare)

WINGS:
Ionut Dumitru (CSA Steaua Bucuresti)
Jack Cobden (CSM Bucuresti)
Tangimana Fonovai (Timisoara Saracens)
Fili Lomani (Dinamo Bucuresti)

FULLBACKS:
Sabin Stratila (CSA Steaua Bucuresti)
Marius Simionescu (Timisoara Saracens)

STAFF:
Lynn Howells - head coach
Massimo Cuttitta - forwards coach
Rob Moffat - backs coach
Olivier Rieg - pshyio

10 U23 players, not bad :)

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby Stef » Tue, 21 Nov 2017, 08:36

Always wanted to see this new lad Adrian Motoc from Racing 92. If Muresan (23 years) from Timisoara was on the bench against Samoa, I would definitively give a shot to this prospect.

http://www.racing92.fr/en/Adrian_MOTOC-229-253.html

I know he was called up for a game against Russia last year but at only 20 years he didn't make it through the first 23.

Despite the loss of our captain and 3 key players from our pack, I still think we have a scrum advantage. Last year,we won against Canada and US without Macovei.

Surprisingly, the 3 hookers play(ed) for Baia Mare, the runner-up of Superliga. :D

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby amz » Tue, 21 Nov 2017, 08:50

Backrow is a bit green, I'd probably start with Poparlan - Muresan in second row, move Van Heerden in backrow with Burcea / Nistor; on bench Motoc for second row and Kuselo or Chirica for backrow.

I am especially happy to see Rupanu in, he was in good form for Timisoara and only 20 yo, same for Motoc who wasn't called up often until now. Neculau is an odd call up, although he had chances to Timisoara he wasn't eye catching but we saw Howells calling players unexpectedly, e.g. V. Popa who debuted last November vs Canada. Moyake Kuselo is a normal call up, he said for long he'd be available for Oaks, he was constantly good in Steaua's backrow and was excellent in Romania A - President XV match.

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby Bogdan_DC » Tue, 21 Nov 2017, 08:54

I think we have way to many absences to beat a team like Tonga. But i am happy to see Motoc or Rupanu with the national team. Motoc was probably the best junior player of his generation. I remember him playing at 8 for Steaua. He is also a smart guy, studying math in France.We have a very young side, Howells is a smart manager creating depth & bring young guns in national team environment.

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby amz » Tue, 21 Nov 2017, 09:15

He said repeatedly that main objective is WC qualification as Europe 1 and there is an issue we have only 2 games to he'll try to see as many players as possible. I suspect he wants a squad when every player can take the field at any time, this is the only way to achieve something in Japan in 2019. He plan long term, even if he won't probably continue after 2019, the rest of coaching team (Moffat/Cuttita) will continue and one of them will be head coach.

Still, I am a bit confused why some players aren't getting called up at all or again, despite being consistently good in SL and I am thinking to Vlad Popa who covered even fullback for Timisoara when needed, Florin Ionita from Steaua, Ailenei, captain of Baia Mare, best try scorer from SL from backrow, Denis Perju (Steaua), Boldor (Steaua), Doroftei (Steaua) etc.

We need a Romania A side to play more.

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby amz » Thu, 23 Nov 2017, 14:43

Interview in Rugbyrama.fr with Valentin Ursache, captain of Top 14 side Oyonnax:

http://www.rugbyrama.fr/rugby/top-14/20 ... tory.shtml

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby amz » Thu, 23 Nov 2017, 21:42

Oaks spent their free day before the last test of year among kids from Saint Nicholas School in Bucharest:
https://www.facebook.com/rugbyromania/p ... =3&theater

And finished with an evening to theather:
https://www.facebook.com/rugbyromania/p ... =3&theater

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby Stef » Fri, 24 Nov 2017, 08:58

Romanian team to face Tonga:

1. Lazar (Castres)
2. Radoi (Timisoara Saracens)
3. Tarus (Sale Sharks)
4. van Heerden (Stiinta Baia Mare)
5. Poparlan (Timisara)
6. Chirica (Stiinta Baia Mare)
7. Nistor (Albi)
8. (C)Burcea (CSM Bucuresti)
9. Surugiu (Steaua Bucuresti)
10. Vlaicu (Steaua Bucuresti)
11. Dumitru (Steaua Bucuresti)
12. Fakaosilea (Stiinta Baia Mare)
13. Kinikinilau (CSM Bucuresti)
14. Tangimana (Timisoara Saracens)
15. Simionescu (Timisoara Saracens)

Subs:
16. Badiu (Timisoara Saracens)
17. Bardasu (Stiinta Baia Mare)
18. Gordas (Steaua Bucuresti)
19. Motoc (Racing 92)
20. Moyake (Steaua)
21. Bratu (Dinamo Bucuresti)
22. Umaga (Timisoara Saracens)
23. Lomani (Dinamo Bucuresti)

There are only 4 players playing abroad, the other 19 players come from Superliga. In the first XV, we have two players age of 20 such as Simionescu and Chirica. They all played this year for Romania U20. It surprises me the choice of Chirica as a starter but he already played 29 games for Baia Mare in the last two years.

3 players may earn their first cap: Moyake, Motoc (21 years) and Lomani.

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby Bogdan_DC » Fri, 24 Nov 2017, 10:06

Plenty of absences for the Oaks (Ursache brothers, captain Macovei, Antonescu, Lucaci,Shennan, Calafeteanu, Luke Samoa,Turashvili,Cojocaru,Gorcioaia,Fercu and more).Even like that i think we have a competitive team, great job by Howells in bringing new players & add depth to the squad.

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Re: Romanian Rugby

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Re: Romanian Rugby

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby Black Sabbath » Fri, 01 Dec 2017, 15:59

amz wrote: Johann seems to have a great time ;)

Yes, indeed :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby Kiroshi » Sun, 10 Dec 2017, 09:26

Once every 100 months WR makes a video on Romanian Rugby:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shxeQA5JzQ4

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby RugbyPUBtbilisi » Sun, 10 Dec 2017, 13:47

Kiroshi wrote:Once every 100 months WR makes a video on Romanian Rugby:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shxeQA5JzQ4


That was unexpected victory. Wallachian ambush to Lelos. I hope we will ambush some T1 team like that in near future in Tbilisi, waiting for T1 teams after 2019 RWC

Lelos and Oaks are strongest teams in REC. Maybe joint Championship idea succeeds and after 2019 we hold Black Sea Leagu with 5-5 Clubs from both Countries.
To be fair Romanian championship is better than Georgian but still very weak compared to other European cups.

Even Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Italy are playing shared championship. REC must do the same. and that league will have better performance and higher finances.

someone must work on this

Georgia: Lelo Saracens, Locomotive Tbilisi, AIA Kutaisi, RC Batumi and Jiki Gori
Romania: Timisoara Saracens, Baia Mare, Dinamo Bucharesti, Steaua Bucharesti, Olimpia Bucharesti

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