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Re: Spanish rugby

Fri, 05 Apr 2019, 07:11

Why not play a test match?

Re: Spanish rugby

Fri, 05 Apr 2019, 08:11

thatrugbyguy wrote:Why not play a test match?

Do something akin the the Rugby Weekend they hold in Chicago. Spain could play the Moari AB's before the AB's play France. Could even get their women's team in on it playing the womens AB's.

Re: Spanish rugby

Fri, 05 Apr 2019, 08:53

That's what I'm thinking.

Re: Spanish rugby

Fri, 05 Apr 2019, 09:43

Women's national team is mentioned in the article, men's isn't. But hey, if you've read this topic you already know promoting anything involving a Spanish national side in Catalonia isn't that straightforward.

Re: Spanish rugby

Mon, 15 Apr 2019, 11:59

Crazy last regular season week in Liga Heineken... Let's start with results:
Bizkaia Gernika 30 - 10 Complutense Cisneros (mid-week postponed game, Cisneros allowed Gernika to get the BP in the last action)

SilverStorm El Salvador 77 - 28 Hernani (El Salvador clinched first spot and home semis and final, that means €€€)
Ampo Ordizia 29 - 45 VRAC Quesos Entrepinares
Sanitas Alcobendas 26 - 20 Bizkaia Gernika (a ball held up on the try line was the end of the game, sending Gernika to DHB...)
UBU-Colina Clinic 32 - 29 Complutense Cisneros (amazing achievement by newly promoted team from Burgos, whereas Cisneros avoided relegation)
Barça Rugbi 11 - 17 La Vila (La Vila will face a relegation playoff while Barça reaches 6th)
Senor Independiente 21 - 34 UE Santboiana (meaningless result for two teams who have underachieved this season)


Now Valladolid teams must wait a month until semifinals, while QF games will be Alcobendas v Barça (a repeat of Copa del Rey final to be played in a fortnight) and Ordizia v UBU-Colina Clinic.


Liga Heineken promotion play-off - Quarterfinals
Ciencias Sevilla 93 - 14 Campus Universitario Ourense (0-36 & 57-14)
Bantierra Fénix Zaragoza 20 - 41 Liceo Francés (23-6 & 14-18)
Bathco Rugby Club 50 - 26 CAU Valencia (20-30 & 20-6)
Getxo Artea 60 - 34 CRC Pozuelo Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (13-31 & 29-21)

Semifinals will be Ciencias v Getxo (an advanced final between historical teams) and Bathco v Liceo Francés.

Re: Spanish rugby

Mon, 22 Apr 2019, 18:30

Two big events in Spanish rugby this weekend. Spanish Cup final and U18 National Championship and Trophy:

Copa del Rey final will be held Saturday 16:00 CEST and unfortunately I expect an underwhelming attendance and atmosphere, far from the last few editions. OK, both teams don't enjoy the kind of fanbase Valladolid clubs have and Central stadium hasn't a particular appeal, but at the same time I feel promotion efforts haven't been up to standards. I hope I'm wrong...

U18 marks a new entry record, as we've got the usual 8 teams in Championship selected according to their performances in regional leagues during the season and a further 22 registered in Trophy. Overall, 30 teams from 30 different clubs, up from 22 teams from 20 clubs last year. It will probably be the only record in underage categories since caps have been introduced this season.

Re: Spanish rugby

Sat, 27 Apr 2019, 13:38

Spanish Cup final starts in 20 minutes. Live here

Re: Spanish rugby

Sat, 27 Apr 2019, 15:59

Poor show, poor organisation, poor standard of game but at least it had a tense ending.

Re: Spanish rugby

Sat, 27 Apr 2019, 20:55

Over 7,000 spectators according to FER. This is full TV coverage, only from minute 10 because TV didn't connect earlier. Anyway I'd skip the full first half...

Re: Spanish rugby

Sat, 27 Apr 2019, 21:01

Armchair Fan wrote:Poor show, poor organisation, poor standard of game but at least it had a tense ending.

What a finish! Lost count of how many phases that was. Thanks for uploading.

Re: Spanish rugby

Tue, 30 Apr 2019, 16:38

Quite interesting event last Friday in Madrid as a prologue of Copa del Rey final. Like it was done before Bilbao EPCR finals, a series of discussion panels were held and the first of them involved FER president Alfonso Feijóo...

Among other things he said FER currently has a 200,000€ surplus and once again explained that he tried to bring forward a project of Iberian League involving 6 Spanish sides and 2 Portuguese teams but found rejection from clubs. Literally he claims he told presidents from Spanish clubs that "you are happy enough by being champion from your hallway". Feijoo confirmed as well that they are talking to Barbarians to play next November. He also asked for a bit of patience regarding our U20 and U18 teams and their transition to seniors, which sounded a bit weird.

Re: Spanish rugby

Sun, 05 May 2019, 09:25

From noon on we have got both Liga Heineken quarterfinals (Alcobendas-Barça again and Ordizia-UBU-Colina Clinic) and the second game of promotion semifinals. All are streamed:

In the first round of promotion semifinals Bathco beat Liceo away 34-47 and Getxo won against Ciencias Sevilla 24-13.

Re: Spanish rugby

Sun, 05 May 2019, 16:34

Liga Heineken 2018/19 - Quarterfinals
Sanitas Alcobendas 34 - 20 Barça Rugbi (TMO was an embarrassment, either we increase the number of cameras and referees are duly taught or we ditch it)
Ampo Ordizia 38 - 31 UBU-Colina Clinic (not as close as the scoreboard suggests, Burgos team was clearly overcooked and thinking about the off-season)

Semifinals will be SilverStorm El Salvador-Ampo Ordizia and VRAC Quesos Entrepinares-Sanitas Alcobendas. Both in Valladolid.

División de Honor B - Promotion to Liga Heineken - Semifinals
Bathco Rugby Club (Santander) 21-12 Liceo Francés (Madrid) (agg. 68-46)
Ciencias Sevilla 26-12 Getxo Artea (agg. 39-36)

Bathco with their almost pro squad has won QF and SF pretty easily whereas Ciencias struggled. But for the good of Spanish rugby I hope the latter win the final. It would be a Liga Heineken team in the south, a big city and academy represented and a better home field than what Bathco can currently offer.


On a sidenote, this means Basque Country will only have 2 teams in Liga Heineken next season. The last time this happened was 15 years ago, with only 10 clubs in the top-tier. They keep producing good players and proximity to French border helps but player numbers have stagnated and their clubs mostly based in tiny villages will face increasing challenges in the next few years. The fact that Ordizia and Hernani (10,000 and 20,000 inhabitants each) resist is incredible, especially Hernani given their amateur focus. Let's see how Bera Bera (San Sebastián), Universitario de Bilbao or Getxo (near Bilbao) evolve, because they have achieved good results in junior categories and they must be the future of Basque rugby.

Re: Spanish rugby

Mon, 06 May 2019, 21:48

There is a player based in Spain in the scottish squad for U20 World Championship


Re: Spanish rugby

Mon, 06 May 2019, 21:52

Yes, Robbie McCallum was already part of Scotland squad during U20 6N. Unfortunately his national team duties haven't allowed him to play much for Cisneros, where his elder brother plays as well.

Re: Spanish rugby

Tue, 07 May 2019, 05:43

The two Liga semifinals, this weekend, will be shown live ?

Re: Spanish rugby

Tue, 07 May 2019, 08:23

Sure, as always. But they will be broadcast by TV channels (Teledeporte and Radio Televisión de Castilla y León) so I hope there is no geoblocking.

It should be like this:
- Saturday 17:30 - SilverStorm El Salvador v Ampo Ordizia - http://www.rtve.es/deportes/mas-tdp/directo/
- Sunday 12:00 - VRAC Quesos Entrepinares v Sanitas Alcobendas - https://www.rtvcyl.es/Directo.aspx

Re: Spanish rugby

Thu, 09 May 2019, 21:30

Interesting, David Mele has signed with Austin Elite Rugby in MLR.

https://www.austineliterugby.com/news/a ... avid-mele/

Re: Spanish rugby

Thu, 09 May 2019, 21:38

And in an interview given to Le Figaro he claims he's touring South America with Spain this June and that he doesn't discard playing 2023 RWC qualifiers...

Anyway FER is looking for other options at 10. MLR would clash with REC.

Re: Spanish rugby

Thu, 09 May 2019, 22:09

He can still be called in for REC. The ARC is at the same time and players were called away for that for 4 or 5 countries.

Re: Spanish rugby

Thu, 09 May 2019, 22:27

If he intends to be both coach and player I would think it's lunacy to miss the start of the season. I don't expect him to be available for more than a couple of games.

Re: Spanish rugby

Fri, 10 May 2019, 03:00

This isn’t any different than what other players did though. Most of them played at least 3/5 of the ARC games, some played all of them.

Re: Spanish rugby

Sat, 11 May 2019, 15:06

Liga Heineken 2018-19 - Semifinal
Saturday 17:30 CET - SilverStorm El Salvador v Ampo Ordizia
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Re: Spanish rugby

Sun, 12 May 2019, 09:06

Liga Heineken 2018-19 - Semifinal
Sunday 12:00 CEST - VRAC Quesos Entrepinares v Sanitas Alcobendas

And the first game of promotion play-off final Bathco v Ciencias Sevilla...
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Re: Spanish rugby

Sun, 12 May 2019, 15:49

Liga Heineken 2018-19 - Semifinals - Results
SilverStorm El Salvador 39 - 26 Ampo Ordizia (quite an exciting game, closely fought until minute 65 in spite of the theoretical gap)
VRAC Quesos Entrepinares 33 - 12 SilverStorm El Salvador (no show by Alcobendas, they were annihilated in the first half)

So there we go, we're in for another Valladolid final. Unfortunately it doesn't look like any of the teams is willing to relocate it to Zorrilla this time.


Promotion play-off - Final - First leg result
Bathco Rugby Club 15 - 22 Ciencias Sevilla (Ciencias squad depth and experience paid off against the almost fully pro Santander team)


Although I had already been to Valladolid back in 2016 for the sellout in Copa del Rey final, yesterday I visited for the first time Pepe Rojo, the facilities where Valladolid rugby usually take place since it's the home of both VRAC and El Salvador. And to say it's impressive is an understatement. It reminded me of Heidelberg (I had been there for non-rugby reasons) because like there it's a number of rugby pitches located in the outskirts of the city, they don't look that important. But once there you find 6 pitches, 8 locker rooms, 2 media rooms (just opened the second one), a brand new bigger gym, a control tower for TV, radio and staff members... It oozes rugby and people is extremely dedicated, you see entire families fulfilling roles within their clubs. Structure may not be fully pro, but it is as big as in any Tier 1 club.

Since it's owned by town hall, there are almost no signs showing which room is for which team, but they have been for so long there that everybody knows where they must go or where their fans must seat. Even advertising banners switch every year so sponsors get the same visibility. It isn't a pretty place, it wasn't properly planned and each mayor has progressively expanded it without everything making too much sense, but it is still able to hold both Liga Heineken semifinals and U16 Spanish Championship (55 teams) over the same weekend without too many issues. By the way, there was personnel from foreign clubs following and scouting the latter...

The main regret right now is probably the lack of a mid-sized venue closer to the city. Zorrilla is probably too big to take there every single big game and football club will always be its main tenant (in fact they are even trying to take over its ownership), but Pepe Rojo is badly communicated, without decent public transport and lacking visibility to the general public...

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