Russian Rugby on the rise as Kushnarev joins Melbourne Rebels

On the back of Russia’s debut appearance at the Rugby World Cup, and Vasily Artemyev’s successful move to Northampton Saints this season, comes the good news of further development in the game.

Full back Yuri Kushnarev, who has 46 caps for his country and has scored six tries, has joined the Melbourne Rebels on a trial basis in a bid to sign a contract ahead of the new Super Rugby season. The 26 year old’s move to Super Rugby comes as a result of plenty of hard work on the part of Adam Byrnes, the Rebels second row forward who played for Russia during the Rugby World Cup tournament, and player agent Mat Cole.

Both men are very enthusiastic about the move, with Byrnes stating that he has been doing everything he can to to help the players out. “At the moment, Rugby in Russia is very small as a sport. But it is going to grow rapidly and I see the potential for a long term relationship with them. Russia will be hosting the 2013 Rugby World Cup in the 7’s format. They are good men and deserve an opportunity – The Melbourne Rebels have been nothing but supportive off this initiative – I have to thank Gary Grey, Harold Mitchell and Josh Philpot for their continued support”

Cole also added that for moves like Yuri’s to be a success, corporate support was essential. “Russian Rugby through the right strategic development pathways and corporate support has the potential to be an international force in the very near future. It’s a very exciting opportunity Yury has in front of him right now… I would love to work with the right commercial partner to ensure Yury and other Russian players make the most of this developing relationship”

If you are interested in any potential corporate support to help the careers of players like Yuri, then please contact Mathew Cole at

2 thoughts on “Russian Rugby on the rise as Kushnarev joins Melbourne Rebels

  1. Is there any update on Kushnarev’s situation? I’ve read that he has returned home after failing to find a club in the Sydney Premier League. Any truth to that statement at all?

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