Rugby World Cup Pedigree:
Currently ranked 18th in the IRB World Rankings, Romania, also known as ‘The Oaks’, have qualified for every World Cup since 1991, and were invited to participate in 1987. In each competition, saving that in 1995, they have won one game in the pool stages, before being knocked out. They were the final team to qualify for this year’s competition.
Best Rugby World Cup Moment:
Being invited to take part in the first World Cup in 1987, following a collapse of rugby within the country during the communist years.
Biggest Rugby World Cup win: Romania 37 – 7 Namibia, 30th October 2003, Launceston
Biggest Rugby World Cup defeat: Australia 90 – 8 Romania, 18th October 2003, Brisbane
Key player: Marius Tincu
As the likely captain of the team Tincu will be crucial in leading by example, as well as leading from the front. Standing at 5ft 11 inches tall and weighing 243lbs, the hooker has spent most of his playing career in France, and now holds dual citizenship. Playing for Top 14 side Perpignan, he has established himself as a hard working force to be reckoned with in play.
One to watch: Ovidiu Toniţa
Another Perpignan player, Toni ţa is a multi-talented player who currently plays at number 8 and flanker, and also used to be a lock. Amongst Romanians he is incredibly popular and is seen as a key figure in the team. In the last two years he has appeared for his country eleven times, and will definitely be worth watching throughout the competition
Rugby World Cup Fixtures:
10th Sept 02:00: Scotland – Romania in Invercargill
17th Sept 04:30: Argentina – Romania in Invercargill
24th Sept 07:00: England – Romania in Dunedin
28th Sept 08:30: Georgia – Romania in Palmerston North
Key clash: Georgia v Romania
These teams have met 14 times before, and the statistics are in Romania’s favour, having won 8 times. It is highly likely that these teams will be battling it out to avoid coming last in the pool stage. The last time they met was the 12th March this year, when Georgia triumphed 18-11. It is likely to be a close game whatever the result
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“I know there is a perception of how Romania plays and we won’t renege on that. We do have big forwards, but we will try to play a more modern game.”
– Coach Romeo Gotineac
Sorry Romania, but you will be leaving the competition in the pool stages.