Romania Rugby World Cup 2011

The national rugby team from Romania became the 20th and final qualifier for Rugby World Cup 2011 by defeating Uruguay 39-12 in front of a crowd of fervent fans in Bucharest. Romania has played in every Rugby World Cup since the 1987 inaugural RWC, and has yet to make it past the pool stages.

Coached by Romeo Gontineac, Romania will attempt to make use of big forwards to play a more modern game at Rugby World Cup 2011, whilst still keeping the Romanian style and way of playing alive. Sorin Socol, who stands at 1.96 meters tall, will captain Romania at RWC 2011. The Romanian second row has played 90 games and 53 Tests for his country since becoming an international in 2001, and was player of the tournament in the Under 21 World Championship in 1996.

Romania joins Argentina, England, Scotland and Georgia in Pool B at RWC 2011, and kick off their campaign against Scotland on the 10th September in Invercargill. Romania takes on Argentina on the 17th September, again in Invercargill, before facing England in Dunedin on the 24th September. Romania’s final pool match for Rugby World Cup 2011 will be against Georgia in Palmerston North on the 28th September.

Romanian team will train in Ashburton from 1 – 6 September, and Invercargill will host Romania during Rugby World Cup 2011 from 7 – 10 September and again from 15 – 18 September. The 11 – 14 September sees Romania training in Queenstown, the 19 – 25 September in Dunedin, and the team from will be hosted by Palmerston North from 26 – 28 September.