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Poland national rugby union team

Template:Infobox rugby team The Poland national rugby union team represent Poland at the international level of rugby union. They are governed by the Polish Rugby Union and have been participating in international rugby since 1958. Poland have yet to play in a Rugby World Cup. They play in red and white.


Main article: Rugby union in Poland

Poland made their international debut against East Germany in 1958 in Łódź, which they won by just one point, 9-8. Later that year they played West Germany in Krasnoyarsk, who defeated them 11-3. The following year they played two matches at Dinamo Stadion in Bucharest, defeating Czechoslovakia and then losing to Romania. Poland continued to contest internationals with these nations over the coming years.

They defeated East Germany in Grimma the 1971, this was followed by strong form from the Polish, winning matches against the Netherlands, Morocco, Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union. In 1975 Poland played Italy in Treviso, and lost 13-28. In 1977 Poland played a France XV again, and lost 9-26; also that year they played Italy, and lost by only six points, with the final score being 6-12. They played a France XV again in 1978, losing 24-35. They also defeated Spain that year.

Poland played Italy in 1979, losing 3-13, and then played a France XV the following year, though they did not perform as well as previous meetings, losing 42-0. A subsequent match against a France XV in 1981 saw the France XV defeat Poland 49-6. A match between the two sides in 1984 produced a good result for the Polish, losing 19-3. A match against the Italian Barbarians the following year produced the same scoreline.

In 1987 Poland played two Italian teams, the Italian Barbarians and Italy under-21, although they lost to the Barbarians, they won against the under-21 team. Poland did not play at the 1987 World Cup. In 1990 they played the full Italy team in Naples, losing 34-3. Poland did not play in the 1991 World Cup in England. From 1992 to 1993 Poland won six matches in a row. Russia won five to 41 in a following match.

Poland played Italy A, but lost 19-107. Poland also played Romania in 1998, losing 74-13. Poland were grouped in Pool D of round two of the 2007 Rugby World Cup European qualify tournament. Poland performed very well in the pool, winning all four of their games, and finishing at the top of the pool. This saw them through to Pool A of Round three, but they were knocked out here, finishing fourth in the pool.

Current squad

30-man squad for the 2012–14 European Nations Cup.

Head Coach: 23x15px Tomasz Putra

  • Caps updated 1 June 2013 after the game against Sweden[1]

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Gregorz Janiec Template:Rugby squad player/role/HK
Kamil Bobryk (c) Template:Rugby squad player/role/HK (1986-09-11) 11 September 1986 (age 33) 32 23x15px CS Vienne
Craig Bachurzewski Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR 23x15px Glasgow Hawks
Jean Boutes Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR (1989-09-09) 9 September 1989 (age 30) 12 23x15px CS Vienne
Adrian Chróściel Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR
Robert Andrzejczuk Template:Rugby squad player/role/LK
Merab Gabunia Template:Rugby squad player/role/LK (1985-12-25) 25 December 1985 (age 34) 10 23x15px Budowlani Łódź
Tomasz Hebda Template:Rugby squad player/role/LK
Michał Krużycki Template:Rugby squad player/role/LK (1987-07-12) 12 July 1987 (age 33) 25 23x15px Stade Rodez Aveyron
Mateusz Bartoszek Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1990-01-20) 20 January 1990 (age 30) 12 23x15px Glasgow Hawks
Thomas Jankowski Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1989-02-17) 17 February 1989 (age 31) 10 23x15px Bahrain RFC
Piotr Zeszutek Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL
Étienne Zyk Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL
Thomas Kordzielewski Template:Rugby squad player/role/N8
Kacper Ławski Template:Rugby squad player/role/N8 (1985-05-11) 11 May 1985 (age 35) 29 23x15px CS Vienne
Łukasz Szostek Template:Rugby squad player/role/SH (1983-02-16) 16 February 1983 (age 37) 35 23x15px Arka Gdynia
Daniel Trybus Template:Rugby squad player/role/SH
Cédric Vaissière Template:Rugby squad player/role/SH 14 23x15px UA Gaillac
Dawid Banaszek Template:Rugby squad player/role/FH (1987-02-04) 4 February 1987 (age 33) 19 23x15px Arka Gdynia
David Chartier Template:Rugby squad player/role/FH (1989-02-13) 13 February 1989 (age 31) 15 23x15px US Saint-Sulpice
Léandre Billaud Template:Rugby squad player/role/FH
Dawid Popławski Template:Rugby squad player/role/FH 11 23x15px UA Gaillac
Sebastian Łuczak Template:Rugby squad player/role/CE
Robert Pawelec Template:Rugby squad player/role/CE
Radosław Rakowski Template:Rugby squad player/role/CE
Rafał Szrejber Template:Rugby squad player/role/CE
Mariusz Wilczuk Template:Rugby squad player/role/CE
Alexandre Beccuau Template:Rugby squad player/role/WG (1990-06-05) 5 June 1990 (age 30) 11 23x15px RC Orléans
Krzysztof Hotowski Template:Rugby squad player/role/WG (1981-11-25) 25 November 1981 (age 38) 42 23x15px RC Vichy
Marek Płonka Template:Rugby squad player/role/WG
Tomasz Stępień Template:Rugby squad player/role/FB (1984-10-24) 24 October 1984 (age 35) 20 23x15px Arka Gdynia



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