Saturday, May 5, 2012


Austria v Norway in Bergan (ENC 2C)


Venue: Fana Stadium

Referee: John Kulakovskis (Lithuania)

ISRAEL 6 5 0 1 126 92 34 1 0 21
DENMARK 6 4 1 1 127 94 33 0 1 19
AUSTRIA 6 3 0 3 129 102 27 1 2 15
HUNGARY 6 2 0 4 97 124 4 0 2 10
NORWAY 5 0 1 4 36 93 -57 0 1 3

Both Austria and Norway are famous for their winter sports involving skiing and skating but are lesser known for their rugby prowess. This weekend sees the two nations square off on the international test rugby stage. There is a fair bit at stake as well.

Norway has a mathematical chance of avoiding the relegation playoff series but at this stage it is looking unlikely. Austria, on the other hand, has a chance to at least qualify for the promotion playoffs and an even remoter chance of heading this competition.

Last Five Encounters
06.11.2010 Austria 15-9 in Vienna (ENC 2C)
14.11.2009 Austria 12-9 in Vienna (ENC 3B)
11.10.2008 Norway 11-3 in Oslo (WCQ Europe R1; ENC 3B)
28.04.2008 Drawn 3-3 in Vienna (ENC 3B)
09.06.2007 Norway 22-8 in Oslo (ENC 3B)

Austria Last Five
21.04.2011 v Denmark L 22-28 in Odense (ENC 2C)
14.04.2011 v Slovenia W 19-5 in Ljubliana (Friendly)
05.11.2011 v Hungary W 38-7 in Vienna (ENC 2C)
22.10.2011 v Israel L 26-28 in Vienna (ENC 2C)
14.05.2011 v Denmark W 23-16 in Odense (ENC 2C)

Norway Last Five
29.10.2011 v Israel L 11-22 in Netanya (ENC 2C)
15.10.2011 v Denmark L 4-28 in Odense (ENC 2c; Viking Tri Nations)
03.09.2011 v Sweden L 7-18 in Bergin (Viking Tri Nations)
04.06.2011 v Hungary L 5-21 in Budapest (ENC 2C)
14.05.2011 v Israel L 3-15 in Oslo (ENC 2C)

GWC Rugby Rankings
Europe Table-Austria 30th, Norway 33rd

IRB Ranking Points
Austria 38.15, Norway 34.81

Prediction: Austria by 7 points




15   Lukas Dobner  RC Stade Viennois
14   Nicos Hnilicka  RC Donau
13   Martin Leidl  RC Wambats
12   Alexander Radomirov  RC Donau
11   Milan Sabo  RC Donau
10   Michael Kerschbaumer  RC Donau
9   Mushegh Aslanyan  Vienna Celtic RFC
8   Sebastian Freydell  RC Donau
7   Johannes Dachler  RC Donau
6   Lukas Kolb  RC Innsbruck
5   Dominik Kinski  Vienna Celtic RFC
4   Andreas Gaul  RC Donau
3   Manuel Pollak  RC Donau
2   Milad Farkhondeh Fal (Capt.) RC Stade Viennois
1   Max Müller  RC Innsbruck
16   Omar Nino El Agrebi  Vienna Celtic RFC
17   Sebastian Borer  RC Donau
18   Patrick Maurer  RC Stade Viennois
19   Maximilian Grubner  RC Donau
20   M.Dachler  
21   Gordon Chiu  RC Donau
    HEAD COACH: Gael Mouysset


Norway Squad

Ewan Adair (Oslo RK)
Thomas Bichard-Breaud (Oslo RK)
Kristoffer Borsheim (Stavanger RK)
Joe Bula Waqalevu (Gloppen Bushmen RK)
James Buncle (Civic Service RFC, England)
Shelton Davis (Tønsberg RK)
Alex Diessner (Stavanger RK)
Even Ellingsen (Blindern RK)
Finn Gormley (Galway Corinthians RFC, Ireland)
Samuel Hedger (Sunnmøre RK)
Pascal Raclin (Oslo RK)
Sakaraia Ravonkula (Tabu Soro RK)
Aleksander Rønning (Fredrikstad RK)
Eirik Salvesen Lie (Bergen RK)
Fredrik Skovly (Oslo RK)
Andre Slaatta (Bergen RK)
Kim-Robin Petterson (Horten RK)
Markus Sourlas (Bergen RK)
Nick Sæby (Stavanger RK)
Viliame Tirikula (Tabu Soro RK)
Andre Van Niekerk (Bergen RK)
Axel Wilhelmsen (Bergen RK)
Head Coach: Peter Burke

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