Saturday, February 2, 2013

RUSSIA v SPAIN European Nations Cup Division 1A


Venue: Estadio Nacional de Sochi, Sochi

Referee: David Wilkinson (Ireland)

Russia has history on its side when it faces Spain in Sochi, a city on the eastern shores of the Black Sea very close to the border with Georgia. This is probably the only part of Russia that doesn’t freeze over in winter but sadly it is hardly the rugby capital of Russia.

Both side struggled in last years ENC 1A. Russia in particular has dipped in form since the 2011 Rugby World Cup finals whilst Spain, with a good number of English-named French-based imports is a national gradually on the rugby rise.

Previous Encounters
19.05.2012 Russia 41-37 in Moscow (ENC 1A)
05.02.2011 Russia 28-24 in Madrid (ENC 1A)
13.02.2010 Russia 38-20 in Madrid (WCQ Europe R5; ENC 1)
08.11.2008 Russia 42-15 in Moscow (WCQ Europe R5; ENC 1)
08.03.2008 Russia 42-16 in Krasnodar (ENC 1)

Russia Last Five P 5, W 1, L 4
17.11.2012 v Canada L 3-35 in Colwyn Bay (IRB Int. Rugby Series)
09.11.2012 v United States L 26-40 in Colwyn Bay (IRB Int. Rugby Series)
17.06.2012 v Argentina ‘A’ L 9-33 in Bucharest (IRB Nations Cup)
12.06.2012 v Uruguay W 19-13 in Bucharest (IRB Nations Cup)
08.06.2012 v Italy XV L 17-33 in Bucharest (IRB Nations Cup)

Spain Last Five P 5, W 3, L 2
17.11.2012 v Namibia W 38-37 in Windhoek (IRB Tri-Nations)
14.11.2012 v Zimbabwe W 47-14 in Windhoek (IRB Tri-Nations)
19.05.2012 v Russia L 37-41 in Moscow (ENC 1A)
17.03.2012 v Romania W 13-12 in Madrid (ENC 1A)
10.03.2012 v Portugal L 17-23 in Coimbra (ENC 1A)

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table: Russia 19th, Spain 20th
Europe Table: Russia 13th, Spain 14th

IRB Ranking Points
Spain 63.09, Russia 61.49

Prediction: Very close-Russia by 5 points




15   Igor Klyuchnikov  VVA-Podmoskovje
14   Vasily Artemyev  Northampton Saints, England
13   Sergey Trishin  VVA-Podmoskovye
12   Alex Makovetsky  Krasny Yar
11   Mikhail Babaev  VVA-Podmoskovje
10   Sergei Yanyushkin  AgroUniversity Kazan
9   Alexander Yanyushkin  VVA-Podmoskovje
8   Victor Gresev  Krasny Yar
7   Pavel Butenko  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
6   Andrey Temnov  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
5   Kirill Kulemin  London Welsh, England
4   Alexander Voytov (Capt.)  VVA-Podmoskovye
3   Evgeny Pronenko  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
2   Valeriy Tsnobiladze  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
1   Gregory Tsnobiladze  Krasny Yar
16   Alexey Volkov  VVA-Podmoskovye
17   Andrey Igretsov  Fili Moscow
18   Innokenty Zykov  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
19   Andrey Garbuzov  Krasny Yar
20   Artem Fatakhov  AgroUniversity Kazan
21   Alexey Shcherban  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
22   Sergey Sugrobov  Slava Moscow
23   Dmitry Gerasimov  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
    HEAD COACH: Kingsley Jones



15   César Sempere  CR El Salvador
14   Matías Tudela  Tatami RC
13   Jake Carter CR El Salvador
12   Corey Smith  CR Ciencias Sevilla
11   Javier Carrión  CR La Vila
10   Jaime Nava US Bressan, France 
9   Santiago Fernandez  Alcobendas Rugby
8   Lionel Brown AS Beziers, France
7   Jon Magunazelaia (Capt.) Bizkaia Gernika RT
6   Joan Tudela  Ordizia RT
5   Jesús Recuerda  Lille, France
4   Matthew Cook  CR La Vila
3   Jesús Moreno  USA Limoges, France
2   Juan Anaya  Rugby Atlético de Madrid
1   Joseph Hutchinson  US Bressan, France 
16   Daniel Brown CR El Salvador
17   Mikel Mungia Biarritz Olympique - espoirs U23
18   David Gurgenadze  Armia Tblisi, Georgia
19   Francisco Usero University of Vigo RC
20   Oier Garmendía Hernani CRE
21   Gregory Maiquez US Bressan, France 
22   Gauthier Minguillon Union Bordeaux Bègles - U21
23   Anibal Bonan US Bagneraris, France
    COACH: Brice Bevinélgica

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