Saturday, February 1, 2014




Venue: Estadio Nacional Complutense, Madrid


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Referee: Lloyd Linton (Scotland)

This could be the closest contest of all the ENC 1A fixtures this weekend.

Russia has been struggling since the 2011 Rugby World Cup and may well find Spain a tough customer at home. Russia struggled in their November tests but this team is very different from the November one.

Spain’s form during the November test window was not encouraging. They lost 15-16 to Uruguay away and 7-40 to Japan at home. Again they are  relying an a big France-based contingent.

”Bad news for Spain with the big loss of Julen Goia from the original squad. Clearly a breach in Rule 9.
Fabien Rofes is also out. Pierre Belzunce (Colomiers) and Anthony Pradalie (Villefranche de Lauragais) are in.
Pradalie addition is a must. He will just trash his Russian opponent. Spanish first row will be a nightmare for Russia.
Sempere comes in at center. Dan Snee finally starts at fly-half. Poggi (centre with Lormont) returns to the wing.
Elgoyhen finally on the bench for Matt Cook.
Really big forwards, really big team. Considering Russia's downfall, Spain can't lose this one.” Olivier

Previous Encounters
02.02.2013 Russia 13-9 in Sochi (WCQ Europe R5; ENC 1A)
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)

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table: Russia 19th, Spain 22nd

IRB Ranking Points
Russia 61.14, Spain 60.62

Prediction: Spain to cause a minor upset and finally win against Russia, by 4 points.




15   Mathieu Peluchon SC Albigeois, France
14   Sebastien Ascarat FC Auch-Gers, France
13   César Sempere  CR El Salvador
12   Jaime Nava  US Bressane Paus I'Ain, France
11   Marcos Poggi CA Lormont, France
10   Daniel Snee Getxo RT
9   Pablo Feijóo (Capt.)  Bera Bera RT
8   Federico Negrillo RC Vanes, France
7   Matthew Cook  Tunbridge Wells RFC, England
6   Gautier Gibouin Union Bordeaux-Begles, France
5   Jesús Recuerda Pays D'Aix RC
4   David Barrera  RAC Angerein, France
3   Jesús Moreno Montluçon Rugby, France
2   Marcos Pinto AS Béziers Hérault, France
1   Franck Labbe  CA Lormont, France
16   Beñat Auzqui Unión Bordeaux-Belges, France
17   Augustin Ortiz  US Nafarroa, France
18   Anthony Pradalie  FC Villefranche de Lauragais, Fr
19   Aníbal Bonan Stade Bagnerais, France
20   Damien Elgoyhen Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France
21   Guillaume Rouet Aviron Bayonnais, France
22   Charly Malie AS Béziers Hérault, France
23   Pierre Belzunce Pierre Colomiers Rugby 
    HEAD COACH: Santiago Santos


15   Vasily Artemyev Northampton Saints, England
14   Andrei Otrokov  Krasny Yar
13   Igor Galinovskiy  Krasny Yar
12   Alexey Makovetsky  Krasny Yar
11   Yaroslav Rechnev  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
10   Yuri Kushnarev  RC Kuban Krasnodar
9   Alexander Yanyushkin VVA-Podmoskovye
8   Andrey Temnov  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
7   Andrei Garbuzov  Krasny Yar
6   Andrey Ostrikov  Sale Sharks, England
5   Kirill Kulemin  Sale Sharks, England
4   Alexander Voytov (Capt.)  VVA-Podmoskovye
3   Innokenty Zykov  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
2   Vladislav Korshunov  VVA-Podmoskovye
1   Grigory Tsnobiladze  Krasny Yar
16   Valeriy Tsnobiladze  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
17   Sergey Sekisov  Agro-Strela Kazan
18   Evgeny Pronenko  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
19   Pavel Butenko  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
20   Victor Gresev Krasny Yar
21   Anton Ryabov  Krasny Yar
22   Sergey Yanyushkin  VVA-Podmoskovye
23   Dmitry Gerasimov  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
    HEAD COACH: Kingsley Jones

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