Saturday, March 8, 2014



Venue: Sochi

Referee: Matt Carley (England)

A win to Russia would qualify them for third place in the European section of the 2015 Rugby World Cup qualifying rounds.

Portugal won the last time these two teams met in Sochi.

Russia will be without their regular captain Alexander Voytov, whilst Portugal was unable to call up injured France-based player Jose Lima. The inclusion of Julien Bardy from Narbonne will greatly strengthen the Portuguese side.

Last Five Encounters
09.03.2013 Russia 31-23 in Coimbra (WCQ Europe R5; ENC 1A)
11.02.2012 Russia 33-32 in Lisbon (ENC 1A)
12.02.2011 Portugal 21-19 in Sochi (ENC 1A)
06.02.2010 Russia 14-10 in Sochi (WCQ Europe R5; ENC 1)
07.02.2009 Russia 18-14 in Lisbon (WCQ Europe R5; ENC 1)

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table: Russia 19th, Portugal 20th
European Table: Russia 15th, Portugal 16th

IRB Ranking Points
Russia 61.20, Portugal 59.83

Prediction: I’m going for an upset Portugal to win by 3 points




15   Vasily Artemyev Northampton Saints, England
14   Vladimir Ostroushko  RC Kuban Krasnodar
13   Dmitry Gerasimov  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
12   Alexey Makovetsky  Krasny Yar
11   Igor Galinovskiy  Krasny Yar
10   Yuri Kushnarev  RC Kuban Krasnodar
9   Alexander Yanyushkin (Capt.) VVA-Podmoskovye
8   Andrey Temnov  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
7   Andrei Garbuzov  Krasny Yar
6   Pavel Butenko  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
5   Kirill Kulemin  Sale Sharks, England
4   Andrey Ostrikov  Sale Sharks, England
3   Innokenty Zykov  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
2   Valeriy Tsnobiladze  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
1   Alexey Volkov VVA-Podmoskovye
16   Vladislav Korshunov  VVA-Podmoskovye
17   Grigory Tsnobiladze  Krasny Yar
18   Andrey Igretsov Slava Moscow-CPS
19   Pavel Kvernadze  Fili Moscow
20   Alexander Khudyakov  Krasny Yar
21   Alexander Shakirov Unattached
22   Sergei Sugrobov Slava Moscow-CPS
23   Vladimir Rudenko Krasny Yar
    HEAD COACH: Kingsley Jones



15   Nuno Penha e Costa CD University Lisboa
14   Gonçalo Foro  CD University Lisboa
13   Pedro Bettencourt Avila CD Universitário do Porto
12   Carl Murray CD University Lisboa
11   Antonio Aguilar GD Direito
10   Diogo Miranda CF "Os Belenenses"
9   Emmanuel Rebelo Stade Dijon Cote D Or, France
8   Vasco Uva  GD Direito
7   Julien Bardy ASM Clermont Auvergne, France
6   Kevin da Costa Biarritz Olympique, France 
5   Gonçalo Uva  RC Narbonne Méditérranée, France
4   Eric dos Santos  Biarritz Olympique, France 
3   Cristian Spachuk CS Bourgoin-Jallieu, France
2   João Correia (Capt.) GD Direito
1   Jorge Segurado  GD Direito
16   Bruno Medeiros CD University Lisboa
17   Francisco Tavares GD Direito
18   Bruno Rocha AEIS Tecnico
19   Fernando Almeida  AEIS Agronomia
20   Vasco F. Mendes  
21   Luis Salema GD Direito
22   Francisco Pinto Malgahaes  CD University Lisboa
23   Tomás Noronha CD University Lisboa
    HEAD COACH: Errol Brain

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