Profiles of the 2015 Rugby World Cup teams.

Romania rugby

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Ranked 17th in the world, Romania aren't expected to progress past the pool stages.

They have competed at all seven previous World Cups, and have won games against Zimbabwe, Fiji, the USA, Namibia and Portugal.

Known for playing with passion, they will be eyeing up their Pool D game against Canada as their most likely chance of victory. However, they are likely to struggle against France, Ireland and Italy.


 Florin Surugiu, Valentin Calafeteanu, Tudorel Bratu, Danut Dumbrava, Michael Wiringi, Paula Kinikilau, Florin Vlaicu, Csaba Gal, Adrian Apostol, Ionut Botezatu, Florin Ionita, Madalin Lemnaru, Catalin Fercu, Sabin Stratila.


Paulica Ion, Mihaita Lazar, Andrei Ursache, Alexandru Tarus, Horatiu Pungea, Andrei Radoi, Otar Turashvili, Eugen Capatana, Valentin Popirlan, Johannes van Heerden, Marius Antonescu, Valentin Ursache, Mihai Macovei, Viorel Lucaci, Stelian Burcea, Ovidiu Tonita, Daniel Carpo.


Lynn Howells