8:40 am on 9 September 2011

Russia's squad for its first Rugby World Cup campaign has the joint-largest contingent of any club team in the tournament.

Thirteen players from the Podmoskovye side on the outskirts of Moscow, are matched only by Leinster's contribution to Pool C rivals Ireland.

There's also a connection to the host country in the form of the backs coach - dual New Zealand rugby league and England rugby international Henry Paul.

There's a cosmopolitan look to the rest of the coaching team, too. Its headed by Nikolay Nerush, who has former Wales flanker and Sale coach Kingsley Jones as team director and Welshman Darren Morris, a British and Irish Lion, as scrum coach.

There are five players overseas based players in the squad, the most notable being Northampton winger Vasily Artemyev and Sale lock Andrey Ostrikov.

Another lock is Adam Byrnes from the Melbourne Rebels who qualifies through his Russian-born grandparents and is one of two uncapped players.

Winger Andrey Kuzin, has 59 caps and needs just one more to equal the national record, while number 8 Viatcheslav Grachev, 39, is set to become the second oldest World Cup player.

Russia are based in New Plymouth where their first match is against the United States on 15 September. They also play Australia, Italy and Ireland in their group.