Germany national under-18 rugby union team

Germany national under-18 rugby union team

Germany under-18
Union Deutscher Rugby-Verband
Coach(es) Jan Ceselka
Christian Lill
Team kit

The Germany national under-18 rugby union team is the under-18 team of the Germany national rugby union team in the sport of rugby union.


The German team has, for the most part, played in the B-Division of the European Under-18 Rugby Union Championship, however, it earned promotion to the A-Division in 2009.


The German team earned promotion to the A division of the European championship at the 2009 tournament in southern France. It had won promotion to the elite division of European under-18 rugby for the first time in many years.[1] Germany beat Portugal 11-3 in the final of the B tournament to clinch promotion.[2]

The German team took part in the tournament with the following squad:[3]


In the 2010 edition of the European under-18 rugby union championship, the team, freshly promoted to the A group, pulled off a surprise 44-0 victory over Romania. Germany lost its opening game to eventual runners-up Ireland 20-11, but managed to win its second game, against Romania, 44-0. In its third and final game in the tournament, against Italy for fifth place, Germany lost 18-13.[4] Chris Thau, Publications Manager of the IRB,[5] commented after the Romania game that it was the first time in the almost 40 years he had been watching German national teams, that a German team played world class rugby.[6]

The German team, coached by Jan Ceselka (TSV Handschuhsheim) and Christian Lill (RK 03 Berlin), took part in the tournament with the following squad:[7]


Germany won its opening game of the 2011, defeating Belgium 27-11 and thereby achieving the teams aim of not being relegated.[8] The team then suffered a heavy 3-87 defeat against Scotland, a game that clearly showed the difference between the standards of rugby between the two nations.[9] In the final game of the tournament, Germany lost 0-40 to Georgia and finished fourth in its division.

Germany called up the following players for the 2011 tournament:[10]


Current players

The following players were part of the German team in 2010:[11]

  • * Not part of the 2010 European championship team.

European championship


Germany's recent results at the European Championship:

2009 European championship – Division B
Date Location Opposition Result Round Report
4 April 2009 Draguignan  Netherlands 31-0 Quarter finals Report
7 April 2009 La Seyne-sur-Mer  Poland 27-0 Semi final Report
10 April 2009 La Seyne-sur-Mer  Portugal 11-3 Final Report
2010 European championship – Division A
Date Location Opposition Result Round Report
28 March 2010 San Donà di Piave  Ireland 11-20 Quarter finals Report
31 March 2010 Casale sul Sile  Romania 44-0 Semi final (5-8) Report
3 April 2010 Casale sul Sile  Italy 13-18 5th place game Report
2011 European championship – First Division
Date Location Opposition Result Round Report
16 April 2011 Fleurance  Belgium 27-11 Quarter finals Report
19 April 2011 Lourdes  Scotland 3-87 Semi final Report
23 April 2011 Louey  Georgia 0-40 3rd place game Report
  • German wins in bold.


The teams final positions in the European championship:

Year Division Tier Place
2005 B Division II 4th
2006 B Division II 4th
2007 B Division II 2nd
2008 B Division II 3rd
2009 B Division II 1st — Promoted
2010 A Division I 6th
2011 First Division II 4th


External links

  • German Rugby Federation Official DRV website
  • Rugby-Journal website Official publication of the German Rugby Federation
  • (German) German rugby news and results