Germany national under-18 rugby union team
Jan Ceselka |
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. Germany beat Portugal 11-3 in the final of the B tournament to clinch promotion.
The German team took part in the tournament with the following squad:
- Julius Nostadt, Tim Menzel, Chris Hilsenbeck (US Colomiers), Tom Schiiling (RK 03 Berlin), Samy Füchsel (Berliner RC), Fabian Tacke, Kevin Nelson (SC Germania List), Jörn Schröder (TSV Victoria Linden), Elmar Heimpel, Nicolas Kurzer, Bastian Himmer, Robert Hittel, Luis Becker, Raffael Ruck (RG Heidelberg), Dustin Dobravsky (Canada), Timo Vollenkemper (Wiedenbrücker TV), Sam Rainger (RK Heusenstamm), Matthias Marin, Sebastian Kößler, Konstantin Hoffmann (TSV Handschuhsheim), Michail Tyumenev, Nicolas Müller, Dennis Denzin, Phil Szczesny (DSV 78 Hannover), Chris Kleebauer (Gloucester), Pascal Drügemöller (SC Neuenheim), Jerome Ruhnau (TuS 95 Düsseldorf).
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. Chris Thau, Publications Manager of the IRB, 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.
- Nicolas Kurzer, Robert Hittel, Hannes Huber, Matthias Kunzmann (Heidelberger TV), Sebastian Kößler (TSV Handschuhsheim), Elmar Heimpel, Luis Becker (RG Heidelberg), Pascal Drügemöller (SC Neuenheim), Phil Szczesny, Nicolas Müller, Adrian de Riz, Pascal Fischer (DSV 78 Hannover), Jörn Schröder (TSV Victoria Linden), Fabian Tacke, Kevin Nelson, Kevin Riege (SC Germania List), Samy Füchsel (Berliner RC), Lukas Deichmann, Jens Listmann, Adam Howes (SC 1880 Frankfurt), Kilian Kleine (Coventry R.F.C.), Julius Nostadt, Chris Hilsenbeck, Tim Menzel (US Colomiers), Eddie Mallaby (Harlequins F.C.), Robin Plümpe (Waiheke Island RFC).
Germany won its opening game of the 2011, defeating Belgium 27-11 and thereby achieving the teams aim of not being relegated. 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. 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:
- Adrian de Riz, Daniel Windolf, Nico Kretschmer, Felix Schippe (DSV 78 Hannover), Kevin Riege (SC Germania List), Robin Brömer, Hasan Tekkal (TSV Victoria Linden), Sebastian Fromm (Clongowes Wood College), Marc Hittel, Vincent Fischer, Carsten Lang (RG Heidelberg), Leonard Becker, Luca Hoffmann (SC Neuenheim), Frederick Lüthke (Stuttgarter RC), Ali Sürer (TB Rohrbach), Max Utikal (RK Heusenstamm), Lukas Deichmann, Jens Listmann (SC 1880 Frankfurt), Philipp Gerigk (ASV Köln Rugby), Julius König (Wald-Merscheider TV), Theodor Lorenz Schmidt-Bleek, Lukas Wende, Maxim Gazzo (Berliner RC), Kilian Kleine, Eddy Mallaby and Rory Sarjeant (all three playing in England).
- European Under-18 Rugby Union Championship - B Division
- Champions: 2009
- Runners-up: 2007
The following players were part of the German team in 2010:
- * Not part of the 2010 European championship team.
Germany's recent results at the European Championship:
|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|
|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|
|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:
|2009||B Division||II||1st — Promoted|
- German Rugby Federation Official DRV website
- Rugby-Journal website Official publication of the German Rugby Federation
- (German) Totalrugby.de German rugby news and results