English Round-up News: October 5

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Rugby World Cup 2015

 

The Rugby World has been focused on England these past two weeks as Rugby World Cup (RWC2015) Pool Play unfolds. Despite Russia narrowly missing out on a chance to play in Pool A at the 2015 edition of the tournament, there was one person representing Russia front stage at RWC2015, with Penza’s Mikhail Sokoltsev officially presenting the matchball ahead of the Scotland vs Japan Pool B match. The 10-year-old rugby player won a competition by Tournament Sponsor DHL and had a moment which will last a lifetime as he led the two teams out at Gloucester’s iconic Kingsholm Stadium.

 

Full coverage of RWC2015 in Russia is being provided by the Perets TV channel and Russia’s Team Manager from RWC2011, Sergei Markov, is providing commentary throughout.

 

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World University Rugby Cup

 

The Rugby World Cup wasn’t the only global rugby tournament to take place in England in the past fortnight, with Oxford Blues – who have before faced the Russian national team – hosting the World University Rugby Cup (WURC). Teams from across the world, including England, Ireland, Japan and New Zealand, were joined by Krasnoyarsk’s Siberian Federal University, who beat Oxford University Greyhounds in the play-offs to end the tournament in 7th place. After the games, the SFU team attended the Argentina-Georgia game at RWC2015, where they cheered on Enisei-STM’s Davit Kacharava.

 

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RRPL

 

Back home in Russia, the domestic season wrapped up with the 100th Krasnoyarsk derby deciding the fate of the 2015 Russian Rugby Premier League (RRPL) title. Defending champions Enisei-STM carried a slender 3-point lead into the tie after a 21-18 win away from home in the first leg. However, the green and whites were able turn the tables and tries from Fangatapu Apikoto and Andrei Otrokov helped Krasny Yar to a 18-13 victory and secured the league and cup double. VVA-Saracens meanwhile defeated Novokuznetsk’s Metallurg in the third-place play-off, while Moscow’s Slava topped the four-team table for fifth. VVA’s Ilya Demushkin finished the RRPL’s top scorer with 169 and Kransy Yar’s Moldovan international Oleg Prepelita topping the try-scoring charts with 13.

 

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Federal League

 

Further down the Russian rugby pyramid, teams victorious in a number of regional competitions and qualifiers descended on Zelenograd for the final of the Federal League. The tournament was won by LRC Penza, who downed Torpedo Moscow 19-3 in the final. Zelenograd’s Zenitovets claimed bronze. Moscow’s SSHOR 111 claimed the women’s sevens Federal League title.

 

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Sevens

 

VVA-Podmoskovye claimed victory in the third round of the Russian Sevens championship in Moscow on October 3-4, dispatching tournament leaders Kuban 33-24 in the final. VVA now sit 3 points behind the Krasnodar team heading into the final round in Kazan on October 10-11.

 

Meanwhile, in Krymsk, RGUTiS-Podmoskovye claimed the Women’s Sevens Cup with a 36-5 win over Enisei-STM in the final. Krasny Yar finished the Cup in third, but were earlier crowned 2015 Sevens Champions. For the first-time RGUTiS were left off of the podium, finishing fourth.

 

U19

 

There was no second place for Enisei-STM’s Under-19’s men’s team however, as they stormed to gold in the Russian championships, beating home-side Moscow 39-0 in the final. Krasny Yar took bronze.

 

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Get Into Rugby

 

There was more work to grow the game of Rugby among Russia’s youth this fortnight, with World Rugby’s Get Into Rugby (GiR) holding festivals in Kaliningrad and Moscow, where RWC2011 participants Igor Klyuchnikov and Mikhail Sidorov were joined by former Russian Women’s Sevens captain Anastasia Mukharyamova watched 14 boys and 4 girls teams take part in a tournament.

 

Beach Rugby

 

Elsewhere, Kazan’s Dinamo-Energia claimed the All-Russia Beach Championships Beach Rugby gold after a tight 3-2 win over Dynamo-Moscow in Adler.