Round-up news: August 15

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Olympics

August began with the Olympic movement and the global rugby family officially marking the beginning of the one-year countdown until Rugby’s return to the Olympic Games following a 92-year absence. Following Russia’s women’s silver-medal finish in the European Grand Prix Sevens and the country’s men’s victory in the European repechage in Lisbon, the Russian Olympic Committee, a vocal supporter of rugby’s return, still has high hopes of representation in Rio.

 

Europe

Reigning Russian Rugby Premier League (RRPL) champions Enisei-STM will have to wait a little longer to learn the details of their European bow. European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) is working with the Krasnoyarsk side and its opponents Connacht, Brive and Newcastle Falcons, «to determine the most suitable venues for Enisei-STM’s home matches as well as the travel logistics for the games.» All six pool play rounds take place outside of the Russian domestic season, which takes place in summer due to weather issues. Enisei-STM played their Qualifying Tournament home fixtures in Winter Olympics host city Sochi.

 

RRPL

The RRPL entered its second phase in August, with the top four clubs from the first phase entering one pool, and the next four clubs in the standings (minus Podmoskvye II) joining another for the next rounds of fixtures, which concludes in mid-September.

 

02.08.2015

Bulava (Taganrog)

29 — 10

Empire (Penza)

03.08.2015

VVA-Podmoskovye (Moscow region)

70 — 7

Metallurg (Novokuznetsk)

03.08.2015

Enisei-STM (Krasnoyarsk)

13 — 3

Krasny Yar (Krasnoyarsk)

04.08.2015

Slava (Moscow)

27 — 6

Zelenograd (Moscow)

09.08.2015

VVA-Podmoskovye (Moscow region)

13 — 17

Enisei-STM (Krasnoyarsk)

10.08.2015

Krasny Yar (Krasnoyarsk)

26 — 13

Metallurg (Novokuznetsk)

10.08.2015

Empire (Penza)

7 — 46

Slava (Moscow)

12.08.2015

Bulava (Taganrog)

34 — 29

Zelenograd (Moscow)

 

For all the latest news on the RRPL, its website is www.rrpl.ru (Russian only)

 

Tournaments

Krasnoyarsk is hosting the Russian Rugby Championship for players born in 1998-1999 (U18). Prior to the final day (August 15) hometown side Enisei-STM has already wrapped up the gold, while Krasny Yar will face Soyuz to determine the other medals.

Elsewhere, Obninsk hosted an Amateur 7s tournament, with the hosts beating competition from Moscow and regional capital Kaluga to claim the tournament.

 

Alongside more traditional forms of rugby, summer in Russia is Beach Rugby season. Following successful tournaments in Kazan and Yaroslavl, Moscow hosted 24 men’s, 8 women’s, 8 veterans and 8 Under-14s teams for the WETT Trophy on August 8-9, with Jurmala coming away with the women’s prize and Dinamo the men’s. It was also announced that Beach Rugby will be part of the All-Russia Beach Games in Adler in September.

 

Announcements

The Federal League, which brings together teams from outside the RRPL, will hold its finals on September 26-27 in Zelenograd. A total of 16 games will be played across two groups featuring teams from across Russia.

The Russian Sevens Cup, originally scheduled for late August has been postponed and is now slated for October 24-25 at a venue to be announced later.