Round-up news: September 16

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Enisei-STM

 

Russian Rugby Premier  League (RRPL) champions Enisei-STM now know the details of their European Challenge Cup fixtures. The Siberian club will make history in becoming the first ever Russian club to play in European club competition when they host Irish province Connacht at Krasnoyarsk’s 22,500-seat Central Stadium on November 14. Rounds 2 and 3 will also be «home» games for Enisei, although these matches will be played in Sochi on the Black Sea coast to minimize potential weather and logistical issues.

 

Full fixture list:

Date

Home

Away

Venue

14 Nov 2015

Enisei-STM

Connacht

Krasnoyarsk

22 Nov 2015

Newcastle Falcons

Enisei-STM

Newcastle

12 Dec 2015

Enisei-STM

Brive

Sochi

19 Dec 2015

Brive

Enisei-STM

Brive

15/6/7 Jan 2016

Enisei-STM

Newcastle

Sochi

22/3/4 Jan 2016

Connacht

Enisei-STM

Galway

 

On September 8, Enisei celebrated the 40th anniversary of their founding, marking the occasion with a Get into Rugby (GiR) festival. Originally called «Sibtyazhmash» (STM, heavy machinery), the team comprised factory workers wanting to learn a new game and soon helped turn Siberia into the hotbed of Russian rugby. The team grew and grew, and now boasts an honours list including six Russian titles, four Russian Cups, four Russian Super Cups and numbers silver and bronze place finishes in rugby and rugby sevens competitions, as well as providing the national XVs head coach, Alexander Pervukhin.

 

The club also boasts active and successful youth and women’s teams, with the U19s in September winning their national age group championship over teams from Moscow, Krasnodar and Dagestan.

 

RRPL

 

The first week of September saw the wrapping up of the domestic season and crosstown rivals Enisei-STM and Krasny Yar again securing a Krasnoyark 1-2 on top of the final standings. The two clubs now go head-to-head in a two-leg final to crown the 2015 RRPL champion. Enisei stole a headstart in the first leg, taking with them a slender three-point lead from Krasny Yar. Moscow region’s VVA-Podmoskovje are taking on Novokuznetsk’s Metallurg in the third-place play-off, bringing with them a 38-0 lead from the Kuzbass.

 

12 Sept 2015

Metallurg (Novokuznetsk)

0 — 38

VVA-Podmoskovye (Monino)

15 Sept 2015

Krasny Yar (Krasnoyarsk)

18 — 21

Enisei-STM (Krasnoyarsk)

23 Sept 2015

Enisei-STM (Krasnoyarsk)

Krasny Yar (Krasnoyarsk)

24 Sept 2015

VVA-Podmoskovye (Monino)

Metallurg (Novokuznetsk)

 

Sevens tournaments

Russia’s Women’s Under-18 Sevens team took part in the European Championships in Liege. The team finishes 12th after finishing third in their group and gained valuable experience at international level in a number of close games.

 

Pool

Russia

17-5

Sweden

Pool

Russia

5-7

Belgium

Pool

Russia

0-22

Netherlands

Plate SF

Russia

7-12

Ukraine

Plate 3rd place

Russia

5-10

Sweden

 

Moscow’s Slava Rugby Youth Team won the All-Russia Second Division Rugby Sevens Championship, beating St. Petersburg’s Naryskaya Zastava 34-0 in the final. The tournament also featured teams from Kazan, Lipetsk, Tatarstan, Krasnodar, Ekaterinburg and Novosibirsk.