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Russian Rugby World Cup Squad

The Russian Rugby Federation have announced their  squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The Russia squad is mostly made up of players from Russia’s domestic leagues, plus a few players who ply their trade abroad.

The big surprise in the squad is the inclusion of Adam Byrne, an Australian forward who hasn’t played for Russia before, but qualifies due to his Russian grandparents. Byrne is one of five foreign based players in the squad – the others are winger Vasily Artemev, who has just signed for Northampton Saints, lock Andrei Ostrikov (Sale Sharks), No 8 and Vice Captain Viacheslav Grachev (Bizanos) and fly-half Konstantin Rachkov (Stade Phocéen).

The Russian team will be captained by hooker Vladislav Korshunov from Russia’s top club VVA-Podmoskovye. With 54 caps to his name, he is one of Russia’s most experienced players by far. In total, VVA have provided 13 of the players in the 30-strong Russian squad.

Take a look at the table below for full details of Russia’s squad.

PlayerPositionDate of Birth (Age)CapsClub/province
Vladislav Korshunov (c)Hooker13 February 1983 (age 28)54Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Evgeni MatveevHooker15 April 1985 (age 26)29Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Valeri TsnobiladzeHooker3 November 1980 (age 30)4Russia Novokuznetsk
Alexander KhrokinProp10 July 1976 (age 35)67Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Sergey PopovProp7 September 1982 (age 28)14Russia Slava Moscow
Ivan PrishchepenkoProp26 May 1982 (age 29)33Russia Krasny Yar
Alexei TravkinProp2 August 1977 (age 34)46Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Denis AntonovLock17 September 1986 (age 24)2Russia Slava Moscow
Adam ByrnesLock29 July 1981 (age 30)0Australia Melbourne Rebels
Andrei OstrikovLock2 July 1987 (age 24)15England Sale Sharks
Alexander VoytovLock7 December 1981 (age 29)44Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Artem FatakhovFlanker8 September 1979 (age 31)37Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Andrey GarbuzovFlanker7 August 1983 (age 28)31Russia Krasny Yar
Mikhail SidorovFlanker19 November 1986 (age 24)1Russia Slava Moscow
Viacheslav Grachev (vc)Number 822 April 1973 (age 38)36France Bizanos
Victor GresevNumber 831 March 1986 (age 25)32Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Andrei BykanovScrum-half25 May 1980 (age 31)7Russia Slava Moscow
Alexander ShakirovScrum-half20 January 1981 (age 30)46Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Alexander YanyushkinScrum-half30 October 1982 (age 28)42Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Yuri KushnarevFly-half6 June 1985 (age 26)43Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Konstantin RachkovFly-half8 October 1978 (age 32)26France Stade Phocéen
Mikhail BabaevCentre19 January 1986 (age 25)33Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Igor GalinovskiyCentre8 November 1985 (age 25)18Russia Krasny Yar
Alexei MakovetskiCentre27 March 1983 (age 28)11Russia Krasny Yar
Vasily ArtemievWing24 July 1987 (age 24)25England Northampton Saints
Andrei KuzinWing29 October 1978 (age 32)59Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Vladimir OstroushkoWing30 September 1986 (age 24)16Russia Yenisey-STM
Igor KlyuchnikovFullback7 January 1983 (age 28)49Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Denis SimplikevichFullback11 March 1991 (age 20)0Russia Yenisey-STM

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  • His grandparents (maternal, I think) were from Russia. He’s never played for Russia before and was ‘discovered’ after the Russian team’s management put out a call for players with Russian ancestry to come forward and consider playing for the motherland.

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