Andriy Kovalenco

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Andriy Kovalenco
Date of birth (1971-07-12) July 12, 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth Kyiv, Ukraine
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight201 lb (91 kg)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flyhalf
Amateur team(s)
Aviator Kyiv
VVA Moscow
Aviator Kyiv
Senior career
CRC Madrid Noroeste
Barcelona Universitari Club
FC Barcelona Rugby
Barcelona Universitari Club
National team(s)
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain

Andriy Kovalenco (born 12 July 1971 in Kyiv) is a Ukrainian-born Spanish rugby union player. He plays as a fly-half.


Kovalenco started playing rugby at 14 years old, in Aviator Kiev, where he had his first game for the premier team aged only 16. He played for Aviator Kyiv from 1987/88 to 1988/89. Due to the military service he had to move to VVA Moscow, the Army team, where he would play from 1989/90 to 1990/91. He won one Soviet League title and two Soviet Cups with VVA Moscow. He had his first game for the USSR in 1990, aged only 19 years old. He then returned to Aviator Kyiv, playing there from 1991/92 to 1993/94. He then moved to the Spanish side of CRC Madrid Noroeste, that he would represent most of his career, from 1994/95 to 2003/04. He won the Spanish League in 1999/2000 and three titles of the Copa del Rey, in 2001, 2002 and 2003. He also would play for Barcelona Universitari Club, from 2004/05 to 2005/06, FC Barcelona Rugby, from 2006/07 to 2007/08, and once again for Barcelona Universitari Club, since 2008/09.

Barcelona Universitari Club is a Spanish rugby team based in Barcelona.

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Kovalenco played for three National Teams, the Soviet Union, Ukraine and after becoming a Spanish citizen, Spain. He had 37 caps during this time, being one of the highest scoring players for Spain during his international career, from 1998 to 2006, with 2 tries, 11 conversions, 49 penalties and 1 drop goal, for an aggregate of 220 points.

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