Germany national rugby union team

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Germany
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Nickname(s)Schwarze Adler (Black Eagles)
Emblem Bundesadler (Federal Eagle)
Union Deutscher Rugby-Verband
Head coach Mark Kuhlmann
CaptainJörn Schröder
Most caps Alexander Widiker (59)
Top scorer Raynor Parkinson (323)
Top try scorerJaco Otto (23)
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World Rugby ranking
Current30 (as of 23 November 2020)
Highest22 (2017)
Lowest37 (2011)
First international
Flag of France.svg  France 30−5 GermanyFlag of Germany.svg
(17 April 1927)
Biggest win
Flag of Germany.svg Germany 108−0 Serbia and Montenegro Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg
(12 November 2005)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 89−6 GermanyFlag of Germany.svg
(16 April 2000)
World Cup
Appearances0
Website www.rugby-verband.de
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Germany playing Belgium in qualifiers for the 2007 Rugby World Cup

The Germany national rugby union team (German: Deutsche Rugby-Union-Nationalmannschaft) represents Germany in men's international competitions. currently plays at the second level of European rugby but is yet to qualify for the Rugby World Cup. The national team first played in 1927, with rugby union in Germany being administered by the German Rugby Federation (Deutscher Rugby-Verband).

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Germany competes in the Trophy Division, the second tier of the Rugby Europe International Championships, the senior men's rugby tournament for European nations below the Six Nations. [1]

Germany's greatest achievement in men's rugby is arguably the silver medal won at the 1900 Olympic Games.

Germany's declared aim was originally to qualify for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, [2] but then lowered this ambition to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, [3] for which it also failed to qualify. The national side is ranked 30th in the world (as of 26 April 2021).

History

Beginnings

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German rugby crest

The German rugby union team's history began on 17 April 1927, when they played France in Paris, losing 5–30. The team established itself in their early years as number two in continental Europe, behind the French. They played 14 tests against their neighbour before the Second World War, winning two of them. As an indication of the team's strength, they did not lose to any team but France until 1937, when Italy beat them 9–7. Because Germany never played any of the Home nations, it is difficult to judge the true strength of the team from that era.

With the outbreak of the war in 1939, rugby came to a halt and Germany only played one more game, against Italy, in 1940. Germany lost almost a complete first XV in the war, and thus came out of it as a much weaker side, never able to repeat its pre-war successes. [4]

Post-Second World War

After an absence of 12 years, Germany, now considerably reduced in size and under the name of Federal Republic of Germany, played its first post-war international in 1952, beating Belgium 16–9. At the same time, in the Eastern part of the country, the German Democratic Republic, the German Democratic Republic national rugby union team was formed. The DRV continued to offer the East German DTSB to play a rugby friendly, but this was always declined by the East. [5]

Until 1965, Germany played friendlies only as there was no European rugby competition it could take part in.

The team also made an appearance at England's home ground, Twickenham Stadium, in 1956, losing 8–26 to Harlequin F.C. on 8 September of that year. [6]

From 1965, it became part of the second tier of FIRA rugby, effectively the third tier of European rugby, the Five nations tournament being outside the FIRA structure. In 1975, it played its first international against a non-European nation, beating Morocco in Hannover.

The team's greatest success in the second half of the 20th century was promotion to the A group of FIRA rugby in 1981. From 1981 to 1983, Germany played ten games at this level, but won just one and were relegated back to the B level. After this, the team dropped briefly to the C level in 1985 but promptly returned to the second tier.

German reunification

With the German reunification, in 1991, the German Democratic Republic national rugby union team was dissolved and became part of the Federal Republic's team. In 1994, Horst Kemmling, Germany's long-standing captain, ended his international career, having played a record number of 50 games for Germany from 1976 onwards. [7]

With the reorganisation of the European Nations Cup (ENC) in 2000, Germany became part of the second division.

Centenary and Barbarians tour

In 2000 the German Rugby Federation celebrated its centenary. Centenary celebrations included a banquet in the Heidelberg Castle and the hosting of the European leg of the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Heidelberg, in which the German team came close to upsetting Ireland, who had Gordon D'Arcy in their line-up. The tournament was won by the Welsh team, which featured Andy Marinos and Arwel Thomas.

The highlight of the Centenary season was the Centenary Match against the famous Barbarians. The Barbarians included a host of internationals including Scott Hastings, Peter Stringer, Shaun Longstaff, Jeff Probyn, Frankie Sheahan, Russell Earnshaw, Shaun Connor, John Langford and Derwyn Jones and won 47-19 against a determined German team.

Germany remained in the second division of the European Nations Cup until 2008, when it achieved promotion to the top level, facing Europe's number 7 to 11 teams in 2009 and 2010. Its declared aim at this level was to avoid relegation; qualification for the 2011 Rugby World Cup was not really expected from the team. [8]

With over 8,000 spectators, Germany's home game against the Netherlands in Hanover, at the Rudolf-Kalweit-Stadion in April 2007, achieved the best crowd figures for a rugby match in Germany since the pre-Second World War days. [9]

Germany was unbeaten at home from 12 November 2000, when it lost to Ukraine, until 8 November 2008, when it lost to a Welsh selection. [10]

ENC 2008–10

In March 2009, coach Mark Kuhlmann stepped down after three and a half years in office, while the other two coaches Rudolf Finsterer and Bruno Stolorz, remained in the job. Stolorz was seconded to the German team by the Fédération française de rugby to improve Germany's performance in the sport. [11]

After five losses in the European Nations Cup in 2009, Germany achieved a win in a friendly against Hong Kong late in the year. Germany also managed a 15–12 victory over Switzerland but, as the German team had only one regular player in its side, captain Kehoma Brenner, the team was referred to as Germany A. [12] Mustafa Güngör became Germany's new captain on 8 December 2009, after the retirement of the previous captain Jens Schmidt, and played his first game in this role four days later, against Hong Kong. [13] Germany fielded eight uncapped players in this game. [14] A planned game against the British Forces in Germany in January 2010 had to be called off twice because of bad weather.

Despite disappointing results on the field and the distinct possibility of Germany being relegated, the sport made some progress in the country in 2009–10. With the admittance of sevens rugby to the Olympic Games, rugby in Germany is now eligible for federal grants. Additionally, the Bundeswehr , the German army, has agreed to admit eight to ten players per year to its sports program, making those players effectively professionals. [15]

In October 2009, the DRV decided to set its aim at playing two friendlies every year in November at home and two in January abroad. It also plans to organise a 10-day tour in Europe every year from 2013. [16]

After disappointing results against Georgia, Portugal and Romania in spring 2010, the team's performance improved against Russia. In its final ENC game against Spain, where a victory by eleven points was needed, Germany played their best game in the campaign yet but nevertheless lost and was relegated. As a consequence, coach Rudolf Finsterer resigned after ten years of service. [1] He was replaced by Torsten Schippe in July 2010, [17] with South African Jakobus Potgieter as Schippes assistant. [18]

ENC 2010–12

Germany suffered a defeat in its opening game of the 2010–2012 European Nations Cup First Division B, losing to Poland 17–22 after leading 17–9 at half time. The defeat was seen as unnecessary by the President of the German Rugby Federation, Claus-Peter Bach, but he also considered Poland's victory as deserved. Germany went into the match with a new coach and assistant, a new captain, Alexander Widiker and five uncapped players. [19]

Germany finally achieved its first win in the ENC since 26 April 2008, when it beat the Netherlands in Amsterdam on 27 November 2010. Its last victory in the European competition had come at the same place against the same opposition, just over 31-month earlier. [20]

After a disappointing first half of the campaign, where Germany only won one of its five games, the team improved and won three in the second half, consequently finishing fourth overall out of six teams. With the final game against Moldova, Germany's captain Alexander Widiker played his 50th game for his country, thereby equaling Horst Kemmling's record. [21]

ENC 2012–14

Germany again competed in the European Nations Cup First Division B in 2012–2014, once more facing Poland, Moldova and the Czech Republic. Additionally, it also competed against Ukraine, relegated from the A group, and Sweden, promoted from the Second Division. Germany's first match was on 27 October when it played Ukraine at home. [22] Before that the team played an unofficial warm up match against the New Zealand Ambassador's XV on 13 October 2012, a team that featured former All Black Keith Lowen in its ranks, [23] and ended in a 22–20 victory for Germany. [24]

Germany won its opening match against Ukraine 46–28, a game in which captain Alexander Widiker became the country's record international rugby union player with 51 games. [25] After a loss to Poland, Germany finished 2012 with a win over Moldova. The German team lost a warm up match to a Welsh student selection in February 2013 before winning its first competitive match in 2013, against Czech Republic, 27-8. Germany finished the first phase of the campaign with a 73-17 victory over Sweden. [26]

Germany's coach Torsten Schippe resigned from his post in April 2013, citing work commitments as the reason, despite achieving good results with his team. [27]

Schippe was replaced by his assistant Kobus Potgieter as coach of the German team. [28] Germany started the autumn of 2013 with two wins in friendlies against the B team of the Czech Republic and the New Zealand Ambassador's XV, the later with former All Black captain Taine Randell in its ranks. [29] It then won its away match against Ukraine before winning at home against Poland, thereby taking back the lead in its division. [30] [31] Germany lost its last game of 2013, 15–30 to Moldova, but won comfortably 76–12 against the Czech Republic in April 2014. This game was to be the 58th and last for German captain and record international Alexander Widiker as he retired from international rugby after that. [32]

Germany's last game of the 2012–14 campaign was against Sweden on 26 April where a bonus point win would guarantee the side the championship, promotion and an advancement in the Rugby World Cup qualifying. [33] Germany won the game 45–20 to advance to a play-off game against the Netherlands in the 2015 Rugby World Cup – Europe qualification, [34] which they won 17-7. They played Russia for a chance to qualify for the Repechage and lead 20–17 up to the 77th minute but eventually lost 20–31 and were knocked out of the qualifying. [35]

ENC 2014–16

Germany played two warm up matches in 2014. Germany played a match against the New Zealand Ambassadors XV which it won 21–19. [36] Germany then lost to Namibia 58–20. [37] [38]

Germany is competing in the European Nations Cup First Division 1A in 2014–16. It is facing Georgia, Portugal, Romania, Russia and Spain in this competition, the same opponents it faced at its last stint at this level when it lost all ten games and was relegated. Germany began its ENC campaign in February 2015 with an 8–64 loss against Georgia. It also lost the following four games against Russia, Portugal, Romania and Spain. Germany thereby ended the first half of the 2014–16 campaign in sixth and last place with just one point out of five games, a bonus point earned against Rumania. [39]

Germany played two friendlies against Brazil, on 28 November in Blumenau, and 4 December in São Paulo as warm-up matches for the upcoming European Nations Cup games. [40] In the first-ever game against a South American opponent Germany won 29–12 and thereby climbed to 27th spot in the world ranking. [41] After losing the first two games of the 2016 campaign Germany defeated Portugal 50–27 in Hanover in front of over 8,000 spectators. [42] After losing to Romania Germany drew their final game of the campaign, against Spain, thereby finishing in fifth place, above Portugal, and avoiding relegation. [43]

Europe International Championships 2016–17

Germany played in the 2016–17 Championship Division of the Europe International Championships.

Competitions

The performance of the German team since introduction of the European Nations Cup in 2000.

European Nations Cup / Europe International Championships

YearsDivisionW–L (Pts Diff)PositionPromotion /
Relegation
2000 Second Division 5th
2001 Second Division3rd
2002–2004 Second Division5–2 (+102)2nd
2006–2008 Second Division6–2 (+67)1stPromoted
2008–2010 First Division0–10 (−409)6thRelegated
2010–2012 Division 1B4–6 (+17)4th
2012–2014 Division 1B8–2 (+218)1stPromoted
2014–2016 Division 1A1–8 (−234)5th
2017 Championship Division2–3 (−80)5th
2018 Championship Division0–5 (−325)3rd (Romania, Belgium and Spain deducted points)
2019 Championship Division0–5 (−115)6thRelegated
2020 Trophy Division1–2–2 (−23)4th

Rugby World Cup qualifying

YearsDivisionPosition
2001–2002 2003 Rugby World Cup — Europe qualification – Round 2 – Pool A2nd
2004–2006 2007 Rugby World Cup — Europe qualification – Round 3 – Play-offLost to Spain 28–42 on aggregate.
2008–2010 2011 Rugby World Cup — Europe qualification — ENC Division 16th/6th in ENC.
2012–2014 2015 Rugby World Cup — Europe qualification — Round 6Lost to Russia 20–31.
2017–2018 2019 Rugby World Cup – play-off qualifications Finished 2nd at repechage tournament

Match results

Notable wins

The following table shows all German wins during the Rugby World Cup era (1987–present) against teams that have played in a Rugby World Cup.

Match dateOpponentResultMatch
13 May 2006Spain18–6 2007 Rugby World Cup — Europe qualification – Round 3 – Play-off
27 February 2016Portugal50–27 European Nations Cup
12 November 2016Uruguay24–21 Autumn International
11 February 2017Romania41–38 Rugby Europe Championship
16 June 2018Portugal16-13 2019 Rugby World Cup – Europe qualification

Source: [44]

Record

Men's World Rugby Rankings
Top 30 rankings as of 19 July, 2021 [45]
RankChange*TeamPoints
1Steady2.svgFlag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 094.20
2Steady2.svgFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 088.95
3Steady2.svgFlag of England.svg  England 085.44
4Steady2.svgIRFU flag.svg  Ireland 084.85
5Increase2.svg1Flag of France.svg  France 083.87
6Decrease2.svg1Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 083.48
7Increase2.svg2Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 083.15
8Steady2.svgFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 082.02
9Decrease2.svg2Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 080.59
10Steady2.svgFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 079.13
11Steady2.svgFlag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 076.87
12Steady2.svgFlag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 073.73
13Increase2.svg1Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 073.59
14Increase2.svg1Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 070.65
15Decrease2.svg2Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 068.57
16Steady2.svgFlag of the United States.svg  United States 068.10
17Steady2.svgFlag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 067.02
18Steady2.svgFlag of Romania.svg  Romania 066.22
19Increase2.svg1Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 065.67
20Decrease2.svg1Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 064.82
21Increase2.svg1Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 061.23
22Increase2.svg1Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 061.11
23Decrease2.svg2Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 060.94
24Steady2.svgFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 059.30
25Steady2.svgFlag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 059.04
26Steady2.svgFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 056.32
27Steady2.svgFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 056.16
28Steady2.svgFlag of Chile.svg  Chile 055.20
29Steady2.svgFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 054.12
30Steady2.svgFlag of Germany.svg  Germany 053.13
*Change from the previous week

Overall

Results listed includes games that was played as West Germany. See East Germany for results recorded by East Germany.

Until the separation of Germany to East and West, Germany had a winning record of 51.35%, winning 19 matches in 37 games between 1900 and 1940. As West Germany, they recorded a 40% win rate, winning 62 matches in 155 games from 1952 and 1990. As a united Germany, from 1900 until present day, Germany has won 151 of their 333 representative matches.

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Germany national team at test level up until 7 January 2019. [46] [47]

OpponentPlayedWonLostDrawnWin %ForAgaDiff
Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 1100100.00%5611+45
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 1100100.00%699+60
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 29208168.97%689412+277
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 1100100.00%4012+28
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 5500100.00%15751+106
Flag of the British Army.svg British Army 1100100.00%269+17
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 10100.00%1029-19
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 10100.00%1032−22
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 311133.33%5067−17
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 972077.78254138+116
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 1559133.33%176223−47
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 981088.89%21599+116
Flag of France.svg  France 15213013.33%89298−209
Flag of France.svg  France XV 2902810.00%177822−645
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 70700.00%32366−334
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 2200100.00%5023+27
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 20415120.00%123253−130
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 2200100.00%7335+28
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 2200100.00%715+66
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 1100100.00%315+26
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 2200100.00%1507+143
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 1100100.00%430+43
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 743057.14%187128+59
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 1037030.00%97163-66
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 30300.00%40191-151
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 412713165.85%728421+307
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 1789047.06%255263−8
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 1156045.45%176276−100
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 20614030.00%227566−339
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 1001000.00%127507−380
Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 30300.00%52162−110
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg Serbia & Montenegro760185.71%23226+206
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 514020.00%53161−108
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 23813234.78%275496−221
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1073070.00%276135+141
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 5500100.00%14332+111
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 422050.00%5853+5
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 852162.50%170131+39
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 10100.00%1746−29
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 1100100.00%2421+3
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales Dev. XV10100.00%1427−13
Total3411521791044.57%56636667−1004

Squad

German 47-man squad for the 2019–20 Rugby Europe Trophy. [48]

Head Coaches: Flag of South Africa.svg Byron Schmidt and Melvine Smith

Player Position Date of birth (age)CapsClub/province
Elmar Heimpel Hooker 0 Flag of Germany.svg RG Heidelberg
Marcel Becker Hooker (1999-01-19) 19 January 1999 (age 22) Flag of Germany.svg SC Frankfurt 1880
Mark Fairhurst Hooker (1998-09-12) 12 September 1998 (age 22)4 Flag of Germany.svg TSV Handschuhsheim
Antony Dickinson Prop (1994-02-05) 5 February 1994 (age 27)11 Flag of Germany.svg RG Heidelberg
Felix Martel Prop (1996-01-17) 17 January 1996 (age 25)9 Flag of Germany.svg TSV Handschuhsheim
Jörn Schröder Prop (1992-11-08) 8 November 1992 (age 28)28 Flag of Germany.svg Heidelberger RK
Marcus Bender Prop (1988-05-28) 28 May 1988 (age 33)16 Flag of Germany.svg TSV Handschuhsheim
Paul Schüle Prop (1997-01-19) 19 January 1997 (age 24)2 Flag of Germany.svg TSV Handschuhsheim
Paul Weiss Prop (1991-09-14) 14 September 1991 (age 29)7 Flag of Germany.svg SC Neuenheim
Samy Füchsel Prop (1992-07-28) 28 July 1992 (age 29)45 Flag of Germany.svg SC Frankfurt 1880
Emil Rupf Lock (2000-08-09) 9 August 2000 (age 20)4 Flag of Germany.svg SC Frankfurt 1880
Erik Marks Lock (1996-12-09) 9 December 1996 (age 24)30 Flag of France.svg Vannes
Hassan Rayan Lock (1994-08-24) 24 August 1994 (age 26)1 Flag of Germany.svg SC Frankfurt 1880
Michel Himmer Lock 0 Flag of France.svg La Rochelle
Mick Burisch Lock (1999-11-28) 28 November 1999 (age 21)0 Flag of Germany.svg SC Neuenheim
Tim Schiffers Lock (1995-07-24) 24 July 1995 (age 26)0 Flag of Germany.svg RG Heidelberg
Carsten Lang Loose forward (1994-09-05) 5 September 1994 (age 26)6 Flag of Germany.svg RG Heidelberg
Chris Umeh Loose forward (2001-05-09) 9 May 2001 (age 20)0 Flag of Germany.svg Berliner RC
Felix Schippe Loose forward (1994-12-18) 18 December 1994 (age 26)0 Flag of Germany.svg DSV 78 Hannover
Johannes Schreieck Loose forward 0 Flag of Germany.svg RG Heidelberg
Justin Renc Loose forward 0 Flag of Germany.svg DSV 78 Hannover
Marcel Henn Loose forward (1992-09-10) 10 September 1992 (age 28)9 Flag of Germany.svg SC Frankfurt 1880
Nico Windemuth Loose forward 0 Flag of Germany.svg SC Germania List
Nicolas Rinklin Loose forward (1996-11-07) 7 November 1996 (age 24)0 Flag of Germany.svg SC Neuenheim
Onisimo Seremaia Loose forward 0 Flag of Germany.svg TSV 1846 Nürnberg
Robert Lehmann Loose forward (1988-09-22) 22 September 1988 (age 32)4 Flag of Germany.svg SC Neuenheim
Daniel Windolf Scrum-half 0 Flag of Germany.svg DSV 78 Hannover
Emil Schäfer Scrum-half (1999-07-06) 6 July 1999 (age 22)0 Flag of Germany.svg TSV Handschuhsheim
Oliver Paine Scrum-half (1991-09-25) 25 September 1991 (age 29)10 Flag of Germany.svg SC Neuenheim
Pierre Mathurin Scrum-half (1990-09-25) 25 September 1990 (age 30)10 Flag of Germany.svg Heidelberger RK
Tim Menzel Scrum-half (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 29)37 Flag of France.svg Rennes Étudiants Club Rugby
Daniel Koch Fly-half (1995-10-22) 22 October 1995 (age 25)4 Flag of Germany.svg SC Germania List
Nikolai Klewinghaus Fly-half (1998-03-16) 16 March 1998 (age 23)10 Flag of Germany.svg TSV Handschuhsheim
Anton Gleitze Centre (2000-04-10) 10 April 2000 (age 21)0 Flag of Germany.svg Berliner RC
Jarrod Saul Centre (1992-05-11) 11 May 1992 (age 29) Flag of Germany.svg DSV 78 Hannover
Lukas Deichmann Centre (1993-02-13) 13 February 1993 (age 28)1 Flag of Germany.svg SC Frankfurt 1880
Luke Wakefield Centre (1992-04-12) 12 April 1992 (age 29)0 Flag of Germany.svg SC Neuenheim
Maximilian Kopp Centre 0 Flag of Germany.svg DSV 78 Hannover
Niklas Hohl Centre (1996-08-05) 5 August 1996 (age 25)0 Flag of Germany.svg Heidelberger RK
Pascal Fischer Centre (1992-03-31) 31 March 1992 (age 29)12 Flag of Germany.svg DSV 78 Hannover
Felix Lammers Wing 6 Flag of Germany.svg Heidelberger RK
Joshua Tasche Wing (1995-09-08) 8 September 1995 (age 25)0 Flag of Germany.svg SC Neuenheim
Philip Gleitze Wing (2000-04-10) 10 April 2000 (age 21)0 Flag of Germany.svg Berliner RC
Zinzan Hees Wing (1994-12-11) 11 December 1994 (age 26)1 Flag of Germany.svg RK Heusenstamm
Benedikt Müssig Fullback (2000-02-18) 18 February 2000 (age 21)0 Flag of Germany.svg TSV Handschuhsheim
Leon Hees Fullback (1993-03-31) 31 March 1993 (age 28)0 Flag of Germany.svg RK Heusenstamm
Leonard Becker Fullback (1994-07-06) 6 July 1994 (age 27)0 Flag of Germany.svg SC Neuenheim

Rankings

Top 30 rankings as of 19 July, 2021 [45]
RankChange*TeamPoints
1Steady2.svgFlag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 094.20
2Steady2.svgFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 088.95
3Steady2.svgFlag of England.svg  England 085.44
4Steady2.svgIRFU flag.svg  Ireland 084.85
5Increase2.svg1Flag of France.svg  France 083.87
6Decrease2.svg1Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 083.48
7Increase2.svg2Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 083.15
8Steady2.svgFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 082.02
9Decrease2.svg2Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 080.59
10Steady2.svgFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 079.13
11Steady2.svgFlag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 076.87
12Steady2.svgFlag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 073.73
13Increase2.svg1Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 073.59
14Increase2.svg1Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 070.65
15Decrease2.svg2Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 068.57
16Steady2.svgFlag of the United States.svg  United States 068.10
17Steady2.svgFlag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 067.02
18Steady2.svgFlag of Romania.svg  Romania 066.22
19Increase2.svg1Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 065.67
20Decrease2.svg1Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 064.82
21Increase2.svg1Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 061.23
22Increase2.svg1Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 061.11
23Decrease2.svg2Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 060.94
24Steady2.svgFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 059.30
25Steady2.svgFlag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 059.04
26Steady2.svgFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 056.32
27Steady2.svgFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 056.16
28Steady2.svgFlag of Chile.svg  Chile 055.20
29Steady2.svgFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 054.12
30Steady2.svgFlag of Germany.svg  Germany 053.13
*Change from the previous week

Captains

The following players have captained Germany in the recent past:

CaptainYears
Horst Kemmling –1994
Dirk Kuhnen 1995–1998
Mark Schulze 1998–1999
Mark Kuhlmann 1999–2003
Colin Grzanna 2007–2008
Jens Schmidt 2006–2009
Mustafa Güngör 2009–2010
Alexander Widiker 2011–2014
Sean Armstrong2014–
Clemens von Grumbkow 2015
Michael Poppmeier 2016–2018
Sebastian Ferreira 2019
Jörn Schröder 2019-2020

Coaches

The following coaches have led Germany in the recent past:

CoachYears
Flag of Germany.svg Helmut Flügge 1959–1969
Flag of Germany.svg Klaus Wesch 1969–1981
Flag of Germany.svg Fritz Raupers 1981–1988
Flag of France.svg Robert Antonin 1988–1990
Flag of France.svg Jean-Claude Rutault 1990–1992
Flag of Romania.svg Petre Ianusevici 1992–2000
Flag of Germany.svg Torsten Schippe 2000–2001
Flag of Germany.svg Rudolf Finsterer 2001–2010
Flag of France.svg Bruno Stolorz 2008-2010
Flag of Germany.svg Torsten Schippe2010–2013
Flag of South Africa.svg Kobus Potgieter2013–2017
Flag of Uruguay.svg Pablo Lemoine 2018
Flag of England.svg Mike Ford 2018–2019
Flag of Germany.svg Mark Kuhlmann (interim)2019
Flag of South Africa.svg Byron Schmidt and Melvine Smith 2020
Flag of Germany.svg Mark Kuhlmann 2020 -

Silver medal team 1900

Germany, represented by SC 1880 Frankfurt, at the 1900 Summer Olympics Rugby1 1900.jpg
Germany, represented by SC 1880 Frankfurt, at the 1900 Summer Olympics

The following players were part of the team that won the silver medal at the 1900 Summer Olympics: [49]

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Mustafa Güngör is a German international rugby union player, playing for the TV Pforzheim in the Rugby-Bundesliga and the German national rugby union team. He is a former captain of the German Sevens and German XV team. He made his debut for Germany in a game against Sweden in 2003.

Germany at the 2006–2008 European Nations Cup was the first time since 1981 that the German national rugby union team reached highest level of FIRA rugby, the European Nations Cup, by winning its group, the Division 2A in 2006–2008.

Alexander Widiker is a German international rugby union player, playing for Heidelberger RK in the Rugby-Bundesliga and, formerly, the German national rugby union team.

Matthieu Franke is a German international rugby union player, playing for RC Orléans in the Fédérale 1 and the German national rugby union team. He is the brother of Guillaume Franke, who has also played for Germany. He made his debut for Germany in a game against Moldova on 11 November 2006.

Guillaume Franke is a German international rugby union player, playing for RC Orléans in the Fédérale 1 and the German national rugby union team. He is the brother of Matthieu Franke, who has also played for Germany.

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Bruno Stolorz is a former coach of the German national rugby union team.

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Rudolf-Kalweit-Stadion

The Rudolf-Kalweit-Stadion is an association football and rugby union stadium in Hanover, Germany. It is the home ground and owned by the football team Arminia Hannover and also frequently used for international games of the Germany national rugby union team. Additionally, the American football team Hannover Spartans also uses the ground.

The Germany national under-18 rugby union team is the under-18 team of the Germany national rugby union team in the sport of rugby union.

Germany at the 2010–2012 European Nations Cup saw a return of the German national rugby union team to the ENC Second Division, having been relegated without a win from the First Division in 2008–2010. The renaming of division within the ENC however meant, that the former Second Division is now named First Division B. The team struggled in the first half of the competition, only winning one of their five games but improved in the second half, when it won three games, to finish fourth overall and well clear of relegation.

Arthur Zeiler is a German international rugby union player, playing for the Heidelberger RK in the Rugby-Bundesliga and the German national rugby union team.

Tim Menzel is a German international rugby union player, playing for the TSV Handschuhsheim in the Rugby-Bundesliga and the German national rugby union team.

Sven Wetzel is a German international rugby union player, playing for the TSV Handschuhsheim in the Rugby-Bundesliga and the German national rugby union team.

The 2014–16 European Nations Cup First Division is the premier rugby union competition below the Six Nations Championship in Europe. It is divided into two tiers; Division 1A and Division 1B.

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