Hungary national rugby union team

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Hungary
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UnionHungarian Rugby Union
Head coachGareth Lloyd
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First colours
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Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current64 (as of 23 November 2020)
First international
Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 3 – 7 East Germany  Flag of East Germany.svg
(1990)
Biggest win
Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 56 – 8 Bosnia and Herz. Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg
(24 September 2005)
Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 53 – 5 Estonia  Flag of Estonia.svg
(1 October 2016)
Biggest defeat
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic 64 – 0 Hungary Flag of Hungary.svg
(12 October 2019)

The Hungary national rugby union team is governed by the Hungarian Rugby Union. They have yet to qualify for the Rugby World Cup, although they have entered qualifiers for all the tournaments from the 1995 edition onwards. They compete annually in the European Nations Cup, currently in Division 2C.

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The national side is ranked 68th in the world (as of 29 July 2019). [1]

History

Hungary played their first official match against East Germany in Érd in 1990, losing 3–7, but they played a number of unofficial matches prior to this, mainly against a likewise unofficial Austrian team, including a match in Győr on 1 May 1983. [2]

Hungary first entered the qualifiers for the 1995 World Cup in 1993, being at the wrong end of an 8–67 scoreline against Israel. Things went better in the 1999 qualifying rounds, where they beat Lithuania and Luxembourg, but lost to Andorra and Sweden.

In the 2003 qualifiers, they won against Andorra and Bulgaria, but lost to Bosnia, Yugoslavia (as Serbia was then still known), and Switzerland. The 2007 qualifying was their worst performance to date, losing all four matches played, including a 9–63 thumping by Spain.

Current squad

Squad to 2014 European Nations Cup - Division 2D. [3]

Strip

The badge on the shirt derives from the Csodaszarvas, a mythological stag that led the ancient Hungarian people to the Pannonian Basin.

In the Austria match of 1983, they played in presumably white jerseys with either a black or dark green hoop, black shorts, and either black or dark green socks with white tops. After the MRgSz was established, the team reverted to the flag colors of red, white, and green, with the current strip consisting of red shirts and shorts and green socks.

Grounds

Hungary plays its home games at the Budapest Rugby Center in Kincsem Park. Most games, before the new stadium was built in 2019, used to be held in Esztergom.

Record

AgainstPlayedWonLostDrawnWin percentage
Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 413025%
Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 10100%
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 1174063.64%
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 431075%
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 4400100%
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 40400%
Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 10100%
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 312033.33%
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 10100%
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 312033.3%
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 20200%
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 624033.33%
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 2200100%
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 10100%
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 30300%
Flag of Monaco.svg  Monaco 1100100%
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 4400100%
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 312033.33%
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 1046040%
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 10100%
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 10100%
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 10100%
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 10100%
Total712942040.85%

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References

  1. https://www.world.rugby/rankings/mru?lang=en
  2. Team photo vs Austria in 1983 Included in the photo are current MRgSz Honorary President Lajos Vida-Szűcs and current national team manager and president of Esztergomi Vitézek András Neuzer.
  3. http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/home/matches/match=13794/index.html Archived 21 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine