Serbia national rugby union team

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Serbia
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Head coach LJubomir Bukvic
Captain Miladin Zivanov
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First colours
World Rugby ranking
Current88 (as of 23 November 2020)
First international
State Flag of Serbia (1882-1918).svg  Serbia 8–3 British Colonies
(9 March 1918)
Biggest win
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 52–0 Slovenia  Flag of Slovenia.svg
(29 October 2011)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 108–0 Serbia  Flag of Serbia (2004-2010).svg
(12 November 2005)
World Cup
Appearancesnone

The Serbia national rugby union team is classified as a tier three nation by World Rugby, and has yet to qualify for the Rugby World Cup. They have played over 100 internationals.

Contents

The national side is ranked 84th in the world (as of 29 July 2019). [1]

History

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A Serbian Rugby Team, 1918

The first known rugby players from Serbia were Serbian students in George Heriot's School in Edinburgh, Scotland during The First World War. On March, 9th 1918 they played their first unofficial international game, in front of 10,000 spectators, against a British Dominions VII and won by eight points to three. [2] Notable players from this period included Toma Tomić from Leskovac, Dimitrije Dulkanović from Ćuprija and Danilo Pavlović from Prokuplje. Serbian students also played rugby at the High School of Dundee and Hillhead High School in Glasgow. The best Serbian player in Scotland was Slavoljub DJordjevic from Čajetina. He played more than 100 games for Hillhead HS, Glasgow University RFC and Hillhead RFC in Scotland rugby top competitions.

Serbia played as a part of Yugoslavia since 1919 until 1992, then as FR Yugoslavia until 2003, and, finally, as Serbia and Montenegro from 2003 to 2006. Yugoslavia made their official international debut in 1968 against a Romanian XV, losing 3 points to 11. They made their full test debut the following month, losing 6 points to 29 against Bulgaria. They won their first official international match in 1969, defeating Bulgaria 22 points to six.

During the 60s, 70s and 80s, Serbian players played for the Yugoslavia national rugby union team alongside players from the rest of Yugoslavia. After the wars and breakup of Yugoslavia, the Yugoslavia team consisted of players from Serbia only, and they played their first full international against Andorra at Vršac in 1996.

After 1996, playing as FR Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro until 2006, they have played regularly in FIRA-AER and IRB competitions.

Current squad

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Serbia Rugby Team 2010

Senior Squad: [3] [4]

PlayerPositionCapsClub
Alen Cosovic Hooker 4 Flag of Serbia.svg Rugby Club Rad
Vlastimir Sretenovic Hooker 19 Flag of Serbia.svg Belgrade Rugby Club Red Star
Bojan Lukic Hooker 15 Flag of Austria.svg Vienna Celtic Rugby Football Club
Vladimir Djukic Prop 40 Flag of Serbia.svg Rugby Club Rad
Bosko Jovanovic Prop 5 Flag of France.svg Châteaurenard
Vid Pejovic Prop 5 Flag of Serbia.svg Rugby Club Dinamo
Uros Martinovic Prop 4 Flag of Serbia.svg Belgrade Rugby Club Red Star
Predrag Vraneš Prop 23 Flag of Serbia.svg Rugby Club Rad
Goran Porobic Lock 2 Flag of Serbia.svg Rugby Club Vojvodina
Thomas Cvijanovic Lock 6 Flag of England.svg Vale of Lune RFC
Aleksandar Krstic Lock 22 Flag of Serbia.svg Rugby Club Partizan
Đorđe Preradojevic Lock 9 Flag of Serbia.svg Rugby Club Partizan
Vladimir Mijatovic Lock 5 Flag of Serbia.svg Rugby Club Vojvodina
Mirko Rankovic Lock 15 Flag of Serbia.svg Rugby Club Rad
Marko Gvozdenovic Flanker 6 Flag of France.svg Massy RC
Stanislav LJubicic Flanker 7 Flag of Serbia.svg Rugby Club Rad
Milan Marinkovic Flanker 15 Flag of Scotland.svg GHA RFC
Stefan DJordjevic Flanker 7 Flag of Serbia.svg Rugby Club Partizan
Boris Martic Number 8 36 Flag of France.svg RC Jacou Montpellier Nord
Julien Matijasevic Scrum-half 7 Flag of France.svg Sporting Tulle
Nikola Stankovic Fly-half 6 Flag of Serbia.svg Rugby Club Rad
Marko Kapor Fly-half 50 Flag of Serbia.svg Rugby Club Rad
Janko Zemun Milinkovic Scrum-hal 10 Flag of Italy.svg AS Rugby Bergamo 1950
Rajko Jankovic Wing 5 Flag of Serbia.svg Rugby Club Vojvodina
Miladin Živanov Centre 36 Flag of Serbia.svg Rugby Club Rad
Nikola Tatic Centre 3 Flag of Serbia.svg Rugby Club Dinamo Pancevo
Uros Babic Wing 15 Flag of Serbia.svg Rugby Club Rad
Kaspar Strugar Wing 2 Flag of England.svg Sheffield University RFC
Luka Rakita Wing 2 Flag of Serbia.svg Rugby Club Vojvodina
Igor Dejanovic Fullback 31 Flag of Serbia.svg Rugby Club Partizan

Results

As the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1996–2002)

DateLocationOppositionResultTournament
4/05/1996 Vršac Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 30–12 1995–1997 FIRA Trophy
18/05/1996 Gabrovo Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 39–9 1995–1997 FIRA Trophy
6/10/1996 Kiev Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 0–60 1999 Rugby World Cup - European qualification
2/11/1996 Vienna Flag of Austria.svg  Austria Default 1999 Rugby World Cup - European qualification
1/03/1997 Pančevo Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 8–0 1999 Rugby World Cup - European qualification
10/05/1997 Pančevo Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 10–7 1999 Rugby World Cup - European qualification
8/11/1997 Nyon Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 13–29 1997–1998 FIRA Tournament
25/04/1998 Belgrade Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 30–6 1997–1998 FIRA Tournament
20/05/1998 Belgrade Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 44–0 1997–1998 FIRA Tournament
2/06/1998 Riga Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Default 1997–1998 FIRA Tournament
10/10/1998 Brussels Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 6–12 1998–1999 FIRA Tournament
8/05/1999 Tunis Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 6–45 1998–1999 FIRA Tournament
2/04/2000 Belgrade Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 17–3 European Nations Cup Fourth Division 2000
30/04/2000 Pernik Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 33–6 European Nations Cup Fourth Division 2000
13/05/2000 Herzlia Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 17–3 European Nations Cup Fourth Division 2000
14/10/2000Andorra la VellaFlag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 9–12 2003 Rugby World Cup – European qualification
5/11/2000 Dimitrovgrad Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 46–6 2003 Rugby World Cup – European qualification
31/03/2001 Dimitrovgrad Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 25–10 2003 Rugby World Cup – European qualification
12/05/2001 Zenica Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 13–23 2003 Rugby World Cup – European qualification
26/5/2001 Gornji Milanovac Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 13–10 2003 Rugby World Cup – European qualification
20/10/2001 Chişinău Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 16–36 2001–2002 European Nations Cup Third Division
6/04/2002 Belgrade Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 26–8 2001–2002 European Nations Cup Third Division
4/05/2002Andorra La VellaFlag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 19–5 2001–2002 European Nations Cup Third Division
11/05/2002 Belgrade Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 27–21 2001–2002 European Nations Cup Third Division

As Serbia and Montenegro (2003–2006)

DateLocationOppositionResultTournament
26.04.2003. Esztergom Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 23–47 2002–2003 European Nations Cup Third Division
03.05.2003. Belgrade Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 18–29 2002–2003 European Nations Cup Third Division
24.05.2003. Chişinău Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 17–17 2002–2003 European Nations Cup Third Division
10.04.2004. Subotica Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 31–3 2003–2004 European Nations Cup Third Division
17.04.2004. Marsa Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 18–20 2003–2004 European Nations Cup Third Division
08.05.2004. Pančevo Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 20–43 2003–2004 European Nations Cup Third Division
13.11.2004. Belgrade Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 33–10 2007 Rugby World Cup – Europe qualification
19.03.2005. Belgrade Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 11–11 2007 Rugby World Cup – Europe qualification
09.04.2005. Valletta Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 24–13 2007 Rugby World Cup – Europe qualification
07.05.2005. Łódź Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 11–18 2007 Rugby World Cup – Europe qualification
08.10.2005. Split Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 9–26 2007 Rugby World Cup – Europe qualification
05.11.2005. Pančevo Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 3–16 2007 Rugby World Cup – Europe qualification
12.11.2005. Heidelberg Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 0–108 2007 Rugby World Cup – Europe qualification
08.04.2006. Lazarevac Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 15–36 2007 Rugby World Cup – Europe qualification

As Serbia (2006–)

DateLocationOppositionResultTournament
07.10.2006.NyonFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 9–30 2006–2008 European Nations Cup Third Division
04.11.2006. Belgrade Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 34–23 2006–2008 European Nations Cup Third Division
14.04.2007. Pančevo Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 12–30 2006–2008 European Nations Cup Third Division
27.10.2007.OdenseFlag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 17–17 2006–2008 European Nations Cup Third Division
24.11.2007. Pančevo Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 5–13 2006–2008 European Nations Cup Third Division
26.04.2008.LundFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 3–22 2006–2008 European Nations Cup Third Division
10.05.2008. Yerevan Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 0–25 2006–2008 European Nations Cup Third Division
25.05.2008. Belgrade Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 19–8 2006–2008 European Nations Cup Third Division
13.09.2008. Smederevo Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 0–41 2008–2010 European Nations Cup Third Division
06.12.2008. Smederevo Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 32–7 2008–2010 European Nations Cup Third Division
04.04.2009.NyonFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 12–6 2008–2010 European Nations Cup Third Division
02.05.2009. Vilnius Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 9–50 2008–2010 European Nations Cup Third Division
24.10.2009. Belgrade Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 13–8 2008–2010 European Nations Cup Third Division
28.11.2009.Andorra La VellaFlag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 7–21 2008–2010 European Nations Cup Third Division
10.04.2010.AbovianFlag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 19–20 2008–2010 European Nations Cup Third Division
24.04.2010. Pančevo Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 5–77 2008–2010 European Nations Cup Third Division
23.10.2010. Ljubljana Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 3–33 2010–2012 European Nations Cup Second Division
20.11.2010. Belgrade Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 18–15 2010–2012 European Nations Cup Second Division
19.02.2011.Andorra La VellaFlag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 25–42 2010–2012 European Nations Cup Second Division
07.05.2011. Belgrade Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 20–18 2010–2012 European Nations Cup Second Division
29.10.2011. Belgrade Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 52–0 2010–2012 European Nations Cup Second Division
12.11.2011.MontheyFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 19–27 2010–2012 European Nations Cup Second Division
14.04.2012. Belgrade Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 7–9 2010–2012 European Nations Cup Second Division
21.04.2012.Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 25–0 2010–2012 European Nations Cup Second Division
13.10.2012.NetanyaFlag of Israel.svg  Israel 22–48 2012–2014 European Nations Cup Second Division
27.10.2012. Belgrade Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 39–22 2012–2014 European Nations Cup Second Division
03.11.2012. Belgrade Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 26–29 2012–2014 European Nations Cup Second Division
13.04.2013.OdenseFlag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 0–38 2012–2014 European Nations Cup Second Division
12.10.2013.ValmieraFlag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 14–25 2012–2014 European Nations Cup Second Division
19.10.2013. Belgrade Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 6–18 2012–2014 European Nations Cup Second Division
30.03.2014. Andorra La Vella Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 12–23 2012–2014 European Nations Cup Second Division
12.04.2014. Belgrade Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 19–33 2012–2014 European Nations Cup Second Division
18.10.2014. Ljubljana Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 3–48 2014–16 European Nations Cup Second Division
25.10.2014. Belgrade Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 0–36 2014–16 European Nations Cup Second Division
18.04.2015. Belgrade Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 22–3 2014–16 European Nations Cup Second Division
25.04.2015. Odense Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 25–22 2014–16 European Nations Cup Second Division
07.11.2015. Belgrade Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 17–33 2014–16 European Nations Cup Second Division
14.11.2015. Luxembourg Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 24–30 2014–16 European Nations Cup Second Division
09.04.2016. Vienna Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 26–12 2014–16 European Nations Cup Second Division
16.04.2016. Belgrade Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 23–20 2014–16 European Nations Cup Second Division
29.10.2016. Ljubljana Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 13–74 2016–17 Rugby Europe International Championships
05.11.2016. Zrenjanin Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 25–0 2016–17 Rugby Europe International Championships
09.04.2017. Zenica Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 10–21 2016–17 Rugby Europe International Championships
29.04.2017. Belgrade Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 29–12 2016–17 Rugby Europe International Championships
21.10.2017. Vienna Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 25–27 2017–18 Rugby Europe International Championships
28.10.2017. Pancevo Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 21–30 2017–18 Rugby Europe International Championships
21.04.2018. Piestany Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 50–24 2017–18 Rugby Europe International Championships
28.04.2018. Belgrade Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 35–17 2017–18 Rugby Europe International Championships
13.10.2018. Belgrade Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 29–35 2018–19 Rugby Europe International Championships
10.11.2018. Piestany Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 37–10 2018–19 Rugby Europe International Championships
11.05.2019. Pancevo Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 35–27 2018–19 Rugby Europe International Championships
18.05.2019. Andorra La Vella Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 0–33 2018–19 Rugby Europe International Championships
12.10.2019. Sofia Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 7–71 2019–20 Rugby Europe International Championships
19.10.2019. Belgrade Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 30–15 2019–20 Rugby Europe International Championships

Overall

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Serbia national XV at test level up until 19.10.2019.

NationGamesWonLostDrawnPercentage of wins
Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 1037030%
Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 633050%
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 642067%
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 20200%
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 20200%
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 642066,66%
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 10100%
Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 1100100%
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 632150%
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 10100%
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 321066,66%
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 532060%
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 312033%
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 312033,33%
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 20200%
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 312033,33%
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 412125%
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 10100%
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 2200100%
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 835037%
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 20200%
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 1054155%
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 10100%
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 2200100%
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 10100%
Total913949340%

Player records

Most caps

#NameYearsCapsPosition
1Marko Kapor1999–50Fly-half
2 Nikola Stancevic 1973–199045Flanker
3Milan Rastovac1997–201345Centre
4 Nenad Matejic 2002–201942Fullback
5 Dragan Grujic 1988–200639Fullback
6 Vladimir DJukic 2008–40Prop
7 Boris Martic 2005–36Flanker
8 Miladin Zivanov 2006–36Centre
9 Aleksandar DJordjevic 2008–201732Centre
10 Aleksandar Poprecica 1996–200632Flanker

Last updated: Serbia vs Turkey, 19 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Top point scorers

#NameCareerPointsCapsPosition
1Marko Kapor1999–20950Fly-half
2 Vladimir Jelic 1996–201410314Fly-half
3 Boris Martic 2005–10336Flanker
4 Dragan Grujic 1988–20069839Full-back
5 Milan Orlovic 2007–20147524Centre
6 Nenad Matejic 2002–20147142Full-back
7 Marko Gvozdenovic 2015–636Flanker
8Milan Rastovac1997–20135545Centre
9 Goran Vucicevic 1996–20024014Centre
10 Sasa DJukic 1996–20113628Wing

Youngest players

#PlayerPosAgeOppositionDate
1. Stefan Jerkovic Centre 17 years 10 months 28 daysFlag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 29/10/2016
2. Srdjan Bozic Scrum-half 17 years 11 months 21 daysFlag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 10/11/2018
3. Ivan Pirkovic Centre 18 years 1 month 12 daysFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 14/04/2007
4. Aleksandar Jakisic Flanker 18 years 2 months 3 daysFlag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 21/04/1991
5.Milan Rastovac Centre 18 years 2 months 4 daysFlag of Israel.svg  Israel 10/05/1997
6. Ivan Biocanin Prop 18 years 2 months 25 daysFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 08/11/1997
7. Marko Isailovic Wing 18 years 3 months 3 daysFlag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 25/10/2014
7. Branimir Petrovic Centre 18 years 3 months 3 daysFlag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 28/11/2009
9. Janko Zemun Milinkovic Scrum-half 18 years 3 months 28 daysFlag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 22/04/2017
10. Dalibor Vukanovic Centre 18 years 4 months 6 daysFlag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 13/11/2004

Last updated: Andorra vs Serbia, 18 May 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Oldest players

#PlayerPosAgeOppositionDate
1. Srdjan Nikolic Tighthead Prop 43 years 1 month 2 daysFlag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 12/10/2019
2. Vladimir Jelic Fly-half 41 years 9 months 12 daysFlag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 25/10/2014
3. Milan Medic Hooker 40 years 9 months 4 daysFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 08/11/1997
4. Sasa DJukic Wing 40 years 4 month 23 daysFlag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 19/02/2011
5. Branislav Acimovic Prop 39 years 10 months 22 daysFlag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 06/12/2008
6. Dragan Grujic Fullback 39 years 9 months 7 daysFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 08/04/2006
7. Dejan Karatrajkovski Scrum-half 39 years 5 months 6 daysFlag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 25/04/2015
8. Nikola Stancevic Flanker 39 years 4 months 25 daysFlag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 26/05/1990
9. Bojan Lukic Hooker 39 years 3 months 10 daysFlag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 12/10/2019
10.Marko Kapor Fly-half 39 years 2 months 25 daysFlag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 19/10/2019

Last updated: Andorra vs Serbia, 15 May 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

World Cup record

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