Tirana Rugby Club

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Rugby Club Tirana
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Full nameRugby Club Tirana
Union Rugby union in Albania
Nickname(s)Klubi i Regbisë Tirana
KR Tirana
Tirana RC
FoundedAugust 2013;9 years ago (August 2013)
Location Tirana, Albania
Ground(s) Tirana Olympic Park (Capacity: 1,200)
ChairmanXhino Drangu
Coach(es)Adam Vernon
Captain(s)Girsjan Priska
League(s)Skënderbeu Cup
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Tirana Rugby Club (Albanian:Klubi Regbisë Tirana) is a rugby team based in Tirana, Albania. Established in August 2013, it is the first and oldest rugby team in Albania. [1] [2] [3]



In 2011, rugby was promoted as the next major sport in Albania. The first match was held on 4 August 2013, with the participation of Tirana Rugby Club and immigrants from Italy. The promotional event was held at Selman Stërmasi Stadium.


In August 2013 Tirana RC was officially founded from some guys who simply had the desire to offer something more than the existing sports in the country. It was created for something different, more adrenaline, more contact. The beginnings and creation of a compact squad was not easy due to lack of popularity of this sport, which made the approach and recruitment very difficult. Xhino Drangu and Adam Vernon were two guys who worked hard to establish the first steps of the game which then made the recruitment easier. More new players joined the club. Drangu has had 5 years experience in the United Kingdom. He became the first coach in 2013 and later the clubs first President. He helped players start understanding and play genuine rugby.

As years went on, squad became more solid and was able to play friendlies. The first one was played against Kosovo Roosters RC in 2013. In 2014, Adam Vernon became the second coach of the team. He is of English origin and has played rugby in high levels, semi or fully professional. The second friendly was again played against Kosovo Roosters RC in Tirana. In beginning of 2015, club submitted the necessary application to become officially recognized. Registration was made possible and club got the status of a non-profit organization. Same year, along with rugby, club took part at the first cricket game in Albania. This was mediated from members of the British Embassy in Albania and of Crown Agents.

In 2015, club took part in a tournament organized in Pristina with the participation of 3 clubs: Tirana RC (Albania), Kosovo Roosters RC (Kosovo) and Kibubu RC (Belgium). Tirana RC ranked third in the end of the event. Same year two more friendlies were played against RK Podgorica (Montenegro), a very experienced team with many players part of Montenegro National Team. First match was played in Albania and second one in Montenegro and despite the heavy defeats, served as necessary tests and experience for Tirana's young players. As Tirana RC was gaining more experience and connections with other clubs, the plan of a Nationwide Cup was soon materialized. It was named "Skenderbe Cup" and there were only two participants; Tirana RC and Kosovo Roosters RC. It consisted of three matches within a year and the winner of two matches would be the victor. Other Albanian and Kosovan clubs were free to join the event. First match was played in 28 November 2015 and was won by Tirana RC with a score 24-10. A second one was played in Pristina.

In 2016, Tirana RC created a second club, KR Iliret. History was written again on 16 May when for the first time the two first clubs of Albania had their first match. This was played in Elbasan and KR Iliret won 12-0. Match was sponsored by OSCE.

The two teams played two more friendlies, on 30 October 2016 and 9 January 2018.

On 9 April 2016 Tirana RC played a friendly against RK Mornar in Tirana, which was won by the guests. 1st part ended 17-17 and the 2nd 27-36.

On 19 June 2016 Tirana RC participated on the second Cricket Game in Albania.

Future plans

With Tirana RC growing with new members and gaining more experience, club is planning to arrange friendlies with stronger rivals. The main goal of Tirana RC is development of rugby as a new sport in Albania and, as the first and only rugby squad has the obligation to disseminate it further. The other goal is assisting and cooperating on the creation of other rugby teams in the country.

An important step in the establishment of relations with international clubs is twinning with two Italian clubs, Aquila and Gran Sasso. Club is attempting on organizing events and matches in the future.


As of February 2016 [4]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Adam Vernon Fly-half Flag of England.svg England
Aldo Kushta Prop Flag of Albania.svg Albania (no union)
Andi Bejo Number 8 Flag of Albania.svg Albania (no union)
Ardit Suka Wing Flag of Albania.svg Albania (no union)
Arnaldo Telo Flanker Flag of Albania.svg Albania (no union)
Aurel Gjeloshi Hooker Flag of Albania.svg Albania (no union)
Dajan Shatraj Wing Flag of Albania.svg Albania (no union)
Ditmar Halla Prop Flag of Albania.svg Albania (no union)
Edvi Muça Prop Flag of Albania.svg Albania (no union)
Fabian Thanasaj Second row Flag of Albania.svg Albania (no union)
Girsjan Priska Prop Flag of Albania.svg Albania (no union)
Gjergji Bitani Second row Flag of Albania.svg Albania (no union)
Indrit Murgu Centre Flag of Albania.svg Albania (no union)
Jon Gajo Wing Flag of Albania.svg Albania (no union)
Kein Turdiu Flanker Flag of Albania.svg Albania (no union)
Kristian Kondi Centre Flag of Albania.svg Albania (no union)
Luigi Sciorio Scrum-half Flag of Italy.svg Italy
Mariglen Nezaj Fullback Flag of Albania.svg Albania (no union)
Oğulcan Yiğit Şatıroğlu Number 8 Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey
Olban Llapaj Fly-half Flag of Albania.svg Albania (no union)
Orest Bala Prop Flag of Albania.svg Albania (no union)
Orion Jucja Second row Flag of Albania.svg Albania (no union)
Serxho Hatibi Second row Flag of Albania.svg Albania (no union)
Shaban Penxho Scrum-half Flag of Albania.svg Albania (no union)
Silvio Cela Fullback Flag of Albania.svg Albania (no union)

Current coaching staff

Club president Flag of Albania.svg Xhino Drangu
Head coach Flag of England.svg Adam Vernon
Internal Coordinator Flag of Albania.svg Ditmar Halla
External Coordinator Flag of Albania.svg Mariglen Nezaj
Accountant Flag of Albania.svg Kein Turdiu
Marketing Flag of Albania.svg Andi Bejo
Director of Albania Rugby Ulster Banner.svg Marty Lusty

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