Ukraine national rugby union team

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Ukraine
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Nickname(s)Kozaki (The Cossacks)
Emblem Trident
Union National Rugby Federation of Ukraine
Head coachValerii Kochanov
CaptainTBC
Home stadiumVarious
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First colours
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Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current36 (as of 24 February 2021)
Highest24 (2004)
Lowest42 (2018)
First international
Flag of Georgia (1990-2004).svg Georgia 19–15 Ukraine Flag of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.svg
(Tbilisi, Georgia 21 November 1991)
Biggest win
Flag of Austria.svg Austria 0–78 UkraineFlag of Ukraine.svg
(Vienna, Austria 14 May 1994)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Romania.svg Romania 97–0 UkraineFlag of Ukraine.svg
(Bucharest, Romania 19 March 2005)
Website www.rugby.org.ua

The Ukraine national rugby union team (Ukrainian : Збірна України з регбі) represents Ukraine in men's international rugby union competitions. Nicknamed The Cossacks (Kozaki), is one of the tier 3 teams in Europe that currently compete in the second division of the Rugby Europe International Championships in the Rugby Europe Trophy, a competition which is just below the Rugby Europe Championship where the top 6 countries in Europe (apart from the teams in the Six Nations) compete. They are yet to participate in any Rugby World Cup.

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History

Ukraine made their international debut in 1991 against Georgia after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, losing the close game 15-19. The two nations played again three days later, where Georgia won again with the score of 6-0. The following year Ukraine met Georgia once more for a two match series, losing both matches. In their first match of 1993. they defeated Hungary 41-3 for their first ever win since their independence. This was followed by another three wins in succession, against Croatia, Slovenia and Austria. This streak would however end in 1994 with a loss to Denmark.

In 1996 Ukraine defeated Latvia 19-3; the match would be the start of a nine match winning streak) which would be the longest thus far. The wins carried on until 1998, where they lost to the Netherlands 13-35. The late 1990s, Ukraine saw mixed results and defeated teams like Poland and the Czech Republic, but they lost games to the likes of their neighbours Russia, Georgia and Romania.

Ukraine played in the first division of 2005-06 European Nations Cup, the tournament where the best teams in Europe outside of the Six Nations and the tournament that also served as a qualifier for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. Ukraine lost all ten of their fixtures and were relegated to Division 2A while within the qualifiers, the bottom three teams went on to Round 4 of the European World Cup qualifiers, so Ukraine would find their selves playing against Russia twice to determine who goes through to the next round of the qualifiers. Ukraine lost both games by the scores 11-25 and 37-17.

Record

World Cup

World Cup record World Cup Qualification record
YearRoundPWDLFAPWDLFA
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Flag of New Zealand.svg 1987 Part of USSR: Not an independent countryPart of USSR: Not an independent country
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg IRFU flag.svg Flag of France.svg 1991 Part of USSR: Not an independent countryPart of USSR: Not an independent country
Flag of South Africa.svg 1995 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg 1999 Did not qualify8602274108
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2003 430110054
Flag of France.svg 2007 120012105618
Flag of New Zealand.svg 2011 10505150203
Flag of England.svg 2015 10505267228
Flag of Japan.svg 2019 500552215
Flag of France.svg 2023 Automatically eliminated
Total0/900000049190309481426

Current Players

Ukraine squad for the 2011–12 European Nations Cup First Division. [1] [2] [3]

Notable players

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References

  1. "Ukraine (6) 6 - 41 (20) Spain (FT)". ESPN Scrum. 2012-02-25.
  2. "Russia (21) 38 - 19 (12) Ukraine (FT)". ESPN Scrum. 2012-03-10.
  3. "Ukraine (13) 35 - 33 (16) Portugal (FT)". ESPN Scrum. 2012-03-17.