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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Another crazy rugby brawl in Romania

There’s unfortunately been another out of control fight in a Romanian rugby match, this time between CSU Arad and RCM Timisoara, resulting in three players being taken to hospital after the match.

It’s hard to say what exactly sparked it, but pretty much the whole team was involved in this mass brawl that spread across the field and included substitutes and coaches from both sides.

It started 20 minutes into the first half of the Central and Eastern European Rugby Cup match, held in the western city of Arad, Romania on Sunday

The manager of RCM, Danut Borzas, said that they had received threats before the match, which resulted in their players being punched and kicked after twenty minutes of rugby.

"We have three players in hospital. They were punched and thrown to the ground and then kicked," he said.

One player suffered head injuries, another had a broken nose and the third had several teeth knocked out.

The Romanian Rugby Federation has declined to comment as yet, but Borzas says he will be sending in a complaint, and probably to the International Rugby Federation too.

The match was won 42-16 by RCM Timisoara.

While this type of thing can happen anywhere in the world, something seems to be missing in the culture and minds of these players. Making threats before a match is ridiculous, and certainly not a part of rugby as we know it.

Time: 01:25
Note: If anyone has any further info, pics, or video of the incident, please send it in. Thanks.




    By Anonymous Woop, at October 13, 2009 1:36 pm  

  • I am a nooby, this is my first ever post that was first, I am generally very shy.

    By Anonymous Woop, at October 13, 2009 1:40 pm  

  • "The match was won 42-16 by RCM Timisoara." ...... So after that they actually played on? What has to happen for a match to get canceled over there??

    By Anonymous Le Brack, at October 13, 2009 2:50 pm  

  • This fight doesn't interest me, just popped in to comment on the state of the housing in the background. Yeesh!

    By Anonymous David S, at October 13, 2009 2:52 pm  

  • ahaha, these guys are crazy...
    me and my team played against them in the central and eastern european cup!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 13, 2009 3:07 pm  

  • "ahaha, these guys are crazy...
    me and my team played against them in the central and eastern european cup!"

    the most incredible thing is that you seem proud of that! Proud to behave like an animal? ok...

    By Anonymous rodofle, at October 13, 2009 3:39 pm  

  • While fights can and do happen in every country that plays rugby, have you played a Romanian team before? They are well known as violent and dirty players....it's like club rugby in France in the 1980s.

    Romanians have none of that "hard but fair" ethose that you generally see in other rugby cultures. I am surpised they don't bring knives onto the pitch....it's just a matter of time until somoen gets killed.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at October 13, 2009 3:40 pm  

  • what a disgrace

    By Blogger Chris, at October 13, 2009 4:28 pm  

  • Ugly.

    By Anonymous Phil, at October 13, 2009 4:53 pm  

  • '"The match was won 42-16 by RCM Timisoara." ...... So after that they actually played on? What has to happen for a match to get canceled over there??'

    I think there was one back in the 80s or so when a player broke his neck while playing, and died before an ambulance came, but they refused to allow a sub, and kept playing anyway.

    I dont mind saying, id be scared to be on the same pitch as some of these guys. 6'5", 18 stone tongans fine (and this is at u16 level), but no way would I risk playing this lot.

    By Anonymous ScrumGuru, at October 13, 2009 4:57 pm  

  • Whats the deal with these Romainians? If they put as much focus on getting better at the game as they do with fight/intimidating each other they actually get somewhere.

    Giving the game a bad name.

    By Anonymous semperfimamba, at October 13, 2009 5:22 pm  

  • Looks like a Bloods and Crips showdown over there...

    More like football hooligans than rugby players. 0:55, even the old man is getting into it.

    Just ridiculous. I wonder how they plan on stamping out that sort of behavior.

    By Anonymous Paglias, at October 13, 2009 5:38 pm  

  • they should just ban the focking club that started that shit


    By Anonymous b, at October 13, 2009 6:21 pm  

  • That "gentlemen" aspect of rugby seems to have completely escaped some of the cultures into which the game has traveled.

    By Anonymous Ref, at October 13, 2009 11:22 pm  

  • they seem to our-frenchleague the french league

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 14, 2009 12:14 am  

  • Awful, disgraceful. Ever been to Eastern Europe? Well, those guys in that part of the world are as tough as they come, would not wanna be in amongst that lot!!!

    By Blogger Alexander, at October 14, 2009 1:36 am  

  • I think it would be extremely interesting to watch a whole Romanian cub match (one in which a fight of this sort breaks out) from start to finish, not only to watch the fight and see what spurred it on, but to see how the standard of rugby is as well.

    I'm not trying to talk like some arrogant bloke, as though I come from a country that is well known for its high rugby standards and that Romania isn't. But if these Romanian club rugby matches are gaining an international reputation for their fighting and only that... I can't see much of a reason for such teams to take part in the sport full stop... for Christ's sake you can see one teams (I THINK) coach take a cheap shot punch at an opposition player, its awful

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 14, 2009 6:12 am  

  • I giggled a little bit initially but there's only one reaction to that nonsense which is hefty bans and fines (I don't know if its realistic to fine the clubs).

    And ultimately if the Romanian Union can't react accordingly, their affiliation to IRB should seriously be called into question, if as seems to be the case that clip is the attitude prevailing towards the game over there.

    By Anonymous Eoghan, at October 14, 2009 11:47 am  

  • this is a shame for rugby! this is not rugby culture!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 15, 2009 2:26 am  

  • lol 0.52 that is hilarious. what are these retards doing?

    By Anonymous dan, at October 15, 2009 11:14 am  

  • I honestly do hate playing on the field with players with anger management problems.

    By Blogger Don, at October 15, 2009 6:53 pm  

  • well, someone do something about this. if the romanian rugby federation doesn't, the irb or fira should

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 15, 2009 9:37 pm  

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