Romania name 33-man Rugby World Cup squad

Romania name 33-man Rugby World Cup squad

Romanian national rugby team have named a 33-man squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup in France. 

26-year old Cristi Chiricawill captain the team for the second time, with his first captaincy being in the victory over Tonga in Bucharest in November 2021.

He was also one of the team's leading try scorer in this edition of the Rugby Europe Championship, with 5 tries, his outstanding performances propelling him into the team of the tournament.

The vice-captains of the team are Ovidiu Cojocaru and Mihai Macovei.

There are 19 forward players and 14 three-quarter players in the team. The most capped player is Mihai Macovei with 104 caps, followed by Florin Surugiu with 102.

The oldest player is midfielder Florin Surugiu, 38 years, 8 months and 5 days, and the youngest member of the squad is opening midfielder Mihai Mureșan, 20 years 10 months and 13 days.

Mihai Macovei also has the most points scored for Romania in the current squad, with 100 points.

Romanian squad: Pilieri: Alexandru Savin (CSA Steaua), Gheorghe Gajion (Stade Montois), Thomas Cretu (Stade Francais), Alexandru Gordaș (CS Dinamo), Costel Burțilă (RC Hyères Carqueiranne La Crau), Iulian Harțig (RC Bassin d'Arcachon) Players:
Ovidiu Cojocaru (CS Dinamo), Robert Irimescu (CSM Stiinta Baia Mare), Florin Bărdașu (CSA Steaua)

Second line: Adrian Motoc (Biarritz Olympique), Marius Iftimiciuc (US Carcassonne), Ștefan Iancu (CSM Stiinta Baia Mare) Third line: Cristi Chirica (CS Dinamo), Mihai Macovei (RC Bassin d'Arcachon), Vlad Neculau (SCM USV Timișoara), Dragoș Ser (CSA Steaua), Cristi Boboc (CSA Steaua), Florian Roşu (CSM Stiinta Baia Mare), Damian Strătilă (CSA Steaua)

Midfielder: Gabriel Rupanu (SCM USV Timișoara), Florin Surugiu (CSA Steaua), Alin Conache (SCM USV Timișoara), Opening midfielders: Gabriel Pop (CS Dinamo), Mihai Mureșan (CSM Stiinta Baia Mare), Tudor Boldor (CS Dinamo) Wings: Nicolas Onuțu (CS Vienne), Marius Simionescu (SCM USV Timișoara), Tangimana Fonovai (CSA Steaua) Centers: Taylor Gontineac (Rouen Normandie), Jason Tomane (CSM Stiinta Baia Mare),
Tevita Manumua (SCM USV Timișoara)

Defender: Hinckley Vaovasa (CSA Steaua), Paul Popoaia (CSM Stiinta Baia Mare)

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