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5 minutes with Romania’s Andrei Radoi




Romania lit up the Rugby World Cup this week with one of the biggest comebacks in Rugby World cup history. 15-0 down and seemingly dead and buried they began to comeback. Two try hero, Mihai Macovei was the star of the show but will be unavailable after being cited.Sergio Parisse’s absence will also benefit the Romanians but with both sides missing their own talisman it will be an intriguing clash. Credit must go to the entire forward pack that played and how their bench has managed to add some impact in each of their clashes. Tier 2 sides have stepped up and Benedict managed to catch up with Andrei Radoi, as they spoke Six Nations and the World Cup!


How has been the World Cup for you?

I am happy for what I have achieved until now and I am looking forward to a big performance in the last game against Italy for us at this World Cup. It will also be my 50th cap so hoping to make it memorable.

How do you feel about the scheduling and little time to rest as a team?

Is tough to play international rugby as it is, but to then play it so close adds to the tough aspect, but we are professional players and we did our best to recover for games.

How did it feel to win your last game? 

In the last game we really wanted to win it and we believed it until the final whistle.Everyone involved gave it more than 100% and the game showed that in our squad we are guys with big character.

Do you feel the Six Nations is a realistic target for the Romanians?

Six Nations? This one we can say just after Italy game.We need to prove that first when we play Italy.

You have a tough game against Italy, what are you expecting?

We target a win in a tough game and to also show everyone that we can play the same rugby like Tier 1 nations.

What have you done in your free time?

We will be trying to spend as much time as possible together and have some fun. Moments to take our minds of rugby just a bit. 

What has been the toughest experience at the World Cup? 

What was tough was the preparation for this Rugby World Cup, now I think is time to enjoy the rugby after so much hard work.



Argentina name Rugby World Cup Squad


LA PLATA, ARGENTINA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, the Argentina captain leads out his team during the Rugby Championship match between Argentina and the New Zealand All Blacks at Estadio Ciudad de La Plata on September 29, 2012 in La Plata, Argentina.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
LA PLATA, ARGENTINA – SEPTEMBER 29: Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, the Argentina captain leads out his team during the Rugby Championship match between Argentina and the New Zealand All Blacks at Estadio Ciudad de La Plata on September 29, 2012 in La Plata, Argentina. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The Pumas managed to lose 26-12 to South Africa in what was a trial for some of the players. In this squad there are twelve players under the age of 23 for the Pumas, who if they struggle at this World Cup, could be a bigger threat come 2019.

Average age / caps in 2007 ARG RWC squad for tight five – 30 yrs / 27 caps ;2011 – 29  years old  / 26 caps and in 2015 – 25 years old  / 19 caps.

Argentina Rugby World Cup squad

Forwards: Matthias Alemanno, Marcos Ayerza, Agustin Creevy, Matias Diaz, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, Mariano Galarza, Ramiro Herrera, Facundo Isa, Thomas Lavanini, Juan Manuel Leguizamón, Paul Matera, Julian Montoya, Lucas Noguera, Javier Ortega Desio, Guido Petti Pagadizabal, Leonardo Senatore, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.

Backs: Horacio Agulla, Marcelo Bosch, Cordero Santiago, Thomas Cubelli, Jerónimo de la Fuente, Lucas González Amorosino, Santiago González Iglesias, Juan Martin Hernandez, Juan Imhoff, Martin Landajo, Matías Moroni, Nicolas Sanchez, Juan Pablo Socino, Joaquín Tuculet.

Boks draw Samoa (again), Scots for RWC 2015


The Springboks were drawn with Samoa and Scotland in Pool B for the Rugby World Cup in 2015. The Pool Allocation Draw took place in London on Monday afternoon.

Jake the miracle worker


He might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but Jake White is performing miracles at the Brumbies Super Rugby franchise.

Transforming our view(ers)


While the Rugby World Cup might not have given South African, and South African Rugby, the on-field results we wanted, it did reveal an interesting statistic which should have the board at SARU sit up and take notice.

Rugby’s credibility is suffering


Respected sport scientist and long standing friend of RuggaWorld, Dr. Ross Tucker, offers his views on the Rugby World Cup and specifically referees and how their performance is damaging the game’s credibility.

Bok Autopsy


An in-depth look at why the Springboks failed in this year’s Rugby World Cup.

Awake slumbering giant!


Innovation, sound structures, continuity and protection of intellectual property.  This should be at the forefront of SA Rugby’s minds when they decide on the new Springbok coach.

A tribute to Bok warriors


I had to re-post this article here because as I read it, I wondered why no respected SA journalist could come up with a fitting tribute like this.

Rat Race: The business end! – UPDATED


As the rugby enters the business end at the Rugby World Cup, so does our Rat Race – and we are proud to announce that we have added a prize!

IRB to NZ Rugby: ‘Up yours’


New Zealand players and coaches poured scorn on an International Rugby Board (IRB) warning on Tuesday that future Rugby World Cup tournaments could go ahead without them.

Carter ruled out of RWC


New Zealand flyhalf, Dan Carter, has been ruled out for the rest of the Rugby World Cup due to a groin injury he sustained in training.

Poms getting up Kiwi’s noses


England are ready to anger Rugby World Cup hosts New Zealand by wearing an all-black kit for their opening match against Argentina, according to a report in the Daily Mail on Friday.

Re-arranging deckchairs


While the news coming out of the Bok camp seem positive, you have to ask what prompted such drastic changes?

The Brits debate


A lot has been made in recent days on the inclusion of Saracens hooker, Schalk Brits, in the Stormers team for their semi-final clash against the Crusaders this weekend at Newlands.

Has All Black rugby sold its soul?


Whilst South Africans might admire the fact that New Zealand Rugby has successfully retained Dan Carter, Richie McCaw and soon to be confirmed, Sonny Bill Williams post Rugby World Cup 2011, there are some who believe the All Blacks have ‘sold their soul’.

7 Uncapped players in Bok group


The South African Rugby Union on Wednesday named 51 players who have been called to a national team planning session at the start of next month.

Rassie to assist Boks


Springbok coach, Peter de Villiers, has asked Rassie Erasmus to assist his management team in their preparation for the Rugby World Cup.

Back the exceptional


Peter de Villiers was quoted recently saying he will have to make some tough selection decisions in this Rugby World Cup year, the toughest of these, will be who wears the number 10 jersey.

The 2011 Rugby fixture list


Here are all the rugby fixtures for 2011 which involves SA Rugby teams.

NH coach backs Boks


Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has declared the five-week tour of Britain and Ireland with an injury-hit squad a qualified success, and while some in South Africa might not agree, the Boks got the attention of some people ‘in the know’ in the UK.

Boks will be back


Following the Springboks victory of England this weekend, I read with interest how the English press announced that South Africa showed they will be a force in the World Cup.

Nothing that can’t be fixed


How does a team that came of such a high in 2009 hit such a low in 2010, more importantly, can it be fixed?

‘Give me Div’s job’ – White


Jake White wants his old job back – but only as an interim measure to help get Springbok rugby back on track before handing over to his former assistant, Allister Coetzee, after 2011.

England first up as traditional tests return


The Springboks will play home three-Test series against England (twice), France and Ireland in the six years either side of the 2015 Rugby World Cup as a result of an International Rugby Board decision to return to ‘old-style’ rugby touring.

De Villiers: “All Black rugby lagging”


Springboks coach Peter De Villiers, here in New Zealand scouting ahead of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, has said that rugby here is not bad, but that the kiwi’s have not progressed with other powers.

Butch slams ‘disgraceful’ Sharks


Bath’s Springbok flyhalf Butch James was all set to leave the Guinness Premiership in order to stake a claim for a World Cup spot, but says his ambitions were thwarted by the ‘disgraceful’ manner in which the Sharks handled the negotiations.

Boks on track for RWC 2011


JJ Harmse believes that the noises coming from the Springbok camp are very good with South Africa aiming to become the first team ever to retain the Rugby World Cup.

Captain without equal


Whether we will see him in jersey number 1, 2 or 3, one thing is for sure, we will see John Smit leading the Springboks to the World Cup.

How to defend the RWC in 2011


RuggaWorld member Newbokshields believes South Africa will retain the William Webb Ellis Cup if…..

What are we building towards?


It is not often that I listen to Freestaters but this one made quite an interesting point.