The Romania’s national tream is preparing for their New Zeeland Rugby World Cup Group B opener against Scotland on Saturday. In the same Group Romania will face Argentina, on September 17, England, on 24 and Georgia on 28. Romania’s starting line-up contains a wealth of experience, with nine players in the team boasting 40 caps or more to their name, with 81-cap lock Cristian Petre attaining the most in a 10-year career for his country.
Only one player, winger Madalin Lemnaru (eight caps), has played fewer than 10 matches for Romania.
Coach Romeo Gontineac said his side had the capability to upset Scotland’s tactics in the opening match for both sides. “Scotland is a big team, a team that has played such good rugby. We are going to try and limit them. They like to play a fast game, and it will be hard for us,” Gontineac said quoted by sportal.com.au.
‘’But we will not drop the guns for this match. Scotland will try to play their own game. We’ll try to slow down their game and play our own game.”
Gontineac was realistic about his side’s expectations after they only just qualified for rugby’s premier showcase, but said it was important for the side to perform on Saturday. “We are looking to (play) the most experienced team. It will be a hard match and most people didn’t even expect us to be here,” he said. ‘’We know it will be a very hard game for us. We need the team to be able to go forward.”
Romania fly half Marin Dumbrava said that while the weather was not what the side was used to, they have prepared accordingly.
Romania’s locking combination of Petre and Valentin Ursache is their most experienced within the team, and the duo have plenty of height, which should cause Scotland a few concerns at lineouts.
There is also plenty of experience in both the halfback and fly-half positions, where Sirbu (74 caps) will combine with Marin Dumbrava (60).