The Russian Rugby Federation have announced their  squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The Russia squad is mostly made up of players from Russia’s domestic leagues, plus a few players who ply their trade abroad.

The big surprise in the squad is the inclusion of Adam Byrne, an Australian forward who hasn’t played for Russia before, but qualifies due to his Russian grandparents. Byrne is one of five foreign based players in the squad – the others are winger Vasily Artemev, who has just signed for Northampton Saints, lock Andrei Ostrikov (Sale Sharks), No 8 and Vice Captain Viacheslav Grachev (Bizanos) and fly-half Konstantin Rachkov (Stade Phocéen).

The Russian team will be captained by hooker Vladislav Korshunov from Russia’s top club VVA-Podmoskovye. With 54 caps to his name, he is one of Russia’s most experienced players by far. In total, VVA have provided 13 of the players in the 30-strong Russian squad.

Take a look at the table below for full details of Russia’s squad.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Vladislav Korshunov (c) Hooker 13 February 1983 (age 28) 54 Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Evgeni Matveev Hooker 15 April 1985 (age 26) 29 Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Valeri Tsnobiladze Hooker 3 November 1980 (age 30) 4 Russia Novokuznetsk
Alexander Khrokin Prop 10 July 1976 (age 35) 67 Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Sergey Popov Prop 7 September 1982 (age 28) 14 Russia Slava Moscow
Ivan Prishchepenko Prop 26 May 1982 (age 29) 33 Russia Krasny Yar
Alexei Travkin Prop 2 August 1977 (age 34) 46 Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Denis Antonov Lock 17 September 1986 (age 24) 2 Russia Slava Moscow
Adam Byrnes Lock 29 July 1981 (age 30) 0 Australia Melbourne Rebels
Andrei Ostrikov Lock 2 July 1987 (age 24) 15 England Sale Sharks
Alexander Voytov Lock 7 December 1981 (age 29) 44 Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Artem Fatakhov Flanker 8 September 1979 (age 31) 37 Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Andrey Garbuzov Flanker 7 August 1983 (age 28) 31 Russia Krasny Yar
Mikhail Sidorov Flanker 19 November 1986 (age 24) 1 Russia Slava Moscow
Viacheslav Grachev (vc) Number 8 22 April 1973 (age 38) 36 France Bizanos
Victor Gresev Number 8 31 March 1986 (age 25) 32 Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Andrei Bykanov Scrum-half 25 May 1980 (age 31) 7 Russia Slava Moscow
Alexander Shakirov Scrum-half 20 January 1981 (age 30) 46 Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Alexander Yanyushkin Scrum-half 30 October 1982 (age 28) 42 Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Yuri Kushnarev Fly-half 6 June 1985 (age 26) 43 Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Konstantin Rachkov Fly-half 8 October 1978 (age 32) 26 France Stade Phocéen
Mikhail Babaev Centre 19 January 1986 (age 25) 33 Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Igor Galinovskiy Centre 8 November 1985 (age 25) 18 Russia Krasny Yar
Alexei Makovetski Centre 27 March 1983 (age 28) 11 Russia Krasny Yar
Vasily Artemiev Wing 24 July 1987 (age 24) 25 England Northampton Saints
Andrei Kuzin Wing 29 October 1978 (age 32) 59 Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Vladimir Ostroushko Wing 30 September 1986 (age 24) 16 Russia Yenisey-STM
Igor Klyuchnikov Fullback 7 January 1983 (age 28) 49 Russia VVA-Podmoskovye
Denis Simplikevich Fullback 11 March 1991 (age 20) 0 Russia Yenisey-STM

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