August 30 1975



Romania toured New Zealand for the first time in 1975, finishing their eight match tour with a creditable record of four wins, three loses and a draw. They scored 89 points, the same number as scored against them, indicating the closeness of most matches. Their final game was the ‘test’ against New Zealand Juniors when perhaps they did not do themselves justice in the 10 all draw.


“The first visit of a team from Romania created considerable interest and much speculation, as their quality and style of play was an unknown factor. Winning their first two matches, they demonstrated ability at running the ball, with good handling, speedy movement and intensive backing up. When in the third match, a strong Manawatu pack denied them possession, they had no answer but it did appear that thereafter they were more concerned at avoiding defeat rather than chance their arm on attack. It is true that they played well to defeat Marlborough and Southland, and did well to hold North Auckland to a penalty goal victory, but attack is the best defence and they had revealed real ability in the back movements.

But perhaps the biggest disappointment was in the key match against New Zealand Juniors. Under poor conditions with heavy rain and greasy ball, and facing a strong breeze in the first spell, they did well to hold the Juniors to a 10 point score. But then they registered two excellent tries in the first ten minutes after the changeover, both the result of skilful and efficient handling that completely beat the defence. Then however for half-an-hour they kicked the ball away, forgot their attacking backs completely and lost the almost certain victory that could have been theirs.

Probably the most noticeable players were Pop, the captain, an intelligent No. 8 and tireless loose forward; Munteanu, the lively hooker and useful forward, who against Southland took the field as a wing-threequarter early in the match to replace an injured player and performed with outstanding ability. Motrescu was a speedy and competent winger. Nica and Nicolescu were sound centres, Durbac a reliable full-back, and Paraschiv a lively and clever half-back. Bucos was a good footballer, but as five-eighth kicked far too much; he also played at full-back.

One was left with the impression that the team could have returned a better record had they concentrated more on attack rather than apparently adopt a defensive attitude.

The team colours were yellow jersey, blue shorts and red socks.”

From 1976 “The Rugby Almanack of New Zealand” p.41.