- German Rugby Federation
German Rugby Federation Deutscher Rugby-Verband Sport Rugby union Founded 1900 IRB affiliation 1988 FIRA affiliation 1934 President Ralph Götz Official website www.rugby-verband.de
The German Rugby Federation (German: Deutscher Rugby-Verband or DRV) is the governing body for rugby union in Germany. It was founded on November 4, 1900 in Kassel, and so it is the oldest national rugby union in continental Europe. After the Second World War, the DRV was restored on May 14, 1950.
Prior to its foundation several initiatives were taken to syndiacte the German clubs. When the efforts of the north German clubs failed in 1886, DFV Hannover 1878 joined the "German Football and Cricket federation", while the southern clubs opted for the "South German Football Union". Despite the well pronounced individualism of the clubs, representatives from Heidelberg and from FV Stuttgart 93, the later VfB Stuttgart, met in Februar 1898 for the first Rugby-Day (German: Rugby-Tag) in Frankfurt. Led by Professor Dr. Edward Hill Ulrich this group went on looking for closer contact to the north German clubs. Additional Rugby-Days followed in August 1898 and September 1899. It wasn't until the fifth of this gatherings, taking place in Hannover, that 19 clubs formally decided on a joint operation to form a German Rugby Football Union under the governing body of the German Football Association. On the 4th of November 1901, only one year after the foundation the Rugby-Football Federation made the decision to leave the association football players and form the self-governed German Rugby Federation.
The German Rugby Federation suffered a major crisis in 2011, finding itself close to insolvency, being € 200,000 in debt. The situation was brought on by the annual grant of the German federal ministry of the interior, BMI, not being paid in 2010 after the ministry voiced concerns that the DRV was not using the money for the desired purpose, to support the sport. A legal battle that the DRV chairman Claus-Peter Bach fought with the ministry did not bring the desired result but instead worsened the situation. Bach consequently announced he would not stand for another term in July 2011 and was replaced by Ralph Götz. The DRV was able to secure a private loan to survive and hopes to attract sponsors that had withdrawn under Bach as well as to reach a settlement with the BMI.
Proposed reform 2009
The DRV proposed a reform of its structure in October 2009, with the view of rugby having become an Olympic sport once more.
Also, from 2010-11, every club has to field a minimum of ten players per game who are eligible to play for the German national team, and can only field twelve non-eligible players at the same game.
For the national teams, the aim was set to have the men's side achieve qualification for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, at the latest, and qualification for both the men and women for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The DRV is located and registered as a non-profitable organsiation in Hannover and combines the 13 regional unions (Landesverbände) with 11,656 members total of which 10,023 are male and 1,633 are female players. The 108 registered clubs have 319 referees (as of January 2011). The DRV has three sub-organisations these are the German Rugby Youth (German: Deutsche Rugby-Jugend or DRJ) since 1967, the Referees Association (German: Schiedrichtervereinigung or SDRV) since 1996 and the German Womens Rugby Association (German: Deutsche Rugby-Frauen or DRF) since 2003. As an outcome of the Rugby-Tag in July 2010 the integration of Touch Rugby was scheduled for January 2011.
The DRV is foundation member of FIRA - Association of European Rugby (1934), and became affiliated to the International Rugby Board in 1988. Moreover, it is a founding member of the German Olympic Sport Federation Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund.
The DRV publishes the Deutsches Rugby-Journal with 11 editions per year. It is the official organ of the federation.
Since the formation of the association in 1900, its presidents were:
Name Years Club Ferdinand-Wilhelm Fricke 1900-01 DFV 1878 Hannover Edward Hill Ullrich 1902-03 Heidelberger RK Ferdinand-Wilhelm Fricke 1904-05 DFV 1878 Hannover Edward Hill Ullrich 1906-07 Heidelberger RK Hermann Behlert 1908-09 SC Elite Hannover Robert Müller 1909-13 SC Merkur Hannover Ottomar Baron von Reden-Pattensen 1913-20 DFV 1878 Hannover Albert Wolters 1920-23 DFV 1878 Hannover Paul Simon 1923-24 TV 1860 Frankfurt Theodor Freud 1924-25 Preußen Berlin Fritz Müller 1925-27 SC 1880 Frankfurt Ottomar Baron von Reden-Pattensen 1927-31 DSV 78 Hannover Hermann Meister 1931-47 RG Heidelberg Paul Schrader 1947-49 SV Odin Hannover Willi Abel 1949-51 FV 1897 Linden Fritz Bösche 1951-56 TSV Victoria Linden Heinz Reinhold 1956-74 SV 1908 Ricklingen Hans Baumgärtner 1974-85 SC Neuenheim Willi Eckert 1985-91 NTV 09 Hannover Theodor Frucht 1991-96 TSV Victoria Linden Ian Rawcliffe 1996-2004 BSC Offenbach Bernd Leifheit 2004-05 SV 1908 Ricklingen Claus-Peter Bach 2005-2011 SC Neuenheim Ralph Götz 2011-
Source:"Präsidenten des Deutschen Rugby-Verbandes (German)". Deutscher Rugby Verband. http://www.rugby-verband.de/cms/index.php?id=70. Retrieved 2009-01-25.
- ^ Claus-Peter Bach (Ed.): 100 Jahre Deutscher Rugby-Verband. no publisher; presumably: Gehrden-Leveste (Schroeder-Verlag), 2000, p . 24-25
- ^ Neue Hoffnung im Überlebenskampf (German) Offenbach-Post, published: 3 August 2011, accessed: 19 August 2011
- ^ DRV: Hoffnungen ruhen auf Götz und Zeiger (German) Offenbach-Post, published: 18 July 2011, accessed: 19 August 2011
- ^ a b c Der DRV-Arbeitsplan “Rugby auf dem Weg nach Olympia 2016” (German) totalrugby.de, author: Claus-Peter Bach, published: 19 October 2009, accessed: 27 March 2010
- ^ Germany at the IRB website. accessed: 23. January 2011
- ^ Protokoll des DEUTSCHEN-RUGBY-TAGS, Haus des Sports, Hannover, 03.07.2011, DRV
- ^ Deutsche Rugbyliteratur (German) DRV website, accessed: 2 March 2010
- (German) Deutscher Rugby-Verband - Official Site
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