NAME: Russell ......


AGE: 27

HEIGHT: 184cm

WEIGHT: 100kg


SEEKING: to progress my rugby IN UK/Europe to get to higher level with a professional organisation or club offering package with flights/accommodation/job assistance or possible contract




Personal Overview

I am a 23 year old NZ rugby player (Based in Europe) having just won Austrian National Championship 2018 as starting hooker for Rugby Donau Wien in Vienna. previously had 3 seasons with Edinburgh Club.and Represented Edinburgh Regional U20s in 2014/15.  Seeking a club where I can develop my rugby more and play top side team in a division where I can get more experience, challenge and nurture my rugby skills, with opportunities to progress and achieve my goal of playing professionally and reach the highest national playing level I possibly can. Link below to Austria Championship Final recording - Game 2 Final starts at 2.09  (not yet on YouTube)
Before leaving NZ I was selected for the Auckland U19 wider development squad but left to play in UK  Prior to this was 3 years in Auckland for Suburbs RFC playing U20s & U21s and Colts, also played 3 years 1st XV for college.  

My hooking skills are my talents, I am very mobile around the field I can throw straight, to the front, middle and back accurately, (i.e. how far do you want me to throw?) Good at winning tightheads  Love contact and can cover 6 & 8. I am hoping to contribute some quality key skills to enhance any team’s performance and better my own rugby with the challenges provided and hope to find a club that can assist with accommodation and a job to support myself.  I also play 7's, coach junior rugby and some refereeing.

Previous Clubs

  • 2014 - Stewart's Melville
  • 2015 - Stewart's Melville
  • 2016 - Stewart's Melville
  • 2017 - Stewart's Melville
  • 2014 - Suburbs RFC Auckland
  • 2018 - Rugby Donau Wien Austria
  • 2014 - BT Edinburgh U20 Academy
  • 2014 - 2014/15 Edinburgh Region U20 Squad

Coaching References

Sebastian Freydell - Coach
Rugby Donau Wien (Vienna) Austria  +436804008102

Finlay Calder - Coach/Mentor
Stewart's Melville RFC Edinburgh +44 (0) 7803245562

Video Footage