Romania field experienced team

Date published: September 25 2015

Romania coach Lynn Howells has bolstered his squad significantly ahead of their Pool D match at Wembley on Sunday.

Among the eight changes he has made to the starting line-up, that took to the field against France, is young fly-half Michael Wiringi, who has just one international cap behind him.

However, his shortcomings in the way of experience will be more than made up for with the addition of the other seven players.

Together, the squad that will take to the field against Ireland will constitute the most experienced team Romania has ever produced for a rugby fixture, with a collective 728 caps between them.

In addition, this will be the oldest Romanian team to take to the field in a World Cup, with the average age being 29 years and 347 days.

Flanker Mihai Macovei will captain the Romanian team this weekend.

Romania: 15 Catalin Fercu, 14 Adrian Apostol, 13 Paula Kinikinilau, 12 Csaba Gal, 11 Ionut Botezatu , 10 Michael Wiringi, 9 Valentin Calafeteanu, 8 Daniel Carpo, 7 Mihai Macovei (c), 6 Valentin Ursache, 5 Ovidiu Tonita, 4 Valentin Poparlan, 3 Paulica Ion, 2 Andrei Radoi, 1 Andrei Ursache
Replacements: 16 Mihaita Lazar, 17 Otar Turashvili, 18 Alexandru Tarus, 19 Johan Van Heerden, 20 Stelian Burcea, 21 Florin Surugiu , 22 Florin Ionita, 23  Florin Vlaicu

Date: Sunday, September 27
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Kick-off: 16:45 local
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assitant referees: Leighton Hodges (Wales),Romain Poite (France)
Television Match Official: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)