Rugby club "VVA- Moscow Region " - a rugby club from the village of Monino, Moscow Region . It was founded in 1967 at the Yu.A. Gagarin Air Force Academy . Until 2002, it was called “VVA im. Yu. A. Gagarin. " Performs in the Russian rugby championship . VVA-Moscow Region is the most titled club in the history of Russian rugby.
|Rugby club "VVA-Moscow Region"|
|The president||Rifkat Sattarov|
|Main coach||Nikolay Nerush|
|Competition||Rugby Premier League|
In 1967, a rugby team was created at the Yu.A. Gagarin Air Force Academy . The initiator of the creation of the team was the head of the academy, air marshal, Hero of the Soviet Union S. A. Krasovsky , who devoted a lot of his attention to the development of the sports base of the academy. The playing coach was Evgeny Antonov , who, along with the "backbone" of the players, was invited from the MVTU team. In 1968, the Monin team participated in the first rugby championship of the RSFSR and, according to its results, took the first place that brought the team to the semifinal of the USSR championship . In the semifinal tournament, the VVA replayed the Vilnius Polytechnic , but lost to the MVTU 9: 24, which eventually became the USSR champion, and - in a bitter struggle - to the Tbilisi Lokomotiv 6: 9. In 1969, the leading MVTU players moved to the Monin team. The strengthened team confidently takes first place in the preliminary stage of the All-Union Championship in Tula , and in the final draw in Novaya Kakhovka won its first gold in the USSR championship. VVA player Alexander Grigoryants with 56 points became the top scorer of the championship.
1970 brought the “pilots” bronze in the championship. Alexander Grigoryants again became the top scorer of the championship, and in the draw of the clubs of the RSFSR, the Monins became the first for the third year in a row. In 1971, the VVA claimed the title of the best team in the country, and Alexander Grigoryants again the country's most productive player. First place in the championship of the RSFSR. Championship of 1971:
- 15 Rooks;
- 14-11 Zherebko, Mgeladze, Tikhomirov, Tymoshenko, Antonov;
- 10 Alexander Grigoryants;
- 9 Kulikov (k);
- 8-6 Petrenko, Yuryin, Semenikhin, Aleshin;
- 5-4 Napolnov, Zaitsev, Mikhailov;
- 3–2. Sviridov, Kanunnikov, Vinogradov, Chevichelov;
- 1. Dmitrichev.
In the championship of 1972, the WWA won silver, skipping ahead of Muscovites from the Fili team. In the championship of the RSFSR is another first place. 1973 brings bronze to the “military personnel” in the USSR championship and first place in the draw among the teams of the RSFSR. In 1974, the WWA misses Fili and Kiev KIIGA forward. 1st place in the championship of the RSFSR. In 1975, for the first time since 1969, the Moninians did not get on the list of winners, taking 4th place. In the championship of the RSFSR, the VVA gives first place to Spartak from Nalchik. In 1976, the club again regained its first place, bypassing the Moscow " Glory " and Kiev KIIGA. In the finals of the first USSR Rugby Cup, the WWA beat the Tbilisi Lokomotiv with a score of 10: 6 and went down in history as the first holder of the USSR Rugby Cup. In the championship of the RSFSR, the team took second place. 1977 - the second gold in a row in the USSR championship. 1978 - the champion generation of the early 70s is leaving - and, as a result, only seventh place in the national championship. In the championship of the RSFSR, the WWA is again the first. 1979 - third place in the Union Championship and the first in the RSFSR.
1980 - Monin rugby players again become the first in the USSR championship. In the final of the USSR Cup, the WWA replayed Moscow Lokomotiv with a score of 19: 6. The composition of the USSR Cup winners: V. Bobrov (15) N. Osipov, A. Ovchinikov, Ig. Mironov, E. Kolomiytsev - V. Proshin (cap.), V. Kartsev - A. Tikhonov, V. Kushnaryov, A. Semenikhin - V. Shapovalov, A. Alyoshin - A. Klyukvin, V. Ivanov, S. Belov. In the championship of the RSFSR VVA again there are no equal. 1981 - VVA rugby players again first in the USSR Championship. 1982 - second place in the championship of the USSR. In the final of the USSR Cup, the BBA is inferior to the Kiev Aviator with a score of 3: 9. 1983 - only 4th place in the allied championship, but the “pilots” take the USSR Cup and become the first in the championship of the RSFSR. 1984 - Monino regains the title of the best USSR rugby team. 1985 - first place in the championship of the USSR. 1986 - VVA “golden double”: third consecutive gold in the USSR Championship and USSR Cup. 1987 - WWA first according to the results of the regular championship of the USSR. In the Super Final, the Moninians are inferior to the Kutaisi Builder with a score of 0:10 away and 7:13 at home. 1988 - fourth place in the championship of the USSR. 1989 - Kutaisi rugby players, the main rivals of the WWA in the late 80s, became the first in the USSR championship, forcing Moscow military aircraft into second place.
1990 - second place in the allied championship. 1991 - USSR Championship silver, in which during the course of the Georgian clubs went out of the draw. The last USSR Cup sample of 1991 remains in the piggy bank of the VVA them. Yu. A. Gagarin - in the final with a score of 14: 6 the army team from Alma-ata was replayed. With the collapse of the USSR, one of the strongest European rugby championships falls apart. Although the 1992 Russian Championship had open status, teams from the Baltic states, Ukraine, Moldova and Central Asia (Georgian clubs left the alliance championship back in 1991 ) chose to play national championships rather than the general championship. Evgeny Antonov leaves the team for Moscow Glory and Nikolay Nerush becomes the head coach. Sergei Tikhonov and Igor Mironov, the leaders of the VVA and Russian rugby leave to play in France (Igor Mironov was involved in many games of the VVA in the 1990s Russian Championship). The flagship of the country’s rugby is the WWA and Krasny Yar , which, in the end, in mutual matches among themselves decide the fate of the first championship of Russia. Two losses at a party and at home to Krasnoyarsk residents, and the WWA are only the second. However, the “military pilots” take the first ever Russian Rugby Cup, having beaten the Moscow Glory in the final with a score of 23: 0.
In 1993, the Krasnoyarsk and Moscow Region rugby players fought again for gold. This time, having lost only one game to the Siberian rugby players, VVA im. Yu. A. Gagarina becomes the first time Russian Champions in rugby, and Viktor Yakovlev becomes the top scorer of the championship. The second Russian Rugby Cup again remains with the Monin rugby players - in the final, with a score of 12:10, Krasny Yar was replayed. Championship of 1993 (match against Empils (Taganrog)):
- Sorokin A.,
- French (k),
- Sorokin V.,
1994 - Krasniy Yar is the first, and the Moninians are only the second. In the Cup final, the BBA is inferior to Kaliningraders from West Zvezda, who performed very well in the Russian championship that year. By the mid-1990s, a recession began, both in the game and in the organizational plan. Many players providing the golden years leave the sport, young and promising go to play in France (Andrey Shalyuta). In order to somehow preserve the skeleton of the players, the Air Force and the Air Force Academy, on whose balance the club is listed, transfers players from civilians to military positions of ensigns. The stands of the academic stadium are disassembled due to the suspension of funding for its reconstruction. The club’s director will be Lieutenant Colonel Rifkat Sattarov, who, along with Nikolai Nerush, has been trying to save the eminent club from complete collapse for almost the entire second half of the 1990s. In the seasons of 1995 and 1996, the WWA was in third place, and in 1997 did not fall into the list of winners of the national championship. In 1997, the club takes the Cup of Russia - Monin's rugby players, reinforced by the “Frenchman” Igor Mironov, in the finals replay Krasny Yar with a score of 30:14. The 1998 championship of Russia turned out to be quite interesting, although the Super League, for financial reasons, “dried up” to 6 clubs. Monino, both Krasnoyarsk teams and RK Penza claimed the title of champions of the country until the last round. The result of the championship brings silver medals to the club. Only one point Krasny Yar bypasses the BBA, and Monino, in turn, is also ahead by one point in the standings of rugby players from Penza, who bypassed the Yenisei STM again by 1 tournament point. 1999 - bronze championship. Silver is in the Red Yar, and gold is in the heavy Siberian machine (Sibtyazhmash), which is gaining momentum, under the leadership of A. Yu. Pervukhin.
If earlier the club, in large part, was staffed by recruiting young rugby players from other cities for military service, then by the 2000s the club began to rely on the pupils of its school. The team of masters comes from the VVA rugby section students, such as A. Kazantsev, A. Khrokin, A. Panasenko, the Kobzev brothers, the Kushnarev brothers and other rugby players who made up the backbone of the WWA and the Russian national team of the first decade of the 21st century. In 2000, the “pilots” took fourth place, skipping to the third, bronze, place of Penza rugby players. In the final of the Cup of Russia, rugby players near Moscow are inferior to the Yenisei-STM team with a score of 9:36.
In 2001, championship medals were played in a series of playoffs. Having taken the fourth place following the results of the regular season, in the three-match series VVA takes up the Penza rugby players and becomes the bronze medalist of the Russian rugby championship . In the final of the Cup of Russia again STM rugby players take up over the Monins.
In 2003 , thanks to the support of the Governor of the Moscow Region Gromov Boris Vsevolodovich, by decision of the Government of the Moscow Region, the “Rugby Center of the Moscow Region” was created in Monino, which allowed to improve the training of the team and improve its results. The team became known as “VVA-Moscow Region” (VVA-Podmoskovje). Ten years later, in 2003, the team regained the title of Champion of Russia. From 2004 to 2009, the VVA-Moscow Region team occupied the top line of the Russian championship, only in the 2005 season , having missed the Krasnoyarsk Yenisei-STM in first place. Since 2009, the head coach Nikolai Nerush has also become the coach of the Russian national team , which was quite logical, since most of the national team was made up of players from the Moscow Region club. In 2010, under his leadership, the Russian national rugby team first made it to the final part of the Rugby World Cup , and in the Russian championship, rugby players near Moscow were again the first.
In 2011, for the first time in Russian rugby history, two VVA-Moscow region rugby players left to play in the top division of the England Rugby Championship : Vadim Kobylash, a pole, signed a contract with Sale Sharks , and extreme Vasily Artemyev with Northampton Saints  . At the end of the season, rugby players near Moscow won only the bronze medals of the Russian Championship, losing to the Red Yar in the semifinals after two matches.
At the end of December 2013, VVA-Moscow Region and the Saracens Club of London signed a cooperation agreement  . The agreement provides for an annual exchange of coaching staff and training of young promising rugby players from Russia at the Saracens Rugby Academy in England. The Moscow Region Club has added the Saracens logo to its logo and will play in the rugby colors of the London club.
|Season||Emergency||The cop||CR||Season||Emergency||The cop||CR|
|2001||4 ||The final||2011||3||2021|
- USSR Championship : 9
- 1969, 1971, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986
- Silver medalist of the USSR championship : 5
- 1972, 1982, 1987, 1989, 1990
- USSR Championship bronze medalist: 5
- 1970, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1991
- USSR Cup : 5
- 1976, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1991
- Championship of Russia : 8
- 1993, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 , 2008 , 2009 , 2010
- Silver medalist of the Russian Championship : 4
- 1992, 1994, 1998, 2005
- Russian Championship bronze medalist: 12
- 1995, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018
- Russian Cup : 8
- 1992, 1993, 1997, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010
- Evgeny Antonov (1967-1990)
- Nikolay Nerush (1991 - present)
Season 2017 (information is valid on 10/14/2017)
Famous Players of the Past
- Carolis Navickas
- Vadim Kobylash
- Maxim Kobylash
- Alexey Kotruta
- Andrey Romanov
- Alexey Andreev
- Vasily Artemiev
- Mikhail Babaev
- Alexander Voitov
- Alexey Volkov
- Victor Gresev
- Igor Klyuchnikov
- Victor Kobzev
- Oleg Kobzev
- Vladislav Korshunov
- Andrey Kuzin
- Kirill Kushnaryov
- Yuri Kushnaryov
- Vladimir Marchenko
- Evgeny Matveev
- Alexey Travkin
- Sergey Trishin
- Artyom Fatakhov
- Alexander Khrokin
- Alexander Shakirov
- Sergey Shishkov
- Alexander Yanyushkin
- Sergey Yanyushkin