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Rudolf Finsterer

Rudolf Finsterer German rugby union footballer and coach

German rugby union footballer and coach
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Intro German rugby union footballer and coach
Is Sports coach Athlete Rugby union player
From Germany
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 5 May 1951
Age: 68 years
Star sign TaurusTaurus
The details

Rudolf Finsterer (born 5 May 1951) is a retired German international rugby union player and coach, formerly coaching the RG Heidelberg in the Rugby-Bundesliga and, until the 20 March 2010, the German national rugby union team.

Finsterer resigned from his position of coach of Germany at the end of the country's European Nation Cup campaign, after suffering defeat in every match and relegation. He was bitterly disappointed about the relegation, considering his ten years in the position of coach of Germany wasted. He was succeeded by Torsten Schippe as coach of Germany, the very man he himself succeeded in 2001.

He shared his duties as coach of Germany with Bruno Stolorz from the RC Orléans. Stolorz was seconded to the German team by the Fédération française de rugby to improve Germany's performance in the sport.

On club level, he coached the RG Heidelberg since 2002, with an interruption in the 2008-09 season. At the end of the 2010-11 season, he retired from coaching and instead stepped into the role of a team manager with RG Heidelberg.

He lives in Mannheim and, while coach of Germany, worked under the Bundestrainer Peter Ianusevici, who holds a position of director of rugby in Germany.

Coaching honours


  • German rugby union championship
    • Champions: 2006, 2007
  • German rugby union cup
    • Winner: 2004
    • Runners up: 2006, 2007, 2008

National team

  • European Nations Cup - Division 2
    • Champions: 2008
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