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Radoi aiming for twice the joy with club and country

Andrei Radoi is hoping to help Ealing Trailfinders secure promotion over the last three matches of the National 1 season before he goes into the Rugby World Cup 2015 with Romania in the best shape possible.

The hooker recently played all five matches as the Oaks finished second in the Six Nations B tournament, a tournament that runs parallel to its more famous namesake, but he is now back at Vallis Way to help the team end the season in style. 

“We didn’t achieve what we wanted to, ” he said. “We wanted to go into the Rugby World Cup in the best shape possible and as Six Nations B champions. It was not our best performance. 

“But we also put in a lot of hard work for the World Cup and our aim is to be in the best form for the World Cup, not this tournament.”

Lynn Howells’ side began with two wins against Iberian pair, Portugal and Spain but then slipped to a 16-13 loss away to Russia. They then recovered with a 17-12 defeat of Germany, but could not get past Georgia in the final match, which ended 15-6 with only penalties scored. 

Last year Romania secured their qualification for the Rugby World Cup and they will take on France, Ireland, Italy and Canada in Pool D. 

“We are looking to win twice at the World Cup to qualify automatically for the next World Cup in Japan, ” Radoi said. 

“Hopefully I will have a little break after we win the championship here and in the beginning of June we will play in the World Rugby Nations Cup. We will then stay together to play in the World Cup.”

For the 28-year-old Radoi the World Cup in England and Wales will be his second appearance in rugby’s biggest tournament, having also played in RWC 2011 in New Zealand. 

The build-up will soon begin for Radoi and his teammates. They will meet up in June for the World Rugby Nations Cup tournament that will again be hosted in Bucharest before continuing their preparations through the summer for their opening World Cup fixture against France at the London Olympic Stadium on Wednesday 23 September. 

“I think this summer will be a huge summer for us and we have to put in a lot of work to get the result we want, ” he said. 

“I feel good and want to do my best because the World Cup is the greatest tournament in rugby. Being there is a great honour and it is important to be there, but it is important to do well and not let yourself down when you represent your country.”