Imperia, a team from Penza sponsored by Nordea Bank, defeated Yenissei-STM-2 from Krasnoyarsk and for the first time ever became the champion of Russia.
‘This year we mark the 50-year anniversary of a rugby team in Penza,’ said Alexander Matrounetski, head of the Penza Branch of OJSC Nordea Bank. ‘Each resident of our city who likes and understands this terrific, sophisticated and one hundred manful game is delighted by these gold medals of our rugby players. Nordea Bank congratulates Imperia rugby club and all residents of Penza with this magnificent victory! Nordea Bank has been a partner of the Penza rugby club which has been renewed before our eyes. We are glad that both young players and old timers of the club have achieved this fantastic result. This victory of Imperia is a great present to the 350-year anniversary of the city of Penza.’