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The Heidelberger TV is a
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, currently playing in the
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. Apart from rugby, the club also offers other sports like
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. The club has three German rugby union championship finals-appearances to its name, having lost the title game in 1974, 1979 and 1994, but has never won the championship.Die Deutschen Meister der Männer
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In 2014 and 2015 the club won the finals of DRV-CUP and became CUP-champions for ninety-six years in a row.


History

''HTV'', formed in 1846, has always stood in the shadow of the other, more successful, rugby clubs in Heidelberg, like
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. It only came to prominence in national rugby when it reached the 1974 final, which was lost 9-15 to
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. The club made a return to the national final in 1979, this time losing to
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. After an era of little success, the team reached the German championship final for a third time in 1994, this time losing to
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. ''HTV'' declined after this and dropped to
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level, from where it unsuccessfully tried to return. With the reorganisation of the German league system in 2001, the reduction of the
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to a single division, the task of promotion became even harder and ''HTV'' dropped to the mid-field of the league. The club played the 2008-09 season as a combined team with the reserve side of
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, as ''SG Heidelberger TV/SC Neuenheim II'' but despite this finished last in the league and was relegated to the third-division
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. From there, the club hoped to make a quick return to the second division. After a year in the Regionalliga, HTV entered the new
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for the 2010-11 season, won the championship there and earned promotion back to the 2nd Bundesliga. A second-place finish behind Frankfurts reserve team in 2012 allowed the club promotion to the Bundesliga, with the league being expanded from ten to 24 teams. HTV finished sixth in their group in the 2012-13 season and failed to qualify for the championship round, instead entering the second tier DRV-Pokal, where it came second in the south/west division. The club advanced to the final where it lost 42-10 to
TSV Handschuhsheim The TSV Handschuhsheim is a German rugby union :German rugby union clubs, club from Heidelberg, currently playing in the Rugby-Bundesliga. Apart from rugby, the club also offers other sports like association football, Team handball, handball and t ...
. The club once more qualified for the play-offs to the DRV-Pokal in 2013–14, where it received a bye for the first courtesy to coming first in the south-west division of the competition and advanced to the final against RC Rottweil which it won 11–5. In the 2014–15 season the club once more finished first in the south-west division of the DRV-Pokal and defeated RC Rottweil 30–12 in the final of the DRV-Pokal. With the reduction of the Rugby-Bundesliga from 24 to 16 teams HTV was relegated to the 2nd Bundesliga.


Club honours

* German rugby union championship ** Runners up: 1974, 1979, 1994 * German rugby union cup ** Champions: 2014, 2015 ** Runners up: 2013 * 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga South/West ** Runners up: 2012 *
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** Champions: 2011


Recent seasons

Recent seasons of the club: * Until 2001, when the single-division Bundesliga was established, the season was divided in autumn and spring, a ''Vorrunde'' and ''Endrunde'', whereby the top teams of the Rugby-Bundesliga would play out the championship while the bottom teams together with the autumn 2nd Bundesliga champion would play for Bundesliga qualification. The remainder of the 2nd Bundesliga teams would play a spring round to determine the relegated clubs. Where two placing's are shown, the first is autumn, the second spring. In 2012 the Bundesliga was expanded from ten to 24 teams and the 2nd Bundesliga from 20 to 24 with the leagues divided into four regional divisions.


Rugby internationals

The club had four players selected for the German under-18 team at the
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, these being Nicolas Kurzer, Robert Hittel, Hannes Huber and Matthias Kunzmann.U18 in Bestbesetzung zur EM nach Italien
totalrugby.de, published: 23 March 2010, accessed: 30 April 2010
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References


External links

*
Official website
*
Official website of the rugby department

Heidelberger TV club info at totalrugby.de
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