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Cyprus national rugby union team

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The Cyprus National Rugby Union Team known as "The Moufflons" is the representative side of Cyprus in rugby union. Their nickname is "The Moufflons" after a kind of horned sheep which is also the Republic's national animal, the Cypriot mouflon (Ovis orientalis ophion). It is featured on the 1, 2 and 5 euro cent coins as well. They have won 28 of their 30 games and hold the world record for the most consecutive international rugby union wins with 24, which was ended on 15 November 2014 as they lost to Latvia. They were controversially disqualified from the knock-out phase of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Qualifiers, as they did not meet the necessary membership criteria according to the IRB.[1]

History

The first international game of the Cyprus Rugby National Team took place on 24 March 2007 against Greece in Paphos. The Cypriot XV won the game by 39-3 in front of 2,500 fans.[3]

In October and November 2007, Cyprus beat Azerbaijan, Monaco and Slovakia to win the 2006–08 European Nations Cup Division 3D, which was a great achievement in their first year on the international scene. However, they lost the play-off game for promotion to Division 3C for the 2008–10 European Nations Cup on 6 September 2008 against Israel by a score of 23-14. This was Cyprus' only loss in international rugby for 6 years.

The following season, Cyprus had another attempt to be promoted as they played Bosnia and Herzegovina, Azerbaijan and Monaco in a round-robin home-and-away basis. They managed to win every game scoring a total of 187 points and conceding only 17. They gained automatic promotion to Division 3B, although, for the following season, the divisions had changed numbers, so instead of moving to Division 3B, they were in fact in Division 2D.

The 2010–12 European Nations Cup saw Cyprus play in Division 2D (the lowest level of the second division) against Bulgaria, Finland, Greece and Luxembourg. They successfully won all their games for the second consecutive year increasing their win success to 15 and making it two consecutive seasons and nearly four years unbeaten. They scored 4 or more tries in each of their games during the 2010–2012 season, including an emphatic 94–3 win over Bulgaria, and successfully got promoted to Division 2C for 2012–2014.

Their 2012–14 European Nations Cup Division 2B campaign kicked off in style with a 54–20 win over Austria. They followed that win with consecutive home and away wins against Slovenia, Bulgaria and Hungary and also a home win over Austria. On 16 March 2013 ahead of their match against Bulgaria, Cyprus were aware of a potential world record of 18 games unbeaten which would overtake the official record of 17 games originally held by both New Zealand (between 1965 and 1969 and again between 2013 and 2014), South Africa (between 1997 and 1998) and Lithuania (between 2006 and 2010). They went on to win the match comfortably 79–10. A month later, Cyprus were informed that they would not be eligible to qualify for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and were disqualified by the IRB due to 'not meeting the necessary membership criteria'.

Cyprus are now playing in Division 2B for the 2014–16 European Nations Cup, where they are grouped with Lithuania, Latvia, Andorra and Hungary. They have currently played two games as of 15 November 2014. They won against Andorra 30–10 after trailing 10–0, which extended their world record to 24. They then took on Latvia in Riga on 15 November 2014 where they suffered their first loss since losing to Israel in 2008, their second loss in all and also their biggest loss to date. Cyprus currently sit third in the table.

The Motto

The Cyprus Rugby Federation has adopted as its motto the famous Spartan phrase:

Ἢ τὰν ἢ ἐπὶ τᾶς, translating as "either with this or upon this", an idiom that effectively means victory or death. The origin of the motto is ancient Sparta and "this" refers to the shield. Spartans killed in battle were carried home on the shield, while those returning alive and victorious from battle would still have it. A soldier fleeing the battle would have to drop the shield.

Kit evolution

Home

Away

Records

  • World record for most consecutive international rugby union wins (24), which was ended by a 39-20 loss to Latvia on 15 November 2014.[2][3]
  • World Record for most consecutive international rugby union wins by greater than a converted try (14).
  • World Record for most consecutive international rugby union wins by scoring 4 or more tries (11).
  • Won 11 away games in a row.
  • Won their last 17 home games.
  • Won 10 consecutive games by 30+ points, which was ended by a 16-15 victory over Hungary.
  • World Record for largest win in début match (39–3 v Greece in March 2007).
  • Scored 1239 points and only conceded 296.
  • 26 of their 28 wins were won by more than a converted try.
  • Scored a try in every game they have played (30).

Home grounds

Until March 2010, Cyprus did not have a National Stadium, due to the poor recognition of the government they did not supply a stadium. Cyprus' first international was played in Paphos at Kiniras Sports ground. Then a further game at the same ground in the ENC 3D tournament against Slovakia. They then moved to the British Army base playing their games at Happy Valley in Episkopi. Now the national stadium has been recognised as Pafiako Stadium which is situated in the centre of Paphos. It holds a capacity of 10,000.

Ground Record Recent Win Team Recent Draw Recent Loss
Pafiako Stadium, Paphos 100% 2014 23x15px Andorra N/A N/A
Happy Valley, Episkopi 100% 2009 23x15px Slovakia N/A N/A
Kiniras Sports Ground, Paphos 100% 2007 23x15px Slovakia N/A N/A

Cyprus Sevens

International record

In over 8 years of international competition, Cyprus have managed to lose only three matches.

Cyprus are not a full member of the IRB, so none of their international matches count towards the IRB World Rankings.

Date Home Score Away Venue Competition
24 March 2007 Cyprus 23x15px 39 – 3 23x15px Greece Paphos Friendly
(First International)
29 October 2007 Cyprus 23x15px 29 – 0 23x15px Azerbaijan Paphos 2006-08 ENC 3D
31 October 2007 Cyprus 23x15px 19 – 10 23x15px Monaco Nicosia 2006-08 ENC 3D
3 November 2007 Cyprus 23x15px 38 – 8 23x15px Slovakia Paphos 2006-08 ENC 3D
6 September 2008 Template:Country data ISR 23 – 14 23x15px Cyprus Netanya 2006-08 ENC 3C/3D Play-off
29 November 2008 Azerbaijan 23x15px 3 – 37 23x15px Cyprus Baku 2008-10 ENC 3D
6 December 2008 Cyprus 23x15px 24 – 3 23x15px Monaco Episkopi 2008-10 ENC 3D
14 March 2009 Cyprus 23x15px 33 – 7 23x15px Slovakia Episkopi 2008-10 ENC 3D
21 March 2009 Bosnia and Herzegovina 23x15px 6 – 8 23x15px Cyprus Zenica 2008-10 ENC 3D
14 November 2009 Monaco 23x15px 5 – 44 23x15px Cyprus Monaco 2008-10 ENC 3D
6 March 2010 Cyprus 23x15px 59 – 0 23x15px Azerbaijan Paphos 2008-10 ENC 3D
27 March 2010 Cyprus 23x15px 15 – 0 23x15px Bosnia and Herzegovina Paphos 2008-10 ENC 3D
20 November 2010 Greece 23x15px 13 – 33 23x15px Cyprus Athens 2010-12 ENC 2D
12 March 2011 Cyprus 23x15px 55 – 8 23x15px Bulgaria Paphos 2010-12 ENC 2D
26 March 2011 Cyprus 23x15px 70 – 10 23x15px Finland Paphos 2010-12 ENC 2D
7 May 2011 Luxembourg 23x15px 0 – 50 23x15px Cyprus Luxembourg 2010-12 ENC 2D
8 October 2011 Cyprus 23x15px 48 – 7 23x15px Luxembourg Paphos 2010-12 ENC 2D
28 April 2012 Bulgaria 23x15px 3 – 94 23x15px Cyprus Pernik 2010-12 ENC 2D
26 May 2012 Cyprus 23x15px 72 – 5 23x15px Greece Paphos 2010-12 ENC 2D
9 June 2012 Finland 23x15px 5 – 52 23x15px Cyprus Helsinki 2010-12 ENC 2D
17 November 2012 Austria 23x15px 20 – 54 23x15px Cyprus Vienna 2012-14 ENC 2C
8 December 2012 Cyprus 23x15px 49 – 8 23x15px Slovenia Paphos 2012-14 ENC 2C
16 March 2013 Cyprus 23x15px 79 – 10 23x15px Bulgaria Paphos 2012-14 ENC 2C
20 April 2013 Hungary 23x15px 15 – 16 23x15px Cyprus Esztergom 2012-14 ENC 2C
9 November 2013 Slovenia 23x15px 3 – 34 23x15px Cyprus Ljubljana 2012-14 ENC 2C
30 November 2013 Cyprus 23x15px 22 – 8 23x15px Austria Paphos 2012-14 ENC 2C
26 April 2014 Bulgaria 23x15px 15 – 46 23x15px Cyprus Sofia 2012-14 ENC 2C
17 May 2014 Cyprus 23x15px 46 – 13 23x15px Hungary Paphos 2012-14 ENC 2C
1 November 2014 Cyprus 23x15px 30 – 10 23x15px Andorra Paphos 2014-16 ENC 2B
15 November 2014 Latvia 23x15px 39 – 20 23x15px Cyprus Riga 2014-16 ENC 2B
28 March 2015 Hungary 23x15px 15 – 17 23x15px Cyprus Szazhalombatta 2014-16 ENC 2B
2 May 2015 Cyprus 23x15px 20 – 26 23x15px Lithuania Pafos 2014-16 ENC 2B

Overall

Against Played Won Lost Drawn Points
for
Points
against
 % Won
23x15px Andorra 1 1 0 0 30 10 100%
23x15px Austria 2 2 0 0 76 28 100%
23x15px Azerbaijan 3 3 0 0 125 3 100%
23x15px Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 2 0 0 23 6 100%
23x15px Bulgaria 4 4 0 0 274 36 100%
23x15px Finland 2 2 0 0 122 15 100%
23x15px Greece 3 3 0 0 144 21 100%
23x15px Hungary 3 3 0 0 79 43 100%
Template:Country data ISR 1 0 1 0 14 23 0%
23x15px Latvia 1 0 1 0 20 39 0%
23x15px Lithuania 1 0 1 0 20 26 0%
23x15px Luxembourg 2 2 0 0 98 7 100%
23x15px Monaco 3 3 0 0 87 18 100%
23x15px Slovakia 2 2 0 0 71 15 100%
23x15px Slovenia 2 2 0 0 83 11 100%
Total 32 29 3 0 1276 337 90.62%

Coaches

Name Years Tests Won Drew Lost Win percentage
Niall Doherty 2007–2008 4 4 0 0 100%
Paul Shanks 2008–2014 24 23 0 1 96%
Phil Llewellyn 2014–present 3 1 0 2 25%

Current squad

Head Coach: 23x15px Phil Llewellyn
Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Antonis Thoma (captain) Template:Rugby squad player/role/HK (1977-04-01) 1 April 1977 (age 38) 21 23x15px Paphos Tigers
Constantinos Constantinides Template:Rugby squad player/role/HK (1987-01-16) 16 January 1987 (age 29) 21 23x15px Limassol Crusaders
Christo Kasabi Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR (1985-08-06) 6 August 1985 (age 30) 8 23x15px Enfield Ignatians
Stavros Charalambous Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR (1979-04-02) 2 April 1979 (age 36) 6 23x15px Paphos Tigers
Dinu Floredan Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR (1978-07-12) 12 July 1978 (age 37) 15 23x15px Paphos Tigers
George Stylianou Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR (1978-07-12) 12 July 1978 (age 37) 4 23x15px Limassol Crusaders
Kyriacos Vatikiotis Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR (1988-10-13) 13 October 1988 (age 27) 7 23x15px Manchester
Alexander Ioannou Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR (1988-11-30) 30 November 1988 (age 27) 3 23x15px Spalding RFC
Kyri Antoniades Template:Rugby squad player/role/LK (1988-12-03) 3 December 1988 (age 27) 2 Free Agent
Lawrence Macrides Template:Rugby squad player/role/LK (1970-07-24) 24 July 1970 (age 45) 9 23x15px Chingford Rugby Club
Andrew Spring Template:Rugby squad player/role/LK (1981-01-10) 10 January 1981 (age 35) 9 23x15px Limassol Crusaders
Frank Stavrou Template:Rugby squad player/role/LK (1984-11-09) 9 November 1984 (age 31) 5 23x15px Saracens Amateurs
Billy Cosma Template:Rugby squad player/role/LK (1991-03-19) 19 March 1991 (age 24) 1 23x15px Eton Manor
Marko Mladenovic Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1990-12-24) 24 December 1990 (age 25) 13 23x15px Stratford-Upon-Avon Rugby Club
Dan McFarlane Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1989-01-25) 25 January 1989 (age 27) 12 23x15px Limassol Crusaders
Alun Pugh Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1983-03-04) 4 March 1983 (age 32) 10 23x15px Paphos Tigers
George Antoniades Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1990-04-21) 21 April 1990 (age 25) 4 23x15px Manchester
Chris Dicomidis Template:Rugby squad player/role/N8 (1985-09-14) 14 September 1985 (age 30) 2 23x15px Cardiff Blues
Christo Thoma Template:Rugby squad player/role/N8 (1983-06-09) 9 June 1983 (age 32) 20 23x15px Paphos Tigers
Adam Emirali Template:Rugby squad player/role/N8 (1989-06-30) 30 June 1989 (age 26) 2 23x15px Blackheath RFC
Jonathan Pettemerides Template:Rugby squad player/role/N8 (1980-01-19) 19 January 1980 (age 36) 4 23x15px Singapore Cricket Club
Dimitri Maratheftis Template:Rugby squad player/role/SH (1973-01-06) 6 January 1973 (age 43) 19 23x15px Limassol Crusaders
Burhan Torgut Template:Rugby squad player/role/SH (1990-11-27) 27 November 1990 (age 25) 8 23x15px UWIC Rugby Club
Ryan Bennett Template:Rugby squad player/role/SH (1990-04-02) 2 April 1990 (age 25) 6 23x15px Blackheath
Daniel Hatjiosif Template:Rugby squad player/role/SH (1986-06-14) 14 June 1986 (age 29) 2 23x15px Loughborough Rugby Club
Andreas Binikos Template:Rugby squad player/role/FH (1982-11-30) 30 November 1982 (age 33) 11 23x15px Currie RFC
Daniel Thrasivoulou Template:Rugby squad player/role/FH (1986-11-06) 6 November 1986 (age 29) 15 23x15px Derby Rugby
Alexander Zavallis-Roebuck Template:Rugby squad player/role/FH (1990-09-20) 20 September 1990 (age 25) 6 23x15px Preston Grasshoppers
George Agathocleous Template:Rugby squad player/role/CE (1982-01-23) 23 January 1982 (age 34) 21 23x15px Paphos Tigers
Reno Ioannides Template:Rugby squad player/role/CE (1984-02-17) 17 February 1984 (age 32) 8 23x15px Montluçon Rugby
Colm O'Cléirigh Template:Rugby squad player/role/CE (1980-01-28) 28 January 1980 (age 36) 12 23x15px Bective Rangers
Samuel Emery Template:Rugby squad player/role/CE (1991-04-05) 5 April 1991 (age 24) 7 23x15px CS Rugby 1863
Will Booth Template:Rugby squad player/role/CE (1990-12-28) 28 December 1990 (age 25) 1 23x15px Limassol Crusaders
Andreas Zacharia Template:Rugby squad player/role/WG (1989-04-04) 4 April 1989 (age 26) 9 23x15px University of Lincoln
Fidias Efthymiou Template:Rugby squad player/role/WG (1990-12-05) 5 December 1990 (age 25) 10 23x15px Dings Crusaders RFC
Matt King Template:Rugby squad player/role/WG (1989-11-25) 25 November 1989 (age 26) 6 23x15px Macclesfield RFC
Rob Brown Template:Rugby squad player/role/WG (1988-07-05) 5 July 1988 (age 27) 2 23x15px Leicester Lions Rugby Club
Antony Georgiou Template:Rugby squad player/role/WG (1988-09-28) 28 September 1988 (age 27) 1 23x15px Tamworth Rugby Club
Tom Loizides Template:Rugby squad player/role/WG (1988-08-02) 2 August 1988 (age 27) 5 23x15px Esher
Marcus Holden Template:Rugby squad player/role/FB (1987-08-22) 22 August 1987 (age 28) 19 23x15px Hilversum RC
Thomas Timotheou Template:Rugby squad player/role/FB (1995-10-17) 17 October 1995 (age 20) 1 23x15px Cheshunt RC

Staff

Recent call ups

  • Jack Antoniou
  • Yiannis Loizia
  • Marios Zakakiotis
  • Steve Awah
  • Will Booth

See also

References

  1. ^ "Cyprus denied Rugby World Cup chance". ESPN Scrum. 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2014-11-15. 
  2. ^ "Cyprus clock up record breaking win". ESPN scrum. 2013-03-16. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  3. ^ http://www.planetrugby.com/story/0,25883,3551_92843

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