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Lithuania national rugby union team

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Lithuanian national rugby union team

The Lithuania national rugby union team represents Lithuania at rugby union. They are governed by the Lithuanian Rugby Federation (Lithuanian: Lietuvos Regbio Federacija), and have yet to qualify for the Rugby World Cup.

History

Rugby was introduced into Lithuania in 1961. However, as the country was a part of USSR a national team could not be formed. The only games played before 1993 were friendlies with Latvia and a representative team from Kaliningrad.

After the reestablishment of independence in 1990 Lithuania's rugby authorities worked to gain international recognition and by 1993 the national team was participating in the qualifying for the 1995 Rugby World Cup. It also joined the 1992-1994 FIRA Trophy competition at the bottom of the pyramid but failed to win any of the games. The first official victory was in 1996 over Luxembourg during the qualifying competition for the 1999 World Cup. Overall, the 1990s were a poor decade for the national team.

Until 2006 Lithuania was lingering in the middle of the European Nations Cup Third Division. However, a 100 percent record in their 2006-2008 European Nations Cup Third Division campaign earned them promotion from Division 3B to Division 3A. This effort was followed by a perfect record in the 2008-2010 European Nations Cup Third Division and a further promotion to Division 2A. Moreover, victories over Israel and the Netherlands to advance to the semifinal round of European qualification for a spot in the 2011 Rugby World Cup Final Place Play-off. The rise in form of the national has resulted in an increase in the popularity of the sport in Lithuania.

During their 2008–10 European Nations Cup campaign, Lithuania was credited with setting a new record for consecutive Test wins in men's rugby. Their 77–5 away win over Serbia on April 24, 2010 was listed as their 18th straight, surpassing the previous record set by New Zealand in 1965–69 and by South Africa in 1997–98.[1] This undefeated campaign, which could have led to a Lithuanian presence at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, ended in the 27–16 loss on to Ukraine in the European qualifying semifinal. However, on later review, it was found that the first game in the 18-game sequence was in fact a loss, and as such are now credited with having held an equal record with South Africa and New Zealand (the record was broken by Cyprus in 2013). [2]

Rugby World Cup record

  • 1987 : did not exist
  • 1991 : did not exist
  • 1991 : Did not qualify
  • 1995 : Did not qualify
  • 1999 : Did not qualify
  • 2003 : Did not qualify
  • 2007 : Did not qualify
  • 2011 : Did not qualify
  • 2015 : Did not qualify

Current squad


Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Tomas Zibolis Template:Rugby squad player/role/HK (1981-10-06) 6 October 1981 (age 34) 29 23x15px RK Šiauliai
Rokas Daknys Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR (1987-04-01) 1 April 1987 (age 28) 13 23x15px Šiauliai Vairas
Richardas Stankus Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR (1988-01-01) 1 January 1988 (age 28) 10 23x15px Šiauliai Vairas
Ignas Darkintis Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR (1989-02-08) 8 February 1989 (age 27) 15 23x15px Ordizia RE
Laurynas Tipelis Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR (1981-07-07) 7 July 1981 (age 34) 45 23x15px Šiauliai BaltRex
Žygimantas Radžius Template:Rugby squad player/role/LK (1990-06-30) 30 June 1990 (age 25) 8 23x15px RK Šiauliai
Evaldas Gaubys Template:Rugby squad player/role/LK (1991-01-01) 1 January 1991 (age 25) 7 23x15px Šiauliai Vairas
Nerijus Mačiulis Template:Rugby squad player/role/LK (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 23) 2 23x15px Šiauliai Vairas
Marius Andrijauskas Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1980-01-01) 1 January 1980 (age 36) 26 23x15px Peterborough Lions RFC
Andrius Martinskas Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1982-01-10) 10 January 1982 (age 34) 37 23x15px Enköpings RK
Domantas Tautkus Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1993-06-02) 2 June 1993 (age 22) 1 23x15px Panevėžys Ryšių statyba
Justas Urbonas Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 24) 4 23x15px Šiauliai Vairas
Vaidotas Gaubas Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 23) 1 23x15px Šiauliai BaltRex
Mindaugas Grigas Template:Rugby squad player/role/N8 (1980-08-06) 6 August 1980 (age 35) 28 23x15px Šiauliai Vairas
Mindaugas Misevičius Template:Rugby squad player/role/SH (1982-01-01) 1 January 1982 (age 34) 45 23x15px Šiauliai Vairas
Tomas Astrauskas Template:Rugby squad player/role/SH (1979-01-01) 1 January 1979 (age 37) 27 23x15px RK Šiauliai
Kęstutis Marcišauskas Template:Rugby squad player/role/FH (1985-07-24) 24 July 1985 (age 30) 36 23x15px Šiauliai Vairas
Mantas Maršantas Template:Rugby squad player/role/FH (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 23) 2 23x15px Šiauliai BaltRex
Gediminas Marcišauskas Template:Rugby squad player/role/CE (1982-01-01) 1 January 1982 (age 34) 24 23x15px Peterborough Lions RFC
Gediminas Liutkus Template:Rugby squad player/role/CE (1982-01-01) 1 January 1982 (age 34) 36 23x15px Enköpings RK
Edmundas Ščiavinskas Template:Rugby squad player/role/CE (1981-04-26) 26 April 1981 (age 34) 36 23x15px Šiauliai BaltRex
Justas Vasiliauskas Template:Rugby squad player/role/WG (1985-01-01) 1 January 1985 (age 31) 33 23x15px Šiauliai Vairas
Mantautas Vilimavičius Template:Rugby squad player/role/WG (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 24) 2 23x15px Šiauliai Vairas
Donatas Vilimavičius Template:Rugby squad player/role/WG (1993-09-11) 11 September 1993 (age 22) 2 23x15px Šiauliai Vairas
Vytaras Bloškys Template:Rugby squad player/role/FB (1991-08-30) 30 August 1991 (age 24) 6 23x15px Šiauliai BaltRex

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Lithuania set new Rugby World Record". International Rugby Board. 2010-04-26. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  2. ^ "Cyprus on verge of historic win". Scrum.com. 2013-03-15. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 

External links

  • Official Site
  • [1] Lithuania dreaming of 2011 Rugby World Cup, AFP story published by rugbyweek.com