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Malta
Union Malta Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s) The Rams
Coach Damian Neill
Captain Guy (Aguis) Kennedy
First international
Malta 8 - 58 Moldova
(2000-11-18)
Largest win
Malta 34 - 6 Luxembourg
(2003-03-29)
Worst defeat
Malta 8 - 58 Moldova
(2000-11-18)
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The Malta national rugby union team are governed by the Malta Rugby Football Union (MRFU). Although Malta has yet to qualify for the Rugby World Cup, the island state has made remarkable progression since its first international in 2000. It is currently competing in the European Division 2B and is aiming to maintain its status.

HistoryEdit

Malta's national team played their first match on November 18 in 2000, against Moldova in Chişinău, which Moldova won 58-8. They played a subsequent match against Belgium that same year in Marsa, which Belgium won 26-0. Malta played four matches in 2001, and they recorded their first win in the fourth of them, against Monaco in Marsa. This was followed by a draw 10-10 with Norway, defeating Lithuania, Austria, Luxembourg, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia-Montenegro, Latvia and Hungary. They then played Moldova in 2004.

Malta then proceeded to enter the 2007 Rugby World Cup European qualification tournament where they were grouped in Pool D of the second round. After finishing third in their pool with two wins from four pool games, Malta entered a play-off along with Denmark, Andorra and Sweden to enter round three. Malta were successful and entered Pool B of round three.

The team is currently ranked 50th in the International Rugby Board world rankings. They are coached by Welshman Damian Neill, a former Number 8 in the Welsh Premiership with Aberavon RFC and Maesteg RFC.

Current Squad Edit

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Daryl Psaila| Overseas RUFC | Template:Country data Malta

David Borg | Kavallieri RUFC | Template:Country data Malta

Domenic Busuttil | Beddau RFC | Flag of Wales

Guy Agius Kennedy | Queanbeyan Whites RFC | Flag of Australia

Harry Collins | Hartpury College | Flag of England

Ian Borda|Kavallieri RUFC | Template:Country data Malta

James Finlason | Hove RFC | Flag of England

James Bartolo | Edinburgh Academicals RFC | Flag of Scotland

Rohan Spiteri | Goulburn Stockmen RFC | Flag of Australia

Lee Culnane | Tuggeranong Vikings RFC | Flag of Australia

Leonard Mifsud | Stompers RFC | Template:Country data Malta

Malcolm Attard | Stompers RFC | Template:Country data Malta

Matthew Mirabelli | Stompers RFC | Template:Country data Malta

Michael Whitney | Royal Agricultural College Cirencester RFC | Flag of England

Michael McArdle | Ealing RFC | Flag of England

Nicholas Warren | Wooton Bassett RFC | Flag of England

Oliver Sacco | Clifton RFC | Flag of England

Ryan Borg | Cronulla Sharks RFC | Flag of Australia

Saviour Zarb | Easts Rugby Canberra RFC | Flag of Australia

Steven Kempster | Tring RUFC | Flag of England

Thomas Webb | Eton Manor RFC | Flag of England

Thomas Watts | Old Coventrians RFC | Flag of England

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Records of International MatchesEdit

Malta's test match record against all nations:[1]

Against Played Won Lost Drawn  % Won
Template:Country data AND 1 1 0 0 100
Template:Country data Austria 1 1 0 0 100
Template:Country data BEL 0 0 0 2 0
Template:Country data Bosnia 1 1 0 0 100
Template:Country data BUL 2 2 0 0 100
Template:Country data CRO 2 1 0 1 50
Template:Country data DEN 2 1 0 1 50
Template:Country data GER 1 0 0 1 0
Template:Country data HUN 1 1 0 0 100
Template:Country data LAT 3 2 0 1 66.7
Template:Country data Lithuania 2 1 0 1 50
Template:Country data LUX 1 1 0 0 100
Template:Country data Moldova 2 0 0 2 0
Template:Country data MON 2 1 0 1 50
Template:Country data NOR 1 0 1 0 50
Template:Country data POL 2 0 0 2 0
Template:Country data SER 3 2 0 1 66.7
Template:Country data SLO 1 0 0 1 0
Template:Country data CH 1 1 0 0 100
Total 31 16 14 1 51.6

External linksEdit

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