Rugby – Malta vs Lithuania – 3rd November 2012Saturday, October 27, 2012, 13:56
It’s that time of year again…Our National Rugby Team and the Malta RFU have been working hard on preparations for our next two international fixtures, which are the start of the journey leading to the 2015 Rugby World Cup, organised by the International Rugby Board (IRB), every four years, since 1987. The 27th of October also marks the beginning of our two-year European Nations Cup, in whichMaltaplays in Division 2A, the 3rd highest division in European Rugby, excluding the Six Nations competitors. This first match will be away to Croatia, a team that Malta has played eight times, the last two having been in the last European Nations Cup, during which Malta won one game and Croatia the other. This promises to be a blinder of a game! For this away fixture, the Maltese Rugby community is inviting the public to watch the game live at the MRFU Clubhouse in Marsa. Kick-off is at 2pm.
A week later, on the 3rd of November,Maltawill be hostingLithuania, this time with a home advantage, a fixture that will be played at the Hibernians Football Stadium, in Corradino, Paola. Kick-off time will be at 2:30pm, and tickets may be bought online or through outlets, or even at the door. Once again, the Malta RFU promises a great day out for all the family.Rugbyis in fact known to be a clean sport, with a great atmosphere where supporters of both sides sit together, even at the highest levels of the sport.Maltais no different. This will beMalta’s 51st International Fixture, and the atmosphere at each game is a successful build-up of the last!
The FIRA European Nations Cup runs over two years, and will come to an end in 2014. Its matches double up as qualifying matches for the Rugby World Cup, being held inEnglandin 2015. If there was ever a time to start supporting your National Rugby Team, this would be it – it is the highest-ranked male team sport on the island, with our Men’s National Team currently ranking 45th out of over 120 countries that play Rugby Union worldwide. Rugby Union is the most popular code of the sport of rugby around the world, in fact, Rugby Union has officially joined the ever-increasing group of Olympic Sports, and shall participate in the next Olympics, inRio de Janeiro, in 2016.
The Malta RFU would like to invite any photographers or videographers who wish to take shots of the game, on the 3rd of November, to apply for a press pass by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with their name, number and ID card or passport number. Holders of accredited Maltese Press cards are automatically eligible for free entry.
You may obtain more information about the games by calling 99881266 and should you wish to keep up to date with news from the MRFU, you may follow the Unionat www.maltarugby.com, www.facebook.com/maltarfu, www.twitter.com/maltarfu or the Malta RFU page on Google+.