Cyprus national rugby union team
|Union||Cyprus Rugby Federation|
|Most caps||Tony Thoma (25)|
|Top scorer||Marcus Holden (254)|
|Most tries||George Agathocleous (19)|
| Cyprus 39 – 3 Greece
(24 March 2007)
| Bulgaria 3 – 94 Cyprus
(28 May 2012)
| Israel 23 – 14 Cyprus
(6 September 2008)
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 25 of their 26 games and hold the world record for the most consecutive international rugby union wins. They were controversially disqualified from the knockout phase of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Qualifiers, as they did not meet the necessary membership criteria according to the IRB.
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.
- World record for most consecutive international rugby union wins (21).
- 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 their last 10 away games.
- Won their last 15 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 debut match (39–3 v Greece in March 2007).
- Have Scored 1087 points and only conceded 183.
- Won 23 of their 25 wins by more than a converted try.
- They have scored a try in every game they have played (26).
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 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%||2013||Austria||N/A||N/A|
|Happy Valley, Episkopi||100%||2009||Slovakia||N/A||N/A|
|Kiniras Sports Ground, Paphos||100%||2007||Slovakia||N/A||N/A|
In over 6 years of international competition, Cyprus have managed to lose only one match, the promotion/relegation playoff away to Israel.
|24 March 2007||Cyprus||39 – 3||Greece||Paphos||Friendly
|29 October 2007||Cyprus||29 – 0||Azerbaijan||Paphos||2006-08 ENC 3D|
|31 October 2007||Cyprus||19 – 10||Monaco||Nicosia||2006-08 ENC 3D|
|3 November 2007||Cyprus||38 – 8||Slovakia||Paphos||2006-08 ENC 3D|
|6 September 2008||Israel||23 – 14||Cyprus||Netanya||2006-08 ENC 3C/3D Play-off|
|29 November 2008||Azerbaijan||3 – 37||Cyprus||Baku||2008-10 ENC 3D|
|6 December 2008||Cyprus||24 – 3||Monaco||Episkopi||2008-10 ENC 3D|
|14 March 2009||Cyprus||33 – 7||Slovakia||Episkopi||2008-10 ENC 3D|
|21 March 2009||Bosnia and Herzegovina||6 – 8||Cyprus||Zenica||2008-10 ENC 3D|
|14 November 2009||Monaco||5 – 44||Cyprus||Monaco||2008-10 ENC 3D|
|6 March 2010||Cyprus||59 – 0||Azerbaijan||Paphos||2008-10 ENC 3D|
|27 March 2010||Cyprus||15 – 0||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Paphos||2008-10 ENC 3D|
|20 November 2010||Greece||13 – 33||Cyprus||Athens||2010-12 ENC 2D|
|12 March 2011||Cyprus||55 – 8||Bulgaria||Paphos||2010-12 ENC 2D|
|26 March 2011||Cyprus||70 – 10||Finland||Paphos||2010-12 ENC 2D|
|7 May 2011||Luxembourg||0 – 50||Cyprus||Luxembourg||2010-12 ENC 2D|
|8 October 2011||Cyprus||48 – 7||Luxembourg||Paphos||2010-12 ENC 2D|
|28 April 2012||Bulgaria||3 – 94||Cyprus||Pernik||2010-12 ENC 2D|
|26 May 2012||Cyprus||72 – 5||Greece||Paphos||2010-12 ENC 2D|
|9 June 2012||Finland||5 – 52||Cyprus||Helsinki||2010-12 ENC 2D|
|17 November 2012||Austria||20 – 54||Cyprus||Vienna||2012-14 ENC 2C|
|8 December 2012||Cyprus||49 – 8||Slovenia||Paphos||2012-14 ENC 2C|
|16 March 2013||Cyprus||79 – 10||Bulgaria||Paphos||2012-14 ENC 2C|
|20 April 2013||Hungary||15 – 16||Cyprus||Esztergom||2012-14 ENC 2C|
|9 November 2013||Slovenia||3 – 34||Cyprus||Ljubljana||2012-14 ENC 2C|
|30 November 2013||Cyprus||22 – 8||Austria||Paphos||2012-14 ENC 2C|
|Against||Played||Won||Lost||Drawn||Points for||Points against||% Won|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||2||2||0||0||23||6||100%|
- Caps updated for 2012–14 European Nations Cup Second Division).
- Head Coach - Paul Shanks
- Team Manager - Theo Lenos
- Sevens Coach - Under Review
- Cyprus 'A' Coach - Chris Thoma
Recent call ups
- Jack Antoniou
- Yiannis Loizia
- Marios Zakakiotis
- "Cyprus clock up record breaking win". ESPN scrum. 2013-03-16. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
- Cyprus Rugby Federation
- Paphos Tigers - Member of Cyprus Rugby Federation
- Limassol Crusaders RFC
- Cyprus university RFC