Malta national rugby union team

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Malta
Malta Rugby Football Union Logo.jpg
Union Malta Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s) Il-imtaten (The Rams)
Coach(es) Damian Neill
Captain(s) Domenic Busuttil
First international
Moldova Moldova 58 - 8 Malta Malta
(2000-11-18)
Largest win
Malta Malta 34 - 6 Luxembourg Luxembourg
(2003-03-29)
Largest defeat
Moldova Moldova 58 - 8 Malta Malta
(2000-11-18)

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 2A and recently maintained its status with a win over Sweden.

History[edit]

Main article: Rugby union in Malta

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 41st in the International Rugby Board world rankings, their highest ever position. They are coached by Welshman Damian Neill, a former Number 8 in the Welsh Premiership with Aberavon RFC and Maesteg RFC.

Current squad[edit]


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

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Daryl Psaila {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Malta Kavallieri
David Borg {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Malta Kavallieri
Domenic Busuttil {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Wales Beddau RFC
Guy Agius {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Australia Queanbeyan Whites
Harry Collins {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} England Hartpury
Ian Borda {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Malta Kavallieri
James Bartolo {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Scotland Murrayfield Wanderers
James Finlason {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} England Hove RFC
Rohan Spiteri {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Australia Goulburn Stockmen
Leo Mifsud {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Malta Falcons RFC
Tyler Tonna {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} England London Irish
Sheldon Muchmore {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} England London Irish
Gian Tonna {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Malta Kavillieri
Lee Culnane {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Australia Tuggeranong Vikings
Nicholas Warren {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} England Wooton Bassett RFC
Oliver Sacco {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} England Clifton RFC
Steven Kempster {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} England Tring RUFC
Tom Pace Moore {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Malta Stompers
Ryan Borg {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Australia Cronulla Sharks
Matthew Mirabelli {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Malta Stompers
Saviour Zarb {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Australia Eastern Suburbs RUFC
Tom Holloway {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} England Waterloo R.F.C.
James O'Brian {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} England Waterloo R.F.C.
Rob Holloway {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} England Altrincham Kersal
Michael McArdle {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} England Ealing
Malcolm Attard {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Malta Stompers
Thomas Watts {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} England Old Coventrians
Luke Watts {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} England Kenilworth
Kyle Mason {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} England Launceston RUFC
Matthew Camilleri {{Rugby squad player/role/{{{pos}}}}} {{{age}}} {{{caps}}} Malta Stompers

Records of International Matches[edit]

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

Against Played Won Lost Drawn  % Won
 Andorra 2 1 1 0 50
 Austria 1 1 0 0 100
 Belgium 2 0 2 0 0
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 1 0 0 100
 Bulgaria 2 2 0 0 100
 Croatia 5 2 3 0 33.3
 Denmark 2 1 1 0 50
 Germany 1 0 1 0 0
 Hungary 1 1 0 0 100
 Latvia 5 3 2 0 60
 Lithuania 3 1 1 0 33.3
 Luxembourg 1 1 0 0 100
 Moldova 2 0 2 0 0
 Monaco 2 1 1 0 50
 Netherlands 1 0 1 0 0
 Norway 1 0 0 1 50
 Poland 3 0 3 0 0
 Serbia 3 2 1 0 66.7
 Slovenia 1 0 1 0 0
 Sweden 3 2 1 0 66.7
 Switzerland 1 1 0 0 100
Total 43 20 22 1 46.5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Malta > Head to Head Table". rugbydata.com. Retrieved 2010-04-15. 

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