Antim Cup

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The Antim Cup is contested between the rugby union teams of Romania ("The Oaks") and Georgia ("The Lelos"). It is named after the Metropolis of Muntenia and Dobrudja Anthim the Iberian, who was originally a Georgian.

The Antim Cup is contested each time Georgia and Romania meet in a senior international match other than World Cup matches or qualifiers. The holder retains the cup unless the challenger wins the match in normal time.

There was a motion from the Georgia Rugby Union just before the 2000 European Nations Cup decider in Tbilisi, to establish a challenge cup along the lines of the Calcutta and Bledisloe Cups to be annually played for between the Oaks and the Lelos.

It was decided that the cup should be named after Antimoz Iverieli (Georgian version) – Antim Ivireanul (Romanian version) (c 1650–1716). The Rugby Supporters' League (RML) of Georgia approached the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, Ilia II through influential go-betweens and received his blessing for the use of the name 'Antim'.

The trophy was made by Georgian sculptor and former rugby player Gia Japaridze, who cast the cup in gilded bronze.

The current holder is Romania, who defeated Georgia 8–7 on March 19, 2017 in Bucharest.

Previous winners[edit]

Year Date Home Score Away Cup Winner Venue
2002 6 April Georgia 23–31 Romania  Romania Tbilisi
2003 30 March Georgia 6–19 Romania  Romania Tbilisi
2004 27 May Romania 25–18 Georgia  Romania Iași
2005 12 March Georgia 20–13 Romania  Georgia Tbilisi
2006 25 February Romania 35–10 Georgia  Romania Bucharest
2007 3 February Romania 17–20 Georgia  Georgia Bucharest
2008 9 February Georgia 22–7 Romania  Georgia Tbilisi
2009 14 March Georgia 28–23 Romania  Georgia Tbilisi
2010 13 March Romania 22–10 Georgia  Romania Bucharest
2011 12 March Georgia 18–11 Romania  Georgia Tbilisi
2012 10 March Romania 13–19 Georgia  Georgia Bucharest
2013 16 March Romania 9–9 Georgia No winner Bucharest
2014 15 March Georgia 22–9 Romania  Georgia Tbilisi
2015 21 March Romania 6–15 Georgia  Georgia Bucharest
2016 19 March Georgia 38–9 Romania  Georgia Tbilisi
2017 19 March Romania 8–7 Georgia  Romania Bucharest

Total wins:

  • Georgia: 9
  • Romania: 6

See also[edit]