Malta national rugby union team

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Malta
UnionMalta Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s)Il-imtaten (The Rams)
Emblem(s)The Ram
Coach(es)Damian Neill
Captain(s)Dominic Busuttil
First international
Moldova Moldova 58–8 Malta Malta
(2000-11-18)
Largest win
Andorra Andorra 3–89 Malta Malta
(2018-03-24)
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 Rugby Europe Conference, after topping the Conference 1 - South for the pas two seasons – 2017 and 2018 – yet failing to win the play-off to rise to the higher level.

History[edit]

Malta's national team played their first match on November 18, 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 39th in the World Rugby 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: Squad as at March 24, 2018[1]

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

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province


Rhodri Apsee Prop Bridgend Ravens
Daniel Holliday Hooker Malta Falcons RFC
Anthony Harvey Prop Malta Overseas RFC
Clayton Cassar Lock Malta Overseas RFC
Benji Borg Lock 20 Malta Falcons RFC
Darren Deguara Flanker 20
Luke Watts Flanker England Otley R.U.F.C.
Daniel Apsee Number 8 45 30 Wales Cardiff RFC
Julian Galea Scrum-half 43 Falcons RFC
Rob Holloway Fly-half 42 England Sedgley Tigers
Chris Dudman Fly-half England Westcliff RFC
Dominic Busuttil (c) Centre 74
Tom Holloway Centre England Sale FC Rugby Club
James Kick Wing England Hull RUFC
James O'Brien Fullback
Dragan Cerketa Lock Malta Stompers RFC
Matthew Spiteri Prop Malta Stompers RFC
Xavier Mamo Hooker 18 Malta Stompers RFC
Salvino Mamo Prop 18 Malta Stompers RFC
Harry Collins Prop Malta Overseas RFC
Gary Hili Number 8 Malta Stompers RFC
Rory O'Brien Scrum-half
Andrew Vella Lock Malta Falcons RFC
Luke Mathews Centre
Brendan Dalton Wing Malta Falcons RFC

Coaches[edit]

Name Years Tests Won Lost Drew Win percentage
Damian Neill 2016 - present 5 3 1 1 0%
Len Ethel 2000–2001 3 0 3 0 0%
Nigal Ben Bennett 2001–2002 4 2 2 0 50%
Graham Richards 2002–2004 9 7 2 1 80%
Joseph Mamo 2004– 43 47 0 0 120%

Records of International Matches[edit]

Malta's test match record against all nations:[2]

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 10 4 6 0 40
 Czech Republic 1 0 1 0 0
 Denmark 2 1 1 0 50
 Germany 1 0 1 0 0
 Hungary 1 1 0 0 100
 Latvia 7 5 2 0 71
 Lithuania 6 4 2 0 67
 Luxembourg 1 1 0 0 100
 Moldova 2 0 2 0 0
 Monaco 2 1 1 0 50
 Netherlands 4 0 4 0 0
 Norway 1 0 0 1 50
 Poland 3 0 3 0 0
 Serbia 3 2 1 0 67
 Slovenia 1 0 1 0 0
 Sweden 4 3 1 0 75
  Switzerland 3 2 1 0 67
Total 60 29 30 1 49

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rugbyeurope.eu/2018-rugby-europe-international-championships-m8-malta-vs-andorra#player1-7
  2. ^ "Results of all Internationals" (PDF). Malta Rugby. Retrieved 2015-02-04.

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