First for Cyprus

On March 24th, 2007, Cyprus will meet Greece in Pafos (Cyprus). The last union affiliated to the FIRA-AER will play against Greece her very first official international match.

The stake of this match will be Anexartisias Cup (Independence Cup) a trophy that both unions decided to create and which will reward the winner of their annual confrontation in the image of the Calcutta Cup (the Scotland and England) or of the Bledisloe Cup (Australia and New Zealand).

More than 4 000 spectators are expected, with several officials: Members of Parliament, High ranking Officer of the Greek Embassy, General Manager of the Cyprus Sport Organisation, the Mayor of Paphos…

Good luck to Cyprus for the organization of this game and to Greece for a victory abroad!

8 Responses to “First for Cyprus”

  1. 1 The Law Mar 14th, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    Hi guys. As a member of the Cyprus Rugby Federation Committee we are in absolute appreciation for Greece coming over to Cyprus for this historic match! Although feedom of speech is tool that people sometimes abuse, I hope that it will be taken in true sportsmanship style and all in the spirit of Rugby. We hold Greece very high and we see you as an example and believe me that we are proud to have you on our Island taking part in this wonderful sport! Both the Greece and Cyprus Presidents of Rugby have worked very hard to make this day a success and so will be the case on the field with the players. Yes, a few Cypriot players will be returning back to Cyprus for the game. What is important is to keep the spirit of the game glowing bright and proud so that nobody from the outside looking in can point a finger at either Cyprus or Greece. The result of the game is not important – the essence of our 2 countries coming together and showing the rest of the Rugby world that we can play and play well is of the absolute essence. Be proud that our Presidents are positive about Rugby and they both want to see it grow to the higest possible level. But they can only do so much – the rest is up to us. We owe our countries our best – we Rugby our undivided attention and commitment! See you all on the 24th – you do us proud! Bravo se olous sas!

  2. 2 Pascal Mar 15th, 2007 at 1:02 am

    A day to be remembered! Cyprus vs Greece on a rugby pitch! What a day!
    I personally played in Greece and abroad and the levels are not the same. Some players are concern about that issue that is all. We will not let it be a problem.

  3. 3 costas Mar 19th, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    its all about rugby bringing two nations together

  4. 4 Goth Mar 20th, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    Thank you “The Law”.That’s the spirit.Looking forward to playing you guys!

  5. 5 RugInt Mar 22nd, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    Can somebody publish the two squads here please?

  6. 6 omiros fanariotis Mar 22nd, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    We wont know until after the game please be patient.

  7. 7 Cheronna Mar 22nd, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    Greece vs Cyprus will be a great game, a lot of passion and hard play. Can’t wait to come over there and play some good high quality rugby…lets go boys!

  8. 8 Nikos Hadjipetrou, Pafos Mar 24th, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    I had the pleasure to watch the game, even though I have no clue of how it is played. Cyprus won 39-3. Nearly half of the “Cypriot” players were in fact British ex-pats living in Cyprus, and the rest were repatriated Cypriots from countries with a long tradition in Rugby (UK, South Africa, Australia, etc.) Some of the Greek players felt they came in Cyprus for a holiday trip in a friendly country, only to realise, a bit too late, that they were actually being confronted by an opponent team that seemed to feel they were playing a world cup final.

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