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Cisk Lager-sponsored Malta National rugby team determined to improve position in the FIRA European Nations Cup 09/05/2007


(from right) Damian Neill, National Coach and Director of Rugby answering questions during the press conference which was held at Bella Vista Hotel in Qawra.  Also seen (from left) Sean Doublesin, National Team Manager, and Juan Borg Manduca, President of the MRFU

On Saturday the Malta National Rugby team, which is supported by their major sponsor, Cisk Lager, is determined to improve on last year’s position. Although they suffered defeat against the last two opponents, Latvia and Croatia, they are rigorously shaping up to give their best performance against Andorra.

In the IRB World rankings, Malta is in 56th position while Poland is 31st, Croatia 49th, Latvia 38th and Andorra 59th.

Juan Borg Manduca, President of Malta Rugby Football Union (MRFU), said: “The team is undergoing an intensive training programme all week at the Hibernians ground. All players are in Malta for this preparation to ensure that they are ready for the match. A special thank you goes to rugby’s main sponsor Cisk Lager for their fantastic support, which has been instrumental in the progress and achievements of rugby in Malta, as well as other main sponsors who give us their continued support.”

The Malta National Rugby Team wearing Cisk Lager branded kit will play against Andorra on Saturday at Hibs Ground, Kordin. “As usual, the raucous spectators will push the players to perform even better. We urge all the rugby fans to attend and support this home game,” said Sean Doublesin, National Team Manager for Malta.

This match promises another sporting and entertainment spectacle for the many patriotic rugby supporters and their families. The match will start at 3.00pm at the Hibs Ground. Jason Zammit and Colin Fitz from XFM’s Jay and the Crew will host the entertainment which starts at 2.00pm. The event is also supported by rugby sponsors Simonds Farsons Cisk, The Alley Rock Bar, XFM 100.2, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, GasanMamo Insurance Ltd, Air Malta, OnVol, Vodafone and Sundreams Travel.

Tickets at Lm3.50 will be available at the door or at Lm3 from one of the following outlets: Elite and Exotique in Valletta, Zmerc Pub in Balzan, Casa Natura, Exotique and Expressions in Sliema, Rookies Sports Bar in Bugibba and Exotique in BayStreet. Ticket hotline: 9988 1266

The National squad announced by Damian Neill, National Coach and Director of Rugby in Malta, includes:

1.   Leo Mifsud (Stompers RFC, Malta)

2.   Mick McArdle (Barking RFC, UK)

3.   Thomas Webb (Eton Manor RFC, UK)

4.   Kyle Mason (Mounts Bay RFC / Royal Navy, UK)

5.   Ian Borda (Kavallieri RFC, Malta)

6.   Saviour Zarb (Easts Rugby Canberra, Australia)

7.   Luke Watts (Broadstreet Old Boys RFC, UK)

8.   Joseph Cutajar (Kavallieri RFC, Malta)

9.   Daryl Psaila (Overseas RUFC, Malta)

10. David Borg (Kavallieri RFC, Malta)

11. Dominic St. George (Kew Occasionals RFC, UK)

12. Steven Kempster (Tring RFC, UK)

13. Michael Whitney (Perth-Bayswater RFC, Australia)

14. Guy Kennedy (Queanbeyan Whites RFC, Australia)

15. John Dimond (Barry RFC, UK)

16. Thomas Watts (Old Coventrians RFC, UK)

17. Ryan Borg (Cronulla Sharks, Australia)

18. Matthew Mirabelli (Stompers RFC, Malta)

19. Jamie Caruana (Redruth RFC, UK)

20. Malcolm Attard (Stompers RFC, Malta)

21. Lee Culnane (Tuggeranong Vikings RFC, Australia)

22. Dominic Busuttil (Beddau RFC, UK)

23. Michael Bonavia (Kavallieri RFC, Malta)

24. James Finlason (Hove RFC, UK)

25. Oliver Sacco (Clifton RFC, UK)