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Malta National Rugby team taking new heights - the road to World Cup 2007 10/27/2005

The Malta National Rugby team, sponsored by Cisk Lager, will face Germany in the biggest single test ever faced by the Malta Rugby Football Union (MRFU). The match will be played on Saturday 29th October 2005 at the Hibs Stadium in Kordin.

After beating Denmark, despite being twenty places above 54th placed Malta in the International Rankings in last May’s nail-biting match, the 27th seeded Germany are next in line. Malta will be battling against the mighty Germans and fighting for a place in the 2007 World Cup. Rugby fans are urged to support and cheer the Malta National Rugby team.

Following the brave wins against bigger teams like Bulgaria and Denmark, Mike Turner, the MRFU PRO described these games as: "Little minnow Malta in with the giants."

"The Maltese boys have a tremendous incentive in that they only have to chalk up 5 or 6 more wins to reach the World Cup final 2007. An immense achievement for the players, both Maltese and foreign based players, the MRFU, and of course the local sponsors, in particular Cisk Lager, without whom the Malta team could not have been able to achieve so much in the international field," said Damien Neill, Malta’s national team coach and director.

Mr Neill has created a long term 'rugby pathway'. This is already bearing fruit in the recent success of Malta 'A' in Sicily, the huge youth activity and the expanding Women’s rugby section.

"It is hoped that the Maltese public will once again take the rugby team to their hearts and give their wonderful support to roar them on to victory," continued Damien Neill. Events prior the match start at 1.15pm at the Hibs Stadium.

The National Rugby squad is made up of: M. Mirabelli, I. Borda, C. Vassallo S. Micallef, G. Kennedy, R. Spiteri, K. Mason, J. Ramage, T. Webb, H. Collins, L. Watts, D. St. George, S. Kempster, M. Whitney, S. Haycock, J. Diamond, D. Busuttil, J. Caruana, T. Watts, N. Warren, O. Sacco and J. Sultana.