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|Union||Cyprus Rugby Federation|
|Nickname(s)||The Mighty Mouflons|
|Ground(s)||Stelios Kyriakides Stadium, Paphos|
|Most caps||Georgios Agathokleous|
|Top scorer||Marcus Holden (470)|
|Most tries||Marcus Holden (23)|
| Cyprus 39 – 3 Greece |
(24 March 2007)
| Bulgaria 3 – 94 Cyprus |
(28 May 2012)
| Latvia 31 – 3 Cyprus |
(7 November 2015)
Malta 31 – 3 Cyprus
(29 October 2016)
The Cyprus national rugby union team is nicknamed "The Mighty Mouflons" after a kind of horned sheep which is also the republic's national animal, the Cypriot mouflon (Ovis orientalis ophion). It is featured on the 1, 2 and 5 euro cent coins as well. They have won 28 of their 30 games and hold the world record for the most consecutive international rugby union wins with 24, which was ended on 15 November 2014 as they lost to Latvia. They were controversially disqualified from the knock-out phase of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Qualifiers, as they did not meet the necessary membership criteria according to the International Rugby Board.
The first international game of the Cyprus national rugby union team took place on 24 March 2007 against Greece in Paphos. The Cypriot XV won the game by 39-3 in front of 2,500 fans.
In October and November 2007, Cyprus beat Azerbaijan, Monaco and Slovakia to win the 2006–08 European Nations Cup Division 3D, in their first year on the international scene. However, they lost the play-off game for promotion to Division 3C for the 2008–10 European Nations Cup on 6 September 2008 against Israel by a score of 23-14. This was Cyprus' only loss in international rugby for 6 years.
The following season, Cyprus had another attempt to be promoted as they played Bosnia and Herzegovina, Azerbaijan and Monaco in a round-robin home-and-away basis. They won every game scoring a total of 187 points and conceding only 17. They gained automatic promotion to Division 3B, although, for the following season, the divisions had changed numbers, so instead of moving to Division 3B, they were in fact in Division 2D.
The 2010–12 European Nations Cup saw Cyprus play in Division 2D (the lowest level of the second division) against Bulgaria, Finland, Greece and Luxembourg. They won all their games for the second consecutive year increasing their win success to 15 and making it two consecutive seasons and nearly four years unbeaten. They scored 4 or more tries in each of their games during the 2010–2012 season, including an emphatic 94–3 win over Bulgaria, and were promoted to Division 2C for 2012–2014.
Their 2012–14 European Nations Cup Division 2B campaign kicked off in style with a 54–20 win over Austria. They followed that win with consecutive home and away wins against Slovenia, Bulgaria and Hungary and also a home win over Austria. On 16 March 2013 ahead of their match against Bulgaria, Cyprus were aware of a potential world record of 18 games unbeaten which would overtake the official record of 17 games originally held by both New Zealand (between 1965 and 1969 and again between 2013 and 2014), South Africa (between 1997 and 1998) and Lithuania (between 2006 and 2010). They won the match comfortably 79–10. A month later, Cyprus were informed that they would not be eligible to qualify for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and were disqualified by the International Rugby Board due to 'not meeting the necessary membership criteria'.
Cyprus played in Division 2B for the 2014–16 European Nations Cup, where they were grouped with Lithuania, Latvia, Andorra and Hungary.
The Cyprus Rugby Federation has adopted as its motto the famous Spartan phrase:
Ἢ τὰν ἢ ἐπὶ τᾶς, translating as "either with this or upon this", an idiom that effectively means victory or death. The origin of the motto is ancient Sparta and "this" refers to the shield. Spartans killed in battle were carried home on the shield, while those returning alive and victorious from battle would still have it. A soldier fleeing the battle would have to drop the shield.
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Until March 2010, Cyprus did not have a National Stadium, due to the poor recognition of the government they did not supply a stadium. Cyprus' first international was played in Paphos at Kiniras Sports ground. Then a further game at the same ground in the ENC 3D tournament against Slovakia. They then moved to the British Army base playing their games at Happy Valley in Episkopi. Now the national stadium has been recognised as Pafiako Stadium which is situated in the centre of Paphos. It holds a capacity of 10,000.
|Ground||Record||Recent Win||Team||Recent Draw||Recent Loss|
|Pafiako Stadium, Paphos||77,8%||2018||Slovenia||N/A||6 May 2017|
|Happy Valley, Episkopi||100%||2009||Slovakia||N/A||N/A|
|Kiniras Sports Ground, Paphos||100%||2007||Slovakia||N/A||N/A|
Since their first match in 2007, Cyprus have lost only 15 matches out of Fifty. They recorded their first win over Malta on 23 November by 18 to 16 to celebrate their 50th International, which now gives them a 70% winning ratio.
Cyprus are not a full member of the International Rugby Board, so none of their international matches count towards the IRB World Rankings.
|24 March 2007||Cyprus||39 – 3||Greece||Paphos|| Friendly |
|29 October 2007||Cyprus||29 – 0||Azerbaijan||Paphos||2006-08 ENC 3D|
|31 October 2007||Cyprus||19 – 10||Monaco||Nicosia||2006-08 ENC 3D|
|3 November 2007||Cyprus||38 – 8||Slovakia||Paphos||2006-08 ENC 3D|
|6 September 2008||Israel||23 – 14||Cyprus||Netanya||2006-08 ENC 3C/3D Play-off|
|29 November 2008||Azerbaijan||3 – 37||Cyprus||Baku||2008-10 ENC 3D|
|6 December 2008||Cyprus||24 – 3||Monaco||Episkopi||2008-10 ENC 3D|
|14 March 2009||Cyprus||33 – 7||Slovakia||Episkopi||2008-10 ENC 3D|
|21 March 2009||Bosnia and Herzegovina||6 – 8||Cyprus||Zenica||2008-10 ENC 3D|
|14 November 2009||Monaco||5 – 44||Cyprus||Monaco||2008-10 ENC 3D|
|6 March 2010||Cyprus||59 – 0||Azerbaijan||Paphos||2008-10 ENC 3D|
|27 March 2010||Cyprus||15 – 0||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Paphos||2008-10 ENC 3D|
|20 November 2010||Greece||13 – 33||Cyprus||Athens||2010-12 ENC 2D|
|12 March 2011||Cyprus||55 – 8||Bulgaria||Paphos||2010-12 ENC 2D|
|26 March 2011||Cyprus||70 – 10||Finland||Paphos||2010-12 ENC 2D|
|7 May 2011||Luxembourg||0 – 50||Cyprus||Luxembourg||2010-12 ENC 2D|
|8 October 2011||Cyprus||48 – 7||Luxembourg||Paphos||2010-12 ENC 2D|
|28 April 2012||Bulgaria||3 – 94||Cyprus||Pernik||2010-12 ENC 2D|
|26 May 2012||Cyprus||72 – 5||Greece||Paphos||2010-12 ENC 2D|
|9 June 2012||Finland||5 – 52||Cyprus||Helsinki||2010-12 ENC 2D|
|17 November 2012||Austria||20 – 54||Cyprus||Vienna||2012-14 ENC 2C|
|8 December 2012||Cyprus||49 – 8||Slovenia||Paphos||2012-14 ENC 2C|
|16 March 2013||Cyprus||79 – 10||Bulgaria||Paphos||2012-14 ENC 2C|
|20 April 2013||Hungary||15 – 16||Cyprus||Esztergom||2012-14 ENC 2C|
|9 November 2013||Slovenia||3 – 34||Cyprus||Ljubljana||2012-14 ENC 2C|
|30 November 2013||Cyprus||22 – 8||Austria||Paphos||2012-14 ENC 2C|
|26 April 2014||Bulgaria||15 – 46||Cyprus||Sofia||2012-14 ENC 2C|
|17 May 2014||Cyprus||46 – 13||Hungary||Paphos||2012-14 ENC 2C|
|1 November 2014||Cyprus||30 – 10||Andorra||Paphos||2014-16 ENC 2B|
|15 November 2014||Latvia||39 – 20||Cyprus||Riga||2014-16 ENC 2B|
|28 March 2015||Hungary||15 – 17||Cyprus||Szazhalombatta||2014-16 ENC 2B|
|2 May 2015||Cyprus||20 – 26||Lithuania||Paphos||2014-16 ENC 2B|
|7 November 2015||Cyprus||3 – 31||Latvia||Paphos||2014-16 ENC 2B|
|28 November 2015||Andorra||22 – 13||Cyprus||Andorra la Vella||2014-16 ENC 2B|
|9 April 2016||Cyprus||15 – 3||Hungary||Paphos||2014-16 ENC 2B|
|23 April 2016||Lithuania||47 – 15||Cyprus||Vilnius||2014-16 ENC 2B|
|23 October 2016||Malta||31 – 3||Cyprus||Paola||2016-17 Conference 1 South|
|12 November 2016||Cyprus||28 – 38||Israel||Paphos||2016-17 Conference 1 South|
|11 February 2017||Andorra||15 – 14||Cyprus||Andorra la Vella||2016-17 Conference 1 South|
|6 May 2017||Cyprus||27 – 29||Croatia||Paphos||2016-17 Conference 1 South|
|11 November 2017||Cyprus||42 – 5||Austria||Paphos||2017-18 Conference 2 South|
|14 November 2017||Slovakia||6 – 38||Cyprus||Piestany||2017-18 Conference 2 South|
|24 March 2018||Cyprus||17 – 5||Slovenia||Paphos||2017-18 Conference 2 South|
|28 April 2018||Serbia||35 – 17||Cyprus||Belgrade||2017-18 Conference 2 South|
|20 October 2018||Croatia||46 – 24||Cyprus||Split||2018-19 Conference 1 South|
|10 November 2018||Cyprus||22 – 34||Israel||Paphos||2018-19 Conference 1 South|
|23 March 2019||Cyprus||10 – 37||Malta||Paphos||2018-19 Conference 1 South|
|6 April 2019||Bosnia and Herzegovina||22 – 23||Cyprus||Zenica||2018-19 Conference 1 South|
|19 October 2019||Cyprus||20 – 25||Croatia||Paphos||2018-19 Conference 1 South|
|23 November 2019||Malta||16 – 18||Cyprus||Paola||2018-19 Conference 1 South|
Cyprus national XV record as of 17 December 2020.
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||3||3||0||0||46||28||+18||100%|
Head Coach: Andrew Binikos
Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.
|Player||Position||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Club/province|
|Antonis Thoma (captain)||Hooker||1 April 1977||21||Paphos Tigers|
|Constantinos Constantinides||Hooker||16 January 1987||8||Limassol Crusaders|
|Christo Kasabi||Prop||6 August 1985||20||Enfield Ignatians|
|Kyriacos Vatikiotis||Prop||13 October 1988||10||Manchester|
|Alexander Ioannou||Prop||30 November 1988||6||Peterborough Lions RFC|
|Marko Mladenovic||Flanker||24 December 1990||11||Falkirk RFC|
|Dan McFarlane||Flanker||25 January 1989||13||Limassol Crusaders|
|Chris Dicomidis||Number 8||14 September 1985||2||Pontypridd RFC|
|Burhan Torgut||Scrum-half||27 November 1990||8||UWIC Rugby Club|
|Theo Gabrielides||Scrum-half||26 April 1999||2||Richmond F.C.|
|Ryan Bennett||Scrum-half||2 April 1990||8||Charlton Park RFC|
|Alexander Zavallis-Roebuck||Fly-half||20 September 1990||6||Preston Grasshoppers|
|George Agathocleous||Centre||23 January 1982||21||Paphos Tigers|
|Reno Ioannides||Centre||17 February 1984||8||Montluçon Rugby|
|Samuel Emery||Centre||5 April 1991||7||CS Rugby 1863|
|Will Booth||Centre||28 December 1990||1||Limassol Crusaders|
|Andreas Zacharia||Wing||4 April 1989||9||University of Lincoln|
|Fidias Efthymiou||Wing||5 December 1990||10||Dings Crusaders RFC|
|Matt King||Wing||25 November 1989||6||Macclesfield RFC|
|Seyhan Fell||Wing||9 May 1986||14||Folkestone RFC|
|Marcus Holden||Fullback||22 August 1989||29||Stirling County|
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