Cyprus Rugby Federation
Κυπριακή Ομοσπονδία Ράγκμπι
SportRugby union
Founded2006 (2006)
World Rugby affiliationAccepted as affiliate member, 2014
FIRA affiliation2006
PresidentConstantinos Constantinides
Men's coachAndrew Binikos
Websitewww.cyprus-rugby.com

The Cyprus Rugby Federation (CRF) (Greek: Κυπριακή Ομοσπονδία Ράγκμπι, Κ.Ο.ΡΑ) (Turkish: Kıbrıs Ragbi Federasyonu (KRF)) the governing body for rugby union in Cyprus. It runs several competitions including a league with teams from the British military bases (Akrotiri, Episkopi and Dhekelia) and four local teams:

It became affiliated to FIRA in 2006.[1] The CRF was accepted as an affiliated member of World Rugby in November 2014 [2]

The first international game of the Cyprus Rugby National Team took place on March 24, 2007 against Greece in Paphos. The Cypriot XV won the game by 39-3 in front of 2,500 fans.[3] In October and November 2007, Cyprus beat Azerbaijan, Monaco and Slovakia to win the FIRA 3D Tournament, a great achievement in their first year on the international scene. They lost the play-off game for promotion to level 3C on 6 September 2008 against Israel by a score of 23-14. They remained in FIRA AER ENC Division 3D with Azerbaijan, Monaco, Slovakia and Bosnia Herzegovina until their recent victory against Bosnia.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Cyprus accepted as members of the International Federation of Amateur Rugby" (PDF) (in French). 2006-12-07. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
  2. ^ "World Rugby gives Cyprus warm welcome but Armenia and Greece the cold shoulder". 2014-11-27. Retrieved 2014-11-27.
  3. ^ McCowan, Alexander (March 27, 2007). "Cyprus trounce Greece in first international rugby match". Cyprus Mail. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-03-28.
  4. ^ http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/sport/Rugby-union-Dan-wins-Cyprus-promotion-targets/article-1959909-detail/article.html[dead link]