- Malta national rugby league team
Malta Nickname The Knights Governing body Maltese Rugby League Association Region Europe Head coach Joseph Grima Most caps Steven Azzopardi (6) RLIF ranking 27th First game Malta 78-0 British Defense Forces
(25 September 2004)
Biggest win Malta 64-24 Norway
(2 September 2011, Pembroke, Malta)
Biggest defeat Germany 36-12 Malta
(23 July 2011, Kaiserslautern, Germany)
World Cup Appearances 0
In 2004, the Maltese Rugby League Association was formed to introduce the game of rugby league football to Malta. Malta played its first game in Malta on October 22, 2005 when they defeated England Lionhearts 36-6 at the Marsa Stadium, and in 2008 a domestic competition kicked off on the island.
The first official competition entered by Malta was the 2010 European Bowl. This was shortened to a single game between Malta and Norway following Belgium's withdrawal from the tournament. On 4 June 2010 Malta came from 10-0 down mid way through the first half to defeat Norway 30-20 and take the bowl at the Victor Tedesco Stadium, Hamrun.
All-time Results Record
Team First Played Played Win Draw Loss Points For Points Against Last Meeting Norway 2010 2 2 0 0 94 44 2011 Germany 2011 1 0 0 1 12 36 2011
Despite its size, Malta has a relatively strong national team due to the number of Maltese players that are playing overseas. Malta is able to call on the likes of Michael Vella, Ben Galea and Danny Galea, Shane Shackleton and Jarrod Sammut, who are all playing in either the NRL or Super League and have represented Malta in the past.
Malta Knights coaches
- Joseph Grima 2004-Current (7 matches)
- Tony Farr 2007 (1 match)
- Anthony Micallef 2009-2010 (3 matches)
- ^ "11-man Malta stage comeback to win European bowl". The Malta Independent (Malta: Standard Publications Ltd). 2010-06-06. http://www.independent.com.mt/news.asp?newsitemid=107267. Retrieved 2010-06-06.
- ^ http://www.malteserugbyleague.com/fans/watching-rl-in-malta
Rugby League European Federation Members National Teams Competitions
European Cup · European Shield (2nd tier) · European Bowl (3rd tier) · Euro Med Challenge (4th tier)
Rugby League International Federation Test Nations Affiliate Nations Unaffiliated Nations International
Men's World Cup · Women's World Cup · Tertiary Student Rugby League World Cup · World Club Challenge · Four Nations · Tri-Nations · The Ashes · World Sevens · Baskerville Shield · European Cup · European Shield · European Bowl · Mediterranean Cup · Pacific Cup · Slavic Cup · Peter Leitch QSM Challenge Trophy · Atlantic Cup · Colonial Cup · Nordic Cup · Milan Kosanovic Cup
Awards and Rankings
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