Malta national rugby league team


Malta national rugby league team
Malta
Badge of Malta team
Nickname The Knights
Governing body Maltese Rugby League Association
Region Europe
Head coach Malta Joseph Grima
Most caps Steven Azzopardi (6)
RLIF ranking 27th
Colours
First game
 Malta 78-0 British Defense Forces United Kingdom
(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.[1]

Contents

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

Players

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.[2]

Malta Knights coaches

  • Joseph Grima 2004-Current (7 matches)
  • Tony Farr 2007 (1 match)
  • Anthony Micallef 2009-2010 (3 matches)

See also

References

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