Cyprus Mail

Moufflons ‘have achieved more than any other Cypriot team in history’

By Alexander McCowan
THE manager of the Cyprus national rugby side has been basking in yet another victory, after the Moufflons beat Slovenia 34-3 in Ljubljana which extended their world record streak to 20 straight wins.
Team manager Theo Lenos said: “We went there with three untested players which is always a little worrying but they played like seasoned internationals.
“Two of them scored on their debut which is a great feeling for a new cap.
“I firmly believe that we are building depth into this side which is truly remarkable when you know we drink from such a small pool.
“These guys, who are largely unrecognised in their own country, have achieved more than any other Cypriot international team in the sporting history of our island. Twenty consecutive wins, it’s amazing.”
Laurence Vasilliades, the Cyprus Rugby Federation president, claimed he had been a little apprehensive before the Slovenia game because of the absence of some key players but said: “I should have known that coach Paul Shanks and Theo Lenos would triumph.
“The new caps were well schooled through Sevens and development games and fully justified their inclusion in the full side.
“I think they are in many ways the future of Cyprus, there are not many countries who will cap 18-year-olds, but our policy is, if you don’t give them a chance, how will they learn?”
Shanks, speaking after the game, stated: “As you know we take nothing and no-one for granted. Every game is treated the same way.
The world record will not go to our heads – it’s a recognition of years of hard work and has brought some interest from the wider world of rugby. It would be nice if it led to a major sponsor getting behind us, but we will continue to train hard, develop our skills and aim for promotion.”

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