By Alexander McCowan
THE Cyprus Moufflons walked away with the third prize of £250 after winning the plate competition for the best losing side in the very prestigious Manchester City Sevens Tournament on Saturday.
Before the tournament Ruaridh Pye, the newly-appointed national Sevens coach for the Cyprus Rugby Federation said: “We have a young and exciting squad. The challenge here is ferocious, particularly from the Welsh sides. They represent some of the top valley teams and conceal a number of former internationals.”
Pye took over from another Celtic coach, the redoubtable John Long, former Edinburgh and Romania national coach, who has moved on, and now Pye is joined by Cyprus veteran Andy Binicos who will manage the Cypriot Sevens side in the future.
Over 16 sides competed for the top prize in Manchester with £2,000 for the winners. After valiantly battling with the Wizards from Wales, Red Pandas and the Irish Exiles, the Cypriots left the ground after beating the Carmarthen Warriors 41-7.
This was the opening tournament of the forthcoming Sevens season for the mighty Moufflons, who will once again challenge for the European Cup Sevens Tournament in June having beaten Germany in the Plate competition in two successive years.