Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Rugby union in Malta is a small but growing sport. The national senior men''s team are currently (April 2010) ranked 54th by the IRB. This is the highest international rank for a Maltese national team in any sport. The governing body is the Malta Rugby Football Union. As of 2000, the MRFU has been a full member of the IRB. Rugby was first brought into Malta by the British, who ruled the island for nearly 200 years. The first matches appear to have been played by British sailors during the late 19th century. In 1946, the Overseas Rugby Club was established, becoming the first proper rugby club on the island, which consisted mainly of British servicemen. However, the game only started becoming properly organised at the end of the 20th century. During the 1970s, St. Edwards College and Tal-Handaq College started teaching the game, but it also received a blow, in 1979, with the withdrawal of Malta from NATO, which deprived it of the military teams which had formerly played there.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Italy national rugby league team represent Italy in international rugby league tournaments. The team dates back from the 1950s after the formation of a domestic competition in the country, and in the 1960s they played Australia, the France and a number of English teams. The team have never competed in a World Cup, although did attempt to in 2000. Though they did compete in the Emerging Nations Tournament in 2000 and have since then contested the Ionio Cup against Greece in 2003 and 2004. In 2008 they will play Germany and the Czech Republic in the European Shield. Currently the team are ranked 18th in the world, behind Japan but ahead of Germany. In Europe they are ranked 13th, behind Malta. English - Italian Carlo Napolitano coaches the team, and Marco Ferrazzano as captain of the side.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Rugby union in Libya is a minor but growing sport. Libyan rugby is of relatively recent origin, although it has been played in neighbouring countries such as Italy and Malta, and to a lesser extent Tunisia. It is believed that the first rugby in Libya was played by British troops or possibly Italians. Like many other Maghrebi nations, Libyan rugby tended to look to Europe for inspiration, rather than to the rest of Africa. The first Libyan team was set up in the 70''s "the Benghazi Wasps" and play against teams from expatriate oil workers. Later on in 1998, French and British set up a team called the Tripoli Barbarians, however it was not until 2008 that official club teams recognised by Libya''s governing body for sports, were set up in Benghazi. The first official tournament took place in 2008 in Benghazi organised by Thair El Heri. The first Officially recognised body for rugby was the Benghazi Rugby Committee.