Venue: Paphiakos Stadium
Referee: Lionel Da Silva (Malta)
Slovenia were relegated from ENC 2B at the end of the 2010-12 competition. They were placed 4th out of five teams and were due to face Denmark (placed 2nd in ENC 2C) in a promotion-relegation playoff. Slovenia decided to forfeit that game and were thus relegated.
Slovenia won their first game in this division against Hungary at home. They will find Cyprus a handful away.
Cyprus has had an amazing journey since they played their first rugby test match. They have worked their way up through the divisions and now find themselves in ENC 2C. They began life in this division with a resounding 54-20 win over Austria
First Encounter.These two teams have never met in a rugby test match before.
Slovenia Last Five P 5, W 1, L 4
27.10.2012 v Hungary W 8-7 in Ljubliana (WCQ Europe R1; ENC 2C)
14.04.2012 v Austria L 5-19 in Ljubliana (Friendly)
17.03.2012 v Switzerland L 0-85 in Nyon (ENC 2B)
12.11.2011 v Andorra L 6-15 in Ljubliana (ENC 2B)
29.10.2011 v Serbia L 0-52 in Belgrade (ENC 2B)
Cyprus Last Five P 5, W 5
17.11.2012 v Austria W 54-20 in Vienna (WCQ Europe R1; ENC 2C)
26.05.2012 v Greece W 72-5 in Paphos (ENC 2D)
28.04.2012 v Bulgaria W 94-3 in Pernik (ENC 2D)
08.10.2011 v Luxembourg W 48-7 in Paphos (ENC 2D)
07.05.2011 v Luxembourg W 50-0 in Luxembourg (ENC 2D)
Cyprus has now won their last sixteen rugby test matches. They are edging closer to the world record of 18 consecutive rugby test match wins held by Lithuania.
GWC Rugby Rankings
Europe Table: Slovenia 29th, Cyprus 34th
IRB Ranking points do not apply. Cyprus is not on the IRB list
Prediction: Cyprus by 33 points.
Tony Thoma (C)
Slovenia Squad not available