Saturday, April 20, 2013

GREECE v LUXEMBOURG: World Cup Qualifier Europe R1; ENC 2D

Feature Match No. 4


Venue: Stade Josy Barthel

Referee: Christian Doering (Denmark)


NORWAY 4 2 0 2 65 48 17 1 1 10
GREECE 3 2 0 1 54 44 10 0 1 9
LUXEMBRG 3 2 0 1 54 55 -1 0 4 8
BOSNIA H. 3 1 0 2 59 56 3 0 2 6
FINLAND 3 1 0 2 30 59 -29 0 1 5

The winner of this rugby test match will win the first leg of this ENC 2D round and qualify for the next stage of Rugby World Cup 2015 qualifying.

Norway’s loss to Greece last weekend virtually eliminated them from contention and also Bosnia Herzegovina and Finland are already eliminated on the basis they cannot catch Luxembourg or Greece.

Luxembourg’s loss to Bosnia Herzegovina demonstrated the evenness of this competition. They have the home advantage and defeated Norway at home late last year.

Greece is a bit of an unknown quantity. I have not been able to get any team list from the union. Their defeat of Norway at home threw this competition wide open although they have the disadvantage of playing away.

Previous Encounters
05.05.2012 Luxembourg 15-8 in Luxembourg (ENC 2D)
02.04.2011 Greece 30-18 in Athens (ENC 2D)
13.03.2010 Greece 17-9 in Athens (ENC 3C)
25.04.2009 Greece 17-14 in Luxembourg (WCQ Europe R1; ENC 3C)

Luxembourg Last Five P 5, W 4, L 1
13.04.2012 v Bosnia Herzegovina L 23-33 in Tesanj (WCQ Euro.R1; ENC 2D)
10.11.2012 v Norway W 15-8 in Luxembourg W 15-8 (WCQ Euro.R1; ENC 2D)
06.10.2012 v Finland W 16-14 in Helsinki (WCQ Europe R1; ENC 2D)
05.05.2012 v Greece W 15-8 in Luxembourg (WCQ Europe R1; ENC 2D)
21.04.2012 v Finland W 26-3 in Luxembourg (ENC 2D)

Greece Last Five P 5, W 2, L 3
13.04.2013 v Norway W 21-14 in Athens (WCQ Europe R1; ENC 2D)
30.03.2013 v Finland L 11-13 in Athens (WCQ Europe R1; ENC 2D)
26.05.2012 v Cyprus L 5-72 in Paphos (ENC 2D)
05.05.2012 v Luxembourg L 8-15 in Luxembourg (ENC 2D)
12.11.2011 v Finland W 15-6 in Athens (ENC 2D)

GWC Rugby Rankings
Luxembourg 34th, Greece 35th

IRB Ranking Points
Luxembourg 33.65, Greece 29.63

Prediction: Luxembourg by 8 points


Luxembourg logo
Luxembourg Squad

P Barnard (Rugby Club Luxembourg)

T Barnard (Rugby Club Luxembourg)

D Bessieres (Rugby Club Luxembourg)

B Cohen-Sabben (Unaffiliated)

J Da Col (Walferdange RC)

W Dennis (CSCE Rugby)

R Dex (Rugby Club Luxembourg)

M Garcia-Polak (Leeds Metropolitan University RFC, England)

V Giffard  (Annecy, France)

C Keane (Walcott RFC, England)

J Ketema (London Wasps Academy/Barnes RFC, England)

J Limpach (CSCE Rugby)

J Louw (Unaffiliated)

S Mckinlay (Rugby Club Luxembourg)

A Marcus (Belsize Park RFC, England)

C Narcisse (TYGRE, France)

S Rezapour (Waunarlwydd RFC, Wales)

C Rossa (CSCE Rugby)

N Sharplin (Rugby Club Luxembourg)

T Seite (Walferdange RC)

A Timmermans (Aix Université Club Rugby, France)

P Vimond (Rugby Club Luxembourg)

K Zimmer (Walferdange RC)

Adapted from


Greece squad unavailable


The other match in this division is..

Finland v Bosnia Herzegovina in Sarajevo

This is really a battle as to who finishes bottom of this division

Prediction: Bosnia Herzegovina by 35 points

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