"The diaspora established the game here, and now we must honour them by continuing to follow the example they set us by broadcasting the Corinthian values of our sport by drawing on our academies and young players for future internationals, and instilling the spirit of our game in the embryonic Moufflons
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The Slovaks started playing rugby in the capital in 1927, but the experience has previously deserted them as they have lost heavily to the Moufflons
when previously matched in the European Nations Leagues.
The game continued in the same mode after the break with the Moufflons
dominating in every aspect.
Now lodged in a group that contains Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Austria, the Moufflons
-- holders of the world record for successive winning international games (24) -- are not in unfamiliar territory.
acquitted themselves well in the first round finishing mid-table after beating Lithuania, Moldova and drawing with Luxembourg.
have crashed from their glorious pinnacle of six years unbeaten, when they set a world record of 24 straight wins, to their current position of propping up the European Conference South 1 Division without a single victory all season.
came within a whisker of retaining their place in Division 2 of the European Conference when in the dying minutes of the game, and with four men down through exhaustion and injury, the visitors facing a defeat by 27-22, scored a converted try and left the field at Paphos winners by 27-29.
, still smarting from their defeat in Malta two weeks ago, were determined to revive their winning ways in front of the enthusiastic home crowd on the home ground at the Paphiacos Stadium on Saturday.
However, now the Moufflons
are back on home turf and with their army of loyal fans behind them, the outcome should be different.
At the end of last season, when the Cyprus Moufflons
beat Hungary 15-3 to stay up, they were unaware that the European rugby authorities were busy restructuring the European leagues.
FRESH from their relegation escape, a rejuvenated Moufflons
side take on European Nations Cup Division 2B leaders Lithuania on Saturday in Vilnius.