The men’s team enjoyed good preparation at a den Haag tournament earlier this year.
Photo: Luxembourg Touch
Luxembourg men’s elite and over 40s Touch Rugby teams left for Nottingham in the UK on Monday to represent the grand duchy at the European Championships.
The 4-day tournament has attracted 1,300 players from 17 countries who will battle to be European champions in 8 age divisions, for men, women and mixed teams. Such is the growing popularity of the sport that some matches from the European Championship will even be live streamed from the BBC sports channel.
“This will be the largest representation we have sent to the Euro’s with over 33 people including players, coaches and referees in the group,” said national Touch coach Simon Neale. “Obviously this is a large undertaking and we are grateful for the support we have received from Luxnetworks, Pepsi and the Rugby Club do Luxembourg”
Edoardo Angioni captain of the men’s elite team is excited by the prospect of competing at the highest level. “Luxembourg has slowly been climbing the rankings and in the last two European championships has beaten far larger and more established nations. With over 50% of the squad being under 20, we are building a team that could, in 5 years, be challenging for honours.