Sport: Luxembourg’s national touch rugby squad has returned “tired but proud” from the 17-country European championships in Italy.
Luxembourg Touch fielded two teams--over 40s men and over 30s mixed--in the biennial tournament in Treviso, which was held from September 12 to 16 (photo of Luxembourg player Eduardo Angioni in the foreground).
Before heading to Italy, Luxembourg’s team--only in its sophomore year--had said that it looked at the European championships as a learning experience, since it faced more established rivals such as England, Scotland and Wales.
Indeed, the team did not win any matches, but did score 29 touchdowns during the five days of play.
“It’s hard to get over to people the tremendous achievement of these players to play at this elite level and score points,” head coach and mens-over-40 player Paul Sweetnam told the press. “We are by long way the smallest nation and for us to send a mixed team and over 40s men’s team was a tremendous achievement.”
Touch is a low impact form of rugby featuring six-a-side teams that play on half a regular sized rugby pitch. Teams try to score the most points before being touched six times by their opponents.
Luxembourg Touch is part of the Rugby Club Luxembourg, and trains and plays year-round on Wednesday nights at the RCL’s Cessange facility. The team welcomes new players and supporters.