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President of International Rugby Development visits Cyprus May 13, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Cricket Hockey Rugby.

The President of Development of The International Rugby Board, Michel Arpaillange is visiting Cyprus for a series of high level meetings with the Cyprus Rugby Federation (CRF).

On Sunday 13th May, he will be attending the Paphos Tiger’s Fun Day which is an all day event and takes place at the Kiniras Sports Centre in Paphos. The main event of the day will be a rugby match between the Paphos Tiger’s President’s 15 against the best of the Combined Services on Cyprus. Kick-off is at 3.00 p.m.

On Monday, Arpaillange will be meeting both the Executive and General committees of the CRF where he will be informed of the Federations immediate plans for developing rugby on Cyprus. These include; introducing rugby at schools, the establishment of rugby academies for boys and girls of all ages in the main towns, the introduction of seminars and training courses for coaches, referees and touch judges, the formation of additional clubs along with a number of other important plans.

On Tuesday, he is scheduled to meet Costas Papacostas of the Cyprus Sports Organisation. Later he will be meeting with the Cultural Secretary of the French Embassy Madame Bassereau Dubois, who will inform him of the proposed screening of the Rugby World Cup, which is being held in Paris this year in September.

The main matches will be screened at the French Cultural Centre in Nicosia, in association with the Nicosia Barbarians Rugby Club.

It is hoped that this visit will result in the upgrading of the CRF’s status with the Federation of International Rugby Association (FIRA AER) from associate member to full member. This will entitle Cyprus to receive funding from the FIRA AER and to participate in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

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