FSR Press Release : list of selected players SWITZERLAND - PORTUGAL
The Swiss National Rugby Team will start the second part of the Rugby Europe Trophy against Portugal at the next SUISSE RUGBY DAY, on Saturday, March 16th, 2019 in Nyon
After a good warm-up test match against the Ivory Coast (6-6) on February 24th in Geneva, the Swiss National Rugby Team will be back in European competition in the Rugby Europe Trophy (3rd European division, European TOP 18). With one victory against the Czech Republic (17-5 on November 17th in Yverdon) and one defeat against Netherlands (36-15 on November 24th in Amsterdam), Switzerland is now in 5th place in its group. The next games will be crucial to move up in the ranking: Switzerland will have to face Portugal (16.03 in Nyon), Poland (23.03 in Lodz) and Lithuania (16.04 in Schaffhausen).
So, to kick things off, the Men of the Edelweiss will face « Os Lobos » (the Wolves: nickname given to the Portuguese Rugby Team) in Nyon, 1 year after nearly accomplishing the unlikely feat of beating the favorite in Setúbal, Portugal. On that day, the Swiss team had dominated the first-placed team in its group for 40 minutes (3-17 for Switzerland at halftime) before the awakening of the Portuguese in the second half (31-17 final score). To win this time, the Swiss players will have to surpass themselves for 80 minutes; therefore they will need all the support of their fans. Olivier Nier and Mathieu Guyou, Switzerland’s coaches, just announced the list of the selected players for this match (see below).
The Swiss Rugby Union, in association with the Rugby Club Nyon and the city of Nyon, will organize this match as part of the SUISSE RUGBY DAY, on Saturday, March 16th, 2019 in the “Centre Sportif de Colovray”, marking the big comeback of the Swiss Team to this beautiful venue after several years’ absence. To start the day, the Swiss National U18 Team will face the Czech Republic’s U18s in a test match (kick off at 13:00). The main clash of the Rugby Europe Trophy « Switzerland-Portugal » will follow at 15:00. Both matches will be LIVE STREAMED on www.suisserugby.com as well as on the official WebTV of RUGBY EUROPE: www.rugbyeurope.tv
The next SUISSE RUGBY DAY will take place on Saturday, April 13th, 2019 in Schaffhausen (Breite Stadion). Switzerland will face Lithuania (kick off at 15:00) for its last match of the season and as a curtain raiser, the Swiss Women’s Team will play a test match against the French Gendarmerie team (kick off at 13:00).
For these 2 events, tickets are available for purchase through the website of the Swiss Rugby Union www.suisserugby.com and at www.universe.com, as well as at the stadium itself on match day. There are still opportunities available for associating with the event as a sponsor, as well as for purchasing VIP accesses privately or for clients.
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