Switzerland to face Lithuania on April 13th in Schaffhausen; Women's Team in curtain raiser against France Gendarmerie
Discover the list of the selected players for the matches against Lithuania and France Gendarmerie.
The Swiss National Rugby Team completes its 3rd European campaign in the «Rugby Europe Trophy» (2nd division = European TOP18). Last season, the team finished in 4th place in the European Championship; this year it faced the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, and now Lithuania. The objective of this season 2018-2019 was to do better than the previous season, which means finishing in the top 3, thereby confirming Switzerland’s place in the European TOP15.
At the start of the season, the « XV of the Edelweiss » had perfectly begun its campaign by dominating the Czech Republic 17-5, last November 17th in Yverdon-les-bains. Then, the Swiss faced the two Big Favorites of the group: defeats 36-15 against the Netherlands (24/11 in Amsterdam) and 14-48 against the top-ranked Portuguese (16/03 in Nyon). Though assured to stay in 2nd division following the 5 defeats of the Czech Republic, the Swiss National senior Team had to bring back points from its last trip in Poland to reach its original goal of the season: the Swiss players managed to remobilize and beat Poland 25-28 in a very close match, on 23/03 in Lodz.
For this last game of the season in Schaffhausen, the men of Olivier Nier and Mathieu Guyou will face Lithuania, promoted from the lower division «Rugby Europe Conference »: ranked 33rd nation in the world (just behind Switzerland), Lithuania is a well-known forwards-centered team, composed of players with high physical potential. Lithuania is already sure to stay in the 2nd division: the team will be released from any pressure and will be looking to improve its final ranking in this «Rugby Europe Trophy». On their side, the Helvetians will commit to round off their European Campaign at home with a win, with the ultimate goal of reaching the 3rd place in this «Rugby Europe Trophy». Olivier Nier and Mathieu Guyou, Switzerland’s coaches, just announced the list of the selected players for this match (see attachment).
The Swiss Rugby Union, in association with the Schaffhausen Rugby Club and the city of Schaffhausen, will organize this match as part of the SUISSE RUGBY DAY, on Saturday, April 13th, 2019, for the first time ever in the «Stadion Breite» and in Schaffhausen. As a curtain-raiser, the Swiss Women’s Team will play a test match against the France Gendarmerie team (kick off at 13:00). The match of the Rugby Europe Trophy « Switzerland - Lithuania » will follow at 15:00. Both matches will be LIVE STREAMED through www.suisserugby.com, as well as on the official WebTV of RUGBY EUROPE: www.rugbyeurope.tv
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 becoming associated with the event as a sponsor, as well as for purchasing VIP accesses privately or for clients (contact: marketing(A)suisserugby.com)