This weekend saw a mammouth amount of activity for the Finnish Rugby Union.

28th September saw the recently established Finland A team play it’s first international against Estonia.  Unfortunately the Estonians have been together longer than our A team and despite a close score of 17-24, the A team had too much to do in too little time despite finishing the game with a strong attitude and strong game play.

The game was for the International Partnership Shield which was set up between Finland and Estonia in 2010, in that year Finland won both games (home and away), due to timings there were no games in 2011 or 2012 but the first leg of 2013 was played and Estonia took the honours.  Next time Finland A will get the shield back.

 

The main event of the day was the ENC 2D encounter between Finland and Greece, the last time these 2 teams met was in Greece and the victory was Finland’s.

and nothing changed on this day. Finland played an awesome game of rugby, some of the best they’ve ever played to win the game 35-20, with a 4 try bonus point. This would also make it Finland’s biggest ever score in official competition (biggest being over Estonia 55 points).

The implications of this win are big!! Finland now move off the bottom of the FIRA-AER ENc 2D table:FIRA_AER ENC 2D table

They also get to silence all the critics by moving off the bottom of the IRB world rankings list, moving up to 99th place. Greece dropping to 100th
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The next game is in 2 weeks time in Turku at the Paavo Nurmi Stadium. Opponent is Norway. Kick off at 1500.
the warm up game for this is Finland XV’s Women against Finland Baba’s Women.

Finland - Greece

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