Rugby: IRB confirms that Cyprus will not be allowed to attempt qualification for next RWC

2041740_MEDIUMIt is a sad day for our island’s most successful international sporting team.

The statement goes on to say that:

However, despite the strong performances of the national team in the FIRA-AER European Nations Cup, the IRB Executive Committee determined that Cyprus does not currently meet all of the necessary membership criteria. The IRB Executive Committee does note that the Union is working in partnership with the FIRA Regional Association to achieve the criteria and will reconsider the application in October.

So our questions are these, a) what must be done? and b) why was Greece and UAE given special membership even they had not met the conditions required?

We wait for a response from the Cyprus Rugby Federation.