The Malta Rugby Football Union announced that it was planning to represent the country in the upcoming Rugby Europe 7s Conference tournaments for both men and women later on this year.
In a statement, the local governing body of rugby union said that the decision was taken following discussions and planning with Rugby Europe, SportMalta and the Maltese Olympic Committee.
The men’s tournament is expected to be held in the Slovakian city of Piestaby between May 29 and 30 while the women’s competition is scheduled for the weekend of June 4 and 5 in Belgrade, Serbia.
“We are happy to announce that both our national men and women’s 7s teams will be participating in international competitions this summer at the following competitions – Rugby Europe Men 7’s Conference 2 on May 29-30, 2021 in Piestany, Slovakia and Rugby Europe Women 7’s Conference on June 04-05 in Belgrade, Serbia.
“Our participation in these competitions is only possible thanks to the continued and unwavering support of Sport Malta and the Malta Olympic Committee.”
The MRFU also revealed that the men’s seniors XV side have seen their commitments in the Conference Level Competitions cancelled by the European governing body.
“Following review of the global situation, the Rugby Europe Board of Directors concluded that it was necessary to cancel the 2020-21 season of the Conference Level of Competitions, meaning that there will be no competitive matches for Malta 15s team this year,” the MRFU said.
“With the support of Rugby Europe, we are looking into organizing a one off friendly international match in the 4th Quarter of 2021, though at this time we are purely in the planning stages and final organization is dependent on the global travel situation at the time.
“We are currently looking for corporate partners who may be interested in discussing support to make such an event happen.
“The MRFU would once again like to take the opportunity to say that none of this would be possible without the tireless work and support of Rugby Europe, SportMalta and the Maltese Olympic Committee.
“We must also thank all of our members, and supporters for their continued support, patience, and understanding as we all face this challenge together. A challenge we know we will come out of stronger.”