Lithuania Set Rugby World Record

April 24, 2010

Lithuanian set a rugby world record for consecutive wins with their 18th consecutive test victory with their 77-5 drubbing of Serbia on this day in rugby history in 2010.  The win surpassed the 17 match mark set by New Zealand All Blacks between 1965 and 1969 and South Africa’s 17 match run from 1997 into 1998.

“It’s great to achieve 18 successive wins and be the record holders, but we haven’t yet achieved our goal,” captain Mindaugas Misevicius told AFP. “We want to qualify for the World Cup in New Zealand.”

Lithuania, a nation of 3 million people, started their run with a little noticed 32-17 win over Hungary in May of 2006.  The run helped the side to a promotion to the third level of the European Nations Cup.

The record was not extended to 19, however, and the 2011 Rugby World Cup was not in the cards.  The hope for both was killed with a 27-16 loss to Ukraine in the European qualifying semifinal for the 20th and final place at the New Zealand Rugby World Cup.

LITHUANIA (27/05/06-24/04/10)

27/05/06 – Hungary 17-23 Lithuania
28/10/06 – Lithuania 37-15 Norway
18/11/06 – Bulgaria 10-50 Lithuania
19/05/07 – Austria 0-27 Lithuania
02/06/07 – Lithuania 36-7 Hungary
27/10/07 – Lithuania – 64-3 Bulgaria
13/04/08 – Lithuania 43-17 Latvia
03/05/08 – Lithuania 48-0 Austria
17/05/08 – Hungary 12-13 Lithuania
07/06/08 – Norway 9-40 Lithuania
08/11/08 – Andorra 10-26 Lithuania
15/11/08 – Lithuania 33-0 Switzerland
02/05/09 – Lithuania 50-9 Serbia
09/05/09 – Armenia 19-24 Lithuania
23/05/09 – Israel 3-19 Lithuania
06/06/09 – Lithuania 6-3 Netherlands
10/10/09 – Lithuania 40-12 Andorra
24/04/10 – Serbia 5-77 Lithuania

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