Lithuania record attempt on hold for a week

(IRB.COM) Tuesday 20 April 2010
Lithuania record attempt on hold for a week
Serbia stand between Lithuania and the record, although they did lose 50-9 when the sides last met - Photo: David Silverman

Lithuania's bid to become the first ever men's national side to win 18 consecutive test matches has been put on hold for seven days as a result of the volcanic ash cloud that has grounded flights across Europe.

This left Lithuania unable to travel to Basel for their European Nations Cup Division 3A encounter with Switzerland last Saturday and they will be hoping the cloud does not prevent them making the trip to Belgrade to face Serbia this weekend.

Lithuania ran out 50-9 winners over Serbia when the sides last met in Vilnius in May 2009 - victory number 13 in their run of 17 tests - and will be expected to maintain their 100 percent record which has already clinched the Division 3A title.

The title and promotion to Division 2B may already be in the bag, but Lithuania's dreams of playing at Rugby World Cup 2011 remain alive after play-off wins against Israel and the Netherlands, with Division 2A champions Ukraine their next hurdle to overcome on 8 May.

Before then, though, their immediate focus is victory over a side ranked 23 places below them in the IRB World Rankings, a result which will take them past the benchmark of 17 consecutive test wins held by New Zealand and South Africa.

The last time Lithuania tasted defeat was on 6 May 2006 when Slovenia won 22-0 on home soil.