With the success of Rugby Union's London Irish and London Scottish teams, plus the rise of London Welsh, the RFU is encouraging more ethnically based teams to be created. The first of these is the London Greeks.
The Acting Chairman of the RFU, Paul Murphy, said, "We were approached about letting an ethnic Greek team into the league. With the other culturally linked outfits we already had, we thought this would be a great idea. We weren't sure whether Greece had much history of playing rugby, but they reassured us that they had lots of experience and were really good at it."
One of the downsides with the Greek team came to light before the 1st game started. After being led out onto the pitch by their patron, the Duke of Edinburgh, the teams lined up for the national anthem to be played. All 158 verses were performed and, by the time they finished, the other team had given up and gone back to the changing room. They only returned to the field when George Michael walked in, looking for the toilets.
"The Greek team didn't seem to be quite as experienced as they let on", continued Murphy. "The only time they came to life was when we brought the oranges on at half time and they smashed the plates. By the middle of the second half, they were losing 74-0 but they refused to believe it. The coaching staff had to bring on a selection of German players to help them out."
"By the end of the match, they found out they had been soundly beaten and completely lost their marbles. And it's not the 1st time the Greeks have done that."