Welsh fly-half Gareth Lloyd helps Hungary's World Cup bid

Gaerth Lloyd

Hungary's Welsh fly-half Gareth Lloyd helped them overcome Bulgaria in Europe's opening 2015 Rugby World Cup qualifier.

Lloyd dropped a long-range goal in Kecskemet as Hungary saw off the visitors 28-23.external-link

The former Machen player, now of Budapest Exiles RFC, hopes Hungary can progress further in qualification.

"We'll give it a go - it's a long way to. It is a tough task but we are up to the challenge," he told BBC Wales.

Lloyd settled in the eastern European country in 2002 after he married a Hungarian he met on a rugby tour.

"Before I made my way out here [to Hungary] I made sure that I contacted the local rugby team and they accepted me into the club and it's taken off ever since."

The Budapest Exiles team is made up of a number of nationalities including Italian, French, Irish and American.

Lloyd, who is from Caerphilly, was approached to play for Hungary after impressing for the Exiles.

"There's not a lot of teams in Hungary. When they asked me I just jumped at the chance of getting an international cap," he added.

Hungary faced Bulgaria in a European Nations Cup Division 2C encounter that doubled as a World Cup qualifier.

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