May 6, 2 years ago

Asia Rugby Championship DIV I

Asia Rugby Championship DIV I

Asia Rugby Championship Division 1 2016 will take place on the 8th, 11th and 14th of May 2016 at the Royal Selangor Club Sports Annexe, Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.

The MRU is overjoyed to once again be given the trust by Asia Rugby to host this prestigious tournament, chiefly as Malaysia had been promoted to Division 1 for the first time under the new championship format.

The Malaysian team have won the Division 2 championship in Qatar in 2014 and Kuala Lumpur in 2015. Malaysia’s ranking under World Rugby has risen to 58 compared to 74 in 2009. Sri Lanka sits in 38, the Philippines in 54 and Singapore in 59 in the world. With the launching of this championship, the MRU hopes that the sport of rugby will continue to grow in this country. Fans will also be able to experience high quality matches that will be contended in the most competitive manner. Local support is much appreciated to bring further encouragement to our national team to bring glory to the name of Malaysia. Our national team has not loss World Rugby International matches since 2014. In the most to recent friendly match, Malaysia hosted an international match with Gibraltar on April 6 which Malaysia won comprehensively 49-0.

During this tournament and in line with World Rugby initiatives, a number of courses will be run by the MRU and World Rugby. On the 20 April 2016, the “Asia Rugby Citing and Judicial Personnel” course was organized with success. This is to ensure every tournament organized in this country follows the laws that have been set by World Rugby and to ensure the player and team discipline are at their highest levels. 30 participants from Malaysia, Nepal and Chinese Taipei were involved in this course with Malaysian participants being the highest number with 5 judicial officers and 4 citing commissioners. This course was delivered by Tim Gressom who is the World Rugby Judicial Panel Chairman and was supported by Matthew Oakley from Asia Rugby. The World Rugby 1st Aider course will take place from 7-9 May 2016 and will be delivered by Dr. Azril Syazwan from MRU whereas from the 12-14 May 2016, the Match Commissioner course will be run by Steve Griffith World Rugy and Gene Tong from Asia Rugby. These courses are organized to add depth to the Asia Rugby Championship and improve the management system of rugby tournaments locally and internationally.

The Malaysian management team put additional focus on stamina and physical strength during the duration of training and preparation for this tournament. The team’s ultimate goal is to maintain their position in Division 1 and to win a minimum of one match. This is a challenging mission as the other participating teams are ranked above Malaysia. Both Sri Lanka the Philippines have many professional players but this is not a reason why our national team cannot cause an upset to achieve the dream of playing in the Premier division in the future which features Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea.

As host and organizer of such a large and prestigious championship, it will be very challenging and will not be able to be run smoothly without the support of the organizing committee lead by En. Nazaruddin bin Bolhan together with the participants, sponsors and local rugby supports. Congratulations to all.

We extend our thanks to the Royal Selangor Club, Malaysian Police, DBKL, and all government agencies, members of the media we have played a pivotal role in promoting and garnering interest of rugby enthusiast in Malaysia and creating an awareness of the public to this championship.

To Astro, we express our heartiest appreciation for facilitating the games via live telecast.

Not forgetting our sincere thanks to the Minister of Youth & Sports, YB En. KhairyJamaludin, the Ministry of Youth & Sports and the National Sports Association of Malaysia for their bountiful assistance to rugby in recent times. Which is a very clear indication that rugby as a sport will become a very popular in this country in the near future.

I wish to also take this opportunity to wish all participants from all teams all the best and hope that this championship will be a spectacular event. To the citizens of Malaysia, we welcome you to come and flood the fields of Royal Selangor Club to bring cheer and support to the Malaysian Team so that we can achieve victory.

Asia Rugby Championship Division 1:

1. Sri Lanka

2. Philippines

3. Malaysia

4. Singapore

Current World Rankings:

1. Sri Lanka (39)

2. Philippines (53)

3. Malaysia (58)

4. Singapore (59)

Source | asiarugby

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