by yradmin |
KUALA LUMPUR, 18 December – Team Malaysia showed prowess for their inaugural performance at the Top Division in Asia Rugby U19 Championship 2016.
The championship showcased intense competition with Malaysia challenging traditional Asian rugby powerhouses – Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and Chinese Taipei.
The tournament was held at at Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang from 11 – 17 December 2016.
This was the culmination of over two years work under the 1Malaysia COBRA Youth Rugby Programme, a rugby development programme aimed at U18 and U19 players. The programme is a collaboration between Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia (YR1M) and COBRA Rugby Club.
Captain of Team Malaysia, Ras Ubaidah bin Razbi said he is very grateful to be part of the 1Malaysia COBRA Youth Rugby Programme. In addition to giving him and his teammates the opportunity to don the national jersey at the U19 Top Division for the very first time, the programme included a holistic centralised training camp leading up to the tournament.
“In addition to rugby training, there were team building exercises, community service and pep talks. Through that, we gained the confidence, team spirit, motivation and inspiration to perform our best on the rugby pitch. I believe that the lessons learnt from this programme will stay with us throughout our lives,” he added.
During the championship, Team Malaysia lost to Sri Lanka 21-27 in a closely-fought match. Team Malaysia bounced back to beat Chinese Taipei with 38-31.
However, the boys lost to eventual champions Hong Kong with a 10-67 score line whilst Chinese Taipei defeated Sri Lanka with 25-31.
Hong Kong will be representing Asia in World Rugby U20 Trophy 2017, which will take place in Uruguay in August 2017.
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