4 April 2017 – It was not a surprise when the emcee announced Mohd Fairuz bin Abdul Rahman as the winner for the best player for 2017 AirAsia Malaysia Rugby League – Premier final last Saturday. The Keris Conlay captain who played as the flyhalf as well as acting as the kicker for the team has been instrumental for Conlay who went unbeaten through out the season.
In the final itself, Fairuz contributed 14 points to Keris Conlay as he converted one conversion and completed 4 penalty kicks. He used all his experience to keep calm and punished every opponents mistake by scoring from the penalty. He even amazed almost 1000 crowds when he score the penalty from a very difficult angle, which hit the post before going in.
Fairuz contributed in every single match this season. He had an average of 10 points per game for Conlay with his biggest contribution came in Conlay first game where he completed 6 conversions as well a penalty against Panthers Blowpipes. He is also the only player who scored a drop goal this season. He did that in the quarter final match against last year champion, Serdang Angels
Fairuz 2017 AirAsia Malaysia Rugby League stats.
Fairuz first joined Konlay back in 2015 and this is the first time he won both the championship as well as won the best player. He looked delighted to win it as he admit with his senior status at 32 years old, Fairuz realised that this win is the fortune for his wife and family.
However, only a few realised Fairuz tears right after the referee blowed the final whistle. Fairuz was struggling with numbers of personal problem since the beginning of 2017. The 32 years old focus was certainly not just on rugby during the first two matches as his dad was warded for two weeks. Mr Abdul Rahman was diagnosed with liver cancer. Mohd Fairuz then needed to take care of his wife who needed immediate operation as she was diagnosed with infection on her breast. She was breastfeeding their 5 months second son at that moment.
This Kodiang, Kedah born player had played at numbers of level. He started represent Malaysia in 2001 as he played for the Under 20 teams at the ARFU Under 20 in Hong Kong. Fairuz sweetest moment could be the time when he as the team captain guided the 2015 SEA Games team to win silver medal in Singapore. The list of tournaments where he represented Malaysia are as follow :
1. Commanwealth Games – 2010 New Delhi
2. Hongkong 7s – 2010
3. Asia Games – 2014 Incheon, South Korea
4. ARFU Under 20 – 2001 Hong Kong, 2002 Malaysia
5. Asia 5 Nations – 2007 Bangkok, 2009 Malaysia, 2012 Malaysia
6. IRB ranking – 2014 Bangkok
7. Sea games – 2007 Korat, Thailand dan 2015 Singapore (captain)
8. Asia 7s Series – 2008-2014
Malaysia rugby fan will be hoping to see him donning the national jersey for the upcoming Asia Rugby Championship in Ipoh this May. His great influence, calmness and discipline in the game will be vital for Malaysia.
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