10 August 2017 – In the build up for the upcoming 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, there is a lot of sacrifice being made by the athlete as well as the coaching team. This includes the one that is made by the National 7s Men head coach, Mohd Saizul Hafifi bin Md Noor who went back and forth from Kuala Lumpur to Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School in Johor for years as they are gunning for Gold.
Saizul Hafifi’s brother, Mohd Khairul Azhar bin Md Noor shared this status on his personal facebook account.
It is hard to imagine how Saizul Hafifi have the strength to travel that far weekly, and even left his wife during her preganancy. However, with all the passion in rugby and the spirit to go for gold, he went through all that.
The ambition and love for the sport began at their home in Pasir Mas, Kelantan. Their family are all about rugby. That gene started from their father, Md Noor bin Nek Elias who instill rugby to all 5 son. Both Saizul Hafifi and Khairul Azhar played for Malaysia in their prime as well as another 2 sibling, Mohd Saizul Hafiz bin Md Noor and their eldest brother, Mohd Khairol Masri bin Md Noor. The youngest member of the family, Mohd Khairol Faiz bin md noor played for Kelantan.
Saizul Hafifi is not the only one who still active in rugby as the other sibling still play their trade in rugby. Khairul Azhar is a teacher, lead the Sekolah Tengku Abdul Rahman team as well as the player/manager for Kelantan in the ongoing Agong Cup. Saizul Hafiz is playing the game as well with his last notable appearent was for SSTMI Tsunami in the 2017 AirAsia Malaysia Rugby League.
We at Ragbi Online would like to wish the very best for Saizul Hafifi and Rimau 7s team. Bring home the gold!
Photos by Zainuddin Mamat/ragbionline