Rimau 7s – The Squad Part 2
10 August 2017 – Maiko or Mohamad Khairul Abdilah bin Ramli, to our surprise, is the sibling of Nurazman (Jemey), the national 15s player. So rugby is really in their vein so to speak. Maiko started playing since he was 13 with strong supports from his parents, coaches, and friends. He is currently playing for Serdang Angels.
The best games to date are Cockburn 7s and Asia Series Korea. Maiko’s position is scrumhalf. Throughout his career, Maiko rated the following as his most memorable:
a. Runner-up of Cockburn 7s.
b. Top 5 in both South Korea and Sri Lanka 7s series.
c. Champions Asian 5 Nation in Qatar (2014).
d. Champions IRG Ranking Bangkok (2014)
e. Champions ARC 2016.
Muhammad Ameer Nasrun bin Zulkeffli or Awe, is another player from Serdang Angels. Started playing at the age of 14, Awe is a product of SMK Sultan Yahya Petra (1), Kelantan. It was there that Awe received the initial training. The coach who responsible for providing him with the foundation and encouraged him to excel in rugby was Cikgu Kamel Ishak.
According to Awe, his best games to date were playing for Malaysia in ARFU 7s U20 in 2011 and 2012. For 2 consecutive years, the U20 7s emerged champions and to put the icing on the cake, Malaysia beat both Hong Kong and Japan. What an achievement!
The lowest point in his games was during Asia Games in Korea when Malaysia suffered defeats to Japan and Thailand in the group stage and ended up winning the bowl. A morale sapping experiences.
Awe’s achievements to date include:
a. Silver medal for SEA Game Singapore
b. 6th place for Olympics Qualifying in Hong Kong
c. 4th place HSBC Asian 7s Mumbai 2013
d. 4th place HSBC Asian 7s Colombo 2015
e. Champions for ARFU 7s U20 2011 and 2012.
f. Runner Up ARFU 7s U20 2013.
Muhammad Azwan Zuwairi bin Mat Zizi or Puteh started playing rugby at the age of 10. The best games to date for him were Asian 7s Series in South Korea and Sri Lanka and also Cockburn 7s in Australia.
His best achievement was ARFU U20 for 2015 and 2016 and Asia 7s Series for the same years.
We at Ragbi Online would like to wish Maiko, Awe, Puteh and the rest of Rimau 7s all the best and bring the gold medals home.
By Zainuddin Mamat/ragbionline