7 December 2017 – Malaysia have complete the 25 players list for the upcoming Asian Rugby Championship Under 19 – Division 1.
47 players initially received the call-up to play for the team. The team management finally completed the 25 players list after three friendly matches against 2 local teams as well as Singapore Under 19 team.
They trimmed the player from 47 to 27 after the defeat against Singapore in the second match and finally got the top 25 players after their win in Politeknik Merlimau.
Muhammad A’aziem Bin Badaruddin who played in 2016 edition in Universiti Putra Malaysia will be the team captain while Arif Asyraf bin Shamsudin is the team pack leader
The 25 players :
1. Mohamad Azwan bin Md Zamri
2. Zikrie Amin bin Zulkifli
3. Mohamad Rahmad bin Abu Seman
4. Ian Cliff Rampangajouw
5. Luqman Nurhakim bin Hendri Dwistariya
6. Mohammad Akram bin Zainuddin
7. Muhammad Harith Izzuddin bin Zali
8. Muhammad Sameer bin Muhammad Sani Surinder
9. Muhammad Zulfikri bin Zul Edwar
10. Muhammad Sayuti bin Mustapa
11. Muhammad Harith Iqbal bin Muhammad Anhar
12. Mohamad Khairul Khadimin bin Jusoh
13. Mohd Hafizuddin Amin bin Mohd Akhir
14. Muhammad Amirul Husni bin Mohamad
15. Muhammad A’Aziem bin Badaruddin
16. Muhammad Khalil bin Azman
17.Muhammad Safiy bin Md Said
18. Zulmajdi bin Kama Razali
19. Aqib Mustamim bin Jailani
20. Arif Asyraf bin Shamsuddin
21. Wan Azley bin Wan Omar
22. Mohd Shah Arzil bin Arzmi
23. Muhammad Arif bin Azmi
24. Caphryan Dhanny a/k Gisang
25. Irfan Nazhan bin Badrul Hisham
14 players on this team came from Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School. 10 players are also part of the last year squad who played in Universiti Putra Malaysia. They finished 4th in the last edition after the defeat to Sri Lanka and Hong Kong.
Malaysia will depart to Manila on the first flight on 12th December 2017. They will have the semi-final match against the United Arab Emirates on 13th December. The winner will face either South Korea or the tournament host, Philippines in the final 3 days later.
Photos by Nazrulhad Hashim