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Penang Rugby League is back!

23 January 2018 – Penang will have their 15s rugby league back in 2018. It will be the 5th edition since it was first organized back in 2010. Penang did not have any league for the last three years.

USM was the last winner in the 4th edition back in 2015. They won the title twice as they also won the 2014 league. Penang Blues was the first league winner in 2010 before the lost to UiTM Pulau Pinang in the second edition.

8 teams will compete in the 2018 edition. They will be in 2 group of four. Group A will consist of Ex-Scorpion, TUDM, GP Habanero and Alspen Stinger. One time winner, Penang Blues is in Group B alongside Penang Police, Oscar, and Politeknik Balik Pulau.

Group A matches will take place at Politeknik Seberang Perai and SMK Mengkuang while all the Group B matches will be held at Penang Free School. The final match which is scheduled to take place on 10 March 2018 will take place at Politeknik Seberang Perai.

You can follow Penang League match schedule and group standing at http://ragbionline.com/tournament/penang-rugby-league/

Photos by Farhan Najmi

STAROBA started veteran campaign with positive note

14 January 2018 – The Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman Old Boys Association (STAROBA) started the Veteran Alumni Rugby League on the positive note. They recorded the win in the opening encounter against the Old Putra Associate (OPA).

STAROBA beat OPA 29 – 10 in the match that took place at the Universiti Putra Malaysia. It was all about STAROBA as the comfortably lead 15 – 0 from two tries, a conversion as well as a penalty. OPA finally managed to break STAROBA to score their only try in the match.

STAROBA continue to dominate and extend the lead. They add one more try and completed the conversion as OPA added 3 more points from the penalty. The score 29 – 10 remained until the final whistle as STAROBA recorded the first win.

This match completed the match week one of the first ever Veteran Alumni Rugby League 2018. ASAS Veteran recorder the biggest win in match week one win 41 – 24 over the STJOBA. They top the group B on points difference as both ASAS and STAROBA collected 5 points from match week one. STJOBA will face another hard task as they will take on STAROBA in the second match while ASAS will face OPA on the same day.

In Group A, SDARA took an early lead as they overcame SMSsOB 23 – 15 in the first match. They lead VIOBA who recorded the first win as they overcame KKB Greatwall 14 – 2 in their match. KKB will face the group leader SDARA in their second match as VIOBA will test SMSsOB. All the match week 2 will be played on 3rd February.

You can visit http://ragbionline.com/tournament/liga-ragbi-alumni-veteran/ to view the current group standing and upcoming match of the Veteran Alumni Rugby League 2018.

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat for STAROBA

RMR Warriors to defend Perak League title

15 January 2018 – RMR Warriors will start their campaign to defend Perak league title next week. Perak Rugby Super League 2018 will start on 20th January 2018.

RMR Warriors was crowned as champion as they beat Ipoh Lions RC in last year final. They will open the campaign as they will take on Edwardian Tiger RC in the first league match next Saturday. The other team in the Group A is Politeknik Ungku Omar RC.

RMR Warriors met last year opponent in the final, Ipoh Lions in the friendly match last week. It was Ipoh Lions who came out victorious this time as they got better of Warriors with 14 – 17 scoreline.

Ipoh Lions will be in group B. They will start 2018 campaign against Polis Perak on 21st January 2018. JKR RC, better known as the Carnivorean Mongoose complete Group B.

Only 6 teams will compete in this year league. Teams will be playing in group match for 3 weeks with the top two advance to the semi-final. The final match is scheduled to take place on 25th February 2018.

Photos by Farhan Najmi Photography

NS League to kick off this week

12 January 2018 – Negeri Sembilan will be the first state to start the rugby state league in 2018. The 2018 Negeri Sembilan Rugby League will start on 13th January 2018.

12 teams have confirmed their participation in this year edition. This includes last year champion, Gunners RC who is in group A alongside IJED, Troopers RC, and SASEROBA RC. Gunners RC will open this year account against IJED as the very first match of the season at the Field A, King George V.

Group B consisted of Seremban Old Boys RC, OGA, IPG Teknik Enstek and Lycan OB. One of the biggest clubs in Malaysia, NS Wanderers is in group C. They will face Wiseguys RC, Home of Warriors (HOW), and ANSARA Klawang.

Only 4 matches will play each week and that will come from 2 groups. The group matches will take place from 13th January 2018 until 10 February 2018. The final match is scheduled to take place on 10th March 2018.

All 32 matches will take place at the King George V field.

Teams gear up for the 1st Melaka League

11 January 2018 – Melaka Rugby has released the schedule for the 2018 Melaka Rugby League. This will be the first time Melaka organise the 15s rugby league under the brand new state union.

10 teams will gear up for the title. They are being divided into 3 group of 3 and 4 teams.

Melaka 15s Rugby League will start on 20th January. 4 matches will take place on that day with another 4 group matches will take place on the next day.

The final match is scheduled to take place on 11 February 2018.

There is no news on the location for each matches. However, it is expected to take place at the Politeknik Merlimau and Sekolah Menengah Sains Muzaffar Syah (MOZAC).

Politeknik Merlimau Malaysia (PMM) could be the team to beat in the league. The Hornets are a well experience team with players who has experience competing in the 2017 AirAsia Malaysia Rugby League Premier.

The league schedule and 10 competing teams :

Visit Melaka Rugby official Facebook page for more info

215 teams in the carnival

10 January 2018 – With less than two weeks to go, 215 teams have confirmed their participation in the 2018 National Rugby Development Program (NRDP) Carnival. The two days carnival is scheduled to take place on 20 – 21 January 2018.

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) is being selected to host the carnival. There is no official match schedule or group list just yet but it is scheduled to start at 8.00pm in the morning until late evening on both days.

The carnival offered 13 categories as they are available for both boys and girls. Boys Under 12 recorded the most participation as more than 60 schools and clubs will take part in the category.

The carnival also offered 3 different formats. The Junior Rugby (Ragbi Rimau) is for the boys Under 11 and Under 12 while Girls will be playing Touch Rugby. The rest of the categories will see boys playing the full rugby 7s format.

More than 3200 will be playing in the carnival with 400 technical officers and volunteers will be on hand to make sure it runs smoothly.

Daveta dumped Eagles for COBRA 10s title.

12 November 2017 – 2012 winner, Daveta of Fiji crowned as the COBRA 10s 2017 champion. They got better of the last year champion, Borneo Eagles Rugby Club from Malaysia in the final.

Daveta who finished runner-up a week before at the SCC 7s in Singapore finally got the crowned they wanted. Both Daveta and Borneo Eagles were the pre-tournament favourite and they matched that status with outstanding performance en route to the final.

Borneo Eagles recorded 100% win on the first day as they crushed KL Tigers 50 – 0 in the first match. They had to fend off Singapore Barbarians early surge in the second match as the beat Barbarians 29 – 12. Eagles had a strong first-day finish with 31 – 0 win over DUKA Old Boys.

Daveta had a fine first day as they beat Sabah Eagles 48 – 0 in the first match. Global Lions unable to match Daveta strength and speed in the second match as they lost 5 – 47 to Daveta. Western Province stoped Daveta from the 100% win in the group match as both teams tied 7 – 7 after the final whistle.

Global Lions unable to replicate the same performance in the Cup/Plate quarter-final 1. Borneo Eagles proved to be too strong for them as Eagles took the match with 17 – 5 scoreline. Daveta, on the other hand, strolled past Singapore Barbarians as they won it 26 – 0.

Both Eagles and Daveta dominated their semifinal match. ERC Borneo Eagles crushed Auckland Varsity Vipers 20 – 7 to book their place in the final. Daveta scored 2 tries as they beat North Harbour 14 – 5 in the second semifinal.

It was all square in the first 5 minutes with both team cautiously plan their tactics. Borneo Eagles got the breakthrough in the 6th minutes, worked their way to the try line with the mould to score the first try of the match. That lead lasted less than a minute as a cheeky kick forward put Daveta player through to tie the game at 5 – 5. Daveta took the lead with a successful conversion.

Daveta shifted into another gear after the try as they continue to dominate the next minute. One long pass out wide to the winger put Eagles in trouble as Daveta scored their second try to extend the lead at 12 – 5. That did not put Eagles down as they got their second try of the match in the very last minute of the first half. Daveta lead Eagles 12 – 10 at half-time.

Daveta lead by Saki Gavidi got their third try early in the second half. They added 2 more points with another successful conversion to lead 19 – 10. Daveta kept on pressing but found no way through. With Eagles eager to find a way back in the match, Daveta got an interception that set Daveta free and scored their fourth try of the match.

Eagles gave their everything but Daveta stood tall to win the final match with 26 – 10 scoreline.

Daveta brought home USD 10 000, championship trophy and medals while Eagles Rugby Club had to settle with USD 6000 and medals. NNK Northlink beat Panthers Blowpipes 24 – 5 to win the Plate final while Charis Wolfpack got better of Western Province to secure Bowl. The host, COBRA, unable to replicate last year performance as their journey ended in Bowl semifinal.

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat/ragbionline

Meet Abbygale – Malaysia women referee on the raise

11 November 2017 – Rugby fans who came to the COBRA 10s Ladies last week will certainly notice a rare sight of a girl as the referee for rugby matches. Abbygale Rayone Michael Lojinggu is a qualified woman referee in Malaysia.

This 21 years old came all the way from Panampang, Sabah. She herself is still actively playing for Sabah Angel Warrior Rugby Club. She started playing when she was 16 years old as she was in form 4 of Sekolah Menengah St. Joseph, Penampang under the guidance of coach Josephine Joseph.

Started playing for Malaysia at the age of 19

This young girl is an outstanding player in her playing career. She played for Malaysia when she was 19 years old during the 2015 Singapore SEA Games. She also played for Malaysia during the South East Asia 7s as well as for Malaysia Under 20 at Johor last year.

Abby with Malaysia 7s Women team

Abby takes the decision to take the referee course as she wants to understand the game better as a player. She wants to know and understand the rule better. She took the level 1 referee course at the Universiti Malaysia Sabah conducted by Dr. Nizam Nazarudin and Sir Madi Kawi of Singapore.

She had her first experience as a referee back in 2016. She blew in two tournaments, UPM Rugby Rumble Festival 2016 and UPSI 10s.

Abby taming boys during UPSI 10s

Other than level 1 referee, Abbygale also obtained Coaching level 1.

This Kadazan Rungus young girl has a high hope of working his way back into the Malaysia team setup. She is excited to see more women get involved in the rugby as well as proud of the women team achievement during the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games where they won Bronze.

Abbygale is also hoping to see more women referee get recognition in the near future. We expect to see more from her. Abbygale excel in both sports and academy as she pursues her study at the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam.

Very best of luck to Abby and we are as excited to see her as a referee on our Malaysia Rugby scene.

Photos from Abbygale personal collection

MR Presiden aims Malaysia club participants in IPRC

10 November 2017 – Malaysia Rugby Union president, Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya has a high hope on Malaysia team participation in the upcoming Indo Pacific Rugby Championship (IRPC). There are tons of positive notes about the championship proposal.

Datuk Shahrul shared his thought on the championship “Malaysian Rugby is excited with the plans and introduction of the Indo Pacific Rugby Championship. Its a platform an opportunity for local players and coaches to be exposed to the world-class level of games and preparations. With
#IPRC in 2019 to feature 6 clubs in the championship we hope to have a Malaysian based IPRC team. A great effort to develop and provide opportunities for professional rugby for the Asian region and take the game to the highest level.”

He is having a very high regards to the championship as that clearly can help to develop Malaysia rugby standard to a higher level.

IRPC will start in 2019 and it depends on the organizer to choose 5 teams to join the championship. They will choose it based on the administration, stadium capacity, level of local players as well as the support from the Union.

The Western Union as the tournament host will be automatically included. In other to choose the five-team, IRPC will organize multiple exhibition games in 2018.

Keris Conlay, Eagles Rugby Club, COBRA to name a few have the capacity to meet all the standard set by IRPC. The Malaysia Rugby Union will need to give whatever they got to make sure a club from Malaysia participated in Indo Pacific Rugby Championship in 2019.

3 outstanding weekend with COBRA 10s

25 October 2017 – 2017 mark COBRA 50th Anniversary which also highlights COBRA first introduction of rugby 10s format. That format now has become internationally popular worldwide. As part of that, COBRA will continue to popularize the format as they will be hosting the 47th COBRA 10s this coming November.

The Combined Old Boys Rugby Association (COBRA) was founded on the 8th June 1967. They changed the name to COBRA Rugby Club under the Malaysian Sports Commissioner purview in 2012. COBRA is the Home of Rugby 10s and the COBRA Invitational Rugby 10s went international 25 years ago, back in 1992.

As for this year, there will be 3 supporting rugby event starting this week.

  • COBRA 10s MINI for juniors – 28th November 2017 – RRI Complex Sungai Buloh
  • COBRA 10s Ladies for Women – 4 and 5th November 2017 – MBPJ Stadium
  • COBRA Legends vs Rest of the World Legends – 8th November 2017.

Speaking during the press conference at Best Western Hotel Rooftop, Lt Col (Rtd) Tommy Pereira, president of COBRA said “We are ecstatic that COBRA has turned 50 this year and we would like to invite everyone to join us at the significant milestone in COBRA’s history.”

The main event, the 47th COBRA 10s will be held from 11th to 12th November 2017. 16 teams have confirmed participation and we can expect firework by looking at the list. 6 strong local club including the host, COBRA as well as ERC Borneo Eagles could be the front-runner for the title. The later overcame the host 19 – 0 during the 2016 edition to lift the trophy and we could expect both of them to give their all in other to lift the title this year.

2017 edition will also see some familiar faces as DUKA Old Boys (South Africa), Charis Wolf Pack (Australia) and NNK Northlink (South Africa) come back to Malaysia after last year edition. DUKA lost in the last year Bowl Final while Charis adventure was stopped by KSDBKL in the plate semi-final. NNK Northlink will be hoping to have a better luck in 2017 as their journey ended in the cup semi-final, narrowly beaten by the host, COBRA 5 – 7.

This year edition will be held at the newly renovated MBPJ Stadium, Kelana Jaya.

Tan Sri Krishnan Tan, The Chairman of the Organising Committee expressed his gratitude to the sponsors and media, “Both Carlsberg and IJM Corporation have been supporting COBRA for more than two decades. That enabled us to continue to deliver world-class rugby at the doorsteps of Malaysia Rugby Fan.”

COBRA has been extremely fortunate to secure corporate sponsorship to host the tournament. IJM Corporation continues their more than 20 years long venture as the main sponsor for the COBRA 10s.

Carlsberg Malaysia Berhad also continues their 20 years co-operation as they inject RM 155 000 to be the main sponsor for this year edition.

Tan Sri Krishnan Tan also unveiled the brand new logo for the COBRA 50th Anniversary celebration.

This year tournament will be stream live via Facebook at fb.com/cobrarugbyclub1967

Photos by Muizzuddin Yahaya/Ragbionline