Category: National Team

Good rehearse for Namibia

24 June 2018 – Malaysia University Rugby 7s team had a good rehearsal in the 4 teams friendly match yesterday. The game took place at the Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School.

The team who only have less than one month to prepare for the FISU 2018 World University Rugby Sevens Championship did well as they won one out of 3 matches. They only lost to the Malaysia national team by two tries. This team beat Singapore 7s team 24 – 7 in the opening match. They, however, were shocked by the young Singapore team as they were beaten 12 – 17 by the Singapore U20 team in the last match.

The 12 players were selected after their performance in the previous MASUM. International Islamic University Malaysia (IiUM) who won the tournament has 5 players in the team while University Putra Malaysia (UPM) have 4 representatives. University Teknologi MARA completes the 12 men squad with another 3 players.

The players and management :

HOD – Dr.Hanafiah Bin Ayob
Manager – Muhammad Zyuraidi Abd Majid (UPM)
Coach – Khairul Azhar Bin Shaarani (IIUM)

Players
1. Faat Hor Rozi Bin Ismail (UPM) – Vice Captain
2. Nur Azri bin Azmi (UPM)
3. Muhammad Faizal Md Tahir (UPM)
4. Muhammad Azizul Hakim Bin Che Oon(UPM)
5. Mohamad Sofian Bin Mohamad Kamil (UiTM) – Team Captain
6. Muhammad Hezry Muhammad Anis(UiTM)
7. Joseph Gordon (UiTM)
8. Jahangir Khan Majith Khan (IIUM)
9. Mohd Khairi B. Radzi (IIUM)
10. Mohammad Mirza B. Zam Zam (IIUM)
11. Mohammad B. Mohd Nilam(IIUM)
12. Harith Izzuddin B. Zali (IIUM)

There are tons of quality and experience in these 12 players with team captain, Sofian Kamil, Faat Hor Rozi and Mirza Zam Zam played for Malaysia University team in 2016 Swansea edition. Sofian Kamil also represented Malaysia 15s team in the recent Asia Rugby Championship 2018. Nur Azri was part of the SEA Games team while Faizal Md Tahir and Azizol Hakim played for Malaysia in the Asia Sevens Series. Harith Izzuddin also represented Malaysia in the age group level. Mohammad bin Mohd Nilam who shine in the 2017 NAZA National 7s Series with the most number of tries, also received the call-up.

The team had the first phase of training session form 6 – 8 June 2018. They returned to the training camp on 20th June after the Aidilfitri brake. The team will have to make sure they gained their fitness as that was certainly the issue in the last match where they lost to Singapore Under 20 team after two outstanding performance before that.

They will fly to Namibia on the 9th July 2018 with the tournament set to take place from 12 – 14 July at Swakopmund, Namibia. Malaysia is in group A alongside Sri Lanka, Namibia, and Colombia.

Photos by Fauzi Saim/CSN for Ragbionline

No rugby in 2019 SEA Games

20 May 2018 – Malaysia dream to defend the gold medal in the upcoming SEA Games shattered by the latest info from the Philippines. In the press release from the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) on the 17th May, rugby is not one of the 30 sports approved for the games.

Malaysia won the gold for the first time in the men category. They overcame Singapore in the final match after they finished first during the round robin. Malaysia also secured the bronze in the women category as they beat upcoming SEA Games host, the Philippines in the 3rd/4th matches. Thailand won gold for women.

The decision to exclude rugby in 2019 Philippines SEA Games may be due to their inability to secure any medal in the previous edition. Both Philippines team finished fourth despite the strong performance. The Philippines won gold for men and bronze for women back in 2015.

Malaysia could still defend the gold as Malaysia Rugby Union will need to suggest Olympic Council of Malaysia to appeal for the sport to be held in 2019. They have up until 13th June to appeal.

Malaysia 7s team is preparing for the upcoming Asia Games in Indonesia later this year. They are dreaming to secure any medal after gained tons of experience in the recent outing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

Superior South Korea too much to handle.

20 May 2018 – Malaysia unable to secure the first win in the championship as South Korea proved to be too superior for the national side on their home soil. Dominant South Korea set the early tone with an impressive forward display which troubles Malaysia throughout the first half.

South Korea scored 5 tries and completed all the conversion to comfortably lead 35 – 0 in the first half. South Korea opened the score as early as in the first 5 minutes through Jang Seong Min try. Youn Hyung Oh add 2 more points. He had an outstanding match with 8 conversions, 1 penalty as well as 3 more points through a drop goal. He contributed 22 points for South Korea.

Sameuela Tamanisau gave something to cheer for Malaysia as he scored the first try for the Red Hibiscus. Aiman Jamaluddin stole the ball from the inside of Malaysia 22 line and showed outstanding pace to outrun South Korea winger before he provided Samuela to score the try.

South Korea regain the control and add more try in the second half. They could have more if not because of their own mistake.

Malaysia added another 2 late in the match. Aiman Jamaluddin finished a good move by Vatimio Redebe who sucked 3 Korean players which opened space for Aiman to score the try on the far side.

South Korea outmuscle Malaysia and secured their second win of the tournament. They beat Malaysia 67 – 12.

Malaysia will head to Hong Kong as next week for the last match of the campaign. They will have to step up to challenge a very strong Hong Kong side who is hoping to secure the top spot.

South Korea will face Hong Kong a week later, a match that could be the title decider. The champion of this tournament will face Cook Island in the next round of the world cup qualifiers.

Only 22 players?

18 May 2018 – Only 22 players will be registered for Malaysia in the 3rd match against South Korea. Malaysia suffered the latest casualty as another player unable to play due to injury.

Mohammad Syarif Saiful Azwan Sudin better known as Unta among rugby community, provide another setback to the team. He was supposed to fly on Thursday morning but took the decision not to fly due to injury on his ankle. That injury kept him out of the national team for the 2017 edition and it came back to hunt him.

The team management unable to look for his replacement and they decide to go with only 22 players.

Syarif Saiful Azwan did have two good matches against both South Korea and Hong Kong. He did well when he came on when he help Malaysia to score the first. He also provided 5 points in the first match through a conversion as well via a penalty. He also completed another penalty in the match against Hong Kong. His absence is certainly a blow for the management who already lost a number of key players.

Nathaniel Tan will miss the rest of the campaign due to the broken jaw. Fractured Ankle will also keep Rosmanizam away from the rest of the campaign.

Malaysia is also without the service of Amirul Sani who is reporting for his duty at TUDM. Aporosa Duwailea will not be playing as well as he unable to get the permission from his employer in Fiji. Saki Gavidi did not fly to Korea as well due to the problem on his Passport and visa.

It will be interesting to see how Malaysia will set up for this crucial match. Malaysia rugby fan can watch this match live on Astro Arena 801/802 HD. The match will start at 3.30pm.

South Korea vs Malaysia

Match details – http://ragbionline.com/?post_type=sp_event&p=3124&preview=true

Photos by Aiman Farhan

3 new players on the plane

18 May 2018 – Malaysia 15s team is in Incheon for the 3rd match of the Asia Rugby Championship. They will face South Korea in the 4th match of the tournament on the 19th May 2018.

Malaysia will be hoping to secure the first win of the tournament as the quest to reignite their challenge against another 2 far superior team. Malaysia lost the opening match to South Korea in Bukit Jalil 10 – 35 before Hong Kong proved to be too strong for the national squad as they outclassed Malaysia 67 – 8 in the second match. Hong Kong secured their second win last week as they overcame South Korea 30 – 21.

Malaysia head coach, Lee Nyuk Fah introduce 3 new players for the 23 players squad. They are Muhammad Danial Hamidi, Nas Affie Mohd Salleh, and Hamizan Rosli. The team will also welcome back Amirul Aqil Kamsol who started in the first match against South Korea but missed the Hong Kong match due to the concussion he suffered in the first match.

Malaysia needs to make sure they have the 100% focus against South Korea as the defeat in the first match came from the team inability to settle down. Malaysia is more than capable to compete against Korea if they can produce the same display they had in the second half of the first match.

Malaysia rugby fan will have the chance to watch this match live on Astro Arena 801/802 HD. The live telecast is scheduled to start at 3.30pm

South Korea vs Malaysia

Match details – http://ragbionline.com/?post_type=sp_event&p=3124&preview=true

Photos by Aiman Farhan

What 2018 have in store

2 January 2018 – 2 days into 2018 and most of the rugby fans in Malaysia are eager to watch their favorite sport. 2018 will a be a busy year for local clubs, school as well as for Malaysia national team. With the number of the big tournament, Malaysia will be eager to continue their fine run on the international level.

JANUARY

– National Rugby Development Program (NRDP) will have their biggest rugby carnival. It will take place at the University Putra Malaysia (UPM) on 20 – 21 January 2018. 172 teams have confirmed their participation so far in 13 categories.

– 8 teams will participate in the first-ever Veteran Alumni Rugby League. They will be having a match for a month with the final match is expected to take place right after the ARC. Teams like ASAS and STJ are expected to do well.

FEBRUARY

– The Premier 7s is back as MCKK Premier 7s will be having their tournament. It is expected to be bigger than ever with the tournament able to attract the top team from all over Malaysia and even from Hong Kong. The tournament will be on 24 – 25 February.

– Top IPT team will be playing against one another in the SUKIPT 7s. The 3 days tournament will be on 6 – 8th February.

MARCH

– Malaysia will be having the first ever 3 National 7s Series. Melaka, Johor, and Perak will be the three host for the first ever series. Both Men and Women category will be available for all series with another two extra categories are on the card for the final series in Ipoh, Perak.

– Borneo 7s will surely attract top teams from all over the world with their top class tournament. Fans will travel to Sandakan as the tournament will take place from 16, 17 and 18 March 2017.

APRIL

– Malaysia 7s team will take part in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. The team is expected to gain valuable experience from the outing as they will take on numbers of the big team such as Australia, England, Fiji and New Zealand.

– Malaysia 15s team will face South Korea in the first match of Asia Rugby Championship Premier at the end of the month. The match is scheduled to take place at the National Stadium Bukit Jalil.

MEI

– Malaysia 15s is set to face 3 more Asia Rugby Championship Premier matches in May. They will face Hong Kong in National Stadium Bukit Jalil before the return leg in South Korea and Hong Kong within the weeks time.

JUNE

– Ramadhan Kareem. Malaysia will have another game against the winner of Oceania should they top the ARC Premier.

JULY

– The brand new season for Malaysia Rugby League. It is set to be bigger than ever with only 8 teams expected to compete in the top league. The league is scheduled to start on 7th July with the 8th week ok the league will be in the first week of September.

AUGUST

– Malaysia 7s team will be having their second biggest tournament of the year. They will compete in the Asia Games 2018. The 2018 Asia Games will take place in Palembang, Indonesia from 28 to 31 August.

– Asia Rugby U20 is set to take place in Hong Kong. Both men and women team will be expected to improve on 2017 performance since both teams did not fulfill their expectation.

SEPTEMBER

– Rugby is also part of the 2018 SUKMA Perak. The Under 21 state team will compete against one another to bag gold medal.

– Langkawi 7s and NS Royal will also take place in the September with the first will take place in the first week while NS Royal will be on 22 and 23rd September.

– Johor will start the campaign to defend their Agong Cup title in the very last week of September.

– The first and second round of Asia Rugby Sevens Series. The first will take place in Hong Kong while the second will be in South Korea.

OCTOBER

– Agong Cup continues and will enter the knockout round by the end of the month.

– The third series for Asia Rugby Sevens Series. Sri Lanka will host the last round of the tournament.

NOVEMBER

– The final of Agong Cup will take place in the first week of November. There is no news on where will be the location for the final match just yet. The had it at Sandakan (2016) and Terengganu (2017) and could set to travel south for 2018.

– The 48th COBRA 10s. COBRA set to continue this year successful tournament on 10 and 11 November. However, it is expected that they will have another mini-tournament for junior and women before the date.

DECEMBER

– Asia Rugby Under 19. Malaysia finished 3rd in Manila and they are set to take part in the Asia Rugby Under 19 once more for 2018.

A message of believe – Hibiscus 2018

Salam brothers

I have never been a person that wants attention and glamour in what I do as a national team manager. I rather give that to others. But I like to believe that I am a part of building this great team

We are in the process to embark on a historic journey. A chance that may never come again. To create a new history to be playing at a level we have never reached before. A challenge that many say it’s impossible. But impossible is only when you don’t put in the work.

There is no personal agenda for this campaign. It’s gonna require everyone to have HEART, heart to choose what is the best for the team, heart to push you like never before, a bigger heart to raise for the nation and prove that we deserve to be competing at this level.

I know that all of you have the passion and pride to play for the national team. But we have to increase our level. What we use to do is no longer enough. Don’t worry what we don’t have but rather focus on what we have. Let the union focus on their job. We focus on ours. For the last 4 years I’ve been with all of you, never have I heard you whine because we are humble enough to make the best out of things.We have believed. Otherwise, I know you won’t be here, training hard.

Teams will change and go. But legacy will remain forever. So, I challenged all of you to take this journey together with me. There was never a champion made the easy way. Set your priorities, forget the small tournament or games. You are at the elite level now. Maintain your stamina, body, and mental. Act like an elite. Don’t lose our identity.

Let us bring out the best in each other. Because that’s what champions do.

I have shed tears to see how you have succeeded. The tears of joy and struggle. I’ve seen and ask you to sacrifice so many things. But all for the lencana didada and the sports we love
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I’ve never looked back at what I have lost, money, time with family, children’s birthday, anniversary, even career.

Hence to conclude, all the of this that I mention like passion, heart, pride, discipline is a requirement, but all I have doesn’t matter if you are not willing. Start by willing to achieve. Then we can set the pathway to achieve the main goal.

I thank the players that have committed so far. I see huge physical change and improvements. We need to thank MSN and KBS for their support no matter how big or small. Everything starts with a small step or even a crawl.

To those that still have not join, I ask that you put in the effort at your state MSN to execute the program outline. There is no easy way to be in this team. Famous names don’t get u anywhere here.

I know I’m hard at times, but it’s all to mold and set a standard based on our capability and affordability. If there is lacking in any areas, it’s not because of I wants to deprive the team but more to set the list of priorities.

So, be honest with yourself and me. Join me and accept this challenge. Don’t hold the team back if ur not WILLING.

Kind Regard

Your brother and your manager
Raimi

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat

Under 19 ready to rumble

11 December 2017 – Malaysia Under 19 is ready to take on the United Arab Emirates in the semi-final of the Asia Rugby Championship Under 19 – Division 1 2017. The team was celebrated by the Malaysia Rugby Union exco and Persatuan Ragbi Melaka (Baru) in a dinner at the Restoran Melayu Melaka last night.

Member of the State Council who is also the Melaka UMNO Head of Youth, YB Senator Dato Zali bin Mat Yasin also attended the dinner. He shared “We welcome any national rugby activity in Melaka. We will give full support to rugby as we realized this sports create great successful individual for Malaysia.” YB also present 3 players from Melaka lead by Muhammad Sameer with the token from Persatuan Ragbi Melaka (Baru).

Malaysia Rugby Union tournament director, Fahmy Jalil who was also present during the dinner express his believe toward this squad. He is confident that the team will go all the way to the final and win it. He wants the Malaysia Under 19 to be promoted back to the Championship and compete for the World Cup Qualifiers in 2018.

The young hibiscus also received sports tape sponsorship from the top local sports tape company, ATF Sports Taping during the dinner.

The Under 19 team is having their last preparation in Politeknik Merlimau, Melaka. They will be on the first flight to Manila on 12th December and has a day to settle down before their semi-final match against the United Arab Emirates.

The team captain, Mohammad A’aziem Badaruddin is confident his team can win the title. A’aziem is no stranger in Under 19 contingent, as he played in the 2016 tournament where Malaysia finished 4th. A’aziem is also part of Malaysia 7s Under 20 squad who compete in Asia Rugby Sevens in Hong Kong a few months back.

The team look settle and ready to compete. They are in good mental condition and happy with all the preparation before the game.

Positive start

10 December 2017 – Malaysia passed their test match with flying colors as they overcame local club, KL Tigers earlier this evening. That match took place at the Bellamy Field, TUDM Kuala Lumpur.

It was a match that Malaysia expected to win. The national team fulfills the prediction as they produce a good performance to beat the Tigers 43 – 5.

They field in numbers of new players into the first 15s. The like of Lawrence Petrus, Nas Affie and Hamizan Roslie responded well to the challenge and showed that they got what it takes to play for Malaysia. The team also welcome back 2016 hero, Mohd Azmir Zanul Abidin who suffered an injury in the first ARC Division 1 match.

Malaysia captain, Mohd Syahir Asraf did well to lead the team in that match. He played well as flyhalf.

Malaysia head coach, Lee Nyuk Fah admit that he is still looking for players to play in certain position. They had this match as part of general preparation with the individual aspect as the main purpose. This is especially for the new players who need to get used to Nyuk Fah’s game plan and tactical.

“It is a six-month program which includes strength & conditioning, tactical, technical and mental. We are glad to have full support from ISN and MSN in term of the scientific app, nutrition, psychology as well as individual and game analysis.” added Lee Nyuk Fah.

The national team is still hoping to fly to New Zealand for 3 weeks in March 2018 as they realized they need to bring their game to a higher level. Hong Kong and South Korea have a very high standard as their player play professionally.

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat

30 players for Hibiscus

9 December 2017 – The Malaysia Rugby Union has released the 30 players list in the Hibiscus program. This special program is the preparation for the upcoming Asia Rugby Championship Premier in April and May 2018.

They already had their first and second training phase a few months back. Their focus for that phase was on the strength and conditioning. That session took place at the Institut Sukan Negara (ISN) under the guidance of ISN staff.

The 30 players list :

1. Amirul bin Sani (Kedah/Prop)
2. Mohd Syahmi Afiq bin Edan (Perak/Lock)
3. Amirul Mukminin bin Amizan (Kedah/Hooker)
4. Muhamad Amirul Aqil bin Kamsol (Sabah/Fullback)
5. Mohd Farid bin Sujari (ATM/Prop)
6. Syarif Nurhidayat bin Muzhaimey(Perak/Flangker)
7. Mohamad Aiman bin Jamaludin (ATM/Winger)
8. Mohd Nurazman bin Ramli (Trengganu/Hooker)
9. Muhamad Alif bin Al Hafiz(Trengganu/Prop)
10. Etonia Vaqa Saukuru (Keris Conlay/No 8)
11. Samuela Tamanisau (Front Row Club/Center)
12. Sae Magele Faalupega (Polis/Flanker)
13. Mohd Azmir bin Zainul Abidin (NS Wanderers/Winger)
14. Muhammad Amin bin Jamaluddin (Perlis/Flanker)
15. Mohd Syahir Asraf bin Rosli (Kelantan/Fly Half)
16. Muhammad Azim bin Nasri(Kedah/Prop)
17. Mohammad Rosmanizam bin Roslan (JRU/Scrum half)
18. Mohamad Safwan bin Abdullah (Perak/Flanker)
19. Nas Affie bin Mohd Salleh(JRU/Prop,hooker)
20. Muhammad Danial bin Noor Hamidi(N.S/Flanker)
21. Lawrence Petrus (UPM/Prop)
22. Mohamad Sofian bin Mohd Kamil(Perak/Flanker)
23. Muhammad Nabil Amirul bin Rizan(N.S./Prop)
24. Lokman Hakim(Winger)
25. Hamizan bin Rosli(ATM, Lock)
26. Avien Azreen bin Perman(Trengganu/Prop)
27. Muhamad Syabil bin Laila (Kedah/Prop)
28. Mohd Edzuan Manan (JRU/FlyHalf – Scrumhalf)
29. Wan Mohammad Asyraf bin Narudin (JRU/Winger)
30. Mohammad Syarif Saiful Aazwan bin Sudin (Trengganu/Flanker)

Malaysia will be having their first ever test match on this program this Saturday. They will take on the local club, KL Tigers on 9th December 2017 at Bellamy, TUDM. The match is scheduled to start at 4.00pm.

Mohd Syahir Asraf bin Rosli is expected to retain his place as the national team captain. He played magnificently in all 3 matches as Malaysia won all the matches against Sri Lanka, Philippines, and the United Arab Emirates last April.

Lee Nyuk Fah also keeps his place as the head coach of the team and he retains most of the successful coaching team for 2018.

Malaysia will have to take their game to another level if they wish to compete and beat Hong Kong and South Korea next year. Only the top team will advance as they will compete in repechage tournament for a sole spot in the 2019 Japan World Cup.

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat