Category: Malaysia 7’s

Perfect Perak claimed title

5 March 2018 – Perak became the first winner of the newly form NAZA National 7s Series 2018. The first ever series took place at the Hang Tuah Stadium, Melaka. Perak had the perfect run to the title as they remained unbeaten throughout the first series.

Perak overcame another top team, Kedah in the final. Both teams faced one another during the group match as they were placed in the Pool B. Perak who finished as the runner-up in the 2017 National 7s in Ipoh, narrowly beat Kedah 12 – 5 in the group match. Perak did not have much problem when they faced Negeri Sembilan as they trashed them 26 – 0. Selangor unable to match a well balanced Perak team as they went down 26 – 10.

Kedah finished as the group B runner-up. They started the day with a comfortable 19 – 0 win over Negeri Sembilan before they got better off Selangor 28 – 14.

Perak was too much for Kuala Lumpur during the quarter-final. They scored 6 tries in the process as they trashed Kuala Lumpur 40 – 0. Kedah advance to the semi-final when they send 2017 National 7s champion, Kelantan to the Plate division. Kedah wins the quarter-final 14 – 5 over Kelantan.

ATM who finished top of the group A, unable to stop Kedah in the semi-final. Kedah star captain and current national player, Fairuz Abd Rahman guided his team to the final as they ran out 21 – 5 win over ATM.

In another semi-final, young Johor squad unable to match Perak experience despite giving their best shot in the match. Perak scored 4 tries and completed all 4 conversions that see the Silver Gaurus in the final.

Kedah off to a great start as they scored the first try of the final match in the second minutes. They unable to keep the momentum as Perak started to get the grip. Perak leveled the score last in the half before a successful conversion saw them took the 7 – 5 lead at the end of the half.

Perak made sure they have the match under controlled with another try 2 minutes into the second half. They added the third and last try with a minute to go. they also made it 3 out of 3 conversions to take a commanding 21 – 5 lead. Kedah managed to close the gap in the last play of the match as they scored their second try and completed the conversion.

Perak took the Series 1 Men Core title after the 21 – 12 win over Kedah in the final. Muhammad Hakim from Perak was also awarded the tournament best player award.

The tournament will resume in a week as teams travel South for the second series. Catch the match live on Ragbionline.cm as we will bring all the matches live from Educity Stadium, Nusajaya. The live telecast will start at 10.00am until the end of the tournament.

Series 1 – Melaka. Result, table, knock out and so much more on this link.

Series 1 – Melaka

Get the latest update on the Series 2 right here.

Series 2 – Johor

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat.

At least quarter final

16 February 2018 – After failed to win a single game in their first tournament in Sydney, Malaysia 7s head coach, Saizul Hafifi is expecting a much better result in their second outing. Malaysia 7s team will take part in tomorrow Lake Macquarie 7s Rugby Tournament.

Malaysia 7s is one of the 16 teams to compete for the Premier Men Division title. Malaysia is pool C alongside the New South Wales Development team (Iconz NSW), Randwick 1 and Roos.

Iconz NSW will be the first team to face Malaysia at 9.18am local time. Malaysia then will take on Roos before completing the group matches with Randwick 1 at 12.30pm

Saizul Hafifi will be glad to welcome back 4 players who have just arrived in Sydney. Siddiq Amir Jalil, Dzafran Asyraf and Khairul Abdillah joined the team after they completed their SUKIPT. Zulhisham Rasli was also on the plane with the trio as the four of them will be hoping to improve the team performance.

“We are hoping to make it into the quarter-final. We will take one game at a time as we want to see improvement in term of understanding among players.” shared Saizul Hafifi.

Malaysia 7s team is preparing for two big tournaments later this year. They will be in Gold Coast, Australia for the Commonwealth Games in April before heading to Indonesia for Asia Games.

You can follow the latest result of Malaysia team via this link http://ragbionline.com/team/malaysia/malaysia-7s/

Photos by Malaysia 7s team

Hibiscus 7s need more time

10 February 2018 – Malaysia 7s team unable to record a single win in their first tournament in 2018. Hibiscus 7s took part in the one day Mick “Whale” Curry Memorial Rugby Sevens in Sydney, Australia today.

Malaysia 7s head coach, Saizul Hafifi remained positive after the tournament. “Our players are still looking for the right connection and understanding between them as this is the first tournament in 2018. It is also the first tournament for the two youngsters, Muhammad A’aziem and Muhammad Haikal since their inclusion to the team”.

2 players are also out with injury as Saizul Hafifi unable to include Muhammad Ameer Nasrun and Badrul Mukhtee in his plan.

Malaysia lost all 4 group A matches. They went down to Easts 7 – 17 before their inability to complete the conversion cost them the second game. Malaysia lost 5 – 7 to Penrith. Rats (Green) proved to be too good for Malaysia as they demolished Malaysia team 22 – 0. Malaysia ended the tournament on high despite the defeat. They scored 3 tries but went down to HOGS 17 – 21.

Saizul Hafifi added “The quality of each team as well as their players are very good. This is a good preparation for Malaysia before the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast this April.”

The teams are set to welcome four more players to join them in Sydney. Siddiq Amir Jalil, Dzafran Asyraf and Khairul Abdillah will fly to Australia after they help UPM to the silver medal during 2018 SUKIPT. They will be joined by Zulhisham Rasli who miss the Mick Whale Curry Tournament due to personal reason.

Malaysia will continue their training session in Australia as they are scheduled to take part in the Lake Macquarie 7s on 17th February 2018.

Photos by Malaysia Rugby Union

‘Malaysia’ Angels expect to go all the way

29 January 2018 – Univeriti Putra Malaysia men team is expected to go all the way in the upcoming Sukan Institut Pengajian Tinggi (SUKIPT) 2018. This is due to the outstanding quality they have throughout the team line-up.

Better known as Angels, UPM will be powered by 3 current national players in the Malaysia sevens squad. They are Siddiq Amir, Khairul Abdillah and Nur Azri Azmi. They are also part of Malaysia 7s squad who won the first ever Gold medal in the last 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games. They are now preparing for the upcoming Commonwealth Games and will join the rest of National team squad in Sydney right after SUKIPT.

Other than the senior players, two newcomers could also play the important part in Angels team. Both, Abd Karim Md Nasir and Nazrin Aiman Abdul Malik was part of Malaysia Under 20 7s squad who shine in Hong Kong last year. The two product of Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School already showed what they offered to the team during Angels tri-teams test match last weekend.

The remaining 7 players in Angels team will offer their own quality, as well as experience as most of them, compete in multiple top level tournament over the year. This includes the AirAsia Malaysia Rugby League, Agong Cup, National 7s and others.

Angels had 4 test match last week against the Malaysia 7s team as well as their closest rival, UiTM Lions. Angels won both matches against Lions but unable to match the quality of national squad especially in the last match of the day.

UPM Serdang Angels test match
1. UPM Serdang Angels 33 – 7 UiTM Lions
2. Malaysia 28 – 10 UPM Serdang Angels
3. UiTM Lions 10 – 17 UPM Serdang Angels
4. UPM Serdang Angels 5 – 36 Malaysia

UPM Serdang Angels is in pool A along side UiTM and MMU

Follow the latest update on the match result, groups standing as well as the knockout round via this link

SUKIPT Men

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat

Lions, Angels to face Malaysia 7s

27 January 2018 – UiTM Lions as well as their rival, UPM Serdang Angels will have their perfect preparation for their upcoming tournament. Both teams will be the team to beat as they are scheduled to compete in the upcoming SUKIPT 2018.

Lions and Angels will face Malaysia 7s national team this evening. The test match is set to start at 2.30pm. It will take place at the Padang A, Universiti Putra Malaysia. It is the same field that will be used for SUKIPT.

It will be two round of test match where all the three teams will meet the other twice. Malaysia 7s team is also preparing for the upcoming Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast. They will have a good chance to add more match experience to all the 20 players in their training camp with this test match.

Other than men, both ladies team from UiTM and UPM will be having their own test match. They will take on FRC Dingoes, one of the nation top women clubs in the three-way test match. They will also face one another twice. 8 ladies team will compete in SUKIPT Women Rugby this February.

SUKIPT Groups

SUKIPT Men

SUKIPT Women

Full test match schedule

National players, Angels give back.

16 January 2018 – With more than 200 teams confirmed the participation in the upcoming National Rugby Development Program (NRDP) festival, it will be a big task to the organizer to make the festival run as smooth as possible. More than 3300 players will be in Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) during the event.

19 players from the Malaysia 7s squad who is preparing for the upcoming Commonwealth Games and Asia Games will also be there. They are part of the volunteers who will play their part as the technical officers during the festival.

Other than the national players, 30 players from men and women team of Serdang Angels will also be part of the festival. They will be spending the whole 2 days as the technical officers.

Ruggers will also need to be on top of their game during the festival. 12 coach panels/NRDP Elite Program will be there as well to look for talented players during the carnival.

The carnival will be on 20 – 21 January 2018. It will take place at the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Serdang. 13 categories with 3 different rugby format for both girls and boys will be played during the Carnival.

7s time to utilise ISN

5 December 2017 – Malaysia 7s team had their first training session at the Institut Sukan Negara (ISN) yesterday. That will be the start of the 1st phase of training ahead of their preparation for the 2018 games.

All 20 players who received the call-up attend the session. The team which consists of all 12 players in 2017 SEA Games gold medalist will be preparing for Commonwealth Games and Asia Games in 2018.

Their focus in ISN will be more on their strength and conditioning. 7s players have been active as they played for their club prior to this training session. Most of them came into the first phase in a very good physical condition.

The 7s team will only have their first tournament in January 2018. They will also start their session with the head coach, Mr. Saizul Hafifi next week.

20 players for 2018 adventures

23 November 2017 – 12 players who won the first ever Gold medal during the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games retained their place in the national team setup. They will be joined by another 8 players in preparation for the 2018 Asia Games in Palembang.

The star captain, Zulkiflee Azmi is expected to retain the armband as his experience proved to be valuable to the team. Apart from the SEA Games, Zulkiflee played in Asia Rugby 7s Series in 2017.

Saizul Hafifi retained his position as the team head coach. “The SEA Games players are the core for the team, with valuable experience to the team. The additional 6 players added great value to the team as they played in the Asia Rugby 7s Series”, shared Hafifi.

The name list, however, raised a few eyebrows as they saw two Malaysia Under 20 players, Muhammad A’aziem and Muhammad Haikal on the list. The duo has already proved their worth with outstanding performance in 2017 as they are the key player in the Malaysia Under 20 setup. The duo will join Muhammad Nazir as Saizul Hafifi will look into developing the three youngsters for the future.

This team will take part in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April. It will be one massive learning experience for the team as they will take on rugby giants such as the host Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa, England, and Wales. Malaysia qualifies for the games as they finished second behind Sri Lanka for Asia team.

Saizul Hafifi dreams for Malaysia to do well in the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asia Games. He hopes that his players use the experience from the SEA Games as well from the upcoming Commonwealth to do great in Palembang.

The 2018 Asia Games Jakarta-Palembang seems a long way to go but Malaysians are hoping to see the Malaysia 7s on the podium in August 2018.

The team will start their first centralized training session this 4th December.

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat/ragbionline

Bigger player pool for Malaysia 7s

10 November 2017 – Malaysia 7s team created history this year by winning the maiden Gold medal during the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games. They will be wishing to improve on that achievement in 2018 as there will be two major tournaments.

Malaysia 7s head coach, Mr. Saizul Hafifi shared that there will be a bigger player pool in 2018. “Instead of 16 players we had for the SEA Games, we will have 4 more players as we will have two major tournaments to prepare for”. 20 players should be enough for the team to do the preparation, as they will have enough cover if there’s problem in term of performance as well as because of fitness and injury.

16 players and management in 2017

The 12 players who won the Gold medal are expected to retain their position in the team. The same can be said to the other 4 who was drop prior to the SEA Games but there’s no news on the additional 4 players.

Zulkiflee Azmi is also expected to keep his place as the team captain.

The team captain

Malaysia will be playing in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia in April while the Jakarta Palembang Asia Games will be in August 2018. Malaysia who finished 7th overall in the 2107 Asia Rugby 7s Series will be hoping to improve on that for 2018.

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat/ragbionline

Gold winner received RM60 000

31 October 2017 – Malaysia 7s men rewarded with RM 60000 incentive. That came after the team won Malaysia first ever Gold medal during the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in rugby.

Malaysia beat rival, Singapore in the Gold medal match to win the final match. Played right in front of bumper crowds at the MBPJ Stadium, Kelana Jaya, Malaysia dominated the final and trashed Singapore 22 – 7. That win created history as Malaysia win their first ever gold after they won Silver in the last edition.

It was the 15th gold medal won by Malaysia. Malaysia won 145 gold medals during the game.

The team received RM 60000 as part of the Skim Hadiah Kecemerlangan Sukan (SHAKAM) of the Majlis Sukan Negara. Each player will receive RM 5000. Their coaching and management team will receive separate incentive from the MSN.

The team lead by their captain, Zulkiflee Azmi received the incentive from the Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak accompanied by Minister Youth and Sport, Khairi Jamaluddin. The duo also presented the gold medal to the team during the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

All the medalist during the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games were presented with their own incentive based on their performance during the game. The ceremony was held at the Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil.

Photos from Ameer Nasrun facebook account and Ragbionline achieve