Category: National Team

13 Players on flight to Dubai

21 November 2017 – Malaysia Under 17 Women team is ready to fight for a sole spot in 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The team will take part in the Pre-Youth Olympic Qualifiers in Dubai at the end of this month.

The tournament which will take place in the Dubai Sports City. Malaysia is in Group D, alongside neighbor, Thailand and top-seeded team China. 12 teams confirmed their participation and only the champion will fly to Argentina next year.

Malaysia contingent will be lead and fully supported by Puan Sri Diana Diego. She is the Sabah Rugby Union Women Rugby Chairperson.

Bradley Mika is the team Technical Advisor while the team head coach is Gerard De Souza. The full Malaysia contingent :

Their target to finish in the top 8 suit the team with the majority of the players are 16 years old. Marytheresa Raj Thevaraj is the youngest player in the squad as she is only 14 years old.

The team is preparing well for the tournament. They have spent 2 months of centralized training started last September in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Puan Sri Diana Diego decision to fully support this team participation is one of the early steps to see the women rugby development to be at the same level with men in Malaysia. 

The team will depart to the United Arab Emirates on 27th November 2017. They will have time to settle down and get used to the Dubai atmosphere as the two days tournament will only start on 29th. Malaysia first match is against Thailand before they take on China in the second group matches.

 
 

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

46 players call-up for Malaysia 15s Under 19

10 November 2017 – 46 players received the call-up to represent the Malaysia 15s Under 19 team. The team will be playing in the Asia Rugby Championship 15s Under 19 Division 1 this December 2017.

Numbers of familiar faces who represented Malaysia 7s team in the Asia Rugby 7s Under 20 in Hong Kong earlier this year are also in the mix. Mohd Hafizuddin Amin (KV Arau) and Muhammad A’Aziem (SSTMI) will be hoping to end this year within the national team squad after their appearance for Malaysia 7s squad in Hong Kong.

National 7s Under 20 best player, Zulmajdi Kama Razali who plays as the flyhalf receive the call-up as well. He played in the 2016 Edition where Malaysia unlucky to finish fourth on the home soil.

They will be having the centralize training for the championship at the Sekolah Sukan Tunku Mahkota Ismail, Johor. That program will start on 24th November until 11 December 2017.

4 teams will take part in the ARC 15s Under 19 Division 1. The championship will start on 13th December while the final match will be played 3 days later. All the matches will be played in Manila, Philippines.

Malaysia will take on either the United Arab Emirates, South Korea and Philippines in the semi-final.

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

From Our Lens : SSTMI – Champion in need of support

9 November 2017 – When we talk about Sekolah Sukan Tunku Mahkota Ismail, each rugby fans across Malaysia knows how important that school is in producing great players that went on to play for Malaysia.

9 out of 12 national players who bag Gold during the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games are the product of SSTMI. That shows the high quality of the players produce by the coaching and management of this school.

SSTMI is the only school listed as the High-Performance School under the National Rugby Development Program (NRDP) in Malaysia. They match that status by dominating tons of tournament in 2017.

Few could stop SSTMI when they are on song

U19/U20
Plate Runner-up – Asia Rugby Under 20 Sevens Series
Quarter Final – AirAsia Malaysia Rugby League
Champion – National 7s
Semi Final – Langkawi International Rugby 7s
Semi Final – NS Royal 7s
Champion – Arau 7’s

U18
Runner Up – National 7s
Plate Runner Up – Langkawi International Rugby 7s
Bowl Champion – NS Royal 7s
Third Place – Arau 7s

Under 17
Champion – MCKK 7s
Champion – Salbros 7s
Semi Final – Langkawi International Rugby 7s
Bowl Champion – NS Royal 7s

Team U16
Runner Up – Johor Rugby Carnival 7s
Runner Up – NS Royal 7s
Third Place – Arau 7s
Champion – Allied Pickfords 15s
Champion – Super KGV International 10s

7 years old broken tackling bag

Few know that despite all the championship, the rugby team is severely lacking in term of fund and equipment. They still able to join multiple tournaments and won them with the help of parents, friends and rugby fans.

The sky is the limit if this school is well equipped and fund. They could have better preparation with proper equipment. The status of the only high-performance school should be matched.

SSTMI is the reference for all the other rugby school in Malaysia. They also received tons of application to come to their place and train with them and they accepted it with open arms despite all their shortage.

They need something way better than these

It is great to see the coaching team fully utilized what they have. It will be much better to see if they can maximize their potential with proper support from those who supposed to be involved.

Very best of luck SSTMI Tsunami in 2018.

As what those rugby coaches say, “ada ada, tak ada tak ada, anggap selasai”

Photos from Mr Syed Shazril and Zainuddin Mamat/Ragbionline

Hibiscus received surprise visit from KJ

8 November 2017 – Malaysia 15s team who is having their second phase of centralizing training received a surprise visit this morning. Minister of Youth and Sports, YB Khairy Jamaluddin spend some time from his busy schedule to meet the team.

It took place at the Institut Sukan Negara (ISN) where the team is having their strength and conditioning session lead by the ISN team. The minister himself who has been active in sport spend his time to give the pep talk to the players as to the coaching staff.

The Ministry of Youth and Sport (KBS) lead by YB Khairy Jamaluddin is giving full co-operation with the help of ISN and Malaysia Rugby Union (MRU) to make sure the team has a proper preparation for the qualifying matches.

This could not come at a much better time since rugby is growing rapidly and in need of support from the government.

2017 has been an outstanding year for rugby with the 15s team winning the Asia Rugby Championship – Division 1 for the second time in a row. The 7s team also made the country proud as the men won Gold while women team bag Bronze during the recent 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

Photo and video from Mr. Raimi Yusof

25 players started 2nd phase training

8 November 2017 – Malaysia early preparation for the Asia Rugby Championship Premier in 2018 enters the second phase. 25 players already at the Institut Sukan Negara (ISN), Bukit Jalil as they continue the Hibiscus project.

The team is under the management of Mr. Raimi Yusof and lead by Mr. Lee Nyuk Fah as the national head coach. The team already completed the first phase weeks back at ISN. The first phase emphasis on the medical and physical test for each player conducted by the ISN team.

Malaysia rugby team got the privilege for the very first time in the history to fully utilize all the ISN facilities for this preparation. The first two months of the training will be based on the strength and conditioning.

The team will have a bigger pool of player with 45 names received the call-up. However, things are expected to change since the National 7s team will also start their preparation for 2018 by the end of this year.

The 25 players who are in ISN for the second phase including 8 new faces are :

1. Amirul bin Sani
2. Mohd Syahmi Afiq bin Edan
3. Amirul Mukminin bin Amizan
4. Muhamad Amirul Aqil bin Kamsol
5. Mohd Farid bin Sujari
6. Syarif Nurhidayat bin Muzhaimey
7. Mohamad Aiman bin Jamaludin
8. Mohd Nurazman bin Ramli
9. Muhamad Alif bin Al Hafiz
10. Etonia Vaqa Saukuru
11. Samuela Tamanisau
12. Sae Magele Faalupega
13. Mohd Azmir bin Zainul Abidin
14. Muhammad Amin bin Jamaluddin
15. Mohd Syahir Asraf bin Rosli
16. Muhammad Azim bin Nasri
17. Mohammad Rosmanizam bin Roslan
18. Mohamad Safwan bin Abdullah
19. Nas Affie bin Mohd Salleh
20. Muhammad Danial bin Noor Hamidi
21. Hashraffudin bin Basir
22. Lawrence Petrus
23. Mohamad Sofian bin Mohd Kamil
24. Muhammad Nabil Amirul bin Rizan
25. Lokman Hakim

It is expected to see the rest of the players reporting for training after the 47th COBRA 10s which is happening this weekend at the MBPJ Stadium, Kelana Jaya.

Photos from Coach Hamrizal Hamdan

Malaysia Under 16 finished runner-up

4 November 2017 – Malaysia Under 16 had a great outing at the Southern Lions Junior 7s Carnival. They were unbeaten during the round robin match with 4 wins and a draw. Malaysia Under 16 finished second as Perth Bayswater lifted the title.

Malaysia Under 16 team who was gathered under the National Rugby Development Program (NRDP) started the day well. They dominate Wanneroo and beat them 29 – 0. Malaysia then drew in the second match, 24 – 24 against the champion, Perth Bayswater. The Under 16 team improvised on showed what they got with their second win of the day. They beat Kwinana 33 – 7.

Malaysia had two vital final games. They kept their composure and managed to beat Fresh 26 – 17 before they book a spot in the final as they overcame Ellenboork Vipers 19 – 14 in the final game.

Malaysian who reside and work in Perth also made their way to the Home os Southern Lions to give their support to the team.

It was the rematch between Malaysia Under 16 and Perth Bayswater in the final. The opponent got their game plan spotted on as they beat Malaysia 31 – 12 in the final.

The team travels all the way to Australia with the expectation to gain as much experience as possible. They did very well to finish second. The team will travel to New Zealand after this as they will take part in Condor 7s.

Photos by NRDP

Wan Mohammad Asyraf received Vice-Chancellor Award

3 November 2917 – National player, Wan Mohammad Asyraf received Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Vice-Chancellor Award. He received the award during the 59th Convocation Ceremony at the Dewan Sultan Iskandar, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

The award is given to the most outstanding graduate from each faculty, UTMSPACE mainstream programmes and also part-time programmes who have met the selection criteria and conditions set by the university. Each recipient from the faculties and UTMSPACE will receive the award in the forms of a medal, cash, and Certificate of Commendation.

Wan Mohammad Asyraf topped in Bachelor of Engineering (Civil). Better known as Cerap among his peer, he also received Dean’s Award. The award is given to graduates who have attained CGPA of 3.50 and above.

2017 has been an outstanding year for Cerap. He won his first cap during the Asia Rugby Championship Division 1 in Ipoh. He played an important role as Malaysia won the ARC Division 1 for the second time in a row. Cerap also helped Johor to win their second ever Piala Agong. They produce an outstanding comeback to defeat the host in the final.

Wan Mohammad Asyraf needs to step up his game in 2018. He is expected to be part of Malaysia team in the quest to win the Asia Rugby Championship Premier against Hong Kong and South Korea and go all the way to qualify in 2019 Japan Rugby World Cup.

Very best of luck to Asyraf in his future adventure.

Malaysia to face New Zealand, South Africa.

2 November 2017 – Each and every rugby fan in Malaysia will be hoping for the National 15s team to do wonder in 2018. They will have 4 important matches, with home and away leg against Hong Kong and South Korea in order to qualify for the 2019 Japan Rugby World Cup. The champion in this 3 ways encounter will meet the Oceania winner before the winner will play in the repechage where only one team will qualify for the world cup.

It is still a very long way to go for Malaysia but everything seems possible. To make it greater, if Malaysia qualifies to play in Japan, the national team will be in the same group with 2015 champion, New Zealand and 2 times winner, South Africa. Another team in group B is Italy while the fourth team will be another team from Africa.

This could be the dream fixture for every Malaysia rugby fan. It is in their wildest dream to see the likes of Syahir Asraf, Fairuz Rahman and others go head to head against Sony Bill Williams, Keiran Read, Eben Etzebeth and others.

Malaysia who already started their centralized training will be hoping to maximise their effort in order to go through Hong Kong and South Korea. Malaysia will face South Korea in the opening encounter, scheduled to take place on the 28th April in Kuala Lumpur.

2018 will be the year to look for. It will be one long exciting year for Malaysia Rugby scene.