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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.

Parents joined coaches in medical course

11 December 2017 – 10 women and 5 men completed their Medical Level 1 FAIR Course. The 1-day course took place at the COBRA Rugby Club House.

The course was organized by the COBRA Rugby Club in collaboration with the Malaysia Rugby Union. It was attended by the COBRA and KL Tigers Development coaches and managers. 10 rugby parents from both club also spend one day to complete the course.

3 World Rugby educator, Dr. Nik Hazima Wan Hamat, Dr. Wazien Wafa and Dr. Muhammad Hazwan were on hand in delivering the objective of the course. Dr. Nik Hazima shared “Parents decided to join the program as they are aware the importance of having the basic medical knowledge. They realized the need to have the capability to take care of kids.”

The four main objectives of this course:

1. To learn and assist the team/players/medic during injuries especially concussion/ neck injuries
2. To train the BLS/ CPR
3. To learn basic management for limb injuries
4. To educate all participants regarding important of the first aiders especially in club/school level.

The medical educator team will come out with 2018 medical course schedule. It will be open for everyone (coaches/ manager/players/team physio/parents/teacher)

Photos from Dr. Nik Haziman

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

Dingoes claimed first ever COBRA Ladies crown.

5 November 2017 – FRC Dingoes became the first ever COBRA 10s Ladies champion. They overcame the tournament host in the final. The match that took place at the MBPJ Stadium, Kelana Jaya was the first ever COBRA 10s for ladies. It was organized in the association with the COBRA Club 50th anniversary.

Dingoes line up with the well-experienced player, with most of them, used to play for the national team. That put them as the pre-tournament favorite, which they match as they went unbeaten in the group stage. DIngoes biggest challenge came in the first game of the tournament as they have to work hard to overcome UiTM Lions Ladies. They won the match 12 – 5.

It was all about Dingoes afterward. They kept their composure to beat KL Tigers 12 – 0. Dingoes recorded the biggest win of the tournament as they trashed COBRA Venom Development team 68 – 0. Dingoes finished top of Pool A as they beat Letto Rhinos Miri 29 – 0 in their last group match.

COBRA Venom also won all the four group matches in style. They opened the tournament in style as they beat UPSI Lady Eagles 51 – 0. Venom kept their tempo with 48 – 0 win over Politeknik EET Dev. ATM Orca Ladies unable to provide any response to Venom as they lost 46 – 0. COBRA Venom finished first in Pool B with 27 – 0 win over UPM Ladies Angels.

Dingoes continue their impressive first-day display with an outstanding win over UPM Ladies Angels on the second day. Dingoes beat Angles 25 – 0 to advance to the cup final. COBRA Venom had to work to advance to the semi-final. They overcame UiTM Lions Ladies 12 – 5.

Dingoes experience prevailed in the final match. They kept their composure and punish Venom mistake to take the title. Aki Loh and Mona Tiara Izaniah lead their team to 27 – 0 over Venom in the final and brought home the first ever COBRA 10s Ladies title.

The full results

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat/Ragbionline

USM Jokers Ladies pull out

4 November 2017 – With less than 24 hours before the start of the first ever COBRA 10s Ladies, USM Jokers have decided to pull out from the competition. It is sad to have the news considering the high pedigree of the tournament.

There are no concrete reasons given for the decision. However, lack of preparation towards the event could be the key.

10 teams confirmed the participation and they are divided two group of 5. Top-seeded, FRC Dingoes is in group A while the host will be the main team to look for in Group B. The first match will start at 9.00 am in the morning. 16 matches will be played on Saturday while the remaining 13 matches will be on Sunday.

The schedule of the tournament is as follow.

All the matches will take place at the MBPJ Stadium, Kelana Jaya.

11 teams in the 1st ever COBRA 10s Ladies

2 November 2017 – COBRA will be having their first ever COBRA 10s Ladies tournament this coming weekend. The tournament which is schedule to take place at the MBPJ Stadium Kelana Jaya should be interesting to watch. This tournament will take the women category to another level and we could expect to see some new raw talent shining.

11 teams have confirm their participation. The tournament host, COBRA Venom will send two teams to fight for the title. They will be divided into two group, A and B. However, they will only know their group this coming Friday, right after the team manager group meeting at COBRA.

Rugby fans will be able to watch 30 matches in this two days tournament. The team will be playing in their group before fighting for the title based on their group rank.

FRC Dingoes will be one of the team to look for in this tournament. With well experience players all over the team, that could give them the edge over the rest of the contender. Dingoes also won the ELITE 7s earlier this year.

Another team who could challenge for the title is the host. There are no news on the line up of both COBRA Venom team but they are expected to field in strong squad on their home soil.

Letto Rhinos Miri will be the only team from Borneo. 3 members from the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games Bronze medalist squad are expected to feature for Letto. That could give them foundation to fight for title.

Rugby fans should be making their trip to MBPJ this weekend to watch the first ever COBRA Ladies tournament. We expect firework from all the matches.

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

 

Keris Conlay confirm participation in Elite 7’s

11 June 2017 – The 2017 AirAsia Malaysia Rugby League Premier champion team, Keris Conlay have confirm their participation in the upcoming Elite 7’s 2017. The champion participation will certainly lift up the tournament standard as they join the like of ASAS RC, NS Wanderers and Bunga Raya Jr in Men category.

This will leave only 3 teams from Singapore, will take part in the tournament. Singa Malaya and Singa Cubs will play in Men category while Singapore Select will be the sixth team in Women.

There’s no news about the Keris Conlay line up. However, it would be great to see if they field in their best 7’s team out of the 15’s team who were crowned as the Premier champion earlier this year although this will be a totally different kind of tournament.

The Elite 7’s will take place at the Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya Stadium. It will start on 15th while the final match is schedule to take place on 16th July 2017.

The list of competing teams are:

Men
1. Keris Conlay
2. Singa Cubs
3. Singa Malay
4. NS Wanderers
5. Front Row Clubs
6. Panthers Blowpipes
7. Bunga Raya Jr
8. ASAS RC

Women
1. Singapore Select
2. FRC Dingoes
3. UiTM Simba
4. KL Tigers
5. KSDBKL
6. COBRA Venom

**Article amended on 12 June 2017, 7.46 due to wrong interpretation on the information. Thank You

14 teams confirm participation for Elite 7’s

11 June 2017 – 8 Men teams and 6 Women team had confirmed their participation for the 2017 Elite 7’s. The numbers of team is equal to the participation team for the upcoming South East Asia Games soon.

The Elite 7’s will take place at the Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya Stadium. The two days event will start on 15th July. They will have the final match of the tournament on the 16th July.

4 teams from Singapore will participate, 3 in the Men category while another one is in the women. They are Singa Lions, Singa Cubs and Singa Malaya for Men while Singapore Select will play in Women category.

Another 12 teams are local Malaysia clubs. They are NS Wanderers, Front Row Club, Panthers Blowpipes, Bunga Raya Junior and ASAS RC for Men. 5 other teams in Women are FRC Dingoes, UiTM Simba, KL Tigers, KSDBKL and COBRA Venom.

This tournament will be the pre-SEA games tournament. The organiser will take this chance to test the technical part of the games as well to see the flow of the match.

Malaysia will be the host for the South East Asia Games on the 19th August until 30th August 2017. Rugby 7’s is one of the 38 Games where two Gold Medal are up for grab in Men and Women category.

Malaysia are targeting two golds from both event which will start on 19th to 20th August 2017.