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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.

Kedah slaughter Sarawak at MBPJ

23 August 2017 – Kedah continued their fine form as they book the semi final spot. Kedah had no problem in beating Sarawak in the first quarter final at the MBPJ Stadium, Kelana Jaya. With the win, Kedah will the final round host, Terengganu in the first Semi Final at the Gong Badak Sports Complex, Kuala Terengganu.

The team from the north was comfortable from the first whistle as they set the pace for the match. Lead by the ever reliable Fairuz Abdul Rahman, Kedah showed what they got as they earned the first try in the first minute through Etonia Vaqa Saukuru. Fairuz calmly converted the conversion to give 7 – 0 lead. Etonia scored their second try 6 minutes later with Fairuz continue his fine form.

Sarawak did not let their head down. They got back in the match as Clinton Patrick scored their first try. Christopher Joshua added to more points as Sarawak reduced the gap to 7 – 14.

It was all about Kedah after that as they added two more tries, two conversions and a penalty. Both conversions and penalty were converted by Fairuz Abdul Rahman. Etonia Vaqa Saukuru scored his third personal try on 28th minutes while Prop, Akmal Abd Hamid added Kedah fourth on the half hour mark. Kedah lead 29 – 7 in the first half.

Sarawak had a much better start in the second half. They shocked Kedah with their second try through Ikhwan Musa in the 4th minutes after the restart.

Kedah who made several changes in the early second half finally got their rhythm back after 10 minutes. They scored 4 more tries and completed two conversions. Both wingers, Mohd Hafizuddin Amin and Johari Omar Junit are on the score sheet with a try each while Etonia added his fourth try for Kedah. Fairuz also added 2 more conversions as he contributed 13 points in this match.

Kedah strolled and beat Sarawak 61 – 12 after the final whistle.

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat/ragbionline

Al-Fatihah for Fairuz Abdul Rahman

12 August 2017 – We at Ragbionline would like to show our condolence to the national player, who is also the captain of Keris Conlay and Kedah Rugby, Fairuz Abdul Rahman. His father passed away yesterday due to illness.

We did share about Fairuz’s father illness as he won the AirAsia Malaysia Rugby League Final best player back in April. His father was already struggling with Liver Cancer at that time. His dad warded for two weeks because of that.

Condolences to all the families of allahyarham. May his soul be always blessed and placed among the faithful and righteous.

Al Fatihah.

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat/ragbionline

Fairuz flair wins it for Kedah

29 July 2017 – Kedah needed to thanks to their star captain, Mohd Fairuz Abd Rahman as they beat ATM in the opening match. The expectation is high on Kedah to go all the way this season considering their great player line-up.

Playing right in front of the home crowd, that certainly lift ATM as they kept Kedah at bay through out the match. Both teams canceling out one another and show great sportsmanship as the match was played with good spirit and discipline.

ATM broke the dead lock only on the verge of the end for the first half. Shafee Burhanalis kept his composer and complete the penalty to give ATM 3 – 0 lead at the end of the half. Fairuz helped his team to level 3 minutes in the second half. Udt then added another 10 minutes later to give Kedah lead.

Yellow card for Kedah import, Etonia Vaqa Saukuru clearly changed the game landscape and open the space. ATM capitalized as Lailatul Norazlee finished great team move for the first try of the match. Mohd Azwar added 2 more points as ATM firmly in the lead, 10 – 6.

Mohd Nassrin bin Nassir yellow carded with 2 more minutes to go and that provide the besr chance for Kedah to make comeback. Fairuz keeps cool to score his third penalty for the 1 points match.

With Kedah staring at the defeat, Fairuz matched his heroic status as he completed another penalty in the dying second, and win the match for Kedah. Match ended with 12 – 10 win for Kedah.

Both teams will have to play at their best in the next group match. They will face last year champion, Perak, in their next match.

ATM will travel to Taiping next week as they will face Perak while Kedah will welcome Perak for their last group match.

Photos by : Masuti/ragbionline

Keris Conlay earned ELITE title

18 July 2017 – Keris Conlay is winning every single tournament that they join in 2017. Conlay earned their latest title as they beat Panthers Blowpipes in the final of ELITE 7s Men at MBPJ Stadium, Kelana Jaya.

Keris Conlay was in complete control in the final match and had their first try through Mohd Khariul Aimi’s try in the first minute. That came after a good work from Uesa Lesumaitahiti whose powerful run stunned the Blowpipes’ players.

Aizat Ashmer Azahar double try in the 4th and 7th minutes made sure that Conlay in total domination. Fairuz Abdul Rahman and Nor Azmi Saruman added 4 more points with two succesful conversion for Conlay to lead 19 – 0 in the first half.

Blowpipes did thir best at the start of the second half but Conlay stood tall to block the effort. In fact, Conlay added another try and conversion through Uesa with Fairuz scored Conlay third conversion in the match.

Things got worst for Blowpipes as their core player Faridzal Ismail yellow carded with one minute to go. Blowpipes however, manage to score their consolation penalty through Tubuna Ratu Peni Buketeivalu in the dying minute. Match ended with 26 – 5 win for Keris Conlay.

Keris Conlay who was lead by the national player, Fairuz Abdul Rahman, had a wonderful tournament as they were unbeaten in all 6 matches that they played. They bring back RM 3000, championship trophy and medals as the champion.

Bunga Raya Junior finished third as they overame NS Wanderers 35 – 5 in the third place match. The Under 20 national team did well to beat Wanderers who defeated them in the group match earlier.

Front Row Club who was expected to be one of the top rank team in the competition finished dissapoint fifth as they beat Singa Malaya of Singapore in the 5th/6th match. Front Row represented by numbers of Malaysia 15s players.

Another Singapore team, Singa Cubs beat ASAS RC in the 7th/8th matches.

Elite 7s Men Standing :

1. Keris Conlay
2. Panthers Blowpipes
3. Bunga Raya Junior
4. NS Wanderers
5. Front Row Club
6. Singa Malaya
7. Singa Cubs
8. ASAS RC

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat/ragbionline

Udt unsure on ELITE 7s participation.

13 July 2017 – Fairuz Abdul Rahman who is better known as Udt among Malaysia rugby fans and friends is still unsure on his participation at the ELITE 7s this coming weekend. Udt suffered an injury which limits him to just one appearance during the recent Asia Rugby Championship Division 1 in Ipoh. Malaysia went on to win the championship as they won all the three matches.

Fairuz suffered Medical Collateral Ligament Injury grade 2 as Malaysia beat the United Arab Emirates on match day 1. That injury forced him to come off with 20 minutes to go in the second half. Udt completed 3 conversions and a penalty to contribute 9 points for Malaysia in that match before the injury. Udt is still nursing the injury and still need to fulfill another appointment with the Institut Sukan Negara (ISN) to update and monitor his knee development.

Fairuz supposes to be the key player for Keris Conlay setup. He leads the team to win the AirAsia Malaysia Rugby League which lead him to win the best player in the final.

The 32 years old experience could be vital for the team. He played for 6 years in Malaysia 7s setup in the Asia Rugby 7s Series from 2008 until 2014 with another countless tournament for both national team and club within that year. Fairuz last 7s tournament was back in April where he leads SAHOCA to reach the semi-final before the were beaten by the current Malaysia 7s setup.

Keris Conlay is still one of the team to beat in the ELITE 7s as they still can field in the likes of Mohd Akmal Abd Manaf, Noor Azmi bin Saruman and Muhammad Sharil Riduan bin Effendy. Conlay is in Group A alongside Bunga Raya Junior, NS Wanderers and Singa Malaya from Singapore.

The ELITE 7s will take place at the MBPJ Stadium, Kelana Jaya with the first match for both day will start at 10.00am. You can also watch the knockout round match live at http://tvcentral.my/rugby-elite-7s-2017/

We wish Fairuz to have a speedy recovery.

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat/ragbionline

Tengkok to miss the rest of ARC

16 May 2017 – Mohd Azmir Zanul Abidin better known as Tengkok among Malaysia rugby fan will have to watch his teammate from the sideline for the rest of the Asia Rugby Championship Division 1 2017. Azmir suffered injury as early as in 7th minutes during Malaysia first match against United Arab Emirates.

Azmir will not be able to continue his journey as he suffered concussion after a collision with the United Arab Emirates player. Azmir will have to rest for 3 weeks (World Rugby law) He will be replace with Muhammad Amirul Aqil bin Kamsol who play for NS Wanderers in AirAsia Malaysia Rugby League 2017.

Azmir played an important part as Malaysia secured the tittle in the last year edition as he contributed 2 tries in the last match.

Malaysia will also have to start without Mohd Fairuz Abdul Rahman who contributed 9 points in the first match. He suffered knee injury and should be back for Malaysia crucial last match against Sri Lanka on 20th May.

Another casualty in the first match saw Muhammad Syabil Laila who came on in the last 30 minutes. He suffered leg injury. Both Fairuz and Syabil will be replace bt Wan Mohammad Asyraf and Sae Faalupega.

Malaysia will be hoping to continue their fine form as they will take on the Philippines on 17th May 2017. United Arab Emirates are hoping to bounce back from the match day one defeat. They will take on Sri Lanka in the earlier match.

Get well soon guys!

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat/ragbionline

King Conlay!

15 April 2017 – Keris Conlay have won the 2017 AirAsia Malaysia Rugby League Championship after they beat Eagles Rugby Club 15 – 12. The match that took place at Padang A, Univeristi Putra Malaysia, Serdang saw a bumper of crowd made their way to watch the season ending match.

Eagles Rugby Club dominated the opening encounter. This lead to their first try in the 8th minutes by Mohd Fikri Sawi. Conlay managed to come back in to the game as they score 2 tries and complete a conversion. Mohd Fairuz Abdul Rahman also completed a penalty from the half way line as Keris Conlay lead 15 – 5 in the first half.

Eagles scored their second try of the match 20 minutes into the second half with William Douglas Jordan Juinor Talaitana-Mu completed the conversion to close the gap to 15 – 12. Both team have their chances to add points later in the game but the score remained until the final whistle.

The championship match was officiated by Stephen Copeman from Hong Kong. He was assisted by Mohd Hafis Abdullah, Fazly Mohd Salleh, Sharizal Abdul Manaf and Supyan Md Yasin.

The match was live on RTM1. It was streamed live and watched via www.mru.org and www.ragbionline.com for those who view it online from all over the world

Keris Conlay received RM 12000 cash, championship trophy and medals as the champion while the runner up, Eagles Rugby Club brought home RM6000 and medals. The prizes were presented by Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Pandikar Amin bin Haji Mulia, the speaker of the Dewan Rakyat.

AirAsia is proud to be the main sponsor of the AirAsia Malaysia Rugby League in a partnership with the Malaysia Rugby Union. The collaboration marks the airline’s first foray into the world of rugby in an effort to further grow the sport locally while nurturing young talents.

The great match ended the season on a high. It will be interesting to see what will happen in 2018 as the League will move up to another level with the introduction of Semi-Professional league.

Photo by Kamarul Azam/ragbionline/csn

Meet Fairuz Rahman – 2017 AirAsia MRL Final best player!

4 April 2017 – It was not a surprise when the emcee announced Mohd Fairuz bin Abdul Rahman as the winner for the best player for 2017 AirAsia Malaysia Rugby League – Premier final last Saturday. The Keris Conlay captain who played as the flyhalf as well as acting as the kicker for the team has been instrumental for Conlay who went unbeaten through out the season.

In the final itself, Fairuz contributed 14 points to Keris Conlay as he converted one conversion and completed 4 penalty kicks. He used all his experience to keep calm and punished every opponents mistake by scoring from the penalty. He even amazed almost 1000 crowds when he score the penalty from a very difficult angle, which hit the post before going in.

Fairuz contributed in every single match this season. He had an average of 10 points per game for Conlay with his biggest contribution came in Conlay first game where he completed 6 conversions as well a penalty against Panthers Blowpipes. He is also the only player who scored a drop goal this season. He did that in the quarter final match against last year champion, Serdang Angels

Fairuz 2017 AirAsia Malaysia Rugby League stats.

Fairuz first joined Konlay back in 2015 and this is the first time he won both the championship as well as won the best player. He looked delighted to win it as he admit with his senior status at 32 years old, Fairuz realised that this win is the fortune for his wife and family.

However, only a few realised Fairuz tears right after the referee blowed the final whistle. Fairuz was struggling with numbers of personal problem since the beginning of 2017. The 32 years old focus was certainly not just on rugby during the first two matches as his dad was warded for two weeks. Mr Abdul Rahman was diagnosed with liver cancer. Mohd Fairuz then needed to take care of his wife who needed immediate operation as she was diagnosed with infection on her breast. She was breastfeeding their 5 months second son at that moment.

This Kodiang, Kedah born player had played at numbers of level. He started represent Malaysia in 2001 as he played for the Under 20 teams at the ARFU Under 20 in Hong Kong. Fairuz sweetest moment could be the time when he as the team captain guided the 2015 SEA Games team to win silver medal in Singapore. The list of tournaments where he represented Malaysia are as follow :

1. Commanwealth Games – 2010 New Delhi
2. Hongkong 7s – 2010
3. Asia Games – 2014 Incheon, South Korea
4. ARFU Under 20 – 2001 Hong Kong, 2002 Malaysia
5. Asia 5 Nations – 2007 Bangkok, 2009 Malaysia, 2012 Malaysia
6. IRB ranking – 2014 Bangkok
7. Sea games – 2007 Korat, Thailand dan 2015 Singapore (captain)
8. Asia 7s Series – 2008-2014

Malaysia rugby fan will be hoping to see him donning the national jersey for the upcoming Asia Rugby Championship in Ipoh this May. His great influence, calmness and discipline in the game will be vital for Malaysia.

Photo by Zainuddin Mamat/ragbionline

3 tittles in 6 finals for Conlay

1 April 2017 – Keris Conlay managed to overcome last year disappointment as they win their third tittles in six years. Conlay overcame ASAS RC in the final, 24 – 17.

The match kick off at 4.00pm at the Padang A, Universiti Putra Malaysia right after the 3/4 place match. The match was as closed as they could be as both team try to out do one another. Keris Conlay first break the deadlock in the 5th minutes Mohd Fared Yahya try. Flyhalf, Mohd Fairuz bin Abdul Rahman completed the conversion to give Conlay 7 – 0 lead. ASAS captain, Syarif Nurhidayat bin Muzhaimey reduced the gap as he scored ASAS first try 15 minutes in the match.

Keris Conlay made sure that they took every opportunity presented to them. Conlay benefit from ASAS mistake as they added 3 more points from Mohd Fairuz bin Abdul Rahman penalty in the 24th minutes to extend the 10 – 5 lead. Fairuz then complete his second penalty at the half hour mark to make it 13 – 5.

ASAS RC made sure they stay in the contention few minutes later as Kelevi Rokuva Ketereomo scored ASAS second try. Luqman Hakim added 2 more points to close the gap to one point as the first half ended 13 – 12 in favour of Keris Conlay.

Both team made changes at the beginning of the second half. Mohd Fairuz bin Abdul Rahman continued his wonderful display as he took and completed the third penalty for Keris Conlay 5 minutes into the second half. Keris Conlay produced a wonderful and well discipline performance to stop ASAS RC attack.

Etonia Vaqa Saukura extend Conlay lead with 15 minutes to go. His try made sure Conlay extend the lead ASAS RC 21 – 12 and firmly in control of the match. Winger, Muhamad Farid Abdul Rahman closed the gap with his try at the 70th minutes as they made sure they kept their chance alive.

Fourth personal penalty from Mohd Fairuz bin Abdul Rahman in the 76th minutes killed any last minute comeback from ASAS RC. Keris Conlay won the 2017 AirAsia Malaysia Rugby League as they beat ASAS RC 24 – 17.

This is Keris Conlay third tittle in six years. Keris Conlay first won back in 2013. Their second tittle came in 2015 while this 2017 came after sixth successive final. Keris Conlay received trophy, medals and RM 10000 while ASAS RC who reached the final for the first time since they was founded back in 2001 received RM 5000 and medals. Mersing Eagles who finished third after they beat UiTM Lions 25 – 24 received RM 3000 and medals. Lions received RM 1500 in fourth place.

Dato’ Seri Zulkeples Embong, CEO for the upcoming SEA Games presented the prize for all the winner.

Keris Conlay will face Eagles Rugby Club from Sandakan who win East Division on 15th April 2017 in the grand final.

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat and Ali Mufti/CSN/ragbionline