Tag: Malaysia Rugby League

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

Bukit Jalil fantasy turns reality

5 February 2018 – People are still talking about Malaysia vs KL Tigers match, days after that first ever rugby match was played in the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. It was a fantasy for the Malaysia rugby fan to see the sport being played in the majestic stadium. That turned reality thanks to the effort of Malaysia Rugby Union as well as to the Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin.

Malaysia, as expected, overcame local club KL Tigers in that match. The 34 – 5 scoreline did not reflect the through fight shown by KL Tigers with Malaysia needed 15 minutes to settle down before the breakthrough. Vatimi Kenatole wrote his name in the record book as the first ever player to make the try in Bukit Jalil National Stadium.

Amirul Aqil Kamsol had a good day in the office as he converted two conversions as well as a penalty for Malaysia in the first half. Malaysia had their second try in the match through Timoci Vunimoku. Hibiscus, with Amirul Sani as the team captain, comfortably lead Tigers 17 – 0 at the end of the first half.

Lawrence Petrus, Aiman Jamaluddin, and Amin Jamaluddin added 3 more tries for Malaysia as the second half resume. The AirAsia MRL MVP, Fairuz Rahman also wrote his name in the record book as he scored the third conversion for Malaysia. Malaysia made numbers of changes as Lee Nyuk Fah tried to let as many Malaysia players experience playing in that large stadium. That changes, however, made Malaysia lost their momentum and let KL Tigers come back into the game.

The Tigers gave their last effort in the match. The finally scored their only try of the match in the last play. Referee, Mohd Ramadhan Nik Abdullah blew the final whistle as Malaysia recorded the first ever win on Bukit Jalil National Stadium soil. 6000 rugby fans attended the game as Malaysia beat KL Tigers 34 – 5.

Malaysia will face South Korea and Hong Kong in April in the Asia Rugby Championship Premier at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat/ragbionline

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.

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 Rugby League to start late 2018

27 October 2017 – Malaysia Rugby fans will have to wait longer next year to watch their favorite club in action next year. They will have to wait up until the second half of 2018 for the beginning of the league. Numbers of reasons with the super pack and busy schedule expected in 2018 which lead to this decision.

The Union’s decision to push the league back to July clearly show the intention of providing enough time for the national 15s team for prepare for 4 very important matches. Those matches are the home and away leg in 3 sides battle between Malaysia, Hong Kong, and South Korea which is scheduled for April to June. If we finish top in that Asia Rugby Championship Premier, Malaysia will face Oceania Winner at the end of June and July, in the quest to qualify for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.

The National 15s team already started their first phase of training this week. Malaysian are hoping for the team to do well after the recent success in the ARC Division 1 as well as the 7s team who win the Gold and Bronze during the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

The 2018 schedule also means that the league will avoid playing during the Ramadhan. The first week of Malaysia Rugby League will start on 7 July 2017 and it is expected to end on 19 August 2017. Keris Conlay who dominate and win their 3rd league title in 6 years will be hoping the retain the title comes August 19th.

SEMASHUR lifted both Zealord titles.

24 October 2017 – The tournament host, Sekolah Menengah Sains Hulu Selangor won both titles during the SEMASHUR Zealord 10s Rugby. The tournament which took place at SEMASHUR field saw 16 teams took part in each category. SEMASHUR certainly did not want to let their home crowds down. They showed great teamwork and excellent determination which saw them dominate each match in the tournament since day one.

Both SEMASHUR Under 13 and Under 14 teams cruised since the first day in the group stage. The Under 13 team did not let even a try passed them during the group stage. They showed domination with 33 – 0 over BASIS, 48 – 0 win over SMSAH and wrap out their group stage in style with 38 – 0 win over Sekolah Berasrama Penuh Integrasi Jempol.

The Under 14 matched their junior record. They recorded 17 – 0 over SERATAS in the very first match of the tournament before continuing their excellent form with 15 – 0 win over STJ. They ended they group match with another scintillating= display over KL Saracens.

The two teams recorded 19 – 0 on their respective opponent during the cup/plate quarter-final stage. Under 13 beat SSAAS while their senior overcame INTERGOM.

They continue their dominance in the Cup Semi Final. The Under 13 beat Sekolah Dato’ Abdul Razak 22 – 0 while the Under 14 smashed SASER 34 – 0 in their semifinal match.

Sekolah Tuanku Jaafar was no match for the SEMASHUR Under 13. They ran out 19 – 0 win over STJ which also means that the Under 13 team did not concede a single try throughout the tournament. This great achievement was also helped by MUHAMMAD ZAFRAN NAIM B. MAZLAN who the best backline title while their captain, MOHAMAD DANIAL HAIKAL B. AB. KADIR won the best overall player award.

Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah gave their all but they unable to stop the host from in the final. Two tries in each half put SEMASHUR in the commanding lead. SAS only have the chance to play their best rugby at the very last minute of the match which resulting in a try but it was a little too late. SEMASHUR became the double champion with 10 – 7 win over SAS. WAN MOOHD AFIQ BIN WAN ZUL won the best forward while ADAM FAIQ BIN KAMARULZAMAN won the overall best player for the Under 14 tournament.

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

Awesome Asyraf, distinguished debut

18 May 2017 – Malaysia rugby fan was on alert after the first match of Asia Rugby Championship Division 1 in Ipoh on Sunday when last year hero, Mohd Azmir stretchered off due to injury. As the saying, One’s man lost is another man’s gain, Wan Mohammad Asyraf received his chance to be in the first 15 for Malaysia second match against Philippines.

One his first cap for the national squad, the 23 years old from Jerantut slotted into his favourite position, as a winger by Lee Nyuk Fah. Asyraf day could turn from great to exceptional as everyone thought he scored Malaysia first try in the first 10 minutes of the game before the referee, Taku Otsuki from Japan dragged the match back due to earlier fault in the build up.

The product of Sekolah Berasrama Penuh Integrasi Kuantan (INTEK), Pahang scored 8 points from 2 penalties and a conversion. He played the full 80 minutes in the match against Philippines. His good kick as well as well time run from the backline caught the attention of Malaysia rugby fan.

Asyraf started playing rugby at INTEK before he continue playing for Jerantut Rainforest RC. He further his study at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Skudai and used that chance to play for UTM Pirates. Asyraf played an important role in Mersing Eagles outstanding run up until the semi final of AirAsia Malaysia Rugby League where they finish third.

With Dan Carter as his idol, Asyraf certainly hope to continue his carrier and contribute to Malaysia. He has a very high hope on be part of Malaysia team and want to be part of history making Malaysia to qualify to Japan Rugby World Cup in 2019.

Asyraf could not believe when he received the news about his call-up to the national team. Another great player who played well in the second match, Muhd Nur Ikhwan Nordin, Syarif Nurhidayat Muzhaimey and Mohd Farid Sujari as well as Asyraf himself are among new faces to play for Malaysia.

Asyraf good performance on match day 2 should be enough for him to keep his place in the first 15 for the 3rd and last match. Malaysia will take on Sri Lanka in the last and ‘final’ match which will decide the tittle winner.

That match is schedule to start at 4.00pm Malaysia time, right after the United Arab Emirates vs Philippines match. All the match will be broadcast live on Astro Arena. Fans can also watch the match on streaming via rugbypass.com while those outside Asia can also watch the match live on Asia Rugby Facebook page (Japan excluded).

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat/ragbionline

Malaysia flying to Perth

18 April 2017 – Week after the final of 2017 AirAsia Malaysia Rugby Championship, Malaysia national team will be flying to Perth, Australia as the part of the preparation for the upcoming Asia Rugby Championship. Most of the players gathered are in the best possible condition as they played in the league since February.

Malaysia will be flying to Perth on 19th April 2017 from KLIA 2. They are having their daily training at the COBRA Club as well as at the Padang Utara, Petaling Jaya before their flight to Australia.

The team is under Mr. Raimi Yusof management. Mr. Lee Nyuk Fah is acting as the head coach with the assist from Mr. Hamrizal Hamdan and Mr. Jude.

Numbers of familiar faces make it to the team such as Mohd Farid Sujari of Mersing Eagles, COBRA, Mohd Syahir Asyraf and Dineswaran a/l Krishna who is currently play for Yamaha Jubilo in Japan.

The national team will be having a week of intensive training in Perth. Other than that, they will be having friendly match against Emerging Force Selection XV.

Malaysia will be the host for the upcoming Asia Rugby Championship – Division 1. They will be up against the United Arab Emirates, Philippine, and Sri Lanka. The matches will be held at Padang Ipoh, in Perak.

The first match for Malaysia at the Asia Rugby Championship – Division 1 will be on 14th May as they will take on UAE. Malaysia will play the last match of the ARC on 20th as they will play Sri Lanka as the last match in that championship.

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat/ragbionline

Women turn to gain experience in Australia.

18 April 2017 – Malaysia 7’s women showed significant improvement recently in the build up to the upcoming SEA Games 2017. They played well during the South East Asia 7’s which ended on Sunday as they finish fourth.

The women will be flying to Australia this May as they are looking to further improve the performance. They will be having intensive training as well as playing numbers of friendly match in Melbourne. They will fly on 1st May and will be flying back on 16th.

This will be the next part of preparation for the upcoming 2017 South East Asia Games which will be held in Kuala Lumpur later this year.

This is the third national team to fly in Australia. Malaysia 7’s Men took part in the City of Cockburn Invitational 7’s earlier this year while the Malaysia 15’s Men are going to Perth on the 19th as part of the preparation for the upcoming Asia Rugby Championship in Ipoh this May.

The team is having medical check up as well as fitness test at the moment. They are having their daily training at Padang Utara, Petaling Jaya before departing to Australia.