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Time to write history in Namibia

12 July 2018 – Malaysia 7s team finally arrived at Swakopmund, Namibia, as they will take, will compete in the FISU World University Championship Rugby 7s. This is Malaysia 8th participation in the game where their journey in Swansea 2016 cut short in the group stage.

The players, as well as the management, need to quickly recover after enduring more than 24 hours of travelling. They took the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Namibia via transit in Doha as well as spending overnight in St. Johannesburg, South Africa before the last flight to Walvis Bay Airport in Namibia which in total took more than 24 hours of journey. They also need to adapt the African heat during the daylight as they will be playing the group game in the afternoon.

Malaysia 7s University

Malaysia will open the campaign against fellow Asia nation, Sri Lanka. They will then end the second day with the match against Colombia. The host, Namibia, will be the last match in Pool A as Malaysia is scheduled to face them on the second day.

The full squad with the team manager, Zyruidi Majid

The top 8 team will advance to the quarter-final and Zyruidi Majid is optimistic with Malaysia chance “We are aiming to create a new story and qualify to the quarter-final. We never reach the next round and base on the draw, each team have an equal chance to advance.”

FISU World University Rugby Sevens Championship 2018

Malaysia team line up in the opening ceremony last night

Jahangir Khan also admits that they need to adapt quickly. “The heat is a bit different from what we have back in Malaysia. We can feel the heat but at the same time, the wind is so cold as the location sit next to Antartic Sea. The temperature at night could drop down to 21 degrees Celsius.”

The tournament features the number of rugby powerhouse such as France and Argentina in Pool B while South Africa and Australia will face one another in Pool C.

Good rehearse for Namibia

24 June 2018 – Malaysia University Rugby 7s team had a good rehearsal in the 4 teams friendly match yesterday. The game took place at the Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School.

The team who only have less than one month to prepare for the FISU 2018 World University Rugby Sevens Championship did well as they won one out of 3 matches. They only lost to the Malaysia national team by two tries. This team beat Singapore 7s team 24 – 7 in the opening match. They, however, were shocked by the young Singapore team as they were beaten 12 – 17 by the Singapore U20 team in the last match.

The 12 players were selected after their performance in the previous MASUM. International Islamic University Malaysia (IiUM) who won the tournament has 5 players in the team while University Putra Malaysia (UPM) have 4 representatives. University Teknologi MARA completes the 12 men squad with another 3 players.

The players and management :

HOD – Dr.Hanafiah Bin Ayob
Manager – Muhammad Zyuraidi Abd Majid (UPM)
Coach – Khairul Azhar Bin Shaarani (IIUM)

1. Faat Hor Rozi Bin Ismail (UPM) – Vice Captain
2. Nur Azri bin Azmi (UPM)
3. Muhammad Faizal Md Tahir (UPM)
4. Muhammad Azizul Hakim Bin Che Oon(UPM)
5. Mohamad Sofian Bin Mohamad Kamil (UiTM) – Team Captain
6. Muhammad Hezry Muhammad Anis(UiTM)
7. Joseph Gordon (UiTM)
8. Jahangir Khan Majith Khan (IIUM)
9. Mohd Khairi B. Radzi (IIUM)
10. Mohammad Mirza B. Zam Zam (IIUM)
11. Mohammad B. Mohd Nilam(IIUM)
12. Harith Izzuddin B. Zali (IIUM)

There are tons of quality and experience in these 12 players with team captain, Sofian Kamil, Faat Hor Rozi and Mirza Zam Zam played for Malaysia University team in 2016 Swansea edition. Sofian Kamil also represented Malaysia 15s team in the recent Asia Rugby Championship 2018. Nur Azri was part of the SEA Games team while Faizal Md Tahir and Azizol Hakim played for Malaysia in the Asia Sevens Series. Harith Izzuddin also represented Malaysia in the age group level. Mohammad bin Mohd Nilam who shine in the 2017 NAZA National 7s Series with the most number of tries, also received the call-up.

The team had the first phase of training session form 6 – 8 June 2018. They returned to the training camp on 20th June after the Aidilfitri brake. The team will have to make sure they gained their fitness as that was certainly the issue in the last match where they lost to Singapore Under 20 team after two outstanding performance before that.

They will fly to Namibia on the 9th July 2018 with the tournament set to take place from 12 – 14 July at Swakopmund, Namibia. Malaysia is in group A alongside Sri Lanka, Namibia, and Colombia.

Photos by Fauzi Saim/CSN for Ragbionline

Back to the field

20 June 2018 – Malaysia 7s team cut their holiday short and continue their training at the Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang today. The team is preparing for the upcoming 2018 Asia Game in Indonesia later this year.

18 players reported for duty including two new faces, Muhd Safiy bin Mohd Said and Nur Azmi Saruman. They replace Muhammad A’aziem Badaruddin who withdrew due to personal reason as well as Sabahan born Badrul Muktee who did not have the permission from his employee.

The team will head south on the 23rd as they will take part in the 4 ways friendly match. They will face two teams from Singapore, as well as the Malaysia University team. The matches will take place at the Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School.

They are hoping to reach their peak during the Asia Games in Indonesia after gained so much experience in the recent 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast last April.

Malaysia 7s team is also set to compete in 2 local tournaments later next month.

We want to score points

10 April 2018 – The Malaysia head coach, Saizul Hafifi remained optimist of his team chances to shine in Gold Coast. 4 days before the kickoff, Saizul is hopeful of his players to play their best rugby during the ongoing 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

The national team is in Pool A alongside the South Africa, Scotland and Papua New Guinee. All the other 3 teams are very strong considering they are competing in the HSBC Sevens World Series. South Africa is having a wonderful year and leading the World Sevens Series while Scotland is at 9th at the moment with Papua New Guinee on 16th place with 6 points.

It will be an uphill task for the national team to beat any of them, especially South Africa. “We want to score some points against all 3 teams in the group. We will make sure the points margin is small” shared Saizul Hafifi. Malaysia scored 1 try against Papua New Guinee back in 2014 when the two teams met in the 2014 Scotland Commonwealth Games.

The 12 players in Gold Coast are in top condition and should be ready to give their best shot in the tournament. Only the team captain, Zulkiflee Azmi, and Zharif Affandi have the experience playing in the Commonwealth Games as they are part of the 2014 squad. Another 10 players are living in their dream to play against some of the top team in the rugby 7s world.

Malaysia best finish in Commonwealth Games was back in 1998 in Kuala Lumpur as the team reached Plate semi-final. Malaysia won 3 out of 17 matches played since the sport was introduced back in 1998. 2018 will be the 5th time Malaysia qualified to play as the team only missed out 2006 edition, also in Australia.

The rugby 7s standard in Commonwealth Games is so high considering there are 10 teams who are the core team in the HSBC Rugby Sevens Series will compete in Gold Coast. South Africa will be one of the team to look for other than the host, Australia will fight for gold. The inform team, Fiji who just win the 2018 Hong Kong Sevens should also be the contender for the gold medal.

Only the top team will advance to the semi-final while the pool runner-up will move into the qualification round to determine the 5th to 8th rank.

Follow the Malaysia 7s journey on our web as we will bring the latest update on the match result via this link.

Commonwealth Games

Malaysia will open the campaign against South Africa on 14th April before they end the Pool match against Papua New Guinee.

Photos courtesy of Saizul Hafifi

National 7s in numbers

9 April 2018 – Two weeks after a successful 7s Series Finale in Ipoh, we look back at some of the statistics from all the first ever Malaysia 7s Series. Here is some fact about the tournament based on the numbers.

0 – Both Perak and Terengganu were unbeaten throughout the series. They did not suffer a single loss.

0 – Sabah Women U21 did not let a single points pass them in all 5 matches as they win the Women Under 21 category. Solid

1 – Only 1 penalty try awarded throughout the series, to PDRM

2 – 2 red card was shown in the entire series and both came on the last day of the series.

3 – Kedah Women and Terengganu Women met in the final match for all 3 series. Terengganu has the perfect 100% win record in those matches.

4 – Terengganu and Perak won 4 titles each. Terengganu took home the Women Open (2 times) and Women categories with the addition of Men Qualifiers trophy. Dominant Perak swept all the Men Core title which lead them to win the overall championship.

5 – Mohamed Mohamad Nilam recorded the most try in a single game with 5 tries

6 – Teams competed in 6 different categories. Women Under 21 was organized for the first time in Ipoh.

14 – 2 14 years old ruggers took part in the 3rd series with JOSIE Mavcellina A/K Gone who played for Sarawak Women U21 being the youngest player in the series. She was born in October 2003.

16 – 16 yellow cards shown to women ruggers in the Women Open category.

18 – Mohamed Mohamad Nilam recorded the most try in the series with 18, although he only played in 2 series.

32 – Fairuz Abdul Rahman completed 32 conversions in all 3 series.

36 – Aki Loh Nong Sim was the oldest player in the series. The 36 years old was still going strong as she helped Terengganu with 2 tries and 5 conversions.

48 – 48 teams took part in the series. They represented all 14 states in Malaysia with the addition of PDRM and ATM.

71 – 71 yellow cards were shown to the player by the match officials.

83 – Abbygale Rayone recorded the most point for Women.

114 – 114 players contributed at least 2 points for their team in the Under 21 Men category.

133 – Faizal Mat Tahir recorded the highest point after all the 3 series with 133 points.

201 – There were 201 matches took place in all 3 series.

634 – All the 3 series saw 634 players played for their respective team.

96 980 – We recorded 96980 views for the live streaming over the 3 series.

800 096 – Malaysia rugby fans watch the Naza 7s Series for 800 096 minutes via our live channel.

Check out your favorite player performance on all 3 series via these links.

Men Core – Players stats

Women Open – Players stats

Series 1 Melaka – Match info

Series 2 Johor – Match info

Series 3 Perak – Match info

*Please note that there might be errors as we did the observation manually through out the series.

Photos by Fauzi Saim for Ragbionline.com

Hibiscus head South

21 February 2018 – Malaysia 15s team will continue their preparation for the upcoming Asia Rugby Championship as they head South for their next test match. The Hibiscus will face Johor Selection this weekend.

The match is scheduled to take place at the Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School on Saturday, 24th February. The match will kick off at 4.30pm.

Johor Selection will be consist of players who play in the club all over Johor. This will also be the first task for Josevata Marawa Bola from Fiji who arrived in Johor earlier this month. This is not the first time Josevata in Malaysia as he played for NS Wanderers 10 years ago.

The Hibiscus will be hoping to continue their preparation with a good run. They beat KL Tigers in 2 test matches before this. Malaysia overcame KL Tiger 36 – 5 in the first ever match that took place at Bukit Jalil National Stadium

Malaysia will continue their preparation with gym session at the National Sports Institue (ISN) as well as the team training at the Universiti Putra Malaysia.

The team will be set to depart to SSTMI from Kuala Lumpur on Friday afternoon.

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat

Lions roared to first ever Gold medal

10 February 2018 – UiTM Lions matched the pre-tournament prediction as they win the first ever Gold medal in SUKIPT 2018 Women Rugby 7s. The team represented by numbers of current and previous national players overcame Universiti Putra Malaysia in the final.

UPM Ladies Angels previously shocked UiTM Simba in the group stage to advance to the knockout round. That win shocked everyone who expected UiTM Lions to stroll until the final.

Lions as the pool champion, did not face any trouble in the semi-final. They overcame Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 38 – 0, scoring 6 tries in the process. UPM also had an impressive semi-final match. They got better of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris 17 – 0.

Universiti Teknologi MARA shifted into another gear for their final match. They dominated the match from the early encounter and did not let UPM play their game.

Match experience and fitness were certainly the difference between the two finalists. UiTM with 6 players who used and current national players, was way too good for UPM. Rozliana Ridwan, Henrietta David and Euphrasia Anne Cralis who were in the bronze medal squad during the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games played magnificently in the final. Rozliana scored 1 while Henrietta provided two tries for UiTM while the 4th try produce by Sherron David. Eupharasia Anne’s pace also caused trouble to the opponent as her run opened the gap for her teammate.

Other notable national players in UiTM are Abbygale Rayone Michael Lojinggu who played for Malaysia in 2015 Singapore SEA Games, Wan Noor Shafiqa Mohd Radza (MALAYSIA SEA 7s) as well as Divine Juvinol who represented Malaysia U20 in Hong Kong.

Universiti Teknologi MARA beat Universiti Putra Malaysia 24 – 0 to win the first-ever gold in SUKIPT Women Rugby 7s.

8 teams took part in the first-ever women category in the SUKIPT, a good sign of women participation in the rugby. The tournament took place at the Padang A, Universiti Putra Malaysia

The 3 days SUKIPT 2018 Rugby 7s was broadcast live through RagbionlineTV youtube channel.

The full match result: http://ragbionline.com/tournament/sukipt-women/

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat

Mustang defeated Angels for Gold

9 February 2018 – International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) produced one of their finest display and produced the comeback of the tournament in the final match. They overcame hot favourite, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in the gold medal match of the 2018 SUKIPT Rugby 7s.

IIUM, better known as Mustang, was the underdog with everyone expected star-studded UPM Angels to take the gold. Things started so well for Angels with total domination in the first 5 minutes of the match. They scored 2 tries as well as a conversion to comfortably lead 12 – 0. Two yellow cards for Angels opened up space for Mustang as they scored their first try through Muhammad Hakimie Badrul Hisham at the end of the first half. Mustang captain, Jahangir Khan Majith Khan added 2 more points as they close the gap.

Angels managed to put the team together back and scored their third try at the start of the second half. National player, Siddiq Jalil used all his experience as he powered through Mustang defensive line. Angels lead Mustang 17 – 7 after Siddiq failed to complete the conversion.

Mustang who lost one of their key player, Muhammad Mirza as early as in the first match because of the ankle strain, did not back down. Another quick attacking display lead by the player of the tournament, Muhammad Mohamed Nilam saw Muhammad Khairi scored Mustang second try. Mustang closed the gap to the 3 points game as Jahangir completed his second conversion.

Khairul Azhar Saarani boys kept going and were rewarded with the third try. From deep inside their own half, right after the final siren, Mustang produced the last try of the match. Muhammad Khairi became Mustang hero as he scored the try which reward IIUM first ever gold in rugby. Mustang defeated Angels 19 – 17.

The win for IIUM over UPM is certainly a good sign for Malaysia rugby as that shows other IPT started a good rugby program to compete with UPM who was in total domination before this. IIUM started their preparation since December 2017 at their main campus in Gombak. They faced problem in having a complete squad since two of their team members are still studying at the IIUM Kuantan and IIUM Gambang. They also took their training session to Batu Caves, FRIM as well as Lake Garden in order to create strong bonding among members.

27 teams took part in the men rugby 7s which took place at the Padang A, Universiti Putra Malaysia

The three days tournament was broadcast live on RagbionlineTV youtube channel.

Full match result : http://ragbionline.com/tournament/sukipt-women/

Photos by : Zainuddin Mamat

‘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


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.




Full test match schedule