30 players for Hibiscus
9 December 2017 – The Malaysia Rugby Union has released the 30 players list in the Hibiscus program. This special program is the preparation for the upcoming Asia Rugby Championship Premier in April and May 2018.
They already had their first and second training phase a few months back. Their focus for that phase was on the strength and conditioning. That session took place at the Institut Sukan Negara (ISN) under the guidance of ISN staff.
The 30 players list :
1. Amirul bin Sani (Kedah/Prop)
2. Mohd Syahmi Afiq bin Edan (Perak/Lock)
3. Amirul Mukminin bin Amizan (Kedah/Hooker)
4. Muhamad Amirul Aqil bin Kamsol (Sabah/Fullback)
5. Mohd Farid bin Sujari (ATM/Prop)
6. Syarif Nurhidayat bin Muzhaimey(Perak/Flangker)
7. Mohamad Aiman bin Jamaludin (ATM/Winger)
8. Mohd Nurazman bin Ramli (Trengganu/Hooker)
9. Muhamad Alif bin Al Hafiz(Trengganu/Prop)
10. Etonia Vaqa Saukuru (Keris Conlay/No 8)
11. Samuela Tamanisau (Front Row Club/Center)
12. Sae Magele Faalupega (Polis/Flanker)
13. Mohd Azmir bin Zainul Abidin (NS Wanderers/Winger)
14. Muhammad Amin bin Jamaluddin (Perlis/Flanker)
15. Mohd Syahir Asraf bin Rosli (Kelantan/Fly Half)
16. Muhammad Azim bin Nasri(Kedah/Prop)
17. Mohammad Rosmanizam bin Roslan (JRU/Scrum half)
18. Mohamad Safwan bin Abdullah (Perak/Flanker)
19. Nas Affie bin Mohd Salleh(JRU/Prop,hooker)
20. Muhammad Danial bin Noor Hamidi(N.S/Flanker)
21. Lawrence Petrus (UPM/Prop)
22. Mohamad Sofian bin Mohd Kamil(Perak/Flanker)
23. Muhammad Nabil Amirul bin Rizan(N.S./Prop)
24. Lokman Hakim(Winger)
25. Hamizan bin Rosli(ATM, Lock)
26. Avien Azreen bin Perman(Trengganu/Prop)
27. Muhamad Syabil bin Laila (Kedah/Prop)
28. Mohd Edzuan Manan (JRU/FlyHalf – Scrumhalf)
29. Wan Mohammad Asyraf bin Narudin (JRU/Winger)
30. Mohammad Syarif Saiful Aazwan bin Sudin (Trengganu/Flanker)
Malaysia will be having their first ever test match on this program this Saturday. They will take on the local club, KL Tigers on 9th December 2017 at Bellamy, TUDM. The match is scheduled to start at 4.00pm.
Mohd Syahir Asraf bin Rosli is expected to retain his place as the national team captain. He played magnificently in all 3 matches as Malaysia won all the matches against Sri Lanka, Philippines, and the United Arab Emirates last April.
Lee Nyuk Fah also keeps his place as the head coach of the team and he retains most of the successful coaching team for 2018.
Malaysia will have to take their game to another level if they wish to compete and beat Hong Kong and South Korea next year. Only the top team will advance as they will compete in repechage tournament for a sole spot in the 2019 Japan World Cup.
Photos by Zainuddin Mamat