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 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 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.”
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.