8 April 2019 – A week into the national team training camp, Mohamad Faris Bin Pead optimist to compete for a place in Brad Mika’s line up. The youngster received the call-up to join the national squad after his impressive display with Terengganu during the 2018 Agong Cup as well as when he guided UiTM Lions to reach the semi-final of 2019 Malaysia Rugby League.
The 22 years old did not hold back his joy when we asked about his experience so far with the national team.
“It is always my target to play for the national team in any rugby tournament. To be selected to the 15s preliminary squad is like a dream come true for me”, shared Payed.
The Pasir Mas, Kelantan born flyhalf is also delighted to work with one of his national idol, Syahir Asraf. Both of them played in the same position as Faris will make sure he learns one or two tricks from the idol. The two already work together as they were part of the UiTM Lions team during the 2019 Malaysia Rugby League, replacing one another during the tournament.
The new management team and trainer saw Faris ticked another box in his bucket list. He was dreaming to be coach by Brad Mika and this call up made that a reality.
“I always wanted to be coach by someone as great as Brad Mika. He is someone who put discipline as the priority. The first week was really good for me as Brad make sure each session was as effective as it can be.”
Faris started his love to the game early and his talent in rugby made him selected to represent Kelantan at the national level when he was 12. His journey in rugby, however, was stopped for about 3 years as he chose to play football in his first 3 years at Malay College Kuala Kangsar. He only return to rugby as he was in form 4. The call-up to the national team proved that he made the right decision to switch the sport.
Malaysia will compete in the Asia Rugby Championship Premier for the second straight season with Brad Mika is expected to introduce numbers of young players in his squad. Faris is one of them alongside Sameer Sani Surinder, Samuel Rentap.