The Brunei Darussalam national men’s rugby team in a group photo at the Brunei International Airport before leaving for Jakarta, Indonesia to participate in the Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy. – FADHIL YUNUS
BY Fadhil Yunus
THE Brunei Darussalam national men’s rugby team left the country on Friday to take part in the Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy in Jakarta, Indonesia. The competition will be held at the GBK Rugby Field in Senayan from 10th to 11th August 2019.
Brunei have been pooled in Group ‘C’ alongside Singapore and India. Other countries taking part are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Guam, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Qatar, Uzbekistan and Thailand.
The Brunei Darussalam team comprised 12 players – Hadi Safwan bin Haji Isa, Adilah Thane, Poh Chai Sui, Awangku Muhd Daniel Mu’izzadin Shah, Shen Quan Lim, Zahirul Ghazi Jomari, Muhammad Amirul Salihin Jufri, Muhammad Faadhli bin Haji Rosli, Mohammad Amir Maizauddin bin Haji Abdul Maizan, Muhammad Syazwan Masri, Mohd Azahar bin Timbang and Awangku Muhd Ammaraniq Dhiyauddin bin Pengiran Omarali.
The Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy is the second tier of the sevens rugby nations in Asia.
The winners of both the men’s and women’s competitions will qualify for the Asia Rugby Sevens Series which features the elite teams from Asia.
Malaysia have been dropped into the Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy after finishing last in the Asia Rugby Sevens Series last year. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been promoted to the Asia Rugby Sevens Series after winning the previous edition of the Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy held in Singapore.
The Brunei team, making their second participation following their first appearance in Singapore last year, have trained for five to six months in preparation for the continental meet.
“We have been training for five to six months. We haven’t seen much about India but it will be a new challenge for us,” said team manager Ron Junior Philip in an interview with the Weekend Bulletin on Friday.
“We’ll see what we can do in the group stage. Our goal is usually to win but we will have a hard challenge ahead of us. We will try to break through the barrier and see what we can do with the new squad.”
The team manager added that the team comprised new and old players from the previous year, and that the players mainly represent local clubs from Sharks and Knights.
Malaysia highlighted that Singapore will be one of the strong teams in the competition and when asked about his thoughts, Ron Junior said, “Singapore and India will be a big challenge for us. Singapore will try to bring something good this year after a not good result last year, so this year we will try our best to keep the fight against them.”
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin