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Monday August 26, 2013 MYT 4:47:00 PM
Monday August 26, 2013 MYT 4:49:01 PM
by shamshul fitri
Malaysia Rugby Union president Datuk Wira Amiruddin Embi (second from left), RFU secretary general operations manager Ross Mitchell (third from right) and Malaysia Sevens Team manager Fahmy Jalil (centre) sharing a light moment with the players during the HSBC Asian Rugby Sevens Series press conference at the Royale Bintang Hotel, Petaling Jaya. Looking on is team coach Yusli Ramli (right).
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will face a stern test to finish in the top four of the Malaysia Sevens rugby tournament from Aug 31-Sept 1 at the MBPJ Stadium here.
Malaysia are drawn with China and South Korea in Group B.
The tournament, which was previously held in Kota Kinabalu and known as the Borneo Sevens, is the first of four tournaments in the HSBC Asian Sevens Series.
Coach Yusli Ramli is aware of the task his side will face, but he remains upbeat about the progress his charges have made especially after a series of matches in their tour of Perth last month.
“We all know what China and South Korea are capable of and they will be difficult to handle. We will try our best to achieve our target of getting into the top four,” he said.
The tournament is important for the team as only the top four finishers are guaranteed a spot in the HSBC Hong Kong Sevens in March next year. In last year’s Borneo Sevens, Malaysia finished 10th.
Asian juggernauts Hong Kong are pitted in Group A alongside Thailand and Singapore while Taiwan, the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates are in Group C. Defending champions Japan, Sri Lanka and Kazakhstan make up Group D.
Malaysian Rugby Union (MRU) president Datuk Wira Amiruddin Embi has full confidence in the national team, saying their stint in Perth was a success.
“I think the team are better prepared than last year. I have full confidence that they will do well in the tournament,” he said.
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