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Tuesday September 3, 2013 MYT 9:54:13 PM
by r. patrick
Checking out the 50th Jonah Jones Rugby Sevens trophy (from left): Technical director Raimi Yusoff, tournament chairman Richard Dutton and convener Geoff Siddle.
KUALA LUMPUR: Cobra have played down their chances in the 50th Jonah Jones Rugby Sevens, to be held at the Royal Selangor Club (RSC) this weekend, preferring instead to focus on developing their younger players.
The 2009 champions will compete in the Super League division (for professionals and semi-pros) with defending champions Sabah Eagles RC, NS Wanderers, Keris Conlay and the Bandaraya Dragons.
And Cobra, who will miss the services of five national players – Syahir Asraf Rosli, Mohd Amin Jamaluddin, Mohd Hafiizh Zainal, Mohd Faiz Samsukhadir and Mohd Safwan Abdullah – have instead set their eyes on the colts division (Under-21).
“We’ll try our best although we won’t have five of our players who are in the national team,” said team manager Syairul Nizam Nordin.
“We’ll focus more on the colts division because the tournament is all about developing rugby and letting the younger players have a go at it.
“Still, it’s not a bad thing because the competition is more balanced and every team in the Super League stand a 50-50 chance.”
The five Super League teams will compete in a round-robin format, with the top two teams moving into the Cup final while the third- and fourth-placed teams will go into the Plate final.
A total of 50 teams will compete in the five categories – Super League, club (teams without professional players), colts, heavyweights (over 35-years-old) and women.
“We received more than 60 entries but can only allow 50 to compete,” said RSC rugby convenor Geoff Siddle Tuesday at the draw ceremony, which was conducted by members of the media.
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