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by aftar singh
Roni Abdul Wahab (centre), HSBC managing director, head of Global Banking, presenting the mock cheque for RM250,00 sponsorship to Tan Sri Krishnan Tan (left) and Tommy Pereira, Cobra president and the tournament's deputy organising chairman, at the press conference at Armada Hotel, Petaling Jaya, on Oct 29, 2013.
KUALA LUMPUR: The First New Zealand Brigade Commanders team, who won the HSBC Cobra 10s rugby tournament for a record 11 times, will be making a return to the tournament after a lapse of 25 years.
They last won the tournament in 1988.
Tan Sri Krishnan Tan, chairman of the organising committee, said that it would be interesting to see the Kiwi team, which was once based in Singapore, back in the fold after more than two decades.
“They were once a powerhouse in the tournament and their presence will make the tournament more competitive and exciting,” said Krishnan.
A total of 16 teams comprising 10 foreign clubs and six local teams will feature in the 44th edition of the Cobra 10s, which will be held at the MBPJ Stadium in Kelana Jaya on Nov 9 and 10.
Among the top teams featuring in the tournament are former champions Penguins International Rugby Club of Britain and defending champions Davetalevu of Fiji, who won the Borneo International Club Sevens in Sandakan on Sunday.
Five new teams will be making their debut in the tournament – Global Lions and Fiji Auckland (both from New Zealand), Cambodia, Sibu Selection, and Kota Kinabalu Sharks.
Krishnan said that Cambodia will be represented by expatriates and it would be interesting to see how well they cope in the tournament.
The other local teams to compete in the meet are five-time champions Combine Old Boys Rugby Association (Cobra), Borneo Eagles, NS Wanderers and Keris Conlay.
Cobra, who last won the tournament in 2008, lost to Davetalevu 38-5 in the final last year.
Cobra will again be trained by Kiwi coaches Duncan Robertson and Jeff Matheson. They will be powered by eight Kiwis, two Fijians and four local players for the tournament next weekend.
HSBC is the main title sponsor for the ninth consecutive year since 2005. This year’s sponsorship amounts to RM250,000,
Krishnan said that there is no entrance fee and they hope for a full house.
“About 1,000 schoolchildren around Malaysia will also get the chance to watch high quality matches for two days,” said Krishnan.
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rugby, Cobra, First New Zealand Brigade Commanders, Cobra 10s, Krishnan Tan
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