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Published: Tuesday December 3, 2013 MYT 12:05:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday December 3, 2013 MYT 12:07:28 AM

Malaysia rugby team qualify for Commonwealth Games

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian rugby team have qualified for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games next year after a strong performance in the HSBC Asian Sevens Series recently.

In the Division Two competition of the series, which was held at the MBPJ Stadium in Kelana Jaya in June, Malaysia finished as runners-up behind Singapore.

Malaysia Rugby Union (MRU) president Datuk Wira Amiruddin Embi said that the Commonwealth Games Federation had just informed them of the qualification.

“It is good news to us and, besides the Commonwealth Games, we are also looking forward to the Asian Games in Incheon next year, where it will also be a Sevens format,” said Amiruddin at a press conference for the Agong Cup yesterday.

Defending champions Kelantan remain favourites to lift the Agong Cup trophy this year although Negri Sembilan are expected to give them a run for their money.

Kelantan won two of their Group A matches beating Malacca 158-0 and Perak (20-12) while last year’s runner-up Negri went undefeated in Group B after beating Selangor 20-3, Police 57-14 and Pahang 32-15 in the group matches.

The quarter-finals of the competition begins on Dec 10 while the semi-final will be on Dec 12. The final will be held on Dec 15.

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