KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Rugby Union (MRU) have received a huge boost with the signing of a RM1mil five-year sponsorship deal with telecommunication newcomer Clixster Mobile.
“This sponsorship will help promote the national players not only as icons for Clixster Mobile, but also role models to the younger generation and to further promote the sport,” said MRU president Datuk Wira Amiruddin Embi.
“Promoting rugby, considered a non-core sport by many compared to football, hockey or badminton, is a challenge but with the collaboration of our sponsors I believe more development programmes can be organised at school and tertiary levels. This will ensure that the national team will have a continuous supply of top-notch players.”
The national team became the Plate champions in the recent HSBC Asia 7s in Kuala Lumpur and were promoted to the top division, where Thailand are their main rivals.
Amiruddin said the MRU’s focus is to improve the national team’s standard in the 7s tournament.
“More quality tournaments are upcoming, like the 5-nations, Asia 7s, Olympics and the MRU Super 7s.
“But the main problem that the national team face is the lack of a good stadium and a home ground. Right now we have to share the pitch in Bukit Jalil with the national football team, who are seen as more important,” he said.