Schools rugby gets a big boost

The tournament has become a well-established platform in the schools rugby calendar.

THE ongoing Super Six Schools Rugby 15s tournament, which entered its fourth edition earlier this month, has expanded to include eight teams from a new separate league (Ragbi Perdana).

With the return of Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) as the main sponsor of the Under-17 tournament, the new format will now see two leagues — Super Six and Ragbi Perdana — run concurrently before culminating with the Malaysia Airports Chairman’s Challenge Trophy playoffs.

The previous Super Six teams are Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman; Malay College Kuala Kangsar; SM Sains Hulu Selangor; SM Sains Selangor; Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah; and Sekolah Dato’ Abdul Razak.

The second league, which was created to provide opportunities for more schools to participate, includes teams from SMK Sultan Yussuf; SMK Victoria Institution; Kolej Vokasional Batu Pahat; SM Sains Johor; SM Sains Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah; SM Sains Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah; SMK Tinggi Klang; and Kolej Vokasional Shah Alam.

Only the top three teams from the Super Six league and the Ragbi Perdana league champion will qualify for the four spots in the Malaysia Airports Chairman’s Challenge Trophy. The leagues, which kicked off on April 1, is set to end this week ahead of the playoffs on May 6 and the finals on May 13 at the International Islamic University in Gombak.

The tournament is aimed at supporting school rugby by organising a 15s tournament among the best rugby playing schools in Malaysia due to a lack of 15s competitions outside the biennial Milo-Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) tournament.

MAHB corporate communications general manager Nik Anis Nik Zakaria said, “Over the years, we have always focused our CSR initiatives that promote education for leadership building in students as part of our contribution to the nation. Sports is one such area that inculcates values such as determination to succeed and effort in teamwork — values essential to a good leader. This is why Malaysia Airports returned as the main sponsor for the tournament,” she said.

“To date, approximately 50% of the players in the Super Six tournament over the course of three years have made it to the state and national level. In fact, Super Six has produced one of the best rugby players in Malaysia — A’aziem Badarudin, who is currently playing for Malaysia’s 7s team,” Nik Anis added.

Tournament director Noor Helmi Nong Hadzmi said, “The tournament has become a well-established platform in the schools rugby calendar and we’re excited to welcome players — both new and returning — to this year’s edition. We are proud to have loyal teams that have been participating in the tournament since its inception, which is testament to its success.”

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