COMBINED Old Boys Rugby Association (Cobra), despite the prevailing economic situation, have decided to organise the HSBC- Cobra 10s at the Jalan Utara ground in Petaling Jaya on Nov 14 and 15.
Cobra president Datuk Krishnan Tan said the economic situation had affected sponsorship contributions.
“But we are committed towards continuing the tradition started about 40 years ago.
“Considering that the event is a highlight of the Malaysian rugby calendar, Cobra decided to go ahead and organise the 10s.
“We are grateful to HSBC for joining us as the main sponsor for the fifth consecutive year. We are confident that the 10s will be an exciting and interesting affair,’’ said Krishnan at the sponsorship presentation ceremony.
The other sponsors are IJM Corporation and Carlsberg.
HSBC Bank Malaysia Global Banking managing director Malachy McAllister said their support was in line with the financial institution’s initiatives for sports development programmes.
“I was able to witness the 10s last year and it was an interesting atmosphere,’’ said McAllister.
A total of 16 teams, including six foreign teams, will be battling for the coveted Hui Weng Choon Trophy.
After the preliminary rounds, the top two teams from each group will advance to the quarter-finals for the Cup competition while the third and fourth placed teams will contest in the Plate category.
Cobra are the defending champions. In the final last year, Cobra defeated New Zealand’s North Harbour 12-5.
Group A: Penguins International, Sabah Eagles, ASAS, KRFC
Group B: NS Wanderers, NNK, RSC, Terengganu
Group C: Borneo Eagles, Swanbourne Nomads, Indian RU, JLJ
Group D: Cobra, Royal Thai Navy, FARS, Kedah RU