KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Dineshwaran Krishnan has been signed up to play for professional side Yamaha Jubilo in the Japanese Rugby League.
Dinesh thus becomes only the second Malaysian to play in a professional rugby league abroad. Marc Le was the first, having played for Marist St Pats in New Zealand and then Ricoh Black Rams in Japan.
Datuk Amiruddin Embi, the president of the Malaysian Rugby Union (MRU), was pleased with Dineshwaran’s achievement.
“I hope this will spur our other players to play abroad,” said Amiruddin, who was recenty appointed the chef-de-mission for the SEA Games in Myanmar in December.
Meanwhile, Malaysia will host the HSBC Rugby Asian Five Nations (Division Two and Division Three) at the MBPJ Stadium in Kelana Jaya from June 4-8.
Malaysia will be playing in Division Two alongside Singapore, Iran and newly-promoted India.
China, Guam, Indonesia and Qatar are the teams playing in Division Three.