Stronger foreign flavour to spice up Agong’s Cup rugby tourney

  • Rugby
  • Friday, 04 Oct 2019

Malaysian Rugby Union president Datuk Wira Amiruddin Embi [left] presenting the Malaysia's team jersey to the team captain, Zulkiflee Azmi [right] after the Asian Seven Series -Malaysia 7's 2014 Rugby Competition press confrence at Mandarin Court. Looking on is the team manager, Fahmy Abd Jalil [centre]. AZMAN GHANI / The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Teams have been allowed to field at least four foreign stars to add spice to the 37th edition of the Agong’s Cup rugby tournament.

The tournament, which offers a total prize money of RM45,000, begins tomorrow at different venues throughout Malaysia.

Last year, each team were only allowed to register two foreign players.

Tournament director Fahmy Jalil (pic) said: “We’ve increased the number of foreign players to make it more exciting. A team will have four but only three are allowed to play in a match.”

A total of 16 teams will feature in the six-week tournament and they are divided into four groups.

Last year’s runners-up Kelantan, Kedah, Johor and Terengganu are drawn in the Premier Division while teams in Division One are Perak, Negri Sembilan, Armed Forces and Kuala Lumpur.

Seven teams will feature in Division Two - Putrajaya, Melaka, Selangor and Pahang (Group A) and Penang, Perlis and Police (Group B).

Defending champions Sabah are the only team registered in the Borneo Division and have been allowed to qualify directly for the quarter-finals in the absence of Sarawak and Labuan.

In the final last year, Sabah edged Kelantan 47-45.

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