BUKIT JALIL: The national rugby Sevens team could see naturalised faces in the future if the Malaysian Rugby Union (MRU) get their way.MRU president Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya is tinkering with the idea of roping in foreign players to beef up the national team and allow them to get Malaysian citizenship.
At the last year’s SEA Games, Malaysia took home silver by winning four matches out of five to finish second behind hosts the Philippines in the league.
The top two teams made it to the final, and the Philippines powered by naturalised players dethroned Malaysia with a devastating 16-0 score.
“We are figuring out the right mechanism that will take us to where we need.
“We want our team to do well beyond the SEA Games, ” said Shahrul after a post mortem held to discuss the team’s outing at the SEA Games in Bukit Jalil yesterday.
“We were outmatched by the Philippines because they had their strength in their non-local players but we do not want it to be an excuse.
“We have the potential and there are great opportunities out there but we need to bring our players out of the local scene and expose them to the global level.
“We can start by bringing rugby players from overseas into our country by giving them scholarships to study in our local or private universities as a step to build our team.
“This would allow the youngsters to be more exposed and perhaps strengthen our team.”
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