Burly Lawrence heads Down Under for rugby action

  • Rugby
  • Saturday, 01 Feb 2020

National forward Lawrence Petrus will play in the Western Australia Rugby League in April.

KUALA LUMPUR: National forward Lawrence Petrus has received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in the Western Australia Rugby League in April.

The 25-year-old, who will represent University of Western Australia, is the first Malaysian to feature in the league.

The Tawau-born Kadazan will leave to Perth by the end of February to join the club for training and is expected to play in 18 matches.

His trip is made possible with the help of his personal manager Khairul Shazwan.

Lawrence, who played for Malaysia in the last two editions of the Premier Asia Rugby Championship, is excited.

“I’m honoured to play in one of the top level rugby leagues in the world,” said the burly player, who weighs 120kg and stands at 178cm.

“I hope to play as many matches as possible as I want to gain as much experience as I can.”

He hopes to pave the way for other Malaysians to follow suit.

“I hope to do well in the league, and hopefully, it will encourage more youngsters from my home state Sabah and other Malaysians to follow in my footsteps to play Down Under.

“I love this sport because it teaches one to be disciplined and I enjoy the team work too,” said Lawrence, who took up rugby at the age of 16.

In 2013, he played for Bintulu Rugby Club before joining Sabah Osca Warrior a year later.

Lawrence holds a degree in environmental science and technology from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). He has played for UPM Serdang Angles in domestic competitions from 2015 to 2019.

He also played for Sabah in the Agong’s Cup for three years before joining Terengganu last year.

With him in the team, Terengganu emerged as the champions for the first time in the Agong’s Cup by defeating five-time winners Sabah 26-24 in the final in Serdang last year.

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