PETALING JAYA: Malaysian rugby players will have a better platform to turn professional, thanks to Playaz Syndicate – the first rugby player agency in Malaysia.
The Playaz Syndicate will identify, groom and manage local talents who have the potential to play professionally abroad.
The organisation was started by five rugby enthusiasts – former All Black and Super Rugby champion Brad Mika, Malaysia’s very own professional player Dinesvaran Krishnan, former players Khairul Syazwan and Haflil Feisol – who serves as a legal advisor – as well as rugby host and commentator Syed Mohd Latif Syed Abdul Rahim, better known as Rod among the Malaysian rugby fraternity.
Latif said the aim was not just to secure professional contracts for players under their wings but they would also seek scholarship opportunities to train and study abroad.
“We have 13 players with us now and we are planning to add more.
“We are looking to get the numbers to gain traction,” said Latif.
“We are also looking to have our players to play in the lower divisions in Australia and England and also a selected group for the Japan market.
“As a sports agency, we will also manage the players from a commercial perspective and advise them in regards to legal matters. Planning for life after rugby is also a priority for us.
“We believe exposing them to the different brands and playing styles of rugby around the world will help them develop and mature as players.
“This will ultimately be beneficial for Malaysian rugby as knowledge transfer will occur when these players return home.”
Playaz Syndicate also received a boost for their initiative after a local brand of high-performance products Lila Movetech came on board to sponsor some of their players.
Lila Movetech has produced several award-winning products including the multi-patented Lila Exogen wearable resistance technology which is used by Paris St German, the New Zealand All Blacks, England Rugby and China Olympic Council.