Another boost on the way

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THE Malaysian rugby scene could see a change for the bet­ter as some­thing in­ter­est­ing is brewing fol­low­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tion with New Zealand Rugby (NZR), Rugby Foot­ball Union (RFU) and In­ter­na­tional Rugby Academy of New Zealand (IRANZ).

This was re­vealed by Malaysia Rugby Union (MRU) pres­i­dent Datuk Shahrul Za­man Yahya when asked about Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din’s work visit to New Zealand last month which saw him in­di­cate a col­lab­o­ra­tion in the mak­ing with NZR and IRANZ on his Twit­ter page.

“There’s a pos­si­ble part­ner­ship, pos­si­ble col­lab­o­ra­tion which we are try­ing to fi­nalise but it’s best that he (Khairy) an­nounces be­cause it’s al­most fi­nalised.

“It will be a mix­ture of NRDP (Na­tional Rugby De­vel­op­ment Plan) and for the high per­for­mance — the na­tional team .”

Shahrul added that the mission to qual­ify for the Rugby World Cup in 2019 is al­ready on the way with the men’s team set to de­fend their Asian Rugby Cham­pi­onship Di­vi­sion One ti­tle.

For the Sea Games in Au­gust, MRU, who have put the gold medal as the tar­get for the men’s rugby sev­ens team, will make the fi­nal cut­off list of play­ers in July.

“They are con­tin­u­ing prepa­ra­tions af­ter they won the Langkawi Sev­ens (beat Sa­hoca Reds 26-21), and are now mak­ing prepa­ra­tions to go for train­ing in Auck­land.

“They will be there for about 11 days and the tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor of the men’s sev­ens, who is one of the All Blacks Sev­ens coaches (Ed­win Cocker), will help fine tune the team.”

De­spite half the team be­ing in­jured af­ter the Bor­neo Sev­ens in San­dakan last March, Shahrul is op­ti­mistic the team will bring home the gold.

“The team are look­ing well, now it’s just a mat­ter of how to im­prove on cer­tain fi­nal de­tails — es­pe­cially the psy­cho­log­i­cal part.”

At the 2015 Sea Games in Sin­ga­pore, Malaysia won sil­ver af­ter they were de­feated by the Philip­pines Vol­ca­noes 24-7. Farah Azharie

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