Archive for June, 2012

24
Jun
12

Press Release for U20 Sevens and A5N Fifteen Squad

We thank the support of our sponsors, partners, players, and everyone who made this possible. The U20 Boys are now playing in Johor Bahru, Malaysia for the ARFU U20 Sevens Championship while the A5N squad will be off this Sunday to Phnom Penh, Cambodia for the HSBC A5N Division 5 Tournament.

We give thanks to Total E&P Borneo B.V., Halliburton, QoS, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports for helping our teams to go partake for our big year in Brunei Rugby.

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“These are exciting times for Brunei rugby players with the National Senior Brunei Rugby Football Union (BRFU), squad competing in the 15 a-side Division 5 of the Asian 5Nations Championships (A5N) in Cambodia and the BRFU National U20 7 a-side squad competing in the Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU) U20 7’s Championships in Malaysia from 22nd to 25th June.”

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“BRFU is very grateful to Total E&P Borneo B.V., Halliburton, QoS, Ministry of Education and Ministry of culture Youth and Sports for their extremely generous support which has ensured the U20’s participation in their championships and that the National Senior Squad’s preparations for A5N have been better than ever.”

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“Brunei resumes its quest to become A5N Division 5 Champions after a one year hiatus when BRFU took up ARFU’s offer to use the funding earmarked for participation in A5N for development of the game in Brunei instead. This has proved an excellent decision as with additional funds from BRFU’s partners; Total E&P Borneo B.V., Halliburton, QoS, Ministry of Education and Ministry of culture Youth and Sports, BRFU has introduced a systematic youth development programme into a number of local schools supported by the Ministry of Education’s Co-Curricular Department and teachers from the Centre for British Teachers (CfBT) who have given freely of their time to coach the youngsters and supported a rugby Fun Day in March which marked the beginning of the formation of the U20 7’s squad. This funding has also enabled BRFU to successfully run its domestic league and international 7 a-side squads over the past year.”

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“The BRFU squad leaves for Phnom Penh on Sunday 24th of June to resume old rivalries against their hosts Cambodia on 26th June and Laos on 28th June before returning to Brunei on 29th June. The squad has been training hard for the last few of weeks and are determined to achieve a clean sweep after beating Cambodia but losing to a Laos team containing a number of experienced expatriate players forming the spine of their team in the last encounter between the two sides two years ago. Under International Rugby board regulations players are eligible to play for the country in which they live as long as they have completed three years residence. However, wherever possible it is BRFU’s policy to select native Bruneians and the Brunei squad only contains players who qualify by residence.”

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At the same time as the Brunei senior squad embark on their adventure, the U20’s 7’s squad will be playing in the “ARFU U20 7’s Championship in Johor Baru, Malaysia.  Competing against squads from many of Asia’s leading rugby nations including Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Chinese Taipei, China, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand and Uzbekistan, the Brunei boys hope to give a good account of themselves in what will be a steep learning curve in top Asian international rugby. The squad has made significant progress since they started training in early April. However it seems that one fly in the ointment may be that despite the excellent support the MOE in the national cause in releasing Mr Hans Hickey who has been coaching the squad voluntarily in his free time,”

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“BRFU believes the co-operation and support of the Ministries of Education and Culture Youth and Sport for BRFU’s programme together with the financial support of BRFU’s commercial partners Total E&P Borneo B.V., Halliburton and QoS and the technical support of Ministry of Education and Ministry of culture Youth and Sports have marked a new chapter in the development of  rugby in Brunei and provided a model for the government and private sector to continue to work together to grow and progress the sport in Brunei in the future. In the meantime,

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!”

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U20 7s team

  1. Castello anak Frederick Selos
  2. Jack Francis Pullan
  3. Christopher James Abraham
  4. Muhammad Hafez Haslen
  5. Md Azizan b Hj Zainal Abidin
  6. Md Aliuddin bin Awang Timbang
  7. Md Asanuddin bin Awang Timbang
  8. Benjamin James Goy
  9. Foliga Mondia
  10. Muhd Fahmi Hanafi bin Hj Mamit
  11. Mohammad Faris Izuddin bin Dr Hj Supry
  12. Muhammad bin Hj Kamit
  13. Muhd Farhan bin Hamdani
  14. Owen Martin (Manager)
  15. Johannas Hickey (Head Coach)
  16. Allan Robertson (Physio)

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Brunei XV Squad

  1. Iqbal Dato Haji Selamat
  2. Hj Mohd Azmiee Hj Mohd Sunnylai
  3. Reynold Anak Balaja
  4. Lim Chee Chang
  5. Awangku Mohammad Naqiuddin bin Pengiran Mohammad Ali
  6. Muhammad Redha bin Haji Adinin
  7. Muhd Ali Nuurul Saffuan bin Muhd Ali
  8. Md Azahar bin Hj Timbang
  9. Muhammad Ziyad bin Haji Ramlee
  10. Petrus Anak Tuan
  11. Hj Muhd Firdaus Hj Razali
  12. Halil Wakiyuddin bin Kamis
  13. Ronny Anak Tarang
  14. Mohammad Isa bin Haji Mohamad
  15. Lim Shen Quan
  16. Syahwal Nizam bin Haji Yani
  17. Awg Muhd Arif bin Awg Hashim
  18. Mike Potii Faatahe
  19. Abdul Halim bin Ali
  20. Mohd Khairul Anuar bin Awang Hj Matusin
  21. Tajul Barakat bin Haji Abd. Latip
  22. Augustin Asson Anak Mulok
  23. Muhammad Fahmi bin Mahusin
  24. Awangku Muhammad Mu’izuddin bin Pengiran Ismail
  25. Ainol Razman bin Mohd Ghazaly (Manager)
  26. Julian Edward Penstone (Head Coach)
  27. Muhammad Khalil Hazazi bin Abdul Latif (Asst Manager)
10
Jun
12

Darussalam Cup 2012 Final: KB Pythons 26 Bandar Blacks 20

Thus ends the Brunei Senior League Rugby Tournament of 2012 with the KB Pythons emerging Champions of the Darussalam Cup again in the spectacular final! The Bandar Blacks come in 2nd Place while the UBD Sharks came in 3rd Placing. We thank everyone for supporting Rugby here in Brunei.

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To comment on this year’s rugby, despite having 3 Clubs participating, we saw how each of them are readily eager to win the Cup this year. From the ferocious display of Rugby playing from the Blacks, the Sharks progressing with iron will, and the Pythons, despite rough beginnings, did not surrender. This is one tournament to remember in the following years.

But it does not stop here. Our boys are probably either resting up after 12 weeks of hard competition or training early to be ready for the next tournaments to come.

Our National Squads will now be readying themselves for their upcoming tournaments with the U20 Squad leaving for Johor Bahru to partake in the ARFU sevens while the Senior National Team will leave for the HSBC A5N Division 5 Tournament in Phnom Penh. We wish them luck!

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See more photos of the Finals at faiqairudin.com, Courtesy of Faiq Airudin HERE:

http://faiqairudin.com/b/final-bslrt-2012-kb-pythons-26-vs-bandar-blacks-20/

Read it in the Borneo Bulletin HERE:

http://www.brudirect.com/index.php/Local-Sport-News/kb-pythons-lift-darussalam-cup.html

Read it in the Brunei Times HERE:

http://www.bt.com.bn/sports-national/2012/06/10/pythons-keep-their-crown

Support Rugby at its finest, read it here in Brunei Rugby Online.

10
Jun
12

Rugby Roadshow @ Belapan Stadium

Kids are the future rugby. Rugby, to most, is a great lesson to learn in building character. It carries values like respect, integrity, and discipline that one would say in most rugby players today. The Rugby Roadshow last saturday is a step for the Union to show these kids how Rugby is not only a fun sport, but a sport that will teach them almost everything to be ready for.

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10
Jun
12

Expanding Horizons

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The Union announced a Press Release last Friday on the upcoming Darussalam Cup Finals which hosted the KB Pythons against the Bandar Blacks and a brief overview of the plan for the BRFU to progress in the future. This includes the plan to register Brunei as a member of the IRB which will bring great prospects in the development of the sport here at home.

Read the article in the Borneo Bulletin here: http://www.brudirect.com/index.php/Local-Sport-News/brunei-rugby-expands-horizon.html 

Fellow rugby players and supporters may take interest in

05
Jun
12

Brunei Senior Rugby League Tournament 2012: FINAL & Rugby Roadshow

Update your schedules because The Finals of this year’s Brunei Senior League Tournament will happen this Saturday on the 9th of June!

But that is not all, because take part in BRFU’s Rugby Roadshow starting at 2pm on the same day and learn why we love rugby!

Learn rugby, watch rugby, what a way to spend the afternoon. Hear it here in Brunei Rugby Online.