Jerudong International School (JIS) and Brunei Rugby Football Union (BRFU) successfully organized the first Match Official Course at JIS on the 7th September 2012.
The course was conducted by Mr. Matthew Oakley, a qualified Rugby Educator from the International Rugby Board (iRB). Twelve participants attended the course, and are now qualified to become iRB Level 1 Match Officials.
Mr. Oakley is also here to audit BRFU application to become an Associate Member of iRB. “We have been the member of Asian Rugby Football Union, the regional body for rugby, and now we believe we are ready to become a member of iRB, the world governing body of Rugby” explained Dr. Haji Kamaruddin bin Dato’ Paduka Haji Talib.
“Rugby is growing in Brunei, we need more match officials to officiate school and club matches in our domestic league. With this course, we have increase the number of match officials from 2 to 12, which is a good sign.” He added. BRFU is committed in its mission to promote rugby in a big way, working towards its 10 year long term development plan.
It has established smart partnership programmes with Total E&P Borneo B.V, Halliburton, QoS, Baiduri Bank, Anti Narcotics Bureau CfBT and Pusat Ehsan. “We would like to add a more Smart Partnership Programmes with other organizations, our next discussion will be with JIS. We want rugby players in Brunei to be Champions and role models in Brunei Darussalam. We will work very hard to implement our aim” said the BRFU President.