Wednesday, July 9, 2014

RUGBY: Tried and tested for Games

National coach Yusli Ramli and manager Fahmy Jalil will stick to a tried and tested lineup for the team’s campaign at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games this month.

There were no real surprises in the final 12-man squad released by the Malaysian Rugby Union yesterday with Cobra stalwarts Syahir Asraf Rosli, Amin Jamaluddin and Hafiizh Zainal set to form the backbone of the team and Kiwi-based Marc Le and Saizul Hafiz Md Noor (SSTMI) adding experience.

Talented youngsters Anwarul Hafiz Ahmad (Lions), Danial Noor Hamidi (NS Wanderers) and Zharif Affandi Mohd Zahib’s (Serdang Angels) consistent performances this season have also seen them rewarded with a place in the side.

Yusli said the players were selected on merit with the main criteria being fitness, form and commitment.

“All the boys selected were part of the team that won at the Singapore (Domestic Club Sevens) recently and are in good shape,” said Yusli.

“We have a good mix of experience and youth for this tournament. I am happy with our form now but we need to keep improving ourselves mentally.

“I admit there are other talented players out there but as far as we (team management) are concerned, these boys have the right combination of fitness, form and commitment.

“A lot of Malaysian players are not able to give their commitment to playing in the national side.
“There is not much we can do about that as they have other priorities such as their studies and work.”
A few notable names that missed the cut include Angels duo Nazreen Fitri Nasruddin and Anwarrul Aswad Ahmad, Faiz Samsukhidir (Cobra) as well as Fairuz Ab Rahman (Kedah) who captained the squad last season.

The team will leave for Scotland on July 22 and are set to play friendlies against Kenya and Cook Island before the tournament starts at the Ibrox Stadium on July 26.

The Commonwealth Games squad: Syahir Asraf Rosli, Amin Jamaluddin and Hafiizh Zainal (all Cobra), Saizul Hafiz Md Noor (SSTMI), Anwarul Hafiz Ahmad (Lions), Faridzal Ismail (Keris Conlay), Izwan Abu Bakar, Danial Noor Hamidi (both NS Wanderers), Nazuridin Abd Latiff, Zharif Affandi Mohd Zahib’s, Zulkiflee Azmi (Serdang Angels), Marc Le (Wellington).

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