| Aziz Idris |
THE Brunei women’s Rugby players were feted at a reception hosted by British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Richard Lindsay on Wednesday night.
The team made the country proud by winning two competitive titles.
During the reception, Richard Lindsay presented the International Rugby caps to the players in a show of appreciation for winning the Labuan 10’s Rugby tournament and Batam Trophy.
Coach Jo Marshall gave a presentation on the growth of women’s rugby in Brunei.
The team is made up of 12 players; 11 Bruneians and one player from the British Garrison, a manager, coach, assistant coach and medic from the British Garrison.
They had hosted and participated in the Asia Women’s Rugby Sevens Trophy at Panaga Club in Kuala Belait on October 20, 2018.
The tournament, held for the first time in Brunei, gained recognition and officially kick-started women’s contact rugby in the Sultanate.
Ten women’s rugby teams from around Asia competed for the trophy namely host country Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Guam, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Nepal and Uzbekistan.
In his remarks, the British High Commissioner said, “Rugby is more than just a sport, it’s about teamwork and celebrating one another’s successes. It enables us to meet new friends and fellow fans from different backgrounds.
“We welcomed almost half a million international rugby fans to England for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.”
Meanwhile, coach Marshall, said, “The team played incredibly well and their skill level and commitment were commented on by some of the larger teams.”
Rugby is played and loved by people in over 100 countries, especially in the UK, where the game was invented in 1823.
It also presented opportunities for business; the 2015 Rugby World Cup brought GBP2.3 billion to the UK economy. UK’s expertise in hosting and delivering major sporting events is sold and shared worldwide having hosted the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, the Netball World Cup and the Open, along with Wimbledon, the Ashes, the British Grand Prix and Premier League football this year.