KOTA KINABALU – The Borneo Sevens Rugby Tournament 2015 – The Greenest Sevens in the World will be held at Eagles Rugby Club in Sandakan on the 27th February until 1st March this year.
According to the Organising Chairman, Velayuthan Tan the three-day tournament will feature 34 teams which include local and international teams from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Japan, Singapore, Tonga, Samoa, Hong Kong, Papua New Guines, Cook Islands, Thailand, China, Sri Lanka, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia.
Velayuthan who is also the President of Sabah Rugby Union said that Sabah will be represented by two teams, the ERC Borneo Eagles and the elite local players of Sabah Eagles. He said this to the reporters during the media launch of the Borneo Sevens 2015 at Grandis Hotel, here today.
“The tournament will give opportunity for the local teams to test and prove themselves against well-established opponents.
“The prospect is to benchmark with an international field and learn how to fortify their (local teams) strenghts and overcome their drawbacks,” he said.
Apart from the Asia Pacific Cross-Regional Sevens, the tournament will also comprise 6 teams Under-16 boys. The teams were selected from the best teams throughout Sabah and these local juniors will face against several overseas teams.
The media launch was officiated by Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Masiung Banah who represented the Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan.
In his speech, Tawfiq praised Sabah Rugby Union and the Eagles Rugby Club for putting an effort in realising an important tournament in Sabah.
“Sabah Rugby Union has truly set a very high benchmark in the field of sports development that will inspire others.
“I hope that rugby enthusiasts in the state will come and support our elite player throughout this tournament,” he said.
A total of US$39,200 of prizes awaits for the winning team with the Cup Champions will receive US$12,500 in men’s division and US$5,000 for women’s division; while the Plate Champions will receive US$2,000 for men’s division and US$1,000 for women. The Bowl Champions will receive US$500. The winners will also receive trophies and souvenirs. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah