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Sarawak cycling coach Dzulkaflee Hassan revealed to The Borneo Post that he's pursuing to unearth 30 cyclists with the potential to participate in the state cycling team.

"We need to start now so that we can get the new riders for competitive exposures. The more riders we unearth and discover, the better," he said.

Dzulkaflee mentioned that he wants to prepare his cylists for the 2014 Sukma in Perlis and the Sukma 2016, hosted in Sarawak. Sukma is so important to him that he also wants his cyclists to make it their goal as well.

"For the talent scouting, first of all we will start in Sematan (SMK Sematan). We will then move on to other divisions such as Miri, Bintulu, Sibu, Sarikei and Sri Aman," he added.

In another development, the current state cycling team will fly to Bandung, Indonesia for mountain bike practice sessions, and to improve their training. They are scheduled to train there in March next year.

"We specifically choose Bandung as our training location as many cycling champions go there to train. They can do it if they do their best."

"Bandung is also famous for being a place that produces many good cycling talents," he said.

Apart from preparation for Sukma, the Sarawak Cycling Association (PBS) will also conduct a coaching course here next month. The aim of the course is to produce more cycling coaches in the country.

In turn, those who attend the course will be certified as coaches approved by the Malaysia
Cycling Association (PBM).

Hong Kong triumph at Borneo Sevens

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Hong Kong won the Borneo Sevens title on Sunday, beating Japan 31-28 in the second of two ranking events in the ARFU Asian Rugby Sevens Series, giving them momentum heading into the Asian Games in Guangzhou on 21-23 November.

Korea won the first ranking event, the Shanghai Sevens in September, and both sides will head to the Asian Games in China later this month buoyed by their performances, having also qualified to play at the 2011 Hong Kong Sevens.

The top six teams after the two ranking events win a prestigious ticket to the event next March and in a repeat of last year's final, Hong Kong took revenge on defending champions Japan to win the Borneo leg of the Asian Rugby Seven Series at the Likas Stadium in rainy conditions.

Hong Kong took an early lead when Jamie Hood broke free for a try but Japan answered almost immediately to level the scores. Both sides scored again before the end of the first half, but a missed conversion from Hong Kong's second try meant Japan led 14-12 at the break.

Three early tries in the second half, with two courtesy of prop Kwok Kah Chun, gave Hong Kong an unassailable 31-14 lead. Although Japan came back strongly in the dying minutes, it was a case of too little, too late as Hong Kong held on for the victory.

"Japan is a difficult team to defeat and it was a great win for us, especially as we head towards the Asian Games. This team has been together for over a year and it's quite possibly the best squad we have ever had," said a jubilant Hong Kong coach Dai Rees.
"It is especially nice to win in Borneo, Malaysia, which I believe is one of the best venues on the circuit."

Read more on the IRB Official Website...

25 July, 2010

The KK Sharks RFC are the 2010 Labuan 10's Cup Champions. In a hard-fought final the Tanjung Aru-based rugby club overcame a strong University Technology Mara (Sabah Campus) side. While the conventional 15-a-side version of the sport is the most well known, rugby 10's (also known as ten-a-side rugby) is a variant of the game that is thriving in Malaysia.

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Saturday's event was the 9th edition of this annual tournament, which is one of the biggest tournaments in the East Malaysian rugby calendar, and it took place in Labuan at the LDA padang, located near to the Financial Park.

The KK Sharks faced stiff competition from the beginning being drawn in the same group as the Sabah Eagles, one of Malaysia's strongest teams.

However, they emerged from the "group of death" in first place and earned the right to go into the Cup stage full of confidence. The first Cup semi-final pitted defending champions UiTM Sabah against the SEAHAWKS (Royal Malaysian Airforce) from West Malaysia. UiTM emerged victorious. In the second Cup semi-final saw Tawau Rugby Club take on the KK Sharks. It was a scrappy game but the Sharks were too strong for Tawau. The well-organised KK Sharks defence pressurised the Tawau team and led to an interception try for KK Sharks captain Azrul Apo. Another late try by the Shark's captain sealed the win.

In the final UiTM and the KK Sharks - quite evenly matched teams - went head-to-head in an intense battle. In the first half the Sharks struck first and took a 12 -0 lead with tries by Philip Simon and Zoolhisharm Zulkarnain. In the second half the UiTM Sabah team pulled back with a converted try to make it 12 - 7 which setup a grandstand finish. However the KK Sharks held on to capture their first ever Labuan 10's trophy.

The next big event on the local rugby calendar is the SRU President's Cup, a 15-a-side rugby competition to decide who will be the 2010 Sabah Champions.

UPCOMING RUGBY EVENTS

Event : 'GILBERT' SRU President's Cup
Date : Dates have been differed until further notice
Venue : TBC

Event : Agung's Cup
Date : Dates have been differed until further notice
Venue : TBC

Event : SRU Charity Dinner
Date : 7th August, 2010 (Saturday)
Venue : TBC

Event : Jonah Jones 7s
Date : 25th & 26th September, 2010
Venue : Royal Selangor Club, Selangor D.E

Event : BARAM Trophy
Date : November, 2010
Venue : Miri
Organiser : Miri Rugby Union

Event : Miri 7s
Date : October, 2010
Venue : Miri, Sarawak

Event : Borneo 7s
Date : 30th & 31st October, 2010
Venue : Likas Sports Complex, KK

Event : Cobra 10s
Date : 14th & 15th November, 2010
Venue : Padang Utara, PJ.

Event : KK Sharks Tour
Date 11th to 15th November, 2010
Plan ~ Friendly match btwn KK Sharks n Cobra Stingers
Date ~ 12th November, 2010 (Friday)
Time ~ 5.00pm
Veue ~ Padang Utara, PJ
~ attending the Cobra 10s tournament.

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