The men and women’s teams of the Phnom Penh Social Rugby Club (popularly known as Rahus) will engage in international friendly matches against a visiting team from the United States next week.
The Rahus, according to PPSRC communications manager Luc Guillot, will play Weredragons Rugby this coming Jan 22 at the International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP).
The Weredragons Rugby is a rugby team from Chicago. The team is currently on their annual trip to Indochina, where they will also visit and play friendly matches against Hanoi DHL 10s in Vietnam and Vientiane DHL 10s in neighbouring Laos.
The game between the Shining Rahus and men’s team of Weredragons Rugby will commence at 7:30pm, while the Sparkling Rahus will face their female counterparts from Weredragons Rugby starting at 8pm.
Guillot said the spectators will be treated to exciting and action-packed games. The Shining Rahus, according to him, will compete in the usual 15-aside format, while Sparkling will play under the 10-aside format.
“Both the men and women’s teams will battle it out on the field at ISPP in what promises to be a physical and challenging encounter,” he said. “The Weredragons will certainly be a tough team to beat.”
The Rahus teams, according to Guillot, are composed of both local and international players, including players from, England, France, South Africa, New Zealand, US, as well as players from the South Pacific country of Fiji.
England, France, South Africa, New Zealand and Fiji are among the global powerhouses in rugby, a highly-physical sport that requires speed, toughness and tenacity.
“So, you can expect a fast and free flowing style of rugby which should create a thrilling match to watch. This game will be a great opportunity to test the women and men’s squads as we prepare for the 2020 season,” he said.
“Not only that, it is also a way to meet new people and experience the joy of rugby with the rugby family of Phnom Penh,” he added.
The games, Guillot said, will be followed by a barbecue party prepared by Dan’s meat and Fuzzy Logic. He said they would like to thank their sponsors, including MIA Financial, Samai Distillery, Fuzzy Logic, Dan’s Meat, Mad and Duplex.
To prepare for the matches, the Rahus teams have been practising at the BKK field on Street 380.
Four months ago, Rahus faced another US team, the Valley Kangaroos of Seattle, in friendly matches.
The PPSRC was created five years ago to promote rugby in Cambodia and gather expats and local players who desire to play the sport in Phnom Penh. The team conducts practice sessions at the BKK field (Chea Sim Boeung Keng Kang High School) every Tuesday and Thursday. For the next two years, the PPSRC has chosen to support the Khmer Sight Foundation, a private organisation dedicated to providing free eye surgery in remote areas of Cambodia.
The last few years, saw rugby becoming more well-known in Cambodia, a development aided by the presence of a large expat population in many parts of the country.
Rugby tournaments have become a regular fixture particularly in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. The Cambodia 10’s Social Rugby and Champion Nation Rugby’s 7 were among the notable rugby events held last year.