Ten different teams will be competing in the upcoming Champion Nation Rugby’s 7
The event, which is being organized by the Cambodia Federation of Rugby (CFR), will be held at Royal University of Phnom Penh (RULE) from October 26-27, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The tournament is being supported by Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports (MoEYS), and National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC).
According to John Mojsa, rugby development manager at the CFR, among the ten teams that are competing in the tournament are Hanuman Rugby Club, Garudas Rugby Club, RBA Police Rugby Team, Kho Chol Rugby, and American University of Phnom Penh.
Several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will also be sending teams to compete in the tournament. These include Pour un Sourire d’Enfant, Social Trust, Krousar Thmey Foundation, Sunrise Cambodia, and Enfants d’Asie.
“An exciting Rugby’s 7 tournament with Cambodia’s best players,” the CFR declared in a post on its Facebook page.
Mr Mojsa said that the participation of many teams, especially the NGOs, makes them excited.
“We have the foundations in place to make it our best year yet and that starts with Champion Nation 2019 at Royal University of Phnom Penh. Social Inclusion is a huge part of our vision and to see so many NGOs join to play Rugby is very exciting for us,” he said.
These teams will be competing in five categories: Male Adults, Female Adults, U12 Adults/Females, U14 Adults/Females, and U18 Adults/Females. All participants will be Cambodians.
“This is solely for the Khmer people to boost participation. Normally, our tournaments are for all nationalities, and we frequently have teams fly in from around Southeast Asia. But this one is different,” he explained.
“Each of the teams has 12 players. Seven are starting, while five are substitutes,” he added.
Mr Mojsa said the tournament will serve to popularize rugby at the same time a way of selecting the players who will compose the National Team.
“It will signify who are the best players we can pick for the Cambodia national Rugby’s 7 team,” he noted.
As for popularity, according to him, they currently have several hundred active participants, which they intend to double soon.
“We currently have 300 active participants, but with this year, 2019/2020, being our biggest year, we aim to have at least 700 active participants, especially with the new partnerships we had,” he stressed.
According to him, CFR recently partnered with ChildFund Pass it Back Program and Get Into Rugby.
Tournament winners will receive trophies.
Mr Mojsa said they are expecting a big crowd for the event, including high ranking officials from the MoEYS, NOCC, Army, and Police. Expats from the United Kingdom and other countries where rugby is popular are also expected to watch the games.