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Indian U17 Girls Finish 4th in Asia

Asia Rugby Under 17 Championship (Youth Olympic Games – Asia Qualifiers)Dubai, UAE29th 30th November, 2017The Indian U-17 Girls Rugby team competed at the Asian Qualifier for the Youth Olympic Games Rugby Sevens Championship which was held at Dubai Sports City, Dubai, UAE on 29th 30thof November, 2017. The team was supported by Societe Generale, the financial partner of Rugby India and is participating under the aegis of the Indian Rugby Football Union (IRFU), the governing body for the sport of Rugby in India.This Asia Rugby tournament also served as the Qualifiers for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games to be held in Argentina. A total of 12 countries from across Asia including Japan, Laos, Kazakhstan, Iran, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Philippines, China, Thailand, Malaysia, India and hosts U.A.E fought for top honors at the championships in Dubai. GIRLS - POOL POOL A POOL B POOL C POOL D Japan Kazakhstan Hong Kong China India UAE Sri Lanka Thailand Laos Iran Philippines Malaysia The Indian Junior Girls Rugby team has been in preparation for over a year in the lead up to this prestigious tournament. Most of these girls participated the Inaugural Asian U18 Girls Rugby 7s, held on 30thNovember to 2ndDecember 2016 at the Dubai Sports City, UAE wherein India secured bronze beating Sri Lanka last year. In addition to this, the Indian Junior Girls’ Rugby team also participated and finished fifth in theParis World Games 2017 held in France on 8th - 9thJuly 2017 in the U18 Girls category.For the Asian Qualifier, the players shortlisted to join the Indian National Training Pre-Camp were selected during the Societe Generale Junior National Rugby Sevens Championship, which was held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on 10th 11thof June 2017.Post the Junior Nationals, Rugby India hosted a Pre Selection Camp was held in Kolkata from 1stOctober – 14thOctober 2017 where a total of over 40 girls were put through the paces.Post the pre-camp; the best 20 girls were invited to join the National Training camp, which was held at the Bombay Gymkhana, Mumbai from 5thNovember to 28thNovember 2017.THE TEAMThe following 12 players were selected from across India to represent the nation at the Asia Rugby U17 Girls Sevens Championship in Dubai.1. Sandhya Rai (West Bengal) - Captain2. Asha Araon (West Bengal) 3. Rushmita Oraon (West Bengal) 4. Urshila Khariya (West Bengal)5. Sumitra Nayak (Odisha)6. Jemamani Naik (Odisha)7. Soni Mandangi (Odisha)8. Lija Sardar (Odisha)9. Prabati Kisku (Odisha)10. Sweety Kumari (Bihar)11. Priya(Delhi)12. Sultana (Delhi) As seen in the picture- Standing Left to Right- Rushmita Oraon (West Bengal) Jemamani Naik (Odisha)Prabati Kisku (Odisha)Urshila Khariya (West Bengal) Lija Sardar (Odisha) Sandhya Rai (West Bengal) Sweety Kumari (Bihar) Sumitra Nayak (Odisha) Soni Mandangi (Odisha) Sultana (Delhi) Priya (Delhi)Asha Araon (West Bengal) RESULTSDay1 – November 29th ,2017Match 1 – India 27 – Laos 10Team India defeated a spirited Laos Rugby side in their opening match of the tournament. With the win, The girls booked their Quaterfinal spot.Match 2 – India 0 – Japan 50A tough second game against tournament heavyweights Japan ended in defeat for girls in blue. Finishing 2nd in our group meant that girls would face Hong Kong in the quarterfinals on Day 2. Day 2 – November 30th ,2017Match 3 – India 27 – Hong Kong 5 (Quarter Finals)The girls caused the biggest upset of the tournament beating a physical Hong Kong side to reach the semifinals of the tournament.Match 4 – India 0 – China 43 (Semi Finals)The Mighty Chinese team powered through to the finals after defeating our Rugby India girls in the Semis.Match 5 – India 5 – Kazakhstan 22 (3rd/4th Place)The girls played hard but came up short against their far bigger and stronger opponents. The crowd were really praising the team and said that the girls showed some real heart and were putting their bodies on the line. Winners- Japan Runners Up – China 3rd Place – Kazakhstan Rugby India rank 4th in Asia!!!Our Under-17 Girls played like warriors and made the country proud by ending the tournament with our best ever finish and performance - securing a 4th place amongst the 12 nations participating.With utmost pride, we salute these girls for their exceptional commitment, determination, resilience and passion. Well done ladies, you are the future of Rugby India!!!Special thanks to Mike Friday for sharing his time and knowledge, the Olympic Channel crew (Alex Gale and Ian 'Bruice' Smith) for all their efforts, Societe Generale for their continuous support and to Jungle Crows, KISS, Delhi Hurricanes, Rugby Football Associations of Bihar and all the other clubs for their hard work and commitment

GIR-India Ranks 1st in Asia

IndiaRanks1stin Asia and 3rd Globally as per Get Into Rugby Statistic Report, 20172017 was a great year to "Get Into Rugby" indeed!!Rugby India,Ranks first in Asia and 3rd Globally for participation Numbers through GIR!As per the World Rugby’s Get Into Rugby (GIR) Statistic report 2017,Indiafinished in 1stposition in Asia to have seen highest participation in the GIR programs and came in 3rdposition globally.TheIndianRugby Football Union (IRFU), aka RugbyIndia,introduced the‘Get into Rugby’ program in 2012- a World Rugby initiative, to promote and grow the sport globally. The program is focused on introducing Rugby, the sport to enthusiasts and throw light on the values of the game - Integrity, Respect, Solidarity, Passion and Discipline, which inspire millions of kids to choose and play the game globally.As per the World Rugby Get Into Rugby (GIR) Statistic 2017,Indiahas seen a tremendous growth in the number of players playing Rugby from 2012 to 2017. The totalnumbers of Male Players have grown from 13,135 in 2012 to94536 in 2017. That represents a 600% increase over 6 years. The total numbers of Female Players havegrown from 5,355 in 2012 to 68105 in 2017.Mr. Mahesh Mathai, Secretary General,IndianRugby Football Unionsaid, “The GIR initiative has given Rugby the much needed push inIndia. We are extremely positive and ambitious about seeing huge growth of Rugby inIndiathrough the GIR platform. When it comes to growing rugby nationally, resource and fund allocation remains to be a deterrent. Thanks to Societe Generale and their cooperation, we can now participate in international Age grade rugby tournaments which will ultimately help us popularize the sport and build a strongnationalteam to compete at a global level.”Mr. Nasser Hussain, General Manager, RugbyIndiasaid, “We have received overwhelming response to GIR in the Age grade categories across the country. This initiative has also helped us find some very talented and passionate players, who are making us proud by competing and achieving accolades at international levels. In the month of November, theIndianU18 Girls team participated in theat the Youth Olympic Games Qualifiers in Dubai and finished in 4th Place out of 12 Asian Countries”.Societe Generale is also assertively supporting the ‘Get Into Rugby’ program, an initiative aimed to harness the potential sports talent from the grassroots in the country, especially at locations where resources are limited. Through this initiative, Societe Generale is committed to make Rugby accessible to everyone and build a strong national team to compete at the global level.Through the 3 stages of Get Into Rugby program implemented acrossIndia, schools have been able to gradually progress to 7-a-side rugby in the last few years. The players who represented their schools in the first two phases (TRY and PLAY phases of the GIR program) can then move to the third phase and get selected to play for their district and their state (STAY phase of the program).

RWC 2019 TROPHY TOUR Rugby in India boosted by record breaking RWC 2019 Trophy Tour visit

The huge potential for the growth of rugby in India was demonstrated by an unprecedented level of engagement with the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour during the first visit of the famous Webb Ellis Cup to the world’s second most populous country last week.Webb Ellis Cup received by a record-breaking crowd of over 15,000 schoolchildren in Bhubaneswar, the largest attendance at a standalone event since the trophy tour was introduced in 2014The Indian Sports Minister welcomed the Rugby World Cup trophy to Delhi and discussed the future of the sport with World Rugby Chief Executive Brett GosperRugby India successfully introduced 54,680 new participants to Get Into Rugby, World Rugby’s mass participation programmeIndian film superstars Sidharth Malhotra and Rahul Bose added Bollywood stardust and promoted rugby to their cumulative social media audiences of over 12 million followersMore than 120 local and international media attended trophy tour events, generating over 300 pieces of print and digital media coverage reaching a circulation of over 10 million in addition to widespread national television reportingOver 500,000 views of India trophy tour video content across World Rugby social media platformsThe Webb Ellis Cup enjoyed a high-profile and impactful visit to India as 18,800 participants directly interacted with trophy tour events in Delhi, Mumbai and Bhubaneswar during an action-packed five-day trip from 6-10 August.VIEW VIDEO OF RUGBY WORLD CUP TROPHY TOUR TO INDIA HERE >>The trophy tour included trips to three of India’s most iconic landmarks, including the world-renowned Taj Mahal, and received strong support from the stars of Bollywood and Indian film in the shape of actors and rugby fanatics Sidharth Mahotra and Rahul Bose who shared the inspiration of the Webb Ellis Cup with their cumulative social media audiences of more than 12 million.Some of India’s most high-profile sporting legends also got behind the rugby initiative as cricketer Debashish Mohanty, winner of 47 caps, three-time Olympian and former Indian hockey captain Dilip Tirkey and former women’s football captain Sradhanjali Samantray lent their support on the final day of the trophy tour in Bhubaneswar.World Rugby Chief Executive Brett Gosper participated in the Delhi and Mumbai legs of the trophy tour and was impressed by the exceptional level of interest and enthusiasm for rugby in India: “Bringing the Webb Ellis Cup to India for the first time has been the catalyst for a breakthrough moment for the game in terms of political interaction, fan engagement and media exposure. We have witnessed unprecedented interest in rugby being ignited in this country of 1.3 billion people and a great sense of momentum building, as demonstrated by the record breaking turn out of over 15,000 schoolchildren in Bhubaneswar and the support received from the stars of Bollywood and other Indian sporting legends.“We were very encouraged to listen to the Sports Minister speak of the potential for growth of rugby and perhaps the most pleasing aspect of the tour was to see first-hand that rugby in India is being embraced by players and fans from all backgrounds and social classes, in keeping with World Rugby’s ethos of a game for all.“Thanks to the hard-working efforts of World Rugby’s partners in Asia Rugby and Rugby India the platform is set for the first Rugby World Cup in Asia next year to be a game-changer for the sport in this region, which has such huge growth potential. Our challenge now is to ensure that the seeds planted during this ground-breaking trophy tour are given every opportunity to develop in future.”The last two years has seen the biggest growth and development of rugby across the country with India ranked first in Asia and third in the world in terms of participation numbers through World Rugby’s Get Into Rugby mass participation programme by reaching more than 160,000 participants, with 40 per cent female in 2017.Meanwhile recent research conducted by Nielsen has found there to be an existing rugby fanbase of over 25 million in India, the third largest in the world behind USA and China, demonstrating the potential that exists for further engagement with the game.Continuing the commitment to grow the game, Rugby India used the inspiration of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour as an opportunity to reach more than 54,000 new rugby participants as part of a dedicated nationwide engagement campaign which ran from 1-15 August, culminating on Indian Independence Day. The activation involved strong collaboration with zonal, state and district associations, clubs, schools, universities, colleges, communities, corporate partners and volunteers and represents India’s biggest single Get Into Rugby activation to date.Mahesh Mathai, Secretary General Rugby India, said: “In celebration of the Rugby World Cup trophy tour to India, I am pleased to inform that Rugby India has been successful in reaching out to 54,680 new participants as part of the Get Into Rugby ‘Project 50k’ which was rolled out earlier this month. With the National School Games and University Games in sight, these new players will have an opportunity to showcase their talent and compete at the highest level. As the trophy departs from India, I would like to wish World Rugby all the very best for the remainder of the tour.”The Trophy Tour now moves on to Japan for a three-month domestic tour incorporating all 12 Rugby World Cup 2019 host venues, starting with the official opening and inaugural match at the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium on 19 August ahead of the one year to go countdown and celebrations in September. To view the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour schedule visitwww.rugbyworldcup.com/trophy-tour.World Rugby aims to attract and retain one million new players in Asia by 2020 through the Impact Beyond programme and the trophy tour plays an important role in engaging new and existing rugby players and fans around the globe ahead of Japan 2019, the first Rugby World Cup to be held in Asia.For more information on Rugby World Cup 2019 visitwww.rugbyworldcup.com

ASIA RUGBY SEVENS UNDER 18 GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

ASIA RUGBY SEVENS UNDER 18 GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIPKalinga Stadium - Bhubaneswar, Odisha 26th – 28th October, 2018The Department of Sport Youth Services, Govt. of Odisha in conjunction with Asia Rugby Rugby India successfully hosted the Asia Rugby Sevens Under 18 Girls Championship. This event marked the first ever age grade international rugby tournament to be played on Indian soil. The tournament was held at the iconic Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on the 26th to 28th of October, 2018. The event saw a total of 12 countries from across Asia compete for top honors. The participating teams were, Hong Kong, China, UAE, Philippines, Laos, Qatar, Nepal, Chinese Taipei, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand and the host country, India.Commenting on the championship, Mr. Vishal Kumar Dev- Commissioner- Cum- Secretary, Sports Youth Services said, “This championship is more competitive than ever. 12 fantastic teams, so many grilling matches, some incredibly good performances from an action-packed crop of youngsters; there is just so much to look forward to. We are so glad to host such a recognized championship in the sporting segment.” Talking about the tournament, Mr. Rahul Bose- Former India Rugby Player, Actor Film Maker, said, “The event is a beginning of a celebration. A sport like rugby will finally be hosted by our country. It has been a true honor to have been a part of this sport and as a former player I hope this tournament will inspire current players, those new to the game and future generations towards this sport.” Pool A Pool B Pool C China India Thailand Laos Sri Lanka Hong Kong Philippines UAE Nepal Qatar Bangladesh Chinese Taipei PRESS CONFERENCE The announcement of the commencement of the ASIAN RUGBY UNDER-18 GIRLS RUGBY SEVENS CHAMPIONSHIP was made at a press conference held on Thursday 25th October. Along with the members of the Indian National Under 18 Girls team, officials present at the conference were, Mr. Vishal Kumar Dev- Commissioner- Cum- Secretary, Sports Youth Services, Govt. Of Odisha, Mr. R Vineel Krishna -Director-Cum-Additional Secretary, Sports Youth Services, Govt. Of Odisha, Mr. Rahul Bose Former India Rugby Player, Actor Film Maker, Mr. Nasser Hussain- Former Indian Rugby Captain, General Manager, Indian Rugby Football Union and Mr Priyadarshi Mishra, Member of the Legislative Assembly President, Odisha Rugby Football Association TEAM INDIASweety Kumari (Bihar), Lija Sardar (Odisha), Leudwiche Van Deventer (Head Coach), Jemamani Naik (Odisha), Rushmita Oraon (West Bengal), Asha Oraon (West Bengal)Seated Left to Right- Priya (Delhi), Rutuja Kirdat (Maharashtra),Soni Mandangi (Odisha), Sumitra Nayak (Odisha), Sandhya Rai (West Bengal), Parbati Kisku (Odisha), Anita (Tamil Nadu) OPENING CEREMONY The opening ceremony for the tournament was held on Friday 26th October 2018 at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar. The event was graced by Hon. Chief Minister Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik. Other dignitaries present were:· Shri Chandra Sarathi Behera- Hon. Minister, Sports and Youth Services Department, Govt. of Odisha · Vishal Kumar Dev- Commissioner –cum- Secretary, Sports and Youth Services Department , Govt. Of Odisha · Vineel Krishna- Director of Sports, Sports and Youth Services Department, Govt. of Odisha · Aga Hussain- President, Asia Rugby · Noomi Mehta- President, Indian Rugby Football Union (IRFU)· Priyadarshi Mishra-Member of Legislative Assembly/ President, Odisha Rugby· U.K Mohanty- Secretary, Odisha Rugby Football Association · Rahul Bose – Former Indian Rugby Player, Actor and Film Maker · Swapna Barman – 2018 Asian Games Heptathlon Gold Medallist TOURNAMENT RESULTS Time Stage Team 1 Team 2 Result 26 Oct 18:54 Pool B India UAE 22-5 26 Oct 19:16 Pool B Sri Lanka Bangladesh 81-0 26 Oct 19:38 Pool C Hong Kong Chinese Taipei 69-0 26 Oct 20:00 Pool C Thailand Nepal 60-0 26 Oct 20:22 Pool A China Philippines 49-0 26 Oct 20:44 Pool A Laos Qatar 0-24 27 Oct 12:30 Pool B India Bangladesh 89-0 27 Oct 12:52 Pool B Sri Lanka UAE 12-27 27 Oct 13:14 Pool C Thailand Chinese Taipei 68-0 27 Oct 13:36 Pool C Hong Kong Nepal 75-0 27 Oct 13:58 Pool A China Qatar 65-0 27 Oct 14:20 Pool A Laos Philippines 0-7 27 Oct 14:54 Pool B UAE Bangladesh 74-0 27 Oct 15:16 Pool B India Sri Lanka 24-15 27 Oct 15:38 Pool C Nepal Chinese Taipei 0-25 27 Oct 16:00 Pool C Thailand Hong Kong 10-19 27 Oct 16:22 Pool A Philippines Qatar 14-19 27 Oct 16:44 Pool A China Laos 63-0 27 Oct 18:20 Bowl RR Laos Nepal 30-0 27 Oct 18:42 Bowl RR Chinese Taipei Bangladesh 27-0 27 Oct 19:04 CupQuarter Final China Philippines 56-0 27 Oct 19:26 CupQuarter Final UAE Thailand 7-36 27 Oct 19:48 CupQuarter Final Sri Lanka Hong Kong 0-51 27 Oct 20:10 CupQuarter Final India Qatar 31-0 28 Oct 13:00 Bowl RR Laos Bangladesh 51-0 28 Oct 13:22 Bowl RR Chinese Taipei Nepal 24-0 28 Oct 13:44 PlateSemi Final Philippines UAE 17-5 28 Oct 14:06 PlateSemi Final Sri Lanka Qatar 10-17 28 Oct 14:28 CupSemi Final China Thailand 47-0 28 Oct 14:50 CupSemi Final Hong Kong India 50-7 28 Oct 15:30 Bowl RR Nepal Bangladesh 32-0 28 Oct 15:52 Bowl RR Chinese Taipei Laos 0-32 28 Oct 16:14 7th / 8thFinal UAE Sri Lanka 22-0 28 Oct 16:36 PlateFinal Philippines Qatar 10-15 28 Oct 16:58 3rd / 4thFinal Thailand India 25-5 28 Oct 17:20 CupFinal China Hong Kong 28-5CHAMPIONSCHINA SHOWED THEIR CLASS TO CLINCH THE 2018 ASIA RUGBY SEVENS GIRLS UNDER 18 CHAMPIONSHIP DEFEATING A SPIRITED HONG KONG SIDE IN THE FINALS WHILE OUR INDIAN EVES MADE US PROUD WITH A TOP 4 FINISH.WINNERS- CHINARUNNERS UP- HONG KONG3RDPLACE- THAILAND4THPLACE- INDIA

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