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Well the Southern hemispheres major professional competition is now completed for another season with the mighty Crusaders coming out on top yet again after their fine win over the Australian side the Warratahs.

With the experimental laws being used throughout the competition and the upcoming Tri Nations series I thought it worthwhile to give a very quick summary of these.xperimental Law Variations Summary

Law 6 - Match Officials

1 Assistant referees (TJs) are able to assist the referee in any way that the referee requires.

These assistant referees must be IRFU recognised Referees and /or TJs

Law 17 Maul

2 Remove reference to head and shoulders not being lower than hips.

3 Players are able to defend a maul by pulling it down.

Law 19 - Touch and Lineout

4 If a team puts the ball back into its own 22 and the ball is subsequently kicked directly into touch, there is no gain in ground.

5 A quick throw in may be thrown in straight or towards the throwing teams own goal line.

6 There is no restriction on the number of players from either team who can participate in the lineout.

7 The receiver at the lineout must be 2 metres away from the lineout.

8 The player who is in opposition to the player throwing in the ball must stand in the area between the 5-metre line and the touch line but must be 2 metres away from the 5-metre line.

9 Lineout players may pre-grip a jumper before the ball is thrown in.

10 The lifting of lineout players is permitted.

Law 20 Scrum

11 Introduction of an offside line 5 metres behind the hindmost feet of the scrum.

12 Identification of scrum half offside lines.

Law 22 Corner Posts

13 The corner posts are no longer considered to be touch-in-goal except when the ball is grounde against the post.

NOTE: These laws are to be implemented at club level worldwide from August 1 2008. With this in mind the IRFU is seeking approval from the IRB to conduct all club rugby after the Under 20 tournament under these ELVs. This will include the All India Div 1, 2and 3.

A full explanation and in depth information will be sent to All clubs immediately after the Under 20 tournament along with training sessions conducted by your regions RDOs.

All India under 20 Tournament

The tournament will be held in Mumbai Thursday 19th Sunday 22th June. Teams to arrive Wednesday 18th June

We now have 16 teams confirmed for the tournament. This will mean the tournament will be the largest of its type ever to be held in India! Even better the whole country is represented. A huge step forward for us!

Those confirmed

WIRFU (Magicians, Army School, Bombay Gymkhana, Pune) CRIFA (KISS, Bhubaneswar) NIRFU (Delhi, J&K Warriors, Kashmir) SIRFA (Chennai Cheetahs, Chennai Irish, Bangalore) EIRFU (Future Hope, Armenians, Jungle Crows, CCFC)

The draw for the tournament will be made in the next few days and along with all other details sent out to the RDO team to distribute to clubs.

Also confirmed is a womans game to be held on Sunday 22th with 2 club teams from Pune playing a full contact game. Great!!!


The Tiger Cubs

In May an under 13 International Rugby Festival was held outside London in the town of Bishop's Stortford. The tournament was played over two days and was played between eight teams; India was represented by the Tiger Cubs. The format was 15-a-side and this was probably the first time an under 13 team had toured in this way from India. The team was brought together by Kolkata club, the Jungle Crows and was made up from 6 boys from Kolkata, 6 from the KISS school in Bhubaneswar and 6 from Manipur. The team was coached by IRFU Development Officer and Jungle Crows coach Sanjay Patra ably assisted by India under 19 player Sailen Tudu.

The Tiger Cubs got of to a winning start in the tournament beating one of the home teams the Bishop's Stortford Cougars 12-10, and taking the Cougars who were a bigger and very much more experienced side very much by surprise. The experience of the Kolkata boys, mixed with the pace of the Bhubaneswar boys and the strength of the Manipur boys made a great and competitive combination. Next up on day one were the Bishop's Stortford Stags who had checked out our first game and beat the Cubs 10-5. Finally on day one the Cubs faced the Tlamelo Vultures of Botswana and had a comfortable victory 22-0. Two wins on day one was a great achievement, but the boys were tired and knew nobody would be surprised by them on day two!

The Tiger Cubs in Action in England

The Cubs started slowly the next morning being comprehensively outplayed and out muscled by Hertford 19-0. But next up were another local team Saffron Walden and though the Cubs went down 10-0 they staged a fantastic second half fight back. Levelling the score at 10-10 on the final whistle the Cubs needed to convert from left of the posts to win, cruelly a super effort from Manipur's Somananda bounced back of the crossbar, 10-10 the final score.

The third game of day two was with West of Scotland, a team who had travelled to the tournament only having lost once in their home season. By now the boys were really working well as a team and some stars were shining through, in particular the Cubs speedy outside centre Bhubaneswar's Sudam who would go on to be named one of the players of the tournament. The Cubs were 5-0 up against the Scots in the last play and just some inexperience led to the Scots breaking through under the posts for a try and easy conversion 5-7 the final score.

The end of the league stages saw the Tiger Cubs in fourth place and drawn once again against West of Scotland in the Plate Final. This was perhaps a game too many for the Cubs who though played well were out manoeuvred by the Scots who constantly popped the ball to the big boys to drive the smaller Cubs back. With little possession the Cubs were restricted to one or two counter attacks and the well drilled Scots were eventually 10-0 victors.

The tour was made possible by UK charity Tour Aid and it is hoped more such tours will be possible with their generosity. Already another team from India is being prepared for a tour to the UK in October. The tours are also about so much more than the rugby that is played and are designed to develop lasting community links. The Tiger Cubs youngsters have had an experience that will stay with them for a very long time and it is hoped the support from Bishop's Stortford will be continuing.

Overseas Coaches Visit India

We have been honoured to have former Australian Test and New South Wales super12 prop visiting us to assist with preparing the National team prior it departure to Bangkok

On June 23rd Karl Bloxham the strength and conditioning trainer from New Zealand forth ranked Air New Zealand cup (similar to the English Premiership) team The Hawkes Bay Magpies is travelling to India.

He will be spending his time here primarily on vacation however has agreed to undertake as much training of coaches and physios/trainers as we wish.

Karl is a full time rugby trainer ad I suggest we maximise his time during his visit

Former Australian coach Eddie Jones has just spent some time (last week) with Karl and the Magpies and considers the team one of the best prepared for the upcoming Air New Zealand Cup

After a stay of 1 week in Delhi Karl will be moving around the country. Full details of his itinerary will be emailed to regions once they become available.

IRFU Website

While the website continues to give us a few challenges we are endeavouring to keep updated so do keep returning to it.

If you have news from your region or club email to

Rugby Development Officers Conference

Refreshing to have such a good turnout at the recent RDO conference in Mumbai with all regions of India were represented and the response to the development need and the changes that need to be implemented were tremendous

Each RDO left the conference with a clear understanding that the focus of the IRFU for the next three years lays with them developing the game at child and youth levels throughout the country and at the school level in particular.

Also RDOs were introduced to the IRB Rugbyready program that they are to deliver in each region to coaches, players and referees. This programme supports the IRFUs attitude in ensuring that all participants within the game are safe and up to date with the latest trends in coaching and playing of the game.

It is intend to run such National workshops on a six monthly basis so the team is given the same message to take out to the rugby public. These workshops are intended to up skill the 20 or so RDOs the IRFU now has working in rugby around the country to enable them to confidently run coaching and training sessions within their own regions.

Player Registration

Just a gentle reminder at this stage about the requirement that all players and coaches need to complete a registration form prior to the start of the season in each region.

If youre a coach or manager of a team please contact your local RDO who should be able to assist. Otherwise contact Greg Davey.

Coaches should also complete the Rugbyready (Safety) course that will be conducted by the RDOs in the region prior to the start of the playing season.

National Team Update

The National team has been in camp preparing for what is one of the most important times in India young international presence.

The Asian 5 Nations Div 2 tournament in Bangkok is important for us in several ways one if we win both games we go up to Div 1 lose both and down to the regional competition.

The Squad to Travel to Bangkok


Francis Brown Harlow RFC Fullback 9

Rahul Bose Bombay Gymkhana Wing 16

Ganesh Sawant MSP Wing 13

Mufaddal inorewala Bombay Gymkhana Center 19

Pritom Roy Bombay Gymkhana Utility Back 6

Puneeth Kristinamoorthy Bangalore Center 6

Bikash Kumar Jena Army Rugby Center 2

Emil Vartazarian Chennai Cheetahs Fly half 19

Sujai Lama Army Rugby Scrum half 0

Mukarram Faizullabhoy Bombay Gymkhana Scrum half 17

Sukhdeep Singh Sandhu Army Rugby Number 8 2

Nasser Hussain Bombay Gymkhana Flanker 22

Shailesh Devrukhkar MSP Flanker 15

Rohan Sethna Bombay Gymkhana Flanker 0

Ajmin Shahijani Armenian Sports Club Flanker 0

Amit Lohchab Delhi Lions Flanker 4

Balaraman Gopinath Chennai Cheetahs Lock 2

Ali Reza Choaspur Bombay Gymkhana Prop/Hooker 15

Dalwinder Singh Ghuman Army Rugby Lock 2

Pravinder Singh Army Rugby Prop 4

Rohit Singh Sivach Army Rugby Prop 0

Manmandir Singh Samra Stourbridge RFC Prop 11

Sandeep Singh Army Rugby Prop 3

V Hemanth Kumar Army Rugby Hooker 2

Total Tests 189

Average Weight 86kg

Average Height 1.78m

Average Age 26 yr 7 mths

Coach: Usaia Biumawai

Assistant Coach: Chaitanya Sinh

Manager: Maneck Unwala

Doctor: Aijaz Ashai

The IRFU wishes the team well in it endeavours in Bangkok. Messages of goodwill for the team can be sent via Greg Davey at

Total Rugby Radio

Wanting to catch up on the latest rugby news on the radio. Well now you can enjoy Total Rugby Radio here in India

Total Rugby Radio is a weekly 30-minute programme on all aspects of the international Game broadcast on radio stations around the world, as you will see from the attached document. It is also available as a podcast download or website stream.

All India Radio Saturday 06:30 & 13:00 & Sunday 23:00

Not just Snow Rugby thats taking off in Kashmir

Rugby is taking off in Indias northern state of Jammu and Kashmir thanks to the hard work our rugby people.

Through the work of Iqbal and Irfan, rugby in J and K has had a meteoric rise to fame in this predominantly Muslim community. From snow rugby at the National Indian winter Games (which received news coverage all over the world) to womans rugby and school tournaments held on a regular basis throughout the state.

Rugby has recently been added to the state schools curriculum in J&K so now our rugby people will in a much better position to drive the sport in our targeted market of youth development.

Womans rugby in Jammu and Kashmir

We understand the IRB is seeking to gain approval for a Muslim womans playing kit that meets that communitys dress code. Great !

How long till we see a Indian National Womans team taking the world stage!

Many thanks till next time

Greg Davey

IRFU Development Manager

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