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July Newsletter 2008New Faces

ELV Law Information and Implementation

The IRB ELV laws will be used for all national Tournaments this year including the following Division - 1 All India, Division 2 - Callaghan Cup, and Division 3.

Also all National level 7s tournaments shall be played under the ELVs

Information Packs have been sent to all regions giving full explanations of the Laws and are accompanied by a DVD showing examples of the law in practice. RDOs in each region will provide more in depth information and training. The Western region will be playing all its 2008 rugby under the ELVs and as most competitions around the country are about to start all matches from here on should be played under the ELVs. Ideal opportunity for Kolkata as it is about to start its second round

New Faces At IRFU

You will be seeing a couple of new faces around the traps in the near future.

Our national team captain Nasser Hussain has started with the IRFU as Regional Development Manager for West Indian and North Indian rugby.

His rugby background and work experience in sports event management and marketing will be a boost for our development efforts.

Nassers focus in the North will be developing and implementing strategies to increase awareness and participation at schools and college rugby in the North in preparation for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. He will be working on specific projects leading up to the games to ensure that the success of Rugby as a Commonwealth Games sport continues on from the huge success of Melbourne. Also on board in an RDO capacity is National team member Puneet Krishnamoort. Puneet will be working with the development team in Karnataka.

National Team Update

Mixed success for our national team from the Asian 5 Nations Division 2 tournament held recently in Bangkok

Although the narrow loss to much higher ranked Thailand 22 -30 will be seen a great step forward in the competitiveness of the Indian team at the international level the unforced errors by the team cost, what should have been, a historic win.

The forward display by the team in this game was outstanding. India was able to dominate all phases of the forward encounters and at scrum time in particular, was in a class of its own.

It was a shame that such forward dominance could not be converted into enough points to win a game that was theirs for the taking.

The second game against Pakistan was a complete whitewash with the Indian team completely dominating all phases of play with the backline seemingly returning to full confidence. The 92 0 score line broke several National team records for India and captain Nasser Hessians 5 try haul in this game combined with his 1 try against Thailand meant that he was the top try scorer in the entire 25 nation A5N competition ( a great effort)

Emil Vartazarians 32 point haul against Pakistan was also a record along with Indias largest winning margin against all teams.

All in all a good step forward and certainly a good base for National team coach Usaia Biuwaimai to build on for the future

All India under 20 Tournament Delhi 10 - Jungle Crows 0

What a great success the first All India U20 tournament turned out to be and the media coverage for the tournament was outstanding with 47 newspaper articles over the 5 days in Mumbai newspapers alone!

Fifteen teams from all over India competed. With unlikely winners Delhi taking the honours in the tournament it highlighted the huge talent pool of young talent there is hiding in India.

The large fit Delhi forward pack (with several players over 1.86m and 110kg) was able to dominate the much smaller Jungle Crows at set piece, maul and ruck time. Delhis ability to retain the ball for long periods and working it close to its pack proved the winning of the final for Delhi.

Action from the All India under 20

All India under 20s Sevens Bombay Gymkhana 19 Jungle Crows 0

The 7s tournament was won by Bombay Gymkhana who literally ran away with the final 19 - 0 again against a very talented Jungles Crows team who had suffered several injuries against the Delhi team in the earlier bruising main tournament final.

One of the highlights from this whole tournament was the girls games between the 2 KFANDRA Pune sides. No quarter was given and the skill level on display from the girls belied the relative inexperience of them all.

The game reintroduced another exciting opportunity for the sport here in India and to this end the IRFU has undertaken to host a womans All India tournament later in the year.

A big thank you too the two J and K teams that stayed on for an extra 4 days to gain further experience at the hands of our National team coach. Were sure the new skills and techniques learnt will be of great value in the J& K rugby world

Under 16 All India Tournament

Following on from the success of the Under 20 tournament IRFU staff is looking at the potential of holding an annual Under 16 tournament along the same lines as the Under 20

The inaugural tournament would be hosted in Mumbai with 24 teams from around India invited to compete.

At this stage we are seeking sponsors to ensure that any such tournament is self funded, so if any of our supporters out there wish to assist please contact us at IRFU. This is a great opportunity for Indian companies to get involved with a sport at the grassroots and with great exposure as well for such a company.

It is the IRFU plan to focus much of its resources on developing the game at the child and youth level and tournaments such as this will help secure rugbys future and success in India.

We need a SPONSOR or SPONSORS for this Tournament to happen!

Eastern Region News

Jungle Crows Win Centenary Cup 2008

Jungle Crows 32 - CCFC 20

In a pulsating game in monsoon showers the Jungle Crows overwhelmed a fiery CCFC to lift their first major silverware, the Centenary Cup. With the game going both ways in the first half it was fair that the teams entered the half-time break at 15-15. The second half saw the Crows superior fitness give them a greater control of proceedings and begin edging away with tries from Crows Fijian Centre Ropate and India U20 player Tudu. A consolation try in the last minutes for CCFC's large Irish No8 was too little too late!

News from the South

Bangalore Mini and Youth Rugby.

The Bangalore Mini and Youth Rugby section had their first training and game on the 20th January 2007 with seven players, over the year we have registered attendance of over one hundred and ninety Mini and Youth Players, both boys and girls, held training over 65 times on a Saturday afternoon from 3 to 4pm, introduced the sport currently to 4 schools with and attendance at the Rugby coaching sessions of over a 200 children and the numbers continue to grow each week which shows that the popularity of Rugby as a sport for the young continues to grow in Bangalore.

Many thanks to all the parents for their continued support over the last year and many have been seen helping with the coaching either the under six year olds, where they can be seen wrestling the youngsters for the ball in relay races, or with the six to nine year olds helping firstly to bring some order to Rob the nest then onto coaching the teams in tag and touch rugby, and finally helping with the over nines to introduce tackle rugby in a safe controlled environment.

A special thanks to Mike Holland who returned to Bangalore and joined us in September last year who has kindly taken on the coaching roll for the six to nine year olds, we have also been ably assisted by Pierre, Vince, Tarun, Jerry and Thimmaiah.

The introduction for the children of the Red and Blue Bangalore rugby jerseys which Hugh and Bridget Hamilton keep in plenty, ensures that the each week there is a colourful spectacle as mini and youth Rugby teams run around the Rugby Pitch, and many thanks to the Commandant and CMP Officers and men and SPT Sports Academy who have kindly hosted the mini and youth games.

As the year progressed there have been a number of improving players, and those who have regularly attended they all deserve a special mention,

Robinson Charpy, Emily Cranfield, Nathan Dulinbert, Max Elfrink, David Elfrink, Finn Hamilton, Stanley Herold, Felix Holland, Finbarr Holland, Fergus Holland, Khushwant James, Jules Poincot, Olivia Scrivner, Liam Twidell, Sasha Watt, and Andrew Yorke.

Now to the future, with our technical Director Pierre Bellemere we are targeting 8 schools in the Bangalore area with the objective of spreading the game of rugby to more mini and youth players and to have a mini and youth tournament in August / September 2008, competition always brings out the best and it would be great if the Bangalore Rugby Club Mini and Youth Rugby teams could showcase the game of Rugby, but it will take training and commitment from both the players, coaches and parents this we have already seen plenty of over the first year and a half.

To date we have held three introductory coaching workshops for the Schools and one coach the coachs workshop, with plans for a further coach the coaches workshop in August.

Pierre has completed his IRB level one coach and Referee certification and will continue introducing the sport into the schools as well as coaching the under 20s.

Finally a special thanks to Phil Woodward without whose support and encouragement the Mini and Youth Section would have faltered. Phil not only helped to coach but also helped with the organization, and selling of Rugby Jerseys. With his return to the UK the club has lost a great asset. However my lasting memory is of his son Ben, who even after much encouragement refused initially to play, but in the final few weeks before the family was due to leave, suddenly started to play and was last seen with a huge smile running down the pitch to score a try. WELL DONE BEN and THANKS PHIL.

Landale Cranfield. Director Mini and Youth Rugby, Karnataka Rugby Football Union

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

Not just Snow Rugby thats taking off in Jammu and Kashmir

Great to see that the folks in the north are starting their children off young. This picture of young Zila kindly sent to us by Mohd Iqbal J&K Rugby

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

No Rugby on TV! Try this website

I keep getting asked why is there no rugby coverage on TV in India. Well the IRFU is working on this and hopefully by next year we will be able to enjoy a lot more of our favourite sport on the box

In the meantime a very useful website for all rugby fans is called

You do need a fast internet connection but if you have this is well worth the outlay


Good Luck to all those people involved with the upcoming rugby season. Most will start in the next week or with the large Bengal competition entering is second round competition this coming week

Also excellent to hear about the new and revamped High School 1st XV competitions in Kolkata and Mumbai I feel an All India High Schools competition coming!

Many thanks till next time

Greg Davey

IRFU Development Manager

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