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Your News India's Under 16 National Rugby Championships

November saw Bhubaneswar in the state of Orissa in Eastern India host the first ever national rugby under 16s.

The first five days were played in a 12-a-side format over two halfs of 15 minutes and expectations were raised after day 1 which saw the Jungle Crows run out 84-0 winners versus Kerala and 63-0 winners over Uttar Pradesh.

Day three and the Crows faced tougher competition from Manipur, winning 19-0. On to the semis and the rugby was now on for real with the Crows matched up against crack Kolkata team, Future Hope. This was by far the toughest game of the tournament ending 7-5 to Future Hope. Both teams had great chances and played 100% committed rugby which was especially impressive since both teams are firm friends of the field. Future Hope made the first break with a score under the posts and though the Crows probably had the better chances twice knocking on over the line the Future Hope boys deserved their victory. But waiting for them in the final were the team of the tournament.....the Jungle Crows created and supported KISS (Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences) who ran out 22-0 winners in the final. This was the team that had won TourAid's Nations Cup in 2007 and are now coached by Jungle Crow and former Pirate Ant player Roshan.

The final day saw a whirl wind of sevens action with the opening game a Crows demolition of Kolkata's Frank Anthony School 74-0. But this only led to another tough semi final against KISS. A couple of early tries by KISS and they were on top and ran out 19-5 winners, little consolation that the Crows were the first team in the tournament to score against them. In the other semi Future Hope overcame Manipur to set up another KISS v Future Hope final, but once again there was little Future Hope could do against the tribal boys of KISS, 19-5 to them the final score.

This was a great tournament thoroughly well organised by the Orissa rugby folk and KIIT University in particular. The Jungle Crows had a great experience, Subhash was our top scorer, Tiger the best player and Chiran as scrum half our hottest prospect! We came away satisfied with good performances but with many ideas for further improvement.

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