The Tamil Nadu Rugby Football Union (TNRFU) under the aegis of the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT) is organizing the second edition of the ASIAN RUGBY Sevens 2016 in an announcement made today.
It is scheduled to be held on Saturday and Sunday, 20th and 21st February 2016. The tournament will play host to 14 Asian countries across the Men’s and Women’s categories.
Press conference panelists: 1. Dr. S Sundararaj, Hon. Minister of Sport and Youth Welfare 2. Mr. Aaron Stockdale, Tournament Consultant, Asia Rugby 3. Mr. Nasser Hussain, General Manager, Rugby India 4. Mr. R Bharaneeshwaran, Chairman, TNRFU 5. Mr. Raj Satyen – President, TNRFU 6. Mr. Sendhil Thiyagarajan – Secretary General, South India Rugby Football Union 7. Mr. Prabhu Solomon – Award winning Film Director
About the event: Asian Rugby 7’s Series 2016 (Chennai)
After the success of the Asian Rugby 7s Olympic Pre-Qualifier 2015 held in Chennai in March 2015. Asia Rugby and Rugby India have given Chennai the honor of hosting the Asian Rugby Sevens a part of the Asia Rugby 7s calendar. The Tournament will be held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on the 20th and 21st of February 2016.
QUOTE: On the occasion Mr.R Bharaneeswaran – Chairman, Tamil Nadu Rugby Football Union (TNRFU) said “ Chennai is proud to host the 2nd edition of the Asian Rugby Sevens and would like to take this opportunity to thank the Honorable Chief Minister for her continued support for the Sport of Rugby and all other Sports with her generosity towards the winners at the International and National events and for providing faciliAes to groom future talents. We also thank the Government of Tamil Nadu and the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu for their continuous support. We are confident that this year’s edition will put Chennai on the World Rugby Map.”
The Tournament will be intense and will feature 12 Men’s Teams and 6 Women’s Teams from across Asia. The Asian Rugby Sevens will be held at the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai.
QUOTE: Mr.Raj Satyen – President, Tamil Nadu Rugby Football Union (TNRFU) said “With the Asian Sevens returning to Chennai for the second edition, it is testament that this tournament is here to stay. All this would not have been possible without the support of the Government of Tamil Nadu”.
QUOTE: Mr. Aaron Stockdale – Tournament Consultant, Asia Rugby said “Over the past decade, India have consistently been developing as a serious contender in the Asian Rugby circuit. With an event of this stature being held in India, it is a maker of Ame before the youth of this nation help build a formidable line up that will compete amongst the best”. The Asian Rugby Sevens will be the second International Rugby event held in Chennai. Local and National Celebrities, Expats from different countries will be invited to witness this intense tournament. The participating countries are: South Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Guam, Bangladesh, Nepal, UAE, Lebanon, Chinese Taipei and India.
QUOTE: Mr. Nasser Hussain, General Manager, Rugby India said “Riding on the success of last year’s ediAon, the top teams in Asia are well prepared to raise the bar of the competition. We will witness some of the best Rugby in Asia, during the course of the tournament”.
QUOTE: Mr. Sendhil Thiyagarajan – General Secretary, South India Rugby Football Union said “The Tamil Nadu Rugby Sub junior team placed third in the recently concluded National Championships. This goes to show that there is no dearth of talent in the state. TNRFU have started several school programs and the sport has spread to districts such as Vellore, Nagapajnam and Dindigul with strong support. We are confident that the foundation is being laid to make Tamil Nadu the leading state in Rugby talent.”
History of Rugby 7’s:
Rugby sevens was initially conceived in 1883 by Ned Haig and David Sanderson, who were butchers from Melrose, Scotland as a fund-raising event for their local club, Melrose RFC. The first ever sevens match was played at the Greenyards, the Melrose ground. The first ever officially sanctioned international tournament occurred at Murrayfield as part of the “Scottish Rugby Union’s Celebration of Rugby” centenary celebrations in 1973.
Due to the success of the format, the ongoing Hong Kong Sevens was launched three years later, in 1976. The Rugby World Cup Sevens, in which the Melrose Cup is contested, was launched in 1993. Three of the best known sevens competitions are the Hong Kong Sevens, Wellington Sevens and the Dubai Sevens, which now make up part of the World Rugby Sevens World Series.
About the Asia Rugby :
Asia Rugby is the regional governing body of rugby union in Asia. Asia Rugby, which was founded in 1968, comprised of Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Its purpose was to provide i international tournament between its members by staging a biannual tournament. ARFU members actively participate in semi-annual council meetings and are supported by working commixes to oversee rugby in Asia. Asia Rugby organizes and manages five major tournaments per year for Men, Women and Youth and continually explores new and innovative opportunities to develop rugby in Asia. The growth of rugby in Asia is reflected in the increase of Asia Rugby members, tournaments, events and activities
About Rugby India:
Rugby India is the governing body for Rugby union in India. The earliest trace of Rugby Football in India dates back to a scratch match or two played in Calcutta and Madras during the visit of H.M.S. Galatea in 1871. The teak goal posts used on the occasion of the Calcutta Match were afterwards used by the C.F.C. up to at least 1886. The recent history of rugby in India is an exciting one. Rapid growth over the past several years since the formation of The Indian Rugby Football Union in 1968 and it subsequent membership to the sport’s international governing body the International Rugby Board (IRB) in April 1999 has seen numbers of clubs and players increase dramatically in all versions of the game – 15s, 7,s and Touch (or Tag) rugby.
About Tamil Nadu Rugby Football Union (TNRFU):
Tamil Nadu Rugby Football Union is the governing body for rugby for the state of Tamil Nadu in India. The Tamil Nadu Rugby Football Union is a legally registered non-profit society with the goal of developing the sport of rugby union football in South India. The TNRFU conducts rugby development programs in schools across the state. In addition the TNRFU has helped get rugby started in Pondicherry, Kerala and Bangalore in South India. The government of Tamil Nadu will be shortly introducing Rugby in the school curriculum from the next school term.
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Date: 20th (Saturday) and 21st (Sunday), February 2016
Time: 10am to 8:00pm
Location: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai
Entrance: Stand ‘B’ and ‘C’
Tickets: Free Entry