July 8, Bangalore: Bangalore is all set to play host to its first South Zone Senior Men’s and Women’s Rugby 7’s Tournament. The tournament scheduled on July 8,2017 will feature six state teams representing five southern states in India.
The eight participating state teams include Andhra Pradesh , Kerala , Tamil Nadu , Telengana , Puducherry and the hosts Karnataka . This will be the first of the five city circuit that will take place in the four other states in the coming months to come . The next leg of the circuit will be held in September at Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh. The tournament is organised by Karnataka Rugby Football Union (KRFU ) under the aegis of South India Rugby Football Association and Rugby India .
The Five teams in the men section will play a round robin and the top two teams will play for the Winner and runners up and the next two teams will play for the third place
The tournament will begin at 9am at Sree Kanteerva Stadium , the finals for the Women’s will take place at 4.30 pm and the Men’s final will take place at 5pm on July 8, 2017.
Talking about the tournament, Mohan Krishna, President of South India Rugby Football Association said, “With Rugby being included as an Olympic sport we see such tournaments to be an important part of the chain of rugby development , it helps us gives exposure to players in the grass roots to compete and excel and be noticed so that they have the opportunity to play for the country . The South Zone is the first to start this type of tournament .”
Talking about playing on the home ground , Karnataka captain and India player Roshan Lobo said ,“Though being the one of the oldest rugby playing state in the south , we have fielded a young and fit team to give them match exposure and develop the next line of players , we believe we are still the favourites in the tournament in the men’s section “
Nagesh Rao , Secretary Karnataka Rugby Football Union said, “We are very pleased to host the first edition first All India South Zone Senior Men’s and Women’s Rugby 7’s Tournament in Bengaluru . Events like these go a long way to promote the sport in a region and we hope that this tournament will do the same. We would like to express our gratitude towards Transworld Rugby who have been a great supporter for the game , Adroit Facility Management Services , Scrummer , and the Government of Karnataka for helping us in organizing the tournament .