Friday, April 02, 2010

Club gears up rugby sevens for youth

Matheos V. Messakh , Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Thu, 04/01/2010 2:03 PM | Sports

Global Jaya Bintaro high school scored a 19-10 win over Labschool Kebayoran Baru to mark its status as the first high school to win the first Britmindo Schools Rugby Sevens after two rounds Wednesday.

In the match for the third and fourth place earlier in the evening, SMA 3 high school defeated Al-Chasanah 29-0.

Britmindo Schools Rugby Sevens is a rugby sevens competition held by Labschool Kebayoran Baru and Jakarta Banteng Rugby Club (JBRC) to introduce and develop rugby among the youth.

The two-day tournament includes SMA 3 high school Jakarta, Labschool Kebayoran Baru, Global Jaya Bintaro high school and Al-Chasanah high school Tanjung Duren.

The girls division will be held Thursday with participants from the same schools.

The tournament was part of the club effort to introduce rugby sevens among the youth especially after Oct. 9 2009 when the International Olympic Committee voted to include rugby sevens in the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

"We are looking ahead to a bigger event now and see the inclusion of rugby seven in the Olympics as a good opportunity. We want to take it further to introduce it to young people, hopefully we can also include it in the Southeast Asian *SEA* Games," said Denny, chairman of the Jakarta Banteng Rugby Club.

The Jakarta Banteng Rugby Club was developed in 2004 by Indonesian Rugby Football Union as a pioneer of the National Rugby team in Jakarta and surrounding areas.

They have been holding regular training sessions throughout the year for all levels of players, from juniors to the first 15 competitive teams.

The club has players who have been involved in coaching at schools and universities in Greater Jakarta including Darunnajah Islamic school, SMAN 3 high school, SMA Lab school Kebayoran, Cita Buana, Sekolah Pelita Harapan, Sekolah Global Jaya, Monash College Jakarta, Trisakti University, Tarumanegara University and Jakarta State University.

Rugby is now played regularly in 12 provinces in Indonesia with players numbering in the hundreds, along with a growing number of supporters.

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