WITH its opening match in the HSBC Asian 5 Nations Southeast Asia Regional Tournament in Savannakhet, Laos just two days away, the Cambodian National Rugby Team, the "Koupreys", wrap up their final phase of preparations with training sessions scheduled for today and Tuesday.
The Koupreys held a spirited session late Saturday afternoon at their dusty training pitch near Stung Meanchey, as head coach Peter Maley neared a final decision on his team selections for Wednesday night's game against Brunei.
"We had a good run [on Saturday]," said Maley. "It was a pretty solid session, so I think the guys are starting to focus on what's ahead."
Physically, the Koupreys appear to be in good shape, with Chro Kim Seang the only team member hobbled with an injured right foot from a motorcycle accident in Phnom Penh on Wednesday night.
"I keep telling these guys that they've got to be more careful when they're riding around town, especially before a rugby match," quipped Maley.
"I ran better on it during [Saturday's] training," said Chro Kim Seang. "It will not be a problem for the tournament. I will be ready, I promise."
Although the Koupreys will be taking 24 players to Laos as part of the travelling squad, international rules require that 22 players, 15 starters and seven reserves be designated before the match.