The Cambodian Federation of Rugby will hold the third round of its sevens league competition at Old Stadium this Sunday.
From 8am to noon, junior sides split into categories of Boys U11, U13, U15 and U18 as well as a Girls section will contest matches. The teams hail from local charity organisations such as PES, ASPECA and Taramana, French school Rene Descartes and Stade Khmer rugby club.
An NGO called Kampuchea Balopp (meaning “Cambodian rugby”) has been helping train the majority of youngsters for the past year. It aims to use rugby as a tool for the education and inclusion of disadvantaged children who don’t have the chance to practice sport on a weekly basis.
The afternoon session from noon to 5pm sees six teams battle for sevens supremacy. The Stade Khmer 1s are reigning champions, although Khmer Rugby Club currently top the standings this season.
Other squads include Sisowath Knights, Siem Reap Rugby Club, Garudas and Stade Khemr 2s.
“Through this tournament, all these young Cambodian and foreign players learn the values of sport – solidarity, team spirit, courage and respect,” CFR communications officer Florent Montmeat told the Post.
“The atmosphere is very good and the viewers are excited to see the sport being practiced in Cambodia.”