Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Koupreys conclude training for 5 Nations




Koupreys conclude training for 5 Nations

Koupreys conclude training for 5 Nations

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. 

MOST VIEWED

  • China and India closer to ‘biggest’ showdown

    Indian and Chinese troops remained engaged in an eyeball-to-eyeball situation in several disputed areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh on Thursday, signalling that the confrontation could become the biggest military face-off after the Doklam episode in 2017. Ladakh is a union

  • Central bank to shun small US banknotes

    The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) is considering not accepting smaller denominated US dollar banknotes – $1, $2 and $5 – from banks and microfinance institutions (MFIs) which it said are flooding its stockpile as the demand for those notes is low. While some banking insiders welcomed the move as

  • PM lauded in Covid-19 fight

    World Health Organisation (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus sent a letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen thanking him for following the WHO’s guidance and commending Cambodia’s efforts in the fight against Covid-19. In his letter made public by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Workers return, hope for salaries

    More than 600 factory workers in the capital’s Chaom Chao commune in Por Sen Chey district returned to work after the factory’s owner promised to pay their salaries in instalments until the middle of next month. On Tuesday and Wednesday, more than 600 workers gathered

  • Women detained for forcing kids to beg

    Two women were sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday for forcing six children to beg for money for several months at the Chhouk Meas market in Krang Thnong commune in the capital’s Sen Sok district. Phnom Penh Department of Anti-human Trafficking and

  • Vietnamese tents baffle border guards

    Kandal and Takeo provincial authorities bordering Vietnam have expressed concern after witnessing irregularities by the Vietnamese authorities, including the deployment of soldiers to erect 114 camps just 30m from the border. Takeo provincial governor Ouch Phea told The Post on Thursday that Vietnamese soldiers had erected 83