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Old Boys set for battle

A player from the Undesireables tackles a Box Hill Unquenchables player during their game in the 2013 Angkor 10s tournament.
A player from the Undesireables tackles a Box Hill Unquenchables player during their game in the 2013 Angkor 10s tournament. JOE GARRISON

Old Boys set for battle

A unique veterans reunion with a truly international flavour will ruck and roll at the Army Field in Russey Keo district this Saturday in what has been passionately branded “the Battle of the Old Boys”.

It is rugby with a difference, as players past their prime but with great memories and a love for the game are out to recreate exciting moments on the pitch all in the name of what local charitable organisation and event hosts Kampuchea Balopp is doing for the development of youth through rugby.

It is a mini tournament more like a social event but not without competitive candor as two visiting teams, the HKCC Aberdeen Angels and the Saigon Geckos, join the Kampuchea Barbarians for nearly three hours of rugby action from 3pm.

According to Kampuchea Balopp communications manager Steve Noble, the Hong Kong team will be bringing some kit and equipment to be distributed within the KB program and share it with partner NGOs.

The local Barbarians are a team formed in the spirit of diversity and having fun. The squad for Saturday’s triangular event, apart from the locals, includes players based in Cambodia originating from Fiji, Australia, Argentina, France, South Africa, New Zealand and the US.

Food and drinks will be available at the venue through ShowBox and Kati Perri’s Pizza.

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