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Rugby marathon on Sunday

A player from Taramana NGO (in blue) faces a challenge from a Rene Descartes high school opponent during their junior rugby sevens match at the Old Stadium
A player from Taramana NGO (in blue) faces a challenge from a Rene Descartes high school opponent during their junior rugby sevens match at the Old Stadium. BING GUAN

Rugby marathon on Sunday

A surfeit of drama and excitement is in store for rugby fans at the Old Stadium on Sunday when the penultimate rounds of the compact sevens version fills out the day at three different levels of competition.

A marathon session of 42 games is on offer in the sub-junior, junior and senior sections running from the starting time of 9am to late evening.

Most of the teams in the U9, U11 and U13 categories are drawn from different local and international NGOs which are developed and coached by Kampuchea Balopp, a charity organisation working for the betterment of lives through rugby. The field also includes a team from Phnom Penh’s French high school Rene Descartes and a visiting side from Siem Reap, Monnin Rubber Plantation.

Several new teams feature prominently in the junior section (U15, U18 and women).

The most eagerly awaited debut is that of ISPP, coached by CFR referee and ISPP teacher Peter McCombe.

The PSE Garudas and Stade Khmer are easily the best two teams among the seniors. The Garudas have already booked their place in the May 18 final but Stade Khmer need to win at least one more game to ensure their slot in the championship round.

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