Southeast Asia’s oldest rugby tournament, the Indochine Cup, involving teams from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, will be staged tomorrow at Phnom Penh’s Old Stadium.
The traditional rugby 10s event is the first of several post-league season specials in the Cambodian Federation of Rugby’s 2012 calendar.
The day-long Indochine Cup, which kicks off at 9am with the final billed for 5pm, is organised by the Khmer Crows, Phnom Penh’s touch rugby team, in partnership with the CFR.
The four teams, which represent Phnom Penh, Vientiane, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, will play a round robin to determine the top two contestants for the prestigious Cup final, with games comprising two 12-minute halves.
The Khmer Crows will showcase touch rugby between games in an effort to build support for the sport among the Cambodian and expat communities.
Touch rugby, unlike other forms of the game, is played by mixed teams of men and women and allows only six players per side to be on the smaller, 70-by-50-metre field at any time.
The CFR will be fielding a combined team drawn from three leading local clubs – Sisowath Knights, Stade Khmer and Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE) Garudas.
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