Muhammad Ameer Nasrun is gearing up for the Commonwealth Games this weekend when Malaysia take centre stage.
Rugby sevens has been part of the Commonwealth Games since 1998, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the Asian side has been part of every edition except for 2006 in Melbourne.
It will be Nasrun’s first Commonwealth Games and having touched down in Australia on Monday, he’s raring to go.
“As this is my first time, I am very excited,” said Nasrun.
“This will be the highlight of my career as a rugby player so far. I just can’t wait to wear the jersey and play on the pitch.”
Malaysia face defending champions South Africa first, before meeting Scotland and Papua New Guinea.
“I hope we can perform to our best, achieve our goals for the tournament, but we realize it is not going to be easy,” added Nasrun.
“But hopefully we can stay together as a team and give a great fight to all the teams we are going to play.”
It’s a busy time for Malaysia with the Commonwealth Games leading into a busy schedule including the Asia Rugby Championship, the Asia Rugby Sevens Series and the Asian Games.
But for Nasrun, as a sevens player, this is a competition and experience he will cherish.
“For us Malaysians, we feel like this is the biggest stage for a rugby player back in our country that we could achieve.
“So for me to play in such a great tournament means so much for me with all the support I get especially from my family and friends.”