Brad Mika has named an unchanged side for Malaysia’s first home match of the 2019 Asia Rugby Championship.
The Bukit Jalil National Stadium plays host to Korea on Saturday and the former All Black makes three changes to his starting XV for the match.
Amirul Abas, Hashraffuddin Basir and Nathanael Ming all enter the side, while Seru Naqasima and Mohd Rahamn swap places at fly-half and full-back.
Mika is anticipating a competitive game as Malaysia seek their first-ever ARC victory.
“We know what Korea is going to bring,” said Mika.
“If we can get consistency then it should be a good game tomorrow. The boys will leave all their energy, heart and sweat out there.
“They will trust the process, believe in the process, and get the outcome.”
“It is no different from what we first started teaching since we came together. With that it is about repetition. If we can get that right on the day we should be a threat.”
For Korea, they make five changes, one in the forwards as Minsu Son replaces Daehwan Kim in the loose forwards.
There are four changes in the backs with a new half-back pairing of Minseong Chae and Jisu Park at fly-half. Namuk Kim and Yongun Lee also make a new centre partnership too in the centres.
Seo Chunoh, Korea’s head coach, explained how he is looking to the future with his selection.
“For this match we’ve gone with a younger squad with five of our veterans being replaced with five University students,
“It will absolutely be a challenge but we are looking forward to grooming the next generation of Korean rugby players.”
The match can be viewed live on Asia Rugby’s Facebook page, while those in Malaysia will be able to view it live on Astro Sports.
Highlights will be available worldwide shortly after the match and Asia Rugby’s social channels will provide live updates throughout the match