Brad Mika and Andy Hall have named their respective sides for this weekend’s Asia Rugby Men’s Championship match between Malaysia and Hong Kong.
The match will take place at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium and after their impressive 30-24 bonus point defeat, Malaysia will be buoyed heading into a home encounter with the defending champions.
Former All Black Mika is forced into one change with captain Dinvesvaran Krihsnan returning to his club in Japan. He is replaced by Timoci Vunimoku in the second row.
Marc Le will captain the side in Krishnan’s absence, with other changes including MD Nur Ikqwan replacing MD Khairul Abdillah at scrum-half.
Andy Hall has rung the changes however, making no fewer than 12 changes. The only three players to maintain their spots are Kyle Sullivan, Paul Altier and Callum McCullough. Liam Slatem will captain the side from scrum-half with Jack Neville playing at fly-half.
“Preparation has been good this week,” explained Slatem.
“We have focussed on our set piece, and we really want to continue that into tomorrow night. We have prepared well for Malaysia.
“They turned up last week, they are a quality side. We have looked at their game, analysed it and done our home work.
“Tomorrow will be about implementing our game plan whilst trying to stop their big ball carriers.”