This article about Malaysia u19 Captain Muhamad Hafiezie has been kindly submitted by Malaysia Rugby Union
Being a student-athlete is difficult but being the captain and managing studies at the same time is a lot of hard work and responsibility.
For a young Malaysian, who was leading the team and playing for the Division 1 club this year , it was a dream come true.
The team participated in the Asia Rugby U19 Division 2 competition last December and secured a well-deserved victory .
Born on April 17th 2000, Muhammad Hafiezie Bin Sudin is the captain of the Malaysia U19 Rugby team. Hafiezie plays as one of the centres.
Becoming one of the prominent player for SMK Sultan Yahya Petra 1 in Kelantan which was his first rugby team during school, the offer to spread his rugby ‘wings’ to play for the sports school of Sekolah Sukan Tunku Mahkota Ismail (SSTMI) could not be resisted, and was once in a lifetime chance, to keep his rugby dreams alive.
— Asia Rugby (@asiarugby) February 8, 2020
Idealising the local Malaysian seven’s hero, Azwan Mat Zizi and All Black’s lightning speed of Rieko Loane, Hafizie, made his historical debut for Malaysia in 2017 taking part in the Asia Rugby U17 competition.
Currently, the 19-year-old is trying his best to secure a spot in the senior team and to play in the 2020 Asia Rugby Championship.
Just like the Malaysian Sensation, Dinesvaran Krishnan, who played in the Japan Rugby Top League for Hino Red Dolphins, Hafiezie is also trying to find an international platform to play professionally.
Hafiezie manages his time between playing and studying by keeping his focus on both the matters and maintaining discipline. He advises to give more than 100% effort during training which will make it easy to kill two birds with one stone.
He also advises to “not let anyone stop you from pursuing your dreams. Nothing is impossible in life if you have determination, discipline and desire”.