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Taipei hosts Post-COVID19 First Rugby Tournament
The Ministry of Education has approved, with the collaboration of Taipei City Department of Sport, Chinese Taipei Rugby Football Union’s (CTRFU) application to host the 74th National Rugby Tournament.
After health authorities have announced the easing of lockdown in June, CTRFU assessed the risks and were satisfied that player and stakeholder welfare criteria have been achieved. Hence, CTRFU issued a call for registration for teams nationwide for the National Rugby Tournament this July!
Secretary-General, Jeremy Pai, has been pleased with the enthusiastic response in his efforts to organize the “return to rugby”. The tournament will last 5 days from July 7-11, a super week of rugby, at Bailing Rugby Field in Taipei. Various formats and different age groups will have the opportunity to compete for national honours.
The categories competing comprise the following:
- 7-A-Side Elementary School Mixed Gender Tag Rugby
- 7-A-Side Elementary School Girls’ Tag Rugby
- Junior High School 15s Rugby
- Junior High School Girls’ 7s Rugby
- Senior High School 15s
- Women’s 7s
The organization of the tournament with an emphasis on inclusion and variety is part of CTRFU’s ongoing efforts on Get Into Rugby (GIR) for the Rugby Retention Program.
Allowing the experience of the tournament to be multi-dimensional and inspiring for promising talents to imagine even more possibilities. The guidelines and advice by Asia Rugby and World Rugby for gender inclusion and age level safeguards have enabled CTRFU to modernize, re-structure and re-organize efforts into growing the game.
Understanding the rugby community’s hunger for rugby in this current environment, CTRFU President Herman Huang has also committed to Livestream the matches via Facebook and share the video feed with Asia Rugby for the benefit of the wider rugby community. CTRFU is mindful of Asia Rugby President Qais Abdullah Al Dhalai’s motto, “We can do better, but TOGETHER!”
Clubs and Teams in Taiwan will be eager to get out on the field to exhibit their skills and compete before the season’s end. The drought of rugby action has been hard to endure, but many rugby enthusiasts and teams will relish the opportunity to finally end their season in a tournament.
It will be especially gratifying for graduates-to-be to enjoy their last game with their teammates and receive a proper ending to their season before they move on to the next stage.
As one of the few fortunate unions that have enjoyed a successful national response to COVID19, CTRFU have taken the opportunity of the delayed re-organized rugby calendar to showcase non-contact elementary level rugby as well as the women’s game.
The rugby super week hopes to concentrate and maximize resources to gather support and exposure for the game at all levels for all genders.
The Women’s 7s National Team players are particularly eager.
|Veteran captain 魏采萍 Wei Tsai-Ping is feeling the pre-game nerves, “Everyone is excited and nervous before the match. I hope everyone maintains a level head; just perform as good as we have in training, and enjoy the experience of the tournament.”
Former U18 Girls players 劉玉琦 Liu Yu-Chi and 賴奕羽 Lai Yi-Yu spoke also of their nerves and hopes for the tournament. New players promoted to the Women’s Team relish the opportunity to prove themselves,
鄭筑勻 Cheng Chu-Yun of Tung-Hai University shows her game maturity, “When you train hard, then your body will perform well in the match. Keep the mind in a good state, to confront the challenges of the match with a serious attitude.
” 李瓊亞 Lee Chiong-Ya reminds us, “Win or Lose, I hope everyone can savour the joys of playing rugby.”
@AsiaRugby will be Live Streaming on Facebook.