We are back this Sunday 12th July at 11 Am UAE (+4 GMT) with the 12th Episode of Asia Rugby Live with 4 more amazing guests. The topic of episode 12 we talk about “Giving back to the game”, as our 4 coaches involved with coaching Asian team’s share their stories of how they ended up coaching respective teams in Asia.
This is the second last episode of season one of Asia Rugby Live, of what has been an inspiring journey inside Rugby Asia with guests from 24 member unions.
The season which started with the Asia Rugby President Mr Qais Al-Dhalai explaining his vision and personal journey moved through a range of topics unearthing real heroes of the region.
Asia Rugby CEO Johny Stavrinou came up with the initial concept and gave direction to the Asia Rugby Media and Development consultants to unearth the hidden stories from all over Asia and to highlight the amazing people behind the scenes of its member Unions and Asia Rugby.
The guests for Episode 12 are Yousuf Shaker (Assistant Coach UAE 7s), Charles Louw (Assistant Coach Korea 7s), Lote Raikabula (Head coach, Thailand 7s) and Brad Mika (Head coach, Malaysia)
Yousuf Shaker from UAE not only is one of the first Emirati coaches. As one of the first Emirati players he has played both sevens and Fifteen for UAE and holds the honour of captaining the first all Emirati sevens-national side to their first-ever victory against Uzbekistan.
Shaker is now the Assistant coach of the UAE and is also working on the ‘Get in Rugby’ program He is helping inspire the next generation of Emirati players and coaches. The Man with a smile is also fondly known as Coach “Happy “
Charles Louw, who is from South African is currently the Head coach at RKU (Ryutsu Keizai University) and a High-performance Rugby coaching director. He is currently working with South Korean Men’s Rugby sevens team as an assistant coach and was one of the people behind Korea 7s team qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games. Last year South Korea beat favourites Hong Kong in the Asian Olympic Qualifier in Incheon.
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Lote Raikabula, a former All black Rugby 7s Legend, He has immense experience under his belt as a player and is now as Head coach of the Thailand National Rugby team and spearheading the return of Thai rugby he is currently spearheading an ambitious project Thailand Rugby Roadshow “Rugby On Tour Clinic”,
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A combination of training and education as well as the Get into Rugby program. That will travel all over Thailand ‘Growing the Game ‘ he is travelling with a group this is comprised of the national coaching staff of the 7s and 15s teams, physio, first aid staff, match officials and 10 men and 10 women players.
Another former all-black legend Brad Mika has played across the globe in the top pro teams in France and Japan. in New Zealand Brad has played for the Crusaders, Blues and the Hurricanes.
Brad is currently working as the Malaysian Rugby National Head coach and is the Man behind the raise of Malaysia from Division 1 to Top 3 with a chance next year to qualify for the Rugby world cup 2023
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