India, playing in the Asia Rugby Division 3 – South Region tournament match defeated Nepal 86-0. In a match played at the Rabindra Sarobar stadium, Kolkata, team India dominated from the very first minute and gave no chance to its opponents to score.
The Indian team met Nepal in the first game of their campaign. The winner of the three team tournament will move into the division 2. India now prepares to meet Bangladesh on the 25th of November, 2022 in their next match. India may look for a spot at the Asian Rugby Championship Division 3 playoffs through which one team will get promoted to Division 2.
Earlier, team India led by Prince Khatri, gave the chance to as many as 17 players to make their first official start. The players took their chance and dominated through the entire game. This strong start helps India gain momentum. If they make it to the playoffs, team India may face teams such as Kazakhstan and Iran depending on their respective regional qualifications.
Prince Khatri, the Captain of team India on the occasion said, he is overwhelmed by the display from the young players. “As India rugby players we have been looking forward to the resumption of 15s rugby at the Asia level. Now, three years later, not only is the team happy having played top flight rugby but is also thrilled with the victory against Nepal today. Equally we are proud to play host to Bangladesh and Nepal. The rugby will be fierce and fair on the field. Our relationship with the teams will be warm and hospitable off the field. All the very best to all three teams!” said Khatri.
Rahul Bose, President, Rugby India also reflected the same sentiments. ‘First, many congratulations to the Indian team for their victory. To Nepal – thank you for a spirited performance and we look forward to seeing you again. Central to the ethos of rugby is : Collaboration. Sharing. That no team can move forward unless its members do it together. In that spirit Rugby India is privileged to host the Asian Rugby Championships Div 3 (South). It has been our pleasure to collaborate with Asia Rugby and host Bangladesh and Nepal in Kolkata,” said Bose.
The Indian Rugby Football Union (IRFU) is the sole governing body for the sport of Rugby in India. The IRFU, responsible for the growth and development of the sport of Rugby across the country, is recognized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India and is a full member of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU) & World Rugby.