Asian5-Nations Rugby tournament open for public

Updated: May 17, 2010, 21:51 PM IST

New Delhi: Asian5-Nations competition,
starting at the newly constructed Rugby stadium in Delhi
University campus on June 2, will be thrown open to public
unlike the Commonwealth test event last month which was out of
bounds due to security reasons.

The first-ever Commonwealth Rugby Sevens championship,
held from April 2-3 at the same venue, was strictly a
no-spectator show after Delhi Police had barred the public
entry citing security concerns.

Rugby enthusiasts will witness the international action
under lights during the two-day tournament and watch an
India-China face-off on the first day.

The four teams that will battle it out at the prestigious
tournament are India, China, Thailand and Philippines.

The winner of this Division II tournament will earn their
spot to participate in Division I and the team that finishes
last will be relegated to Division III.

This is also the first time that Rugby will be played
under lights in India, providing a whole new dimension to the
game, and much excitement for Rugby fans in the capital.

"Events such as these coming to India is testimony to the
growing popularity of India in World Rugby. We are proud to
host this prestigious event for the first time. It serves as a
perfect opportunity in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games,"
said Pramod Khanna, President, Rugby India.

"With our fantastic performance at the CWG Test event
last month and the recent training tours in New Zealand, our
game has shown a marked improvement," Khanna added.

Started in 2008, the 2010 HSBC Asian5-Nations will be the
third series of the Asian Five Nations which is the flagship
competition devised by the Asian Rugby Football Union ? ARFU,
to develop the sport of rugby in Asia.