S'pore to bank on all-local squad in Asian Rugby 7s

S'pore to bank on all-local squad in Asian Rugby 7s
Singapore national players Daryl Chia (left) and Jay-Hykel Jailani posing after the tournament draw for the HSBC Asian Rugby Sevens Series-Singapore Sevens at Copthorne King’s Hotel on Tuesday. Both will be making their home debut in the series.

The Singapore sevens rugby team will not be sticking to the norm for the upcoming HSBC Asian Sevens series at Yio Chu Kang Stadium this weekend.

While the line-ups of Asian powerhouses Japan and Hong Kong contain a mix of both local and foreign-born players, the hosts will be putting up an all-Singaporean team.

This is to help achieve the Singapore Rugby Union's (SRU) target of a gold medal at the 2015 SEA Games.

Said SRU president Low Teo Ping: "We have put together a national squad comprising all born and bred Singaporeans.

"This will lay the groundwork for the sevens team that will go on to play in the 2015 Games when we host the event.

"It's very important that we stay true to our commitment of developing a team that is truly Singaporean."

The Republic's squad also comprise a number of young players - 12 of the 20 players called up are aged 23 and under.

Among the youngsters set to take to the field are 22-year-old Daryl Chia and 20-year-old Jay-Hykel Jailani.

Both will be making their debut at home in the 12-team Asian Sevens Series.

Chia played in the previous three legs in Malaysia, Thailand and India while Jay-Hykel missed the first leg in Malaysia.

Singapore finished 10th in Malaysia, 11th in Thailand and eighth in India.

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