February, 2012 -National News

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February, 2012 - National News

Rugby India linked up with NDTV to promote the Marks for Sports Campaign - a nationwide activity featuring various upcoming sports, including Rugby!

Over 100 children showed up at the Sri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi on Sunday 5th February from 2pm - 4pm to try their hand at Rugby. The enthusiasm and interest displayed by the participants while playing the sport was commendable.

In addition to the overwhelming turnout of kids, the Rugby session also attracted young and old players, both boys & girls,

from the 2 local clubs – Delhi Hurricanes and Delhi Lions. It was also a delight to see a bus load of Rugby supporters and enthusiasts from the neighbouring state of Haryana.

A part of the event was telecast live on NDTV that featured Rahul Bose (Celebrity / ex-Indian National Rugby player) and Nasser Hussain (Captain Indian National Team) explaining the rules of Rugby and demonstrating a few innovative training drills and games.

Rugby India would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge

and applaud the clever initiative taken on by NDTV to promote

sports amongst the youth. We would also like to thank Rahul and the other National team players for taking the time out to help with conducting the session and encourage these young kids to take on Rugby.




Regional News

The 6th Corporate Touch Rugby Tournament held on 18th February, 2012 at the Calcutta Rangers Club    saw amateurs and newbies came together with  professional rugby players to pursue the oval ball and     play some Rugby.

The tournament organized by the Jungle Crows featured a total of 13 Corporate teams from HSBC, EdifiXio, IndiSmart Hotel, Future Hope India, Pal Goods Transport Company, The Linde Group, British Deputy High Commission, Terra Indica, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Srei Infrastructure Finance Ltd and Jadavpur University.

There was some exciting display of skill and rugby on the sunny Saturday afternoon as teams competed  for the Cup, Plate and Bowl trophies.

Defending champions Jadavpur University took home the 6th Corporate Touch Rugby Cup, while Terra Indica came a close second. Future Hope won the Plate and PwC Team A bagged the Bowl.

The proceeds from the tournament will go towardsthe Jungle Crows sports development programme         ‘Khelo Rugby’, which takes rugby into disadvantaged communities around the state.





The 4th Haryana State Rugby Sevens Tournament held in Nangalgaon, Haryana, on Friday 20th January, 2012 saw the experienced Sonepat outfit beat the young Bhiwani team in the Finals to be crowned winners of the Haryana State Sevens.

The tournament organized by the Haryana State Rugby-Football Association featured a total of 12 district teams from Ambala, Sirsa, Gurgaon, Sonepat, Rohtak, Kurukshetra, Bhiwani, Panipat, Jhajjar, Jind, Yamunanagar and Hissar.



Upcoming Event

The North India Rugby Promotion Tournament, hosted by the Delhi Hurricanes Rugby Football Club, will be played at the DDA grounds in Vasant Kunj, Delhi on 10th & 11th March, 2012.

The tournament, organized in partnership with the   French Embassy and DDA, will feature a total of 6 Men’s teams from North India competing in the Sevens format of the game.
Alongside the main event, an exhibition match showcasing Women’s Rugby and a Touch Rugby Tournament will also be played in addition to a Men’s XV-a-side game.





Featured Player – Indian Women’s Team

Surabhi Date

Date of Birth  : 28/05/1991
Position Played: : Fly-half
 Club Team: 
 : RFS Pune
 Birth Place:  
 :  Pune
 International  7s Debut: :   30/05/2009 at the Asian Women’sSevens in Pattaya, Thailand
 Intl. Sevens Caps: :  5 International 7s Tournaments


  • Captained the Indian 7-a-side team at the Asian Women’s 
  •  Championship in Pune, 2011
  • Captained the Indian 7-a-side team at the XVI Asian 
  • Games in Guangzhou, China in 2010
  • Captained the Indian 7-a-side team at the Asian Games
  • Women’s Sevens Test Event in Guangzhou, China, 2010
  • Represented the Indian 7-a-side team at the Asian-Pacific
  • Women’s Sevens in Kota Kinabalu–Borneo, Malaysia, 2010
  • Started playing rugby at the All India level in 2009 –
  • representing RFS Pune





Featured Player – Indian Mens Team

Gautam Dagar


Date of Birth  :08/08/1988 
Position Played: :Scrum Half /Fly Half
 Club Team: 
 :Delhi Hurricanes
 Birth Place:  
 :New Delhi
 International  7s Debut: :Asian Rugby Sevens in Kandy, Sri Lanka – Sept, 2008
 International  XVs Debut:
  03/06/2009 vs Malaysia at the  Asian 5 Nations – Div II in KL
 Intl. Sevens Caps: : 6 Test Caps


  • Represented the Indian National  7-a-side team at the XIX Commonwealth Games in Delhi, 2010
  • Represented the Indian National  7-a-side team at the XVI Asian Games in Guangzhou, China in 2010
  • Bronze Medalist at the National Games of India representing the Delhi State 7-a-side team in Guwahati, Assam in 2007
  • Has also represented the Indian 7-a-side team at the
  • Asian Sevens on numerous occasions
  • Started playing rugby at the All India level in 2005 – representing the Delhi Hurricanes


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