In the seven-nation round-robin competition, India defeated Laos 22-7, Philippines 12-5, Nepal 43-0 and Malaysia by 26-12,Pakistan by 5-0 and in the last match were beaten by South Korea by 0-29.
As per Asia Rugby’s tournament statistics, Indian Hupi Majhi was one amongst the top three Try Scorers of the tournament and Meerarani Hembram was the third highest in the conversions.The players shortlisted to join the training camp were selected during the Federation Cup Rugby Sevens Championship 2016, held on January 28-19 at the Biju Patnaik Sports Complex,Utkal University in Bhubaneswar. After the Federation Cup, the training and selection camp was held at Bombay Gymkhana Grounds in Mumbai from February 4 to 16.
The squad: Neha Pardeshi (Captain), Vahbiz Bharucha, Ruchi Shetty, Priya Bansal,Namita Bhoj, Neha S, Hupi Majhi,Laxmipriya Sahu, Meerarani Hembram, Sanjukta Munda,Bhagyalaxmi Barik, and Subhalaxmi Barik.
Three players from Maharashtra, three from Delhi and six from Odisha.Nasser Hussain serves as the head coach, while Rehmuddin Shaikh is his assistant.
The Seven Asian nations participated are — South Korea, Philippines,Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan,India and hosts Lao.
The captain, Neha Pardeshi
Born and brought up in Pune, Neha was only 15 when started playing and gradually began participating in tournaments regularly. She is the scrum-half. (The scrum half is the key player in the team. She is at the center of all that happens and is the link between the forwards and the backs).
“Rugby is not just about tackles, but more of aggression and speed. It is too fast a game to play well unless your concentration is in the right place when it counts the most,” – Neha Pardesh
Back in 2009, India was ranked 14th in Asia.
With the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympics to be hosted in Japan, this is an exciting time for Asia.