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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Canalina » Fri, 19 May 2017, 17:22

No, it's a one-off test match. But maybe it's not even a proper test match because I don't know if all the saudi players are eligible to the national team. "Strong southern hemisphere flavor in the saudi team", wrote a spectator on twitter and the post match photo shows many 'western faces' in white shirt. I don't know, no info about the line-up arrived by Saudi Arabia.
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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby mcruic » Fri, 19 May 2017, 17:38

Apparently lots of players with less than 3 years residency.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/246094602185707/

Called "Saudi Select" by some - same team that plays in the Gulf Championship against other Gulf clubs (Bahrain, Muscat, etc.)

I don't think it should count as the Saudi national team. Considering the Saudis lost 44-13 to Jordan last time out, the difference in result seems to be more down to the change in personnel rather than any improvement of the players.
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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Canalina » Fri, 19 May 2017, 22:17

Apparently Saudi Arabia awarded caps and one of their players talks about "international debut", like the gulf competition was something different https://twitter.com/daniel__hartley/sta ... 3875478528

But I have too some doubts about the regularness of saudi squad

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Sat, 20 May 2017, 09:14

Result: UAE 26 - 34 Philippines

Malaysia - Sri Lanka just started, Malays 5 - 0 up.

Halftime: Malaysia 5 - 6 Sri Lanka, now 5 - 9 in the 2nd half. Malaysia back in the lead at 12 - 9 despite being down to 14 players. And now 19 - 9 with another converted try.

Final score: Malaysia 22 - 9 Sri Lanka

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby mcruic » Sat, 20 May 2017, 16:31

Canalina wrote:Apparently Saudi Arabia awarded caps and one of their players talks about "international debut", like the gulf competition was something different https://twitter.com/daniel__hartley/sta ... 3875478528

But I have too some doubts about the regularness of saudi squad


Couldn't be their international debut either, as they played last year in Asia Division 3 West (losing 44-13 to Jordan).
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