State U-16 rugby team aims for Limca record


The KRFU only recently formed an under-16 team, the first of its kind in Karnataka, and have chosen a rather unique route to raise funds to help the team. The U-16 team, training for the all-India tournament in Orissa from Dec 9-13, will try to etch a place in the Limca Book of Records by attempting the world’s longest try.

The attempt will involve 2000 passes in 80 minutes to get a try -- the equivalent of a goal in football -- on Sunday at the BRV grounds. Each of the 15 members in the team will have a sponsor and the proceeds of the event will go into funding the requirements of the team.

“This will be the first record of its kind to enter the books. I am sure there will be a couple of drops here and there, which will lead to us losing time. That won’t do us any good. If we have a 99 percent conversion rate with our passing, we will have made our mark,” said volunteer youth coach Dave Armstrong.

KRFU vice-president Gerald Prabhu expressed his concern at the way the sport was being treated by the government and the sports authorities. But with rugby being a medal sport at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, the government had taken a positive step by providing modest financial assistance, he said.

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