J&K team to play rugby in Pak sports festival

SRINAGAR – A 15-member team of rugby playersand officials from Jammu and Kashmir today left for Pakistan to take part in a week-long sports festival.

“Around 180 players and officials will take part in the sports festival in Punjab state of Pakistan from November 7 to November 15. Rugby India has selected one team from Jammu and Kashmir and one from Delhi to take part in the event,” president of the JK Rugby Association Sarmad Hafeez told reporters.

Hafeez said the sports exchange between India and Pakistan will generate a lot of goodwill besides giving international exposure to players from the state.

“It will be great exposure for our players as they will be competing at international level,” he said.

Hafeez said the state Rugby Association has been working hard to promote the game in the state and has in the past brought in coaches from New Zealand and Canada for improving the skills of local players.

“We are trying for player exchange programmes with Rugby powerhouses like New Zealand and Canada. The physique of people in the state is ideal for a sport like Rugby,” he said.

Hafeez gave a send off to the team which will join the national contingent before proceeding to Pakistan.

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