Mumbai : The Maharashtra boys’ and girls’ teams are determined to produced an improved performance from last year and try for a podium finish in the “Societe Generale Junior (boys’ and girls’ under-18) National Rugby Sevens Championship 2016”, which will be played at the prestigious Bombay Gymkhana on Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21, 2016. The two-day event is being conducted by The Indian Rugby Football Union (IRFU) aka Rugby India, in association with Societe Generale and Rugby Association of Maharashtra (RAM).
In last year’s Championship in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, the state boys’ reached the semi-final round, but this time they are keen make optimum use of the home advantage and try to emerge champions. Maharashtra is placed in Pool-E along with Jammu & Kashmir and Chhattisgarh. They open their campaign against J&K in the morning and, later clash with Chhattisgarh in the afternoon.
The Maharashtra girls are drawn in Pool-D along with Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. In their opening fixture, Maharashtra face off against Kerala in the morning and later in the day they take on Andhra Pradesh.
The event is important for girls as it will be the basis for selecting the Indian Junior team to participate in the Asian Junior Under-18 Championship in Dubai later this year. Rugby India, would shortlist players for a National camp to pick the Indian Under-18 girl’s team which will play in the Asian Circuit.
A record number of 30 states (18 boys and 12 girls’ teams) are participating in the Championship. The teams that will be vying for top honours, include hosts Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Daman, Uttarakhand.