|Rugby union in Brunei|
|Governing body||Brunei Rugby Football Union|
Rugby Union is a minor sport in Brunei
The Brunei Rugby Football Union is the governing body of Rugby Union in Brunei. It is still in its infancy, being admitted into the Asian Rugby Football Union in 2004, and more recently, into the International Rugby Board in 2005. It was set up in 1977, and registered officially as a society in November 2004, and has been formally admitted as an associate member of the Asian Rugby Football Union. It was granted full membership in the game's controlling body, the International Rugby Board in late 2005.
Rugby Union, which is played in 105 countries around the world, has already been played in Brunei since the 1950s. According to the archives of the Royal Brunei Yacht Club, a "Town Rugby Football Team" played a team from the Seria district in 1957. In the mid 1970s, rugby in Brunei grew in popularity with the influx of expatriates from Britain and active participation from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), Brunei Shell Recreation Club, Royal Brunei Yacht Club, the Panaga Club and the British Garrison in Seria.
A domestic competition took place from 1978 to 1993, involving regular teams from the Panaga Club, the Royal Brunei Yacht Club, the British Garrison, the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, the Royal Brunei Police, the Brunei Shell recreation Club, Pirates RFC and the Miri RFC from Malaysia.
Numerous clubs also organised Rugby sevens and tens competitions from time to time, but the large number of British and Commonwealth expatriates leaving the sultanate in the late 1990s led to a decline in the number of such tournaments.
Brunei was one of the countries that hosted the annual Asian Rugby Seven Series in 2009. It was a 2-day event set on the 24th and 25 October at the Hassanal Bolkiah stadium. The Brunei Rugby Football Union (BRFU) have been given a contract to host annual Brunei Sevens rugby tournaments for four years.
Schedule for the Asian Rugby Sevens Series 2009:
Shanghai Sevens, China, September 12–13
Subic Sevens, Philippines, October 10–11
Brunei Sevens, October 24–25
Borneo Sevens, Kota Kinabalu, October 31 - November 1
Kish Island Sevens, Iran, November 20–22
Sri Lanka Sevens, November 28–29
The national team has not qualified for the Rugby World Cup yet.
Brunei takes part in the Pacific Asia region of the Asian Five Nations
Brunei also has a national sevens team.
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Seria is a town on the north-east coast of the island of Borneo, in the Bruneian district of Belait. It is the birthplace of the country's petroleum industry, where oil was struck here in 1929. Seria is governed as a municipality, as well as two village-level subdivisions under the mukim of the same name. The postcodes of Seria include KB1133 and KB4733.
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Panaga is a coastal settlement on the north-east coast of the island of Borneo, in the Bruneian district of Belait. Officially known in Malay as Kampung Panaga, it is a village-level subdivision under Seria, a mukim or subdistrict of Belait. The settlement of Panaga comprises a public housing estate under the National Housing Scheme and the housing estate of Brunei Shell Petroleum, the main oil and gas company in the country. Panaga is also home to the headquarters of the company itself. The postcode for Panaga is KB4533.
Seria is a mukim in the Belait District of Brunei. It is about 169 square kilometres in size. It is located in the north-west of the Belait District, bordering the South China Sea to the north, Mukim Liang to the east, Mukim Labi to the south-east, Mukim Kuala Balai to the south and Mukim Kuala Belait to the west. It has over 27,000 residents made up of various races, including Malays and Chinese. There is also a Nepalese community in Seria, made up of members of the British Army's Brigade of Gurkhas. The British Army occupies two camps in Seria since the 1960s, known as the Medicina Lines and the Tuker Lines. As of March 2007, the Penghulu of Mukim Seria is Awang Haji Jamail bin Haji Linap who was elected to the office on 12 March 2006.
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