Rugby union in Malaysia

Last updated

Rugby union in Malaysia
Crowd Cobra Tens 2.jpg
Crowd at the COBRA Rugby Tens
Governing bodyMalaysian Rugby Union
National team(s) Malaysia
First playedLate 19th century
Registered players41,050 [1]
National competitions
Club competitions

Rugby union in Malaysia is a sport with a long history, and a significant participation. There are 41,050 registered players, and the country is currently ranked 47th. [2] There are sixteen unions, associations and councils affiliated to the Malaysian Rugby Union, more than 300 clubs, and 600 schools which teach the game. [3] Malaysian rugby's most notable contribution to the game at large is the invention of rugby tens.


Governing body

The governing body is the Malaysian Rugby Union (Malaysian: Kesatuan Ragbi Malaysia). The Malaya Rugby Union (as it was then) was founded in 1921 and joined the IRFB in 1988. [3] [4] [5] The founder members were Selangor, Ipoh District, Singapore, Malacca and Negeri Sembilan. [5]

It is a founding member of the Asian Rugby Football Union. [6]


Wales playing Malaysia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow WalMalComGames.JPG
Wales playing Malaysia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Rugby was introduced to the British colony of Malaya in the late nineteenth century. [3] It has had a steady presence since the beginning of the 20th century, when the Malay Cup between Singapore national rugby union team and Malaya was established, which is one of the oldest rugby competitions in the world. [4]

There is also the Agong's Cup (Piala Agong, or "King's Cup") which is played between the 13 states in Malaysia, the 3 Federal Territories, Royal Malay Regiment (Army) and Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM).

The first inter-club match was played in 1902 between Singapore Cricket Club and Royal Selangor Club. [5] [6] Royal Selangor Club has also hosted one of the oldest rugby sevens tournaments in Asia, the Jonah Jones Rugby Sevens Tournament. [3]

The Malaysians have been instrumental in setting up a number of other South Asian competitions, which have helped bolster the game in the region, amongst these were an Asian "round robin" tournament between Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. [4] However, while the game is popular at school level, economic factors prevent many people playing after they leave. [6]

Amongst the other Malaysian innovations has been the game of "tens" - yet another smaller variant on the usually fifteen a side game. [4] [6]

Malaysia also has a national sevens team. [7]

HMS Malaya Cup

The major trophy is the "HMS Malaya Cup" which was first presented in 1921 and still is awarded to the winners of the Malay sevens. [6] The original trophy was presented by the officers and men of a British battleship, HMS Malaya. In honour of this, the competition was renamed the HMS Malaya Cup in 1933. An association football cup of the same name began at the same time, but has since changed its name to the Malaysia Cup.

1998 Commonwealth Games - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Men's Rugby SevensFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia

Malaysia is an active participant in the Commonwealth Sevens, and the 1998 Commonwealth Games, held in Kuala Lumpur was the first Commonwealth Games to feature the sport.

In front of 20,000 fans at the Petaling Jaya Stadium, Rugby sevens was an enormous success with New Zealand collecting its 100th Commonwealth Games medal with a 21–12 win over the plucky Fiji (the reigning world champions). Man of the match was the giant Jonah Lomu who had worked tirelessly during the 10-minutes each way final. Led by veteran star David Campese, Australia took the bronze beating Samoa 33–12.

Domestic competitions

MRU Super League

This competition that was established in 2004, is the first tier of rugby club competition in Malaysia. It consists of 12 top Malaysian clubs, divided into two groups. The top 4 of each group were advanced to the knockout stage, while the club that being placed at bottom, were relegated to National Inter-Club Championship next year.

See also

Related Research Articles

Politics of Malaysia

Politics of Malaysia takes place in the framework of a federal representative democratic constitutional monarchy, in which the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is head of state and the Prime Minister of Malaysia is the head of government. Executive power is exercised by the federal government and the 13 state governments. Federal legislative power is vested in the federal parliament and the 13 state assemblies. The judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature, though the executive maintains a certain level of influence in the appointment of judges to the courts.

Abdul Rahman of Negeri Sembilan 1St Yang Di-Pertuan Agong

Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Almarhum Tuanku Muhammad was the first Supreme Head of State or Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaya of the Federation of Malaya, eighth Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Seri Menanti and second Yang di-Pertuan Besar of modern Negeri Sembilan.

Hisamuddin of Selangor 2Nd Yang Di-Pertuan Agong

Sultan Sir Hisamuddin Alam Shah Al-Haj Ibni Almarhum Sultan Alaeddin Sulaiman Shah was the second Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaya from 14 April to 1 September 1960, and the sixth Sultan of Selangor between 1938–1942 and again from 1945–1960.

Putra of Perlis 3Rd Yang Di-Pertuan Agong

Tuanku Syed Harun Putra ibni Almarhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail was the third Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaya, and later of Malaysia, and sixth Raja of Perlis.

1998 Commonwealth Games

The 1998 Commonwealth Games(Malay: Sukan Komanwel 1998), officially known as the XVI Commonwealth Games(Malay: Sukan Komanwel ke-16), was a multi-sport event held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This edition is marked by several unprecedented facts in the history of the event. The 1998 games were the first held in an Asian country and the last Commonwealth Games of the 20th century. This was also the first time the games took place in a nation with a head of state other than the Head of the Commonwealth, and the first time the games were held in a country whose majority of the population did not have English as the first language. For the first time ever, the games included team sports. The other bid from the 1998 games came from Adelaide in Australia. Malaysia was the eighth nation to host the Commonwealth Games after Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, Wales, Jamaica and Scotland. Around 3638 athletes from 69 Commonwealth member nations participated at the games which featured 214 events in 15 sports with 34 of them collected medals.

States and federal territories of Malaysia Overview of the states and federal territories of Malaysia

The states and federal territories of Malaysia are the principal administrative divisions of Malaysia. Malaysia is a federation of 13 states (Negeri) and 3 federal territories.

Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali

Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah binti Haji Mohamad Ali is the spouse and wife of Mahathir Mohamad, the 4th and 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia. She played the role of Spouse of the Prime Minister of Malaysia from July 1981 to October 2003 and from May 2018 to March 2020 for almost 24 years. She is the oldest-living person of the role.

The Royal Selangor Club is a social club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, founded in 1884 by the British who ruled Malaya. The club is situated next to the Dataran Merdeka, or Independence Square, padang (field), and is accessible from Jalan Raja. The Club will play host to certain matches from the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup.

Football Association of Malaysia

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) is the national governing body of football in Malaysia responsible for organising the Malaysia national football team within the country. The Football Association of Malaysia headquarters is located at Wisma FAM.

Malaysia Cup Association football tournament

The Malaysia Cup is an annual association football tournament in Malaysia. The cup was first held in 1921. Even though it is the nation's oldest cup tournament, it is currently a secondary cup to the Malaysia FA Cup as the Malaysia FA Cup is the cup which is given the nation's slot for continental cup tournament. The competition was previously managed by Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) before it was transferred to Football Malaysia LLP in the 2016 season.

Malaysia national cricket team

The Malaysia national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Malaysia in international cricket matches. They have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1967.

Royal Selangor Golf Club

The Royal Selangor Golf Club is a golf course in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Established in 1893, it is one of the oldest golf clubs in Asia. The club is open only to members. Its entrance is located at the intersection of Jalan Raja Chulan and Jalan Tun Razak, the latter of which runs along the length of the club. It has two 18-hole championship courses, the Old Course and the New Course, and a 9-hole course.

Sultan of Selangor

Sultan of Selangor is the title of the constitutional ruler of Selangor, Malaysia who is the head of state and head of the Islamic religion in Selangor. The current monarch, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah ascended the throne on the death of his father, on 22 November 2001.

Selangor Football Club, commonly referred to as Selangor F.C. is a Malaysian professional football club based in the city of Shah Alam and competes in the Malaysia Super League, the top division of Malaysian football. Founded in 1936 as Football Association of Selangor (F.A.S) the association built its football development by forming the professional football team and known as Selangor FA. On 2 October 2020, the club have officially made to privatize its football team under a new entity as Selangor Football Club, and was officially approved by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) on 29 September 2020. It currently plays their home games in the 25,000–capacity MBPJ Stadium, after their original home Shah Alam Stadium on due to renovation.

Ungku Abdul Aziz Malaysian economist

Ungku Abdul Aziz bin Ungku Abdul Hamid was a Malaysian economist and lecturer. He was the 3rd Vice-Chancellor of the University of Malaya from 1968 to 1988 and the 1st General Director of the Council on Language and Literature of Malaysia from 1956 until 1957. He was awarded the title of Royal Professor in 1978.

Singapore national rugby union team

The Singapore national rugby union team has yet to make its debut at the Rugby World Cup, though since the 1995 Rugby World Cup, Singapore have been participating in qualification competitions.

Rugby union in Singapore

Rugby union is not a major sport in Singapore. Singapore is currently ranked 58th in the world and 6th in Asia. As of February 2015, there over 12,000 registered players, with more than 2,000 women playing the sport. There are also 15 formally organised clubs with 4 registered Women's sides.

Malaysia Rugby

Malaysian Rugby, formerly known as Malaysian Rugby Union (Malay: Kesatuan Ragbi Malaysia) is the governing body for rugby union in Malaysia. It was founded in 1921 and joined the International Rugby Football Board, later known as the International Rugby Board and now as World Rugby, in 1988. They organize the annual Malaysia Sevens tournament.

Malaya Cup was an association football tournament held by a Malaya Cup committee. The inaugural tournament was run by the Selangor Club.

The following is an alphabetical list of articles related to Selangor.


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 November 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. retrieved 1 July 2009
  3. 1 2 3 4 Rugby in Asia, Malaysia page retrieved 1 July 2009
  4. 1 2 3 4 Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN   1-86200-013-1) p71
  5. 1 2 3 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 March 2009. Retrieved 25 March 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) MRU History page Retrieved 1 July 2009
  6. 1 2 3 4 5 "Islam and Rugby" on the Rugby Readers review retrieved 2 July 2009
  7. McLaren, Bill A Visit to Hong Kong in Starmer-Smith, Nigel & Robertson, Ian (eds) The Whitbread Rugby World '90 (Lennard Books, 1989), p 70