Rhinos RFC – Sarawak Headhunters rugby friendly on June 9
Posted on June 1, 2012, Friday
KUCHING: Rugby fans in Kuching are in for a rare treat when one of Asia’s premier touring clubs, Rhinos RFC will be taking on Sarawak Headhunters team in a friendly match to be held at Song Kheng Hai Ground on June 9 at 3.30pm.
“This is the first time Rhinos RFC is playing in Kuching, Sarawak and about 45 to 50 of its members will be coming… 22 of them are playing in the game” said Dick Bentham, a member of the organising committee.
The visiting team’s members are amateurs who come from 17 different clubs all over Asia and their trip here was made possible with sponsorships from Royal Mulu Resort and Mulu World Heritage Area.
“They have been touring to several countries in Asia the past 27 years and have won half and drew half of their games played during the tours…last year, they drew 25-25 with a selection side from Beijing, China” said Bentham who is former Kuching Rugby and Football Club (KRFC) president.
“The Rhinos are very good team…it is going to be a tough game for the Sarawak Headhunters whose players have played at the recent SRU President’s Cup in Sibu this month” he said on the local side which is being coached by Michael Ting.
While here, the Rhinos will also do charity work including a visit to the Salvation Army’s Boys Home of Jalan Ban Hock on June 8.
Established in 1985, the club’s concept is primarily to provide an avenue for rugby players to tour annually and to stay connected with each other regardless of where in the world new postings may find them.
Membership to the club is only by invitation and restricted to active players who have or have played for any Asian rugby clubs.
Over the years, membership of the club has grown to over 100 members who have diverse background and come from different nationalities around the globe.
Apart from enjoying rugby and camaraderie, the club members also support worthwhile charities through membership fund-raising and community services whilst on tour.