Saturday, December 7, 2013

“to change the world … to inspire … to unite people.”

Nelson Mandela who was known to the world as a symbol of resistance to racism and brought South Africa to an all-race democracy.

''Mandela may not have understood rugby very well, but he understood the political impact sports could have. That’s why he seized on the Rugby World Cup. Mandela—in a tremendous act of self-interested generosity toward the vanquished whites—allowed South Africa to host the tournament, which had been awarded to the country in 1992. And then he convinced his black compatriots to make the Springbok team their own, even though there was only one nonwhite player on the 15-man roster. He did this by enlisting the white stars of the team to his cause, persuading them to learn the new national anthem (previously a song of black protest) and to reach out to what initially was a mightily skeptical black population.
The Springboks beat France, Australia and others to reach the final against New Zealand, then the best team in the world. But the day’s crowning moment came before the game had even begun, when Mandela went out onto the field, before a crowd of 65,000 that was 95% white, wearing the green Springbok jersey, the old symbol of oppression, beloved of his apartheid jailers. There was a moment of jaw-dropping disbelief, a sharp collective intake of breath, and suddenly the crowd broke into a chant, which grew steadily louder, of “Nelson! Nelson! Nelson!”
An hour and a half later, after a nerve-racking final seven minutes, the Springboks won the game. And then, when Mandela walked onto the field to present the trophy to South Africa’s captain, it was “Nelson! Nelson!” again, but even louder, and with tears now. The whole country, black and white, sang and danced into the night, united for the first time in its history around one cause, one delirious celebration. There was no civil war, no right wing terrorism, and Mandela achieved his life’s goal of creating what remains still today, and would have seemed almost impossible then: a stable, multiracial democracy."

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

SMU vs Oldham Gold - 1st November, 1030am @ ACS(I)

The City Boys are all set to kick off their first 15s game of the 2013/14 season against Championship Powerhouse, Oldham Gold this Saturday at the Anglo-Chinese School(Independent) rugby pitch.

Oldham Gold, who take part in the Championship of Singapore Rugby League are on a bye this weekend due the SCC 7s happening on The Padang.

The City Boys have been training for about 3 weeks and will look to start the pre-season on a high and test out different combinations and positions amongst the players.

This weekend's game looks to see the debut of Year 1's, Avinash "Mr SMU" Raju, Norman "I'm actually a back" Yam, Chris "I think I'm a Forward" Feng, Lucas "Econs Hot Bod" Wong and basketball to rugby convert, Marc "Israel Folau" Wilson who has still yet to get a pair of rugby boots for Saturday's fixture.

Year 0's will also be on show. Vikki " Little Fijian" Krishnan and Marcus "Mongoose" Ang will add more firepower to the already dominant City Boys backrow.

The usual suspects will look to take the field as well. With newly elected President and Vice-Captain Tang Hon Wei and Brandon Yow leading the backs and Shaun Ng controlling the forward pack.

Do come down and support the City Boys this Saturday, 1030am at the ACS(I) rugby pitch!


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Introducing the Mid Term Signings!

In recent weeks, with the two BIGGEST summer signings of Harresh “the friendly black giant” Krishnan and Benjamin “King Casual” Choy, SMURugby continue to scout and recruit more talents hidden within SMU. We are extremely delighted to welcome these new players for the upcoming season!

Avinash “Mr SMU 2013” Vardza Raju

Chris Wolfrik Feng

Norman Yam

Toh Wei Xiang

(Left: Wei Xiang)

Timothy John Tjoe

Friday, October 11, 2013

Player of The Week - Jason Sum

Name:Jason Sum
Position: Prop / Ex In-Center
Height: 183cm
Weight: 95kg
Interests: Protein Shakes & Beer

In this week's issue of Player of the Week, SMUrugby News brings you our very own gym and fitness maestro, Jason Sum.

Jason, who picked up the sport at Junior College has made a strong and positive impact within the SMU rugby community - especially when he showed us all how beer and protein powder make an awesome drink called the Tiger Dinosaur.

 Jason is also a newly elected Exco member and Co-Director of Operations.

Having a body fat percentage of only 1% and biceps comparable to the peaks of the Himalayas(See Figure 1 for reference), Sum has been one of the more inspiring members of the rugby team and a brilliant role model for the Freshmen.


Figure 1.

Jason Sum is the epitome of hardwork and dedication. Having being raised in the tough streets of Whitley Road as a CJC student, he took the opportunity to work hard and make sure he got bigger and stronger to fend of any threats of nearby SCGS girls around the corner.

Jason before his transformation

SMUrugby News managed to get a comment from fellow teammate, Hoi on his Protein Loaded Teddy Bear of a friend. This is what Hoi had to say, '' On good days,yes he is the hulk. Displaying god-given strength(Bicep curling what normal guys would bench). However more often than not, with a little alcohol, he evolves into a boomer. A bloated beast that spits horrendously smelling spew on seats of public transport".

Jason's story is truly inspiring and you can find out more by purchasing his Biography that is available at all major book stores, aptly titled,
"SUM-body that I used to know"

Thursday, October 10, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Yow secretly a Westlife Fan Boy

SMUrugby News just received this controversial picture of newly appointed Vice-President, Brandon Yow holding self made posters at what seems to be a Westlife Concert.

Yow was uncontactable at the time but sources claim that Yow has moved on from his boy band phase to better and more girl orientated activities in life.

SMU Rugby's very own Political Analyst, Saran had this to say: ''I believe that this picture has come at a good time. With campaigning all over and the pressure of garnering votes done, Yow has probably done this as a strategic move to win the hearts of the people even further and add some comic relief to the atmosphere post voting...''

Do stay tuned as SMUrugby News tries to get in contact with Brandon "Coast to Coast" Yow for a more formal introduction and interview.

Mid-Term Bonding 2013

On the 9th of October The City Boys had their first official gathering as a team leading up to the 2013/14 season.

We were all set to meet at 5.30pm and players came from all corners of the Campus, except for Arveen ofcourse, who came from home with a deflated rugby ball.

It was a good mix of senior players as well as the new Year Ones who were welcomed with open arms and raised cups of malted cereal grain.

 A good start to the new season to come and a wonderful cohesion event that had some of the most inspiring speeches that the world has seen since the 300 movie. We'll let the pictures do the talking. Enjoy the last bit of recess week everyone!

                                      Ronnie with the Freshmen

             Ronnie with the Fenders and Events Directors - Hoi & Shaun
                                       Ronnie in the middle
                              Ronnie on the right of the picture..
                                           Ronnie took this picture
                                        Ronnie on the left of the picture..

                                           Bryan & Sum
                                               Supper got messy
                                      Ronnie with Year Zero, Vikki

Saturday, October 5, 2013

SMU Rugby x SSU Day Instagram Challenge

The inaugural SSU Day held on 27th September saw The City Boys gather in full force for a few hours of posed, random and candid shots that doubled as quite a fun team bonding activity. At 11:30am, players came from classes, the Library, GSRs and even Ice Cold Beer decked in SMU Rugby kits outside Koufu and started to brainstorm on how to go about with the Instagram Challenge set by SSU.

For the readers who are not familiar with who the SSU are, here is a brief intro. The SMU Sports Union(SSU) is constituent body of all the sports clubs at Singapore Management University and are the guys who basically look after our welfare and keep track of our results along with the Office of Student Life(OSL).

We set off on our Instagram challenge trying to find the best locations for our pictures - From disturbing the peace in the library to disturbing innocent souls on Campus Green(Credit goes to Blandon Tan for this one..) we took our photos, added our #hashtags and got the likes coming in.

SSU released the results earlier today and we are pleased to share that SMU Rugby won the following:




A very good day for The City Boys and a positive start going in to recess week with the conclusion of the Mid-Terms today.

 SMU Rugby would like to thank SMU Sports Union for a successful SSU Day and the great welfare packs that have been put to good use by all of us.

Thanks for the love, SSU. 
Might of One, Strength from All ;)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

BREAKING NEWS - Ronnie goes SUPER SAIYAN for the Mid-Terms

SMUrugby Vice-Captain, Ronald Cher has apparently gone SUPER SAIYAN due to the on-going Mid-Terms. Ronald, who was last seen entering the Li Ka Shing Library Quiet Area at Level 2 during week 4 finally left the building to have an upsized meal of breaded chicken and spagetti. 

SMUrugby News managed to catch up with ''The Beast'' for a quick comment on his new transformation.

SMUrugby News: So Ronnie, what's with the new look?

Ronald: BEAST MODE ON!!!!

That was all Ronald had to say before flying off to the library again. Please stay tuned for a more detailed report on Ronald and his transformation.

Player of the Week - Kelly

Name: Kelly Tan
Position: Center/Wing
Height: 173cm
Weight: 75kg
Interests: entertaining guests at his mansion

This week we bring you one SMU Rugby's most improved and rising stars, Kelly Tan. Having only picked up the sport at SMU, Kelly has improved leaps and bounds from his first training session and features regularly for The City Boys at both 7s and 15s. 

We managed to get Kelly for an interview despite his busy schedule. Here is what Kelly had to say to some of our questions.

SMUrugby News: What made you join rugby?
Kelly: I heard there was a position called HOOKER.

SMUrugby News: What do you like about the sport?
Kelly: I like the contact, I like it rough. BOOYAH.

SMUrugby News: What do you enjoy the most about SMU Rugby?
Kelly: I like the kegs that come with the team and the wonderful nights out.

SMUrugby News: Is there anyone you look up to in the team?
Kelly: There issnt one specific person in the team I look up to. It's more of a mix of personalities and talents. I look up to Tim Gay's quads, Shaneet's liquid diet, Blandon's lack of clothing and Arveen's calm and composed mindset to life.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Transfer Updates: Summer 2013 Signings

SMU Rugby is pleased to announce their latest 2 signings.                                 Benjamin Choy & Harresh Krishnan.

Both players recently featured for The City Boys at the SUNIG 7s, with Choy playing for SMU B and Krishnan for SMU A.

The new signings were also seen on stage during Freshman Bash where they demolished the opposition and took home the crown of Beer Chugging Champions 2013.

Harresh Krishnan

The Black Mamba, Route One, Blackout; whatever the name, you know that you are in for a bout playing against him. Harresh "The Friendly Giant" Krishnan, has finally put pen to paper after a drawn out year in rival club SIM.

SMU's marquee signing of 2013, Harresh adds a new dimension to the City Boys with his devastating runs and powerful handoffs. His admirable ball handling skills as a forward also shows he is versatile in the game, evident from his inclusion into the first team for the SUNiG 7's.

Standing at a staggering 1.86m, Harresh also brings a lot of experience with him, having been the youngest player to earn a full cap at National level and playing in the Premiership for current club, SCC.

Aside from rugby abilities, Harresh's philanthropic efforts also potray a soft side to this goliath, as he actively involves himself in SMU PAW(People for Animal Welfare). Journalists have reported that while backpacking in the United States during the summer, he thoughtfully declined to ride on a mule through the Grand Canyon as it was suggested that the mule would not be able to bear the full 115kg of his body. 

His care and love for animals and his passion for rugby go in tandem, and the City Boys have much to learn from this stature of a man.

Benjamin Choy

Benjamin "King Casual" Choy adds some weight and beef to the SMU Pack. Able to play all positions from 1 to 8, Ben adds some much needed depth and fits in perfectly with SMU Rugby's free flowing style of play.

Ben, who was signed in the summer of 2013 has been a regular at pre-season training and his efforts paid off during the SUNiG 7s with regular starts and a few tries to his name. Not too shabby for a debutant! 

Summer was extremely intensive for our new forward, reports say that Ben was seen at nearly every camp the University had to offer - From Arts Camp to even Sailing Camp. His
 playing style does directly co-relate to his lifestyle of diverse experiences.

                          Is Choy the 3rd Frank brother??

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Player of the Week - Arveen

                                            The Flying Fijian

In this week's feature for Player of the Week, we proudly present to you, Arveen Rajulah Rajah.

Name: Arveen Rajulah Rajah
Position: Winger
Height: 172cm
Weight: 70kg
Interests: Ballin' Hard

Arveen's name itself is the stuff of legends. Coming from the ancient sanskirt scrolls only unearthed recently under a defunct Thai Disco, Arveen's name translates to: Eloquent King.

A truly deserving name for the man that spun many heads right round right round at last years SUNIG and Quad-Uni 15s 2013. Arveen, who only picked up the sport some 3.5 years ago has risen through the ranks and could quite possibly be deemed as SMU Rugby's most improved player.

Labelled ''The Flying Fijian'' by his team mates, Arveen definitely lives up to that nick name. His mesmerizing runs and safe catches make him the first choice of many(If there ever was a Fantasy League). 

                   They see me rollin'....they hatin'.....

Unfortunately, Arveen recently suffered an  injury to his knee and had to undergo a reconstruction surgery last month. SMU Rugby is glad to say Arveen has been recovering well. Arveen flew to Bangkok a few days after his operation to undergo a strict rehab program and has plans to feature in the Quad-Uni 15s 2014 sometime in March next year. 

We wish Arveen all the best and a speedy recovery. We can't wait to see him wreak havoc again soon!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

SUNIG 7s 2013 - Report

The City Boys came short of SUNIG 7s glory after losing 12-5 to a more agile and quicker NUS side in the Cup Semi-Finals. It was made known to all teams prior to the tournament that ground conditions were horrible and sources from the sideline say that the NUS team tried to replicate this at practice on Thursday. Their attempt was futile however as one of their players forgot to turn the water hose off resulting in the flooding of the AYE and the Science Faculty looking slightly like Atlantis.

SMU B kicked off the first game of the day against a spirited SIM side led by the versatile Bryan Lim still feeling fresh from his Quad-Uni Games triumph in the 3rd/4th way back in March. Constant pressure from both sides kept the scores deadlocked for the better part of the game till SIM capitalized on SMU B's mistakes and managed to sneak a victory towards the end. Stand out performances from Zul, Wei Arng and Isa dominating the break down and securing good ball to unleash the SMU B backline.

SMU A then faced NTU A in the first game of the other group. SMU A kept the ball in hand and played to the patterns but unfortunate handling errors and quick reactions from the NTU A boys resulted in them emerging victorious.The loss didnt bring the spirits of the City Boys down though, they faced NUS B in the next game of their group. The City Boys leadership core of Jesse Quek, Ronald Cher and Timothy Gay gathered the boys together and came out convincing victors against an NUS B through the hard running of Shaun 'Shaubieee" Ng. 

SMU B opted to play a more relaxed and free flow style of rugby throughout the rest of the day which managed to get them a place in the Plate Finals against SIM. 6 out of the 7 in the SMU B team were forwards. Chaw Wei Arng found himself right at home(or on Pluto) at in-center and pacified the threat of the dangerous hard running Jonah Wee of SIM. The ex ACJC teammates had skirmishes all match long and the hits just kept coming from Wei Arng. 

Stuart Ho had this to say about Wei Arng's performance, ''He is not a man. He is a Uruk-Hai''.

  Incase you guys weren't sure what an Uruk-Hai is..

SMU A then faced NUS A in the Cup Semi-Finals. The starting line up of Shaun Ng, Timothy Gay, Ronald Cher, Wong Kai Wei, Duarte Marquez, Jesse Quek & Brandon Yow were doing well till a fumble toward the end of the first half saw Martin Butler of NUS make the best out of a 2 v 1 situation and score.

7-0 at the half time break.

SMU A made some tactical substitutions in the form of Harresh Krishnan and Ian Gan. NUS A got their second try of the game and led 12-0 with about 3 minutes to go. Harresh then made the most of a line out option gone wrong and crossed over the try line after picking the ball from mid air. The try was too little too late as the ref blew the final whistle shortly after that. Heartbreak once again for the City Boys but fresh faces and improved camaradarie within the squad makes things look very positive in the next few months to come.

The Cup Final, which was contested between NUS A and NTU A was not short of excitement. Finals are either low or high scoring affairs and yesterdays SUNIG 2013 was the latter. NTU opened the gates first with a breakaway from Daniel Lum. NUS then replied with some brilliant interplay between their backs. This trend then followed till the last 2 minutes of the game which had NTU A leading NUS A 19-17.

Out of no where, the speedy Titi Teo, who is also a superstar frisbee player collected an offload from NUS center Daniel Looi. Titi Teo took off 5m away from the try line and scored under the posts in the most dramatic fashion. NUS sealed their victory against NTU 24-19 making them 5 time SUNIG 7s champions.

Titi Teo in mid flight

Titi Teo did not display much emotion after winning the SUNIG 7s 2013. He just wanted to have a nap.

Keith Arriola of NUS had this to say about his teams efforts on the day, 

" I just want to mention that the team really dug deep in the final, every single time NTU scored we bounced back with something of our owni instead of putting our heads down when it came to crunch time when we really needed that try, we did well to put if off when our resident frisbee player achieved flight and flew over the tryline. I think he even managed to sneak a cheeky smile in! The job was not done as we still had to hold on for the last 2 minutes. The team did really well to hold on and see the game out. It was a tough ask for them to play that kind of final given we played one more game in the morning as compared to NTU.''

Congrats to NUS and all the other teams for a great display of rugby yesterday. National Selectors were on site and were impressed. Many positive comments were made and we hope to see as many Uni boys featuring in the National Under 23 squad that faces Malaysia U23s in December.

With SUNIG 7s now concluded, the next big tournament among the 4 Universities would be the Quad-Uni 15s, probably sometime in the next semester. The City Boys boast a bigger and more dynamic pack from last year and have some new backs amongst their ranks. Could the Quad-Uni 15s finally see the City Boys achieve glory? Stay tuned for more! In the mean time, enjoy this fresh beat brought to you by SMU Rugby's  very own, DJ Duarte Marquez