Rugby World Cup Qualifiers, Asian Rugby tourney cancelled

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Mumbai, Nov 15 (UNI) The Hutch Indian Rugby team's preparations for matches abroad received a severe blow after the International Rugby Board (IRB) decided, after an emergency meeting of the IRB Executive committee in Dublin, Ireland to cancel all World Cup Qualifying games between Japan, Korea and Hong Kong that were to be held in Sri Lanka in the wake of the recent upsurge in terror activity in the island country.

The IRB have acted on the recommendations of the UK-based advisory firm Rushmans Limited. In addition to the cancellation of the tournament, the whole of the 2006 Asian Rugby Football Tournament, the IRB-ARFU Workshops and the 2006 Annual ARFU Council meeting stand postponed.

India were scheduled to play their opening match against hosts Sri Lanka on November 18 in Colombo and were placed in Pool B along with Kazakhstan, Thailand, China, Chinese Taipei, Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.


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