Nasser to lead Indian rugby team for Asian 5 Nations Tourney

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Mumbai, Jun 9 (UNI) Nasser Hussain, the 28-year-old flanker from Bombay Gymkhana, will lead the 24-member Indian National Rugby Team for the Asian 5 Nations Division II Rugby Tournament, to be played in Bangkok from June 11.

40 probables attended the final training camp at Bombay Gymkhana since May 18, after which 24 players were picked by the Indian Rugby Football Union.

The four teams that feature in Division II are India, Thailand, Malaysia and Pakistan and India will play their first game against Thailand on June 11. A victory against Thailand will give them a chance to face off against the winner of the match between Malaysia and Pakistan on June 14.

Following is the team, with the clubs they represent and their positions: Francis Brown (Harlow RFC, fullback); Rahul Bose (Bombay Gymkhana, wing); Ganesh Sawant (Maharashtra Sate Police, wing); Mufaddal Indorewala (Bombay Gymkhana, outside center); Pritom Roy (Bombay Gymkhana, utility back); Bikash Kumar Jena (Army Rugby, center); Emil Vartazarian (Chennai Cheetahs, fly half); Sujai Lama (Army Rugby, scrum half); Mukarram Faizullabhoy (Bombay Gymkhana, scrum half); Sukhdeep Singh Sandhu (Army Rugby, number 8); Nasser Hussain (Bombay Gymkhana, flanker); Shailesh Devrukhkar (Maharashtra State Police, flanker); Rohan Sethna (Bombay Gymkhana, flanker); Ajmin Shahijani (Armenian Sports Club, flanker); Amit Lohchab (Delhi Lions, flanker); Balaraman Gopinath (Chennai Cheetahs, lock); Ali Reza Choaspur (Bombay Gymkhana, prop/hooker); Dalwinder Singh Ghuman (Army Rugby, lock); Pravinder Singh (Army Rugby, prop); Rohit Singh Sivach (Army Rugby, prop); Manmandir Singh Samra (Stourbridge RFC, prop); Sandeep Singh (Army Rugby, prop); V Hemanth Kumar (Army Rugby, hooker).

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