Jun 05, 2015
Saracens players visit Brunei
A quartet of Saracens players have visited Brunei this week, in a trip organised by the British High Commission (photo courtesy of BRFU).
Wing David Strettle, prop Petrus Du Plessis, flanker Kelly Brown and full-back Ben Ransom have visited the South East Asian country to visit schools and promote the sport in the country.
In an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday, Petrus Du Plessis said: “Rugby is still at a young phase in Brunei, especially with the children, but I had a session with them outside and very quickly they grasped what I wanted them to do,” he said.
“Hopefully, Brunei rugby will develop in no time.
“We just won the Premiership last Saturday, so it’s a good time and a fantastic privilege to be here in Brunei,” added the prop forward.
On the Aviva Premiership champions visit, Brunei Rugby Federation Union (BRFU) President Dr Hj Kamaruddin Dato Paduka Hj Talib said: “Saracens is a top rugby club in the UK. This trip is definitely a very good impetus and inspiration for the young kids,” he said.
“Hopefully they (Saracens) will be able to give us some tips on how rugby is played at the professional level, and for the kids, it is a very good opportunity for them to hear how these players started their journey in rugby.
“This is definitely a morale booster to rugby in Brunei as we just started about 10 years ago, but it’s becoming a fast growing sport in the country.
“The way to do it is not from top to bottom, but from bottom up, which is from the youth in schools,” he said, adding that more than 40 schools now have rugby as part of their co-curriculum activities."
British Forces Brunei have organised the visit with the support of the British High Commission in Brunei.