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Komodos Junior Rugby Rebounds with Record Numbers

The Jakarta Komodos Junior Rugby Club has enjoyed a fantastic first quarter of the 2022–23 season.  Having got through the prolonged disruptions caused by COVID-19, the club resumed activities in late August with record numbers of children attending training.

We regularly count in the order of 105 young players on Saturdays and have registered 115 players and counting. We are receiving great support from parents and now have 11 coaches from Indonesian Rugby Union (PRUI) and parents. With this support, greater numbers of children can be supported, for which we are very grateful to our sponsors, especially the Priscilla Hall Memorial Foundation.

In support of our players’ safety and welfare, PRUI has conducted a first aid course attended by 12 coaches and parents.

We are excited to have 25 new children from Karanggan village, alongside our training grounds at Jagarowi, joining the club. It has been their first experience of rugby and already there are promising signs of talent.

In a significant milestone for the Komodos, six local youths from the village, who joined the club several years ago as young children new to the game, have now had a chance to train our seniors team. We foresee that in two or three years from now they will be able to participate in the Jakarta men’s open series. We are also very proud to have eight of our older boys selected to play in the West Java provincial rugby tournament in November. They will be representing Bogor Regency.

Upcoming activities and plans:

With the help of PRUI, it is hoped that we will soon have rugby training in schools. The hope is that we can have our own monthly mini-tournaments with them. A trial practice session and informal matches were conducted on 29 October at Jagorawi. Based on the success of these, we will move forward with this dream.

With the Women’s Rugby World Cup currently being televised, we hope to capitalize on this by getting more girls involved. We have already had one of our older girls playing for West Java in a national tournament.

Practice will continue every Saturday in the months of November and up to 17 December. In this period we will have one more mini-tournament with local schools, a practice and match session with the under-17 side of the Jakarta International School and participate in PRUI-Jakarta’s junior tournament on 17 December.

After the holiday break in December we will start practice again on 14 January.

Again, we thank Priscilla Hall Memorial Foundation for their tremendously appreciated support over the past difficult seasons. We were able to move into this season with your help. We have bright hopes.

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