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15 Jul ’08

Friday June 13 will see the “Stiff Chilli” Indonesian Barbarian’s take on the touring Macau Rugby Union team. This will be the second time Macau has traveled to Jakarta to take on the best that Indonesian has to offer. 2006 saw the first time that Macau challenged the Indonesian Barbarians. Macau proved to be too strong that year but with the continued development of our local players and an influx of recent expatriate players this should prove to be a competitive match.

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The nature of the Barbarians is to play an exciting and expansive game and this is something the squad is looking forward to. It is hoped this is the start of a new tradition within Indonesian Rugby and the idea is to provide three to four matches a year for the Barbarians to test themselves against stronger opposition from around the region. Other teams to be canvassed are the Singapore Development Squad and also the Western Force Development Squad. It is also another opportunity for an Indonesian representative side to re establish themselves within the elite competitions around Asia. Indonesia was one of the original members of the Hong Kong Sevens and whilst this would now be above us there are many other tournaments across Asia to re establish Indonesian Rugby on the International stage.

It will be a great opportunity for a number of the Barbarians who are also selected in the Indonesian Rhinos National team for the upcoming iRB sanctioned test matches in July. Indonesian is poised to face Lao and Cambodia in a three way round robin tournament, which forms part of the inaugural HSBC Asian 5 Nations Tournament which involves all 25 Asian Rugby playing nations. These matches will be played at the impressive University Pelita Harapan, Lippo Karawaci between July 12-19. This is the first time fully sanctioned test matches will be played on Indonesian soil.

IRFU would like to thank “Stiff Chilli” for it’s commitment to the Barbarians for helping to develop what is hoped to become another important feature on the Indonesian Rugby Calendar.

Squad:- Steve Hayward-Coach; Mark Parthezius, Grant Olsen, Kurt Lovell, Nathan Flax, Cameron Black (Bali Stiff Chilli); Ben Peter, Sly, Moses Kalo, Peter Mumum (Bandung Rams); Bobby Orlando, Daniel Nugroho, Denny, Fikri Mohammad Al Azhar, Yudah Ramon, Steve Barber, Teguh (Leighton Jakarta Bantengs); Peter Fa’afiu, Mike Lewis, Angus Mitchell, Eldon Ngagaka, Tom Elliott, Kristian Vandemeer (ISCI Komodos); Morita, Sumida (ISCI Samurais); Craig Liddell (Lombok)

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