Captain used to be clueless about game

For weeks, he would sit in the corner and watch his teammates play.

Muhammad Fazryn Aqasha, 11, said he used to come up with excuses every day just so he could be a bench-warmer.

"I didn't know what I had got into, so I just gave excuses so I didn't have to play. I didn't know the rules of the game," he said.

That went on until a friend took him to talk to Coach Peerose Shah, who told him not to give up and to keep trying.

Aqasha took the advice to heart and is now the captain of the rugby team.

He isgrateful for the support and motivation his coach and teammates have given him.

Teammate Blythe Chong Kit Ho, 11, faced objections from his family when he signed up for the team.

"I told my mum that I wanted to play rugby, but she refused to let me go for trials because she thought it was a rough sport," he said.

But after the Sports Enrichment Programme, Blythe went for try-outs when he was in Primary 4 and made it to the next stage of selections.

He recalled: "My mum was very worried, but after I showed her videos of rugby matches and explained the rules of the game to her, she let me play."