Rugby Festival in Delhi

We have this Saturday training for Sr. Boys at 6.30 am, U-14 at 7.00 am, Jr.Boys 7.30 am, Girls at 8.00 am.

Sr. boys (Team Reds & Blues) will report at 6.15 am & work mainly on combination & team run for Sunday’s match.

U-14, Jr. Boys & Girls will prepare for a series of touch tournaments starting from this Sunday.

Sunday, Delhi Hurricanes under the umbrella of Delhi Rugby Association is organising a match between Reds & Blues. Reporting time is 6.15 am. Kick off time is 7.30 am sharp. 8.45 am on wards 1st leg of an invitational School Touch Rugby series will be played. Next 2 legs will be played on 7th & 14th November, 2015.

Be there on time.

Report for 82nd All India National Rugby 15s Tournament held in Mumbai from 11-17th October, 2015

First of all, I on the behalf of Hurricanes players, Management would like to thank Sir Mark Parkinson, Sumesh Sawhney ji, Kevin Mario Fernandes & Sidharth Malhotra for their huge contribution (financially) for making our participation in 82nd All India-Men’s’ Senior National Tournament possible. Club was in dire state and hardly any money left in the kitty hence bearing own expenses for travel, accommodation & food was impossible. As in past, these gentlemen brought us out of this odd situation where we were not sure of our participation in this tournament except players who have not been told anything about this as this could have been hampered their preparation for the same. Pressure was too much on everyone as it was disclosed to players only in our 1st team meeting after reaching Mumbai. Thanks for showing faith in our ability. Thanks Alex Sir, Dave Mollard as they kept team morale high.

Team was well prepared though missing experience which cost them their 2nd position in India but what an effort from this young team. We lost only our 2nd position and 12 players who were the part of the team last year All India. Eight of them could not make this time due to serious injuries, operations or were not available due to their prior commitments but gain was huge as nine Under 19 boys got the chance to show their talent on the biggest platform in India courtesy to IRFU and Mr. Nasser Hussain (GM, Rugby India) who showed great trust in these teenagers ability, team got self belief to perform at any stage, spirit, trust in each other capabilities and most importantly they were a happy bunch who enjoyed each other’s company very much, having great fun on & off the field but were very disciplined. Senior players set the examples; they were very supportive to their juniors. Team found a great leader in Vikas Chhotu Khatri, who made a big influence. Senior players bound the team very well. Management team was terrific they looked after the team very well.

Team began with a match against Bangalore RFC and boys had some self doubts about their ability to perform at the highest level. Team hardly played couple of 15s games before this match and players got too excited as stage was just too perfect for them to showcase their talent hence they sacrificed patience and results in too many errors which cost them 7-8 tries and lots of penalties. Bangalore team was blend of players from Kashmir, Tamilnadu, Expats and locals and they were an experience teams but inability to play as a team was their drawback so Hurricanes were never in pressure in the game. They scored two converted tries and won the match by 14-0.

2nd game was a repeat Semi final of last year edition, Bombay Gymkhana, who lost last year to Hurricanes in a hard fought, very close contested match were clear favourite this time with their much experienced team as Indian Captain Hrishikesh Pendse was just arrived from Japan before this match where he was playing for a professional club and their 2 import players from New Zealand. Bombay Gymkhana started off very well and put Hurricanes under tremendous pressure for 10 min but great defensive play of Hurricanes saved them to concede any score and after that relentless attacks from Hurricanes put Bombay Gymkhana under tremendous pressure as ball was in their 22 for almost 20 min. but silly mistakes and inexperience denied them any score. Score was 0-0 at the half time. In the 2nd half, no team wanted to give an inch to other team. Game was playing at the very high intensity, crunching tackles were forcing players to play a wide game but Hurricanes 1st mistake cost them 1st try which was a smart play from Gymkhana and score was 5-0. Hurricanes raised their game tried everything to equal the score but could not get succeeded in that and Gymkhana sealed the match with their 2nd try just before the final whistle.

Hurricanes was praised for their efforts, spirit and courage. Young team played beyond the expect ions of everyone and a praise from Nasser Hussain, Captain of Bombay Gymkhana team where he said that this is the most physical game he played in last few years shows how tough it was to beat this Hurricanes team.

Tournament was a great success and all credit goes to Rugby India & Bombay Gymkhana who gave great pitch to play, atmosphere was great as some matches were played under lights. Refereeing was great. Some of the best matches of last decade were played in this year edition. Hurricanes vs Bombay Gym, Maharashtra State Police vs Jungle Crows, Maharashtra State Police vs CCFC, Jungle Crows vs CCFC were the great games to watch which could go either way. For me Maharashtra Police team was the team of the tournament as they performed extremely well this year after a long time.

Congratulation to Cup winners Army Red , they are in their own league, Bombay Gym, who gave some hiccups to Army this time. Jugle Crows for winning the Plate trophy. Over all great tournament. See you all next year.

Hurricanes thanks their team to put up a brave performance and sky is the limit for these boys. They will come very hard next year. Thanks for our supporters and fans who believe in us. I would not like to mention particular names here but lots of players were just brilliant in this tournament.

Hurricanes Team for All India


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Sidharth Malhotra, the Film star, a Hurricane is Brand Ambassador of New Zealand in India


New Zealand Prime Minister John Key presented an All Blacks jersey to our own Hurricane, filmstar Sidharth Malhotra recently. Malhotra has been announced as the brand ambassador of Tourism New Zealand for India, and the jersey was presented to him at an official gathering in Wellington, New Zealand, Oct. 12. Sidharth himself has been a rugby player and played for Delhi Hurricanes Rugby Football Club in it’s earlier days. He also did bunjee jump, rafting , playing cricket with new Zealand cricketers. Keep it up Sid. We all are proud of you.

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sidharth in new zealand

Semifinals of 82nd All India National Rugby 15s Tournament-11th-17th October, 2015 at Bombay Gymkhana

Hurricanes declared their squad for their semifinals match against Bombay Gymkhana this morning (15.10.2015).

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Semi-Final Report from the 82nd edition of All India & South Asia Rugby – Division 1 Tournament, 2015 being held at the Bombay Gym in Mumbai from 11th to 17th October, 2015.
The first Semi saw defending champions Army Reds blank MSP with a 58-03 scoreline stamping their dominance on the tournament. The Army rampage began from the very first whistle as they scored 3 quick tries to put the Police under immense pressure. Their forwards continued to dominate set pieces and the backs executed to perfection to ensure a one-sided result.
The second Semi, as expected, was a thriller. The first half remained scoreless (0-0) as the young and physical Delhi Hurricanes and the determined and experienced Bombay Gym were relentless in their defense.
The second half continued to see crunching tackles and big defensive hits from both teams. It wasn’t until the 57th minute that a turnover ball in the opposition 22 enabled BG to go over the line to take a 5-0 lead. The spirited Hurricanes came back stronger and harder applying immense pressure on the hosts but some tactical kicking by BG eased the pressure and ensured the hosts maintained their 5 point lead.
The last 10 minutes of the game had everyone on the edge of their seats as there was just one try separating the sides. Despite being tired, both teams worked very hard to get the better of the other. It was however, the experienced BG team that came out on top as they sneaked past a try just before the final whistle to seal the game 10-0.

82nd All India National Rugby 15s Tournament-11th-17th October, 2015 at Bombay Gymkhana

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Later in the evening Hurricanes won their 1st match against Bangalore RFC by 14-0. So many errors denied us many tries but win is win so team in semifinals  now & playing Bombay Gymkhana on Thursday.


Delhi Hurricanes – 14 (Rosales-1 try, Prince Khatri-1 try, Deepak Punia-2 conversion)

Bangalore RFC – 0.



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Delhi U-19 Boys and U-18 Girls team for All India Nationals

Delhi U-19 boys left Delhi on 17th September, 2015 for All India Nationals U-19 Boys 15s Tournament and U-18 girls team left 20th September, 2015 for All India Nationals U-18 Girls 7s Tournament held in Bhubaneshwar, Odhisha from 19th & 22nd September, 2015 to 23rd September, 2015.  Boys team was comprising of 18 Hurricanes players while girls team was all about Hurricanes.  Delhi U-19 boys won their both league matches in 1st two days. They beat Tamilnadu by 28-10 & Gujrat by 65-0.


Scores of the League matches of Delhi U-19 boys team in All India-Nationals U-19 Rugby 15s Tournament, 19-23rd September, 2015, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.:

Day-1 (Delhi V/s Tamil Nadu)

Delhi -28

Tries -Deepak Punia-2, Manu Tanwar-1, Harish-1.
Conversation – Deepak Punia-4.

Tamil Nadu-10

Day-2 (Delhi V/s Gujrat)

Delhi -70

Tries- Pradeep Tanwar-4, Deepak Punia-2, Ashu Sharma-1, Saif-1, Manu Tanwar-1, Manish verma-1, Sarthak-1, Dev-1.
Conversion- Ashu Sharma-4, Deepak Punia-1.


Delhi U-19 boys made the finals of all india u-19 national 15s tournament here in bhubaneshwar on 21st September, 2015. They beat last year champion Odhisha by 20-15 in a close contested match through a golden try.

Delhi U-18 girls played some good rugby too on 1st day and beat UP by 7-5 try scored n converted by Ria and Bihar by 10-5 tries scored by Himani n Vaani Bisht. They reached in the quarter finals.

Delhi U-18 girls team  reached in the semies of All India U-18 Nationals Rugby tournament here in Bhubaneshwar, Odhisha after beating Kerala team by 5-0. Ria scored a try for Delhi team.


Congratulations to Delhi U-18 Girls Rugby team for getting 4th spot in the National U-18 Girls tournament here in Bhubaneshwar on 23.09.2015. They fought gallantly against much fancied teams Maharashtra and Odhisha and lost the semi match against Maharashtra by 15-7(Kanika scored a try and converted by Ria) and for the 3rd-4th position match against last year’s winners Odhisha by 15-0.

Truly great effort as they had crucial injuries before semi finals but they never gave up. Way to go.


Best team on the day won as Bengal U-19 boys overcame a challenge which could be given no other than Delhi. Delhi lost the finals by 8-7 in a close contested match. Brave Delhi team fought bravely against all the odds started before the tournament as their 2 main players Honey Dagar& Mohit Khatri suffered from dengue and could not be the part of the team then heat n humidity n some serious injuries took it toll but main culprit was coaching staff including me who could not go with the team for different reasons to guide this great team but you boys made us proud. Jakir Hussain was the try scorer from delhi n its concerted by Deepak Punia.

There is always next time so will xome back more strongly next year. From the last year when we finished 5th boys took a big leap this year and and got 2nd position. Great achievements boys.

Even girls got better n got 4 th position whereas they finishes at 5th last year and gave tough time to their top opponents. We all know that we will fight more n will do better next time.

We are very thankful to Vinod Kumar Priya Baisla Deepak Singh Neha Rughby who looked after teams so well though they had very tough times with some serious injuries to players.

Proud of you all.

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Hurricanes Touch Rugby World Cup-19.09.2015

The Delhi Hurricanes Rugby Football Club supported by the British High Commission, Delhi  hosted the Delhi Touch Rugby World Cup Tournament to celebrate the XVs Rugby World Cup 2015 on 19th September, 2015.

The tournament was attended by teams from the following :-

British High Commission, Australian High Commission, Japanese Embassy, Fijian Embassy
Delhi school Teams from Frank Anthony School, Modern School and 6 Government Schools
Clubs -Delhi Hurricanes Rugby Football Club and Central Reserve Police Force Team

Expats from France, Italy and Argentina.

There were 10 teams who played for the Delhi Touch Rugby world cup trophy. The Finals was contested by the Flying Fiji’s and Wallabies. The Flying Fiji’s won the tournament. There were over 120 players participating in the tournament including 70 school children of different age groups including girls and 20 women/girls including 10 foreigners also participated in the tournament. The winning cup was presented by Mrs Jean from the Australian Embassy.

Balls from Gilbert were presented to the Delhi Hurricanes Club for their school rugby program for the underprivileged children.

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World Renown Coach Sir Mike Penistone with Delhi boys at Delhi Huricanes on 17.09.2015.

Truly the best session in terms of Coaching Rugby. Sir Mike Penistonetook 1-1/2 hr session with Delhi boys. Tempo was very high since beginning to end and main thing was that boys enjoyed it a lot and never wanted to finish it off. Great learning experience for boys and me as a Coach. Hope, I will be a slightly better Coach from today onwards. He promised to be back among us next year. Thank you so much Sir.
I on the behalf of Delhi boys would like to thank Sir Alex Murphy the reason behind this session with the great Coach.
Slightly disappointed as Delhi U-19 team missed this opportunity as they left early in the morning for Bhubaneshwar for All India National U-19 Boys tournament. Thanks to all the players who gave their best.

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