Rugby: Singapore's women's sevens team aim to qualify for Asian Games at Asian Series

Samantha Teo in action for the Singapore women's team at the South East Asian 7s.
Samantha Teo in action for the Singapore women's team at the South East Asian 7s.PHOTO: SINGAPORE RUGBY UNION

SINGAPORE - The national women's rugby sevens team will be hoping to qualify for the Asian Games as they begin their Asia Rugby Women's Sevens Series campaign this weekend in Incheon, South Korea.

The team will need to finish among the top six teams in the eight-nation, two-leg competition in order to qualify for the Asiad, held next year in Indonesia.

Singapore retained their silver medal at last month's Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, losing to two-time defending champions Thailand in the final.

The two teams will meet again inSouth Korea, having been drawn in the same pool along with Kazakhstan and Japan.

Said national coach Wang Shao-Ing: "There hasn't been much time for a break since the SEA Games, and kudos to the players who have been essentially (training) hard since January... We want to build on the momentum from their SEA Games campaign.

"The Asian Series is a different proposition from the SEA Games and we haven't been drawn into the easiest of pools but the team is undaunted and determined to better their showing from last year."

The second stop of the series will be held from Oct 14-15 in Sri Lanka.

Last year, Singapore finished fifth in the competition after three legs, and were also the plate champions.