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CWG'10 experience gathering opportunity: Rugby captain

india Updated: Sep 20, 2009 14:06 IST

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With Rugby yet to find a firm footing in the country, India captain Nasser Hussain is not eyeing any medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, but insists the Delhi event would be an experience gathering opportunity for the national team.

Hussain, skipper of India's Rugby Sevens squad, fresh from a training camp at the Balewadi Sports Complex on the outskirts of Pune, feels they would take to the ground as "underdogs" in the quadrennial sporting extravaganza.

"Realistically speaking, we have no medal hope. We will go into the tournament as underdogs, Will try to play some good game and win as many as possible," Hussain told PTI.

"When the top 10 Rugby teams in the world belongs to the Commonwealth, one doesn't expect much. We are ranked 83rd in the world, I don't think we have much hopes in the event," Hussain added.

However, Hussain is far from amused with the condition in the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi, where the national team has undergone a training camp recently.

"It's a shame that we don't have a proper ground for practice and you talk about world-class facilities. We were training at Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune, which didn't have a decent ground. Field is so hard that we regularly suffer cuts and wounds during practice," Hussain said.