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Indian women's squad to create rugby history

For the first time ever an Indian women's rugby squad is to take part in an international event, the Asian Women's 7s tournament at Pattaya in Thailand on May 30 and 31. The 13-member squad is to be led by Pune's Avani Sabade and coached by Fiji's Usaia Buimuiwai, it was announced at a media conference on Thursday.

india Updated: May 28, 2009 18:23 IST

For the first time ever an Indian women's rugby squad is to take part in an international event, the Asian Women's 7s tournament at Pattaya in Thailand on May 30 and 31.

The 13-member squad is to be led by Pune's Avani Sabade and coached by Fiji's Usaia Buimuiwai, it was announced at a media conference on Thursday.

President of Rugby India, Pramod Khanna, said that it was a historic occasion for both India and the contact sport.

"It's a great step in the evolution of this game in our country," he said.

Vice president Aga Hussain, who is to accompany the team, recalled that it was only eleven years ago that a men's squad went abroad for the first time.

"It was in 1998 that a men's squad went abroad for the first time. Eleven years later the women are breaking another barrier," he said.

Team captain Avani said it was a great opportunity and that the team would try its best, adding the rugby experience of her team members ranged from one month to five years.

India have been placed in Pool C of the second division with Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia.

The other teams in the top division are: Thailand, Kazakhstan, China, Hong Kong, Arabian Gulf, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Uzbekistan, Iran and Guam.