Indonesians love their football, their badminton and a bit of volleyball too... they don't mind a little venture into ping-pong either. But rugby? 10 years ago the sport was unknown to most Indonesians, now, the sport has been recognised on a national level and thousands of Indonesians are playing around the country.
Daniel Nugroho, the captain of the national team 'The Rhinos' between 2012-2014, contacted us to tell us more about the development of rugby in Indonesia.
Rugby was first brought to the archipelago by expatriates over 40 years ago. They played amongst each other on an impromptu basis at first, then it developed into an amateur regional sport played just for enjoyment. The first 'Indonesian' team was made in the 1970's when a group of expatriates and one Indonesian joined the now famous Hong Kong Sevens tournament
In May, 2004, a group of volunteers established the Indonesian Rugby Football Union in order to introduce the game to Indonesian Nationals. Since then, The Rhinos National Team was established in 2006, who now play in the Asian 5 Nations Tournament, Third Division, every year.
The IRFU worked hard to be recognised by the Indonesian government and have succeeded in doing so. Since then, they have become 'Persatuan Rugby Union Indonesian' or (PRUI) and have strived to introduce rugby to local Indonesians. The Indonesian children have been given the chance to take on a new sport, thus exploring the opportunities of a healthier lifestyle and enjoying the feeling of camaraderie the sport provides. Here is a series of videos created by DNARTWORKS showing rugby's development around the country.
SEMANGAT RUGBY INDONESIA: A POEM
SEMANGAT RUGBY INDONESIA: JAKARTA
SEMANGAT RUGBY INDONESIA: BALI
SEMANGAT RUGBY INDONESIA: PAPUA
For more information about rugby in Indonesia, visit PRUI's website.