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Rugby in Vietnam

With the Rugby World Cup underway in Japan, it’s nice to find that even in the countryside of Vietnam, the sport has its followers.

This article was created by AFP and appears on Yahoo

Barefoot and muddied, a group of youngsters sprint across a makeshift pitch in rural Vietnam, passing the ball in a game of touch rugby in a country where few people have ever heard of the sport.

They belong to Vietnam’s only rugby programme for locals, rolled out for kids in a remote commune where some players have to travel by boat to training sessions often held against a backdrop of rice terraces and curious onlookers.

Few knew anything about rugby when they joined the scheme, marveling at the egg-shaped ball, but are now keen fans planning to closely follow the Rugby World Cup in Japan, which starts in September.

“I haven’t watched international rugby… but if possible I will surely watch the Rugby World Cup,” said 14-year-old Bao Cham

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