The Malaysia Valke are based in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur and feature top local talent from Malaysia and South Africa. The Valke kick off their campaign against the Western Force in Perth on March 14, a clash that their coach Rudy Joubert describes as “a very tough opener”.
Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur – An 87, 000 capacity all-seating multi-purpose arena located in the National Sports Complex to the south of the capital, Kuala Lumpur. It is the largest stadium in Southeast Asia and the eighth largest football stadium in the world.
Stadium TUDM – A smaller venue located at the Royal Malaysian Air Force facilities, 25 km outside Kuala Lumpur.
Home: Red jersey, red shorts and red socks
Away: White jersey, red shorts and red socks
What CEO, Jurie Coetzee has to say about Global Rapid Rugby
“This is undoubtedly the biggest rugby initiative in many years. I feel honoured and privileged to be able to partner with the best of Malaysia and to bring a professional product to this part of Asia,”
“Not only is rugby in the centre stage of world sports, but it also creates a true sense of aspiration and performance in all who are part of it. The sport involves communities and business, spectators, officials and players who all deserve to experience a quality product in entertainment and performance.
“I certainly look forward to building vibrant, exciting and open friendships all-round. Carpe Diem.”
Coach: Rudy Joubert
Rudy Joubert, who is the current Director to Rugby at the Valke, has a long and impressive record of achievements in a coaching career spanning more than 25 years. He has coached at international level in South Africa and Namibia and as Technical Advisor to the Springboks when they won the Rugby World Cup in 1995.
His further experience includes: Head Coach of Namibia at Rugby World Cup 1999 South African Under-23 coach in 2000 Springbok Assistant Coach at Rugby World Cup 2003 South Africa A Head Coach in 2003-2004 Bulls Super Rugby coach in 2003-2004 Valke Currie Cup coach in 2007-2008 and in 2014-2018 Rudy says Global Rapid Rugby is a great initiative that is destined to change the game.
“The Asia Pacific region is going to go from strength to strength as a result of this tournament. Malaysia, specifically, is going to benefit enormously from Rapid Rugby. I am privileged to be part of this historic initiative,” he said.
What can we expect to see from the Valke, according to coach Rudy Joubert
“The Valke will look to play an innovative running game without compromising set pieces and defence,”
“The format of the tournament will give each team a fair chance to reach the final. The laws will make for some entertaining high-pace rugby.”
Players to watch
Primo Ncube – front row (tighthead) Primo is a big and tough front row who is a very effective scrummager. For a big guy, he has a good turn of pace over 10m.
Cody Basson – loose forward Cody is a powerful and uncompromising number eight who leads by example. He was named Player of the Year in the Currie Cup First Division tournament in 2019. The Currie Cup is the premier provincial tournament in South Africa.
Zee Mkhabela – scrumhalf Zee is a young number 9 who already has a wealth of senior experience having played for the Sharks in Super Rugby and the Cheetahs in the Pro 14. He also represented South Africa at under-20 level. He’s known for being very quick with a very accurate pass, which is suited to the Rapid Rugby format.
Valentino Wellman – centre Valentino is a typical South African number 13, big and well-built with speed and fantastic skills.
Ezrich Alexander – wing Ezrich is a young and talented left wing with a lot of paces. He is a very balanced runner, giving him a great side-step and quick feet.
March 14 vs Western Force in Perth
March 21 vs China Lions in Selangor
March 28 vs Manuma Samoa in Selangor
April 11 vs Fijian Latui in Kuala Lumpur
April 19 vs South China Tigers in Kuala Lumpur
April 26 vs China Lions in Adelaide
May 1 vs Western Force in Kuala Lumpur
May 8 vs Manuma Samoa in Apia
May 16 vs Fijian Latui in Suva
May 23 vs South China Tigers in Hong Kong
Did you know?
Valke translated into English is Falcons. The team name is derived from the Dutch and Afrikaans name Valk. The Dutch have a long association with Malaysia, dating back to the 1600’s.