Kolej Poly-Tech MARA (KPTM) Bangi Rugby Club or better known as KPTM Raptors is gearing up to move forward in the local rugby scene.
KPTM Bangi Raptors manager, Mohd Farid Nazman Mohd Rosli expected the team will be getting better upon the commencement of contacts sports in near future.
“Every rugby player knows what it takes to be a good rugby player. It needs passion, discipline and most importantly hard work”Mohd Farid Nazman Mohd Rosli – KPTM Bangi Raptors
“Looking back in 2006, some of the students who were former players enrolled in the Diploma Programs at KPTM Bangi. Since they love rugby so much, they trained and played by themselves every evening without a proper coach,” recalled Farid.
Realizing their potential and passion for rugby, Farid who was a former player of the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) and an English lecturer at the time, took the baton in leading and guiding them every evening.
It was a very humble beginning, without a proper coach and jerseys, the team managed to convince the management to set up a rugby team through their dedication and hard work.
Ever since then, KPTM Bangi Raptors slowly progressed into a cohesive team. The brotherhood and togetherness, a unique trait of any rugby team in the world, propel the team into games and friendly matches.
Since that fateful 2006 beginning, the team has recorded incredible milestones. In the inaugural “Sukan Institusi Pengajian Tinggi” (SUKIPT) in 2012, the team reached the quarterfinal when they lost against the Might Angels.
Since then the team have progressed significantly when they were invited to participate in MASUM INTERNATIONAL SEVENS in 2012 which was held at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), which is a rare recognition for a young and private institution team.
The boys played their heart out, grabbing the chance given to them excellently. They were unfazed by the status of other strong teams such as UTM, IIUM, UPM and UITM.
Apart from that, they are also the champions of Rugby 7’s for 2013 and 2015 “Sukan Kolej Poly-Tech MARA” (SUPTEM) and First runner up for the 2017 edition.
“Nonetheless, due to sheer passion, discipline and hard work, the Raptors’ boys are enjoying the game that they love and living the dream”Mohd Farid Nazman
With all the hard work the players have put in over the years, it has bear fruits for the current KPTM Bangi Raptors players.
“Some of the players were selected to represent states in the National Sevens as well as to play in the Piala Agong – something that the pioneers of the team didn’t dare to dream of,” said Farid.