Speed, agility and quick thinking are the most valuable possession of our very own international rugby icon, Marc Le.
Born in 1986, Marc is no stranger to Malaysia rugby fans. Moved to New Zealand with his family at the age of three, little did he or his family know that he would become the next big thing in the world of rugby.
Graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 2008, Marc Le had an amazing journey in his rugby history.
It was the land of rising sun where Marc started his professional rugby careers with Ricoh Black Rams in 2010. Played alongside Ma’a Nonu, Stephen Larkham and Tamati Ellison, Marc gained world-class exposure in Japanese rugby league.
Back in 2010, Marc Le’s 70-meter run and try in a match between Wellington and Auckland had caught Ricoh’s attention, thanks to a video footage posted on YouTube by his colleague that changed Marc’s entire life.
He never looked back since then, pursuing his dream with Northland squad for ITM Cup in New Zealand (2012), Marc joined Kamaishi Seawaves in Japan for 2013/14 season before donning Bunga Raya jersey in Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014.
“It was phenomenal, with 75,000 people in the stadium were cheering and looking at you,” Marc Le recalled his first appearance with Malaysia 7’s squad in the games.
His consistency and determination led him into another contract with Hino Red Dolphins where he spent three years from 2015 to 2018 with the club. During his term with the Red Dolphins, Marc became top try-scorer in 2015/16 seasons.
In 2017, Marc Le returned to Malaysia to join Bunga Raya 15’s squad for Division 1 Asia Rugby Championship in Ipoh.
Fast forward to 2019; another history was made as Marc was appointed as Malaysian captain and recently selected for Malaysia Valke in Global Rapid Rugby (GRR).
However, GRR matches were canceled due to the Covid-19 outbreak. We had the opportunity to interview Marc Le on his mission to develop local rugby talents and share his valuable experience abroad with Ragbi.My.
How do you maintain your performance while playing in Japan Top League?
“For me, if you ask most players who have played in Japan, it’s about surviving the pre-season FIRST! I make sure that I maintain my performance ON the field by doing the little things OFF the field that matter most to me”Marc Le
I have learnt to enjoy a decent warm-up before training, stretching post training and before I sleep, fuelling my body with wholesome foods to ensure I have the right energy levels for training and games and getting enough sleep.
When I do all of the above correctly, I find that my performance levels remain consistent and I have enough energy to get through the trainings and big games.
How do you motivate yourself?
Teams in Japan will often have a squad of 45-50 team members, and everyone wants to play, but it’s impossible to fit that number into 23 playing members, so competition is extremely high! You have to be training the best and perform the best as well because if you don’t, someone else will take your spot. That’s enough motivation for me.
Other things that motivate me are my teammates, in team sports, especially rugby we have to be willing to run out onto the field and trust our teammates with our lives pretty much, so we build that friendship and comradery where we don’t want to let them down. I know I don’t want to let the team down, so I make sure that I’m fit and able to do my job on the field to the best of my ability.
“I like to think of myself as just a coach adding value to my audience, I try to add value through laughter, education or a combination of both. It’s really just a platform for me to reach a wider audience to help spread a healthier, happier and fitter lifestyle”Marc Le
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