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  Rugby 15s National: Odisha RFC Women retain title
01 Mar 2024

Odisha Rugby Football Club (ORFC) retained the womens title in the National Rugby 15s Championship 2023 (Division-I), trouncing Delhi Hurricanes 69-5 in the final at KIIT Rugby Stadium in Bhubaneswar today. This is the fourth successive title triumph for the Odisha women team.

Being the defending champions, ORFC got a direct entry to the semifinals where they prevailed over Rugby Association of Maharashtra (RAM) 65-5. In the other semifinal, Delhi Hurricanes got the better of Future Hope Harlequins 20-14. Future Hope secured the bronze medal, beating RAM 37-12.

A total of 180 players from seven women teams participated in this championship, which was organized by Odisha Rugby Football Association, under the aegis of Indian Rugby Football Union (IRFU), with the support of the Odisha State Sports & Youth Services Department (DSYS) and KIIT Deemed to be University from 26 February to 1 March 2024.


The 25-member ORFC team was led by Hupi Majhi. All 20 players of the ORFC team were from Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). KIIT & KISS founder Prof Achyuta Samanta was the chief guest of the trophy presentation ceremony. IRFU president Rahul Bose, vice-president Sanaya Mehta Vyas and ORFA general secretary Upendra Kumar Mohanty were present on the occasion.

ODISHA RFC WOMEN TEAM: Sanjukta Munda, Soni Mandangi, Sumitra Nayak, Manjulata Pradhan, Basanti Pangi, Sabita Toppo, Swopnarani Singh, Lija Sardar, Malin Soy, Poonam Singh, Reena Sing, Ranjita Naik, Jemamani Naik, Tilotamma Sahoo, Anuradha Pradhan, Meerarani Hembram, Hupi Majhi, Dumuni Marndi, Tarulata Nayak, Nirmalya Rout, Sandhyarani Tudu, Sunita Hansdah, Parbati Kisku, Rajani Sabar, Puspanjali Bhoi. Coach: Manas Kumar Jena, Manager: Prangya Paramita Garabadu, Physio: Soumashree Mishra.
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TOP: Players of Odisha RFC Women Team pose with guests after winning the title at the National Rugby 15s Championship in Bhubaneswar on 1 March 2024.
RIGHT: Players of Odisha RFC Women Team pose with their coach Manas Kumar Jena during the National Rugby 15s Championship in Bhubaneswar.


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