17th All Pakistan National Rugby Championship will be played at the DHA ground here on Sunday, a spokesman for the Pakistan Rugby Union said on Thursday. “The championship will be played on a 7-a-side format. The event will be participated by the departments, provinces and educational institutions,” added the spokesman. The 16 teams have been divided into 4 pools.
Punjab A and Pakistan Army, the last year’s winners and runners-up respectively, are the favourites with the teams from Islamabad, Pakistan Police and Central Punjab being capable of springing some upsets. “This will be a full day event, the first game will kick-off at 10:00 am, a total of 24 pool matches will be played on a round robin basis and the top 4 teams going into the knock-out phase (semi-finals) for the eventual winners,” the spokesman said.