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Only a few days after Dhoni's boys salvaged India's lost pride in cricket by winning T20 World Cup in Johanesberg, KISS INDIA RUGBY TEAM has given the people of this country another reason to rejoice. On Saturday, 'Jungle Crows', as they are popularly called, outplayed South Africa 19-05 in LONDON to annex the Under 14 RUGBY WORLD CUP.

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Team Name Jungle Crows
Team Captain : Bikash Chandra Murumu
Other Members : Chittaranjan Murmu, Babula Malka, Rajkishore Murmu, Bukei Hansda, Niranjan Biswal, Hadidhangda Majhi, Sahadev Majhi, Gorang Jamuda, Narasingh Kerei, Barial Behera and Ganesh Hembram.
Belonging to : Kolho, Bonda, Bathudi, Santhal and Kandha tribes.
Team Coach : Mr. R. K. Jena & Mr. U. K. Mohanty, Chairman of Odisha Rugby Association.
Sponsors : Ashurst
Final played against : Langa Lions from South Africa
A phenomenal story for a wonderful team of boys. "Indian Rugby Team beat South Africa," not a headline you expect to read every day! (Touraid .co.uk)
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VICTORY IS OURS. JOURNEY DOWN THE LANE...
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In an uncommon achievement, Tribal Students of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), a sister concern of KIIT and the largest tribal school in the country belonging to disadvantaged sections of society make their way to the International Rugby tournament held in London from 24th September 2007 onwards.
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These young sportspersons undergo rigorous selection and elimination process to play at the international level.
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Mr. Martin Hansport, Chairman, England Rugby Association visits Odisha to train all the five teams from different schools at KISS campus.

KISS team clears the preliminary hurdle by becoming champion from among the five other participating teams in a tournament held at KISS premises on 18th November 2006.

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Subsequently, 30 students gets selected from a first list of 56, who underwent extensive training under the supervision of a World Rugby Association coach.

Twenty from this squad prove their worth in a tournament at Kolkata on 16th July 2007, a final team of twelve members was chosen to fly to London to play in the International Tournament.

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Mr. Naveen Patnaik, Hon'ble Chief Minister, Odisha and Mr. Debasis Nayak, Hon'ble Minister, Sports & Youth Affairs, Odisha felicitate the members of KISS Rugby Team at a function at State Secretariat on 6th Sept 2007.
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9000 students and staff of KIIT Group of Institutions, including 5000 tribal students of KISS, bids the team best wishes in various functions organized on the occasion. The achievement of the students of KISS has made the tribal community of the State proud, who will join people of the State in general in cheering for the team at all stages of the tournament.
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Ten teams from India, Swaziland, Cambodia, Zambia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Romania, Rwanda, Kenya and South Africa arrive in England on September 24th to play for the Under - 14 International Rugby Tournament (Touraid U14 Cup).
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Touraid is a children's charity that establishes sustainable relationships between schools and clubs in the UK with similar organisations around the globe that support disadvantaged children. The charity sees rugby as the catalyst for these partnerships and the conduit for the resulting educational, cultural and social benefits to the visiting teams and host children. The tournament brings together 11 cultures through one sport, to tour for a week and learn for a lifetime.
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  The event, supported by some of the most revered names in International Rugby including England ace, Mike Catt and South African legend, Chester Williams, has been set up to provide young people from some of the most disadvantaged parts of the world the chance to come together to play, learn and develop skills as well as a greater cultural understanding of one another.
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  Our Jungle Crows were highly appreciated for a hard fought victory over the Zambian team. The team has only been playing for four months but they went on to win all their games. The KISS India Rugby team topped Group-B by defeating Zambia, Swaziland, Kenya and Romania.
   
Jungle Crows defeat S.Africa 19-5 in the final countdown on 29th September 2007 to win the Rugby World Cup.
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