Bhubaneswar: The defending champions Odisha Women’s Rugby Team is upbeat and confident of retaining the title at the upcoming National Rugby Championship slated at Patna from July 24-26.
Odisha Rugby Football Association on Tuesday announced the state women team led by Bhagyalaxmi Barik for the 7-a-side National Rugby Championship. The 14 member team travelling to Patna comprised 12 players Bhagyalaxmi Barik (captain), Hiramani Soren, Laxmipriya Sahu, Prangya Paramita Garabadu, Sasmita Maharana, Hopi Majhi, Sanjukta Munda, Saraswati Hansda, Manjulata Pradhan, Mira Rani Hemram, Sumitra Nayak and Chandramani Tudu. Coach Dhiren Kumar Rout and manager Akankhya Singhdeo also accompanied the team to the nationals.
Of the 16 state teams participating at the national championship, the top seven teams would make it to the Federation Cup to be held at Srinagar later.