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Jungle Crows in Under 19 Camp

November 2005

Three Jungle Crows have been selected to take part in the current India Under 19 camp. The boys are Sailen Tudu (scrum half), Arijit Sarkar (prop) and Masudul Haque (Second Row). The camp is taking place at Kolkata's East Bengal ground and they are joining boys from all over India including Delhi, Chennai and Orissa. The three Jungle Crows selected were all part of the Jungle Crows team that reached the final in the Under-19 Monsoon Cup. The Camp is to prepare for the Under-19 tour to Pakistan in December.

LSC Kolkata Rugby Tens

November 2005

The London School of Commerce Kolkata Rugby Tens took place over the weekend of 19/20 November at the East Bengal ground on Kolkata's Maidan. The Jungle Crows organised the tournament and players made up two full teams, we also had a scattering of players in other teams including the London School of Commerce. 12 teams in total took part with back to back rugby action over the entire weekend.

Pre-tournament favourites the Army surprised no-one with a display of hard running and solid skills. In the main final they ran out 35-12 winners against London School of Commerce. In the plate Armenian College won out against a tough side from Orissa 5-0. In the Bowl LMOB beat absolute rugby newcomers Sagar Island.

Sagar Island were the crowd favourites. The boys from Sagar Island have only been playing rugby for a couple of months under the leadership of Crows Coach Sanjay Patro as part of a Jungle Crows development programme. Sagar Island can be found at the end of the Hooghly River on the edge of the Bay of Bengal in the Sunderbans delta system. Special thanks go to Toyota who sponsored Sagar Island and made their participation possible.

London School of Commerce received a well deserved cheer at the end both for their generous support as title sponsors and putting on a fine display of expansive rugby. Other partners were Red FM and Cobra Beer.

Crows v Kolkata Police in Chukka Match

18 September 2005

On 18 September the Jungle Crows took on Kolkata Police in a Chukka (friendly) match at the Bodyguard Lines, Alipore. The game kicked off at 4.00pm. This was a warm up match in advance of the Kolkata Police team traveling to the all-India finals in Mumbai.

The Crows enjoyed a good game and took the chance to give a number of new players a run out. The conditions were hot and muddy. Kolkata Police made the early break through and went up 10-0 with a couple of tries after 15-20 minutes. The Crows kept up a good level of work throughout the match and were unlucky with some decisions.

In the second half the Police put over a couple more tries but the Crows kept fighting and scored a consolation try towards the end. The game finished 20-5 to the Crows. Good warm-up for the Police and a great run out for the Crows.

Centenary Cup Match 2 - August 2005

17 August 2005


Jungle Crows 0 v Police Sergeants' Institute 12

Where have the Crows gone?


18 August 2005


Wednesday 17th saw the Jungle Crows attempting to reach the semi-finals of the Centenary Cup in an afternoon clash against the Sergeants' Institute at CCFC. An unseasonably hot and humid afternoon saw a dire encounter with little for spectators or players to take away from the game...
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JUNGLE CROWS ON TOUR: The Callaghan Cup, New Delhi - August 2005

6 August


Day 1 of the Cup, 4pm and the Crows are up against Delhi Lions. It was rumoured Delhi fancied their chances against the Crows but less than 10 minutes into the game and the Crows quick start had the Delhi boys floundering down 12-0. A strong run down the right side by Wilcko playing at No.8 with a nice offload to Medrick on the right wing saw the first try scored. Another followed minutes later when Zaffer broke through the Delhi back line to score by the posts. A conversion by Armen saw 12 points on the board and less than 10 minutes played.

There followed some scrappy play with the Crows foolishly sitting back on their lead and Delhi trying to re-organise. Some concerted Delhi pressure saw a try but order was quickly restored with another score, Wilcko running in this time. 19-5 at half time and it was looking good for the Crows.

Delhi came out quickest from the re-start and had another score on the board in minutes. But again the Crows were able to counter with Medrick touching down. Delhi came back and though the Crows were able to absorb plenty of pressure on the line, Delhi's two Argentinian players were too big to hold at bay for long and one crashed over for a try. Missed tackles by the Crows in their own half had led to the three Delhi tries and though it was great to see how much pressure could be absorbed on the line it was all self inflicted!

10 minutes to play and scrum-half Tudu was replaced by experienced Crows Coach Sanjay who injected some real zip into the game. A quick lineout on Delhi's five yard line saw the ball cross the line but the referee called play back. Another good Crows line-out and Sanjay ran of the drive and over the line for the final score, Crows 29 Delhi 15.

Sanjay took a head over heels tumble as he crossed the line and collided with a Delhi boot, a gash in his head would later require four stitches. This was to highlight to the Crows the appalling arrangements (we already knew they were pretty bad: no running water, sleeping on the floor, wiggly lines, no flags on the pitch, no match ball, etc) but the reaction of the medic and ref to Sanjay's injury was a disgrace. He'd taken a bad fall and clearly had a head injury and other possible injuries, he had been mildly concussed and his breathing was erratic. The medic on reaching Sanjay, seemingly against any sensible practice lifted up his head! The ref ordered the players to get him of the pitch so the game could carry on - without even checking on the injury! Needless to say both the ref and the medic were given short shrift! Fortunately Sanjay wasn't badly hurt but a formal complaint will be going to the IRFU.

A good first victory and with Sanjay stitched up and well the Crows were in good spirits for their next game against top seeded side Bangalore. First though since this was the first time most of the boys had been to New Delhi we spent Sunday on a sightseeing and shopping trip!

8 August


Day 3 of the Cup and the Crows faced possibly the toughest game in their short history up against Bangalore. With Brits at No8, Scrum half and inside center and with French and Fijian Flankers this was going to be quite a challenge!

The Crows got of to a slower start and within five minutes were down by a Bangalore try 5-0. But a penalty kept the Crows in the game 5-3. The Crows held Bangalore well but another 2 tries and conversion saw the boys go down 17-3. At this the Crows heads dropped (something we'll need to work on) and Bangalore turned on the pace and style for the last ten minutes of the half. With the Bangalore backs running freely, well supported by a quick pack the Crows game deserted them and Bangalore ran in three converted tries 38-3 at half time!

A strong team talk delivered by Wilcko at half time and the Crows stormed into the second half. Resolute defending by Bangalore held the raging Crows at bay but only a break away try and conversion from Bangalore bothered the scorers. In the end the Crows rotated their team to ensure everyone got the chance to play in this the Crows first 15-a-side tour! Defeated they may have been but their enthusiasm and pride got the loudest cheer as the Crows players came of!

The Callaghan Cup doubled up this year as the qualifying tournament for the all-India finals due to be played in Mumbai at the end of September. Making this the second most prestigious tournament in the country. The playing and ancillary facilities were terrible. The benefit of being knocked out, as many remaining teams said to us, was that we got to leave and go home!!

Arijit the Crows softly spoken Prop was named Crow of the Tour for a 100% solid performance and some excellent tackles.

    Starting Line-Up

  1. Azad
  2. Vahe
  3. Arijit
  4. Masud
  5. Amar
  6. Christophe (Capt.)
  7. Ejme
  8. James (Wilcko)
  9. Tudu
  10. Armen M
  11. Ricardo
  12. Ananda
  13. Zafar
  14. Medric
  15. Armen A


  16. Sanjay P
  17. Dilip
  18. Aden
  19. Humayun
  20. Sanjay D
  21. Pankaj
  22. Jacob
  23. Paul


: James Matthew

Asst Manager

: Abishek

Centenary Cup Round One Win - July 2005

The Jungle Crows in their first centenary cup fixture beat LMOB 8-7. This was the jungle crows first competition fifteen-a-side victory in this their first season. The crows lead early on with a penalty kicked by Armen and kept this lead until half-time. Early in the second half a try by Zaffar (Crow of the Match) saw the crows into an 8-0 lead. A late try and conversion by LMOB was not enough and the crows held on to a deserved victory. There was quite a party afterwards! Read a full match report at Scrumcap.

Under 19 Success in Monsoon Sevens

Kolkata Jungle Crows under-19 team perform brilliantly in Kolkata "Monsoon Sevens" tournament. Win four games on the run to reach the final. Showdown with top Kolkata side Future Hope sees them eventually loose out 32-7.

Jungle Crows players make up the bowl winners: Ashalayam Don Bosco and the semi finalists: Armenian College. The future looks very bright for the crows! TV coverage focuses on Kolkata's newest and fastest growing team - the Jungle Crows. Kolkata Police Commissioner Prosun Mukherjee pays special compliment to the crows on the phenomenal rise of the team and the spirit they always show.

Calcutta Cup Results

4 June 05


Jungle Crows 17 - YRC 17
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18 June 05


Jungle Crows 5 - LMOB 23
The Jungle Crows had their toughest encounter yet on Saturday taking on the experience and guile of LMOB! A 3.30pm kick-off on one of the hottest days this year, +40 degrees, did not stop both teams playing high energy 100% determined rugby. In the end what separated the teams was the class and experience of LMOB. In only their second ever 15-a-side game the Crows, however, battled valiantly.

LMOB were ably led by former Indian international Tony McCluskie, playing at number 8 he set out LMOBs game plan early with a string of strong forward moves. Whether from a driving maul, scrum or ruck LMOBs discipline and experience had the Crows on their heels more than once. But it was the Crows who had the first scoring chance with a penalty inside LMOBs half after less than 10 minutes, missed short by Crows scrum half and captain 'Tuna'. The first points on the board came from a penalty kicked by LMOB to give them an early 3 point boost. Two tries for LMOB followed, set up and scored with good quality forward play. Just before half time the Crows sent a kick into LMOBs corner and the pace and reactions of Crows inside centre Armen M meant that the team went into half time only 13-5 down.

The start of the second half saw the Crows attempting to get their back line more into the game but good defence by LMOB held them at bay. It wasn't long before LMOB got back into their stride and began to put big shoves into the scrum, clattering the less weighty Jungle Crows aside. The heat began to tell on both sides but LMOBs forwards kept up good pressure and eventually drove over both in the left and right hand corners to pick up tries. At the end of the game both teams knew they had been through a tough tough game (only let down by the refereeing about which less is said the better)!

6 July 05


Jungle Crows 0 - Kolkata Police 22

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Crows Rugby Festival - May 2005

We had an amazing days rugby on 14 May to say farewell to Jungle Crows stalwart John Hamilton...8 under-14 teams played tag and 4 teams played senior rugby 10s....over 150 players in all! The school teams included Future Hope, Ashalayam Don Bosco, Frank Anthony's, St Joseph's, Armenian College and St Thomas'.

The four adult teams were pick-up teams from all the players that registered, mainly Jungle Crows but also some from Future Hope, Kolkata Police and CCFC. The captains for the day were John Hamilton in charge of the "Scots Crusdaers", Christophe Plais with his "French Fire", Gary Stilgoe policing the "English Bulls" and Sanjay Patro calling the shots with "India Cyclone". So our very own four nations tournament! The final was between Crusdaders and Cyclone with a tie at 5 all after full and extra time. In the end the game was decided on drop goals, best of three and then sudden death. The Cyclone came out winners 7 drop goals to 6!!

Crows appoint Coach - April 2005

Sanjay Patro will be the Jungle Crows coach for the 2005 season. Sanjay works as a Development Officer with Bengal Rugby-Football and is a regular player for Future Hope. Sanjay has started his work and brought a new professionalism to the Jungle Crows work.

Sanjay also has significant development experience and we hope he will be able to bring this to bear in his work with the Jungle Crows. All the Jungle Crows are looking forward to a successful first full season under the leadership of Sanjay.

All India Sevens in Chennai - February 2005

The Jungle Crows latest tour took them to the All-India Sevens in Chennai this February. The majority of the team traveled down on a 24 hour train journey.showing a true spirit of dedication to the Jungle Crows spirit! The Crows were drawn in the toughest group in the tournament with just two other teams both of whom were expected to do well; Bombay Gymkhana and Tamil Nadu Police A.

The crows faced both teams on the opening day and were comprehensively beaten, but the spirit and fight shown by the Crows won them yet more supporters from the crowd in Chennai. On day two the Crows were drawn in the bowl quarter finals against Delhi Cobras. The Cobras opened the scoring with a converted try - 7 points. The Crows fought back with their own try, not converted; so 5 points. As the seconds ticked away the crows scrapped and battled for a breakthrough but with only seconds left the more experienced Cobras snuck a final energy-sapping try from the Crows, the match ending 12-5 to Delhi.

The Crows had repaid their supporters and sponsors BOC, ABN Amro and Descon; not in trophies but in pride and spirit, perhaps commodities even more valuable!

The all-India final pitted local teams Chennai Cheetahs against the Tamil Nadu Police. This was what the crowd had been waiting for; two strong teams playing over an extended time of two ten minute half's. The Chennai Cheetah's are the reigning India fifteen-a-side champions and showed their class from the start pulling in front and staying there to record a 22-14 win.

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