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Edo State Girls and Kano State Boys Rugby Teams won the converted Seven – A – Side Rugby Gold Medals at the 5th National Youth Games at Ilorin on Sunday 15 September 3019.

In a tension soaked encounter, a highly determined Edo State Girls Rugby Team defeated Delta State Girls 10 – 5 with a last gasp sudden death try in extra time after both teams tied at 5-5 in normal regulation time.


The Boys match also went into extra time and was even more dramatic and emotional with the highly skilled Kano U15 boys scoring a well worked sudden death try from set piece again during extra to defeat a well organised and highly determined Delta State team 12-7.

The Medals table for Rugby event at the 5th National Youth Games saw new comers such as Edo and Kano State clinching the Gold Medals in their first appearance.


Delta State won Silver Medals in the Boys and Girls events while Ogun State won Bronze in the girls event and Osun boys were Bronze medalist.

Meanwhile, the Ehibam Griefshare Foundation supported the rugby event by donating two big trophies for the Most Disciplined Teams of the championship. Lagos State Girls Rugby team won the Most Disciplined Girls Team, while Rivers State Boys team won the Most Disciplined boys Team of the Tournament.


Female Medals Table

Edo – Gold

Delta – Silver

Ogun – Bronze

Male Medals Table

Kano – Gold

Delta – Silver

Osun – Bronze

Most Disciplined Rugby Teams Award

Lagos Female Rugby Team and Rivers Male Rugby Teams respectively.

We sincerely thank the organisers – the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, the host University of Ilorin who are already institutionalising Rugby in its establishment with a Rugby Pitch through the effort of the Rugby Coach Alhaji Sulymon Angulu.

Ahead Middle East Africa Rugby League Championship Nations Name Squads #MEAChamps

All four nations have announced their initial train-on squads for the second Middle East Africa Championship, to be held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, Nigeria from 2-5 October.

Hosts Nigeria have opted for a 60-man party initially, including the likes of Canterbury Bulldog’s Jayden Okunbor, who has been named vice captain, young Leeds prop Muizz Mustapha who has impressed on loan at Newcastle Thunder, and Hull KR emerging talent Elliott Wallis. Super League stars Tuoyo Egodo and Sadiq Adebiyi and established names Rob Worrincy, named as skipper, Will Sharp and Daniel Igbinedion are also included. They join local players from Eko Trinity, Kano Lions and Logos Haven, part of Nigeria’s eight-team domestic competition, which is set to kick off as a pre-cursor to the tournament.

NRL vice-president and general manager Ade Adebisi noted: “We have held a number of successful national training sessions in the capital and in the North of the country and look forward to being joined by stars from overseas. I’m excited to have reached another milestone on the targets we set at the beginning of this wonderful journey. Nigeria is blessed with so much raw talent and I can’t wait for the world to see what we eventually accomplish.”

Okunbor said: “It is an absolute honour, that I will forever be proud of. Growing up never thinking Nigeria would ever have a national team and now to be named a vice captain means so much to me and my family.

“To be a part of what could possibly be the beginning of something amazing also really excites me and I can’t wait to rip in with the boys.”

Nigeria will face Ghana in their opening match and captain of the Skolars club there, Riddick Alibah claimed: “Passion and discipline is what makes champions and is what we have. We are coming as the pride of the nation and we will leave as champions win or lose. This means more to us than just a tournament, it is a springboard for us and the region.”

The other debutants are Cameroon and Carol Manga, CRL’s general manager, noted: “Five men’s teams in Cameroon are currently in the middle of their club season and there is huge excitement at squad training.”

Jean Marc Akoa Akoa of the Sahel club in Groua commented: “I am so happy to be shortlisted to the national rugby league team of Cameroon. This motivates me to work more and more, to be physically and technically at the level required by the staff to be selected.”

They face previously dormant Morocco, whose president Yamina Abdesselem, said: “Our men’s national team will come mainly from the six-team domestic championship. The tournament will give another dimension to the XIII Moroccan and contribute to the development of the sport in North Africa. The list of 30 of our players has been the subject of various selection stages, the last of which involving everyone, will take place from 26-30 September, south of Casablanca.” Skipper Souhail Ait Alla from the Gulmim Essalam club added: “It will be the third time I represent my country, against Lebanon in 2011 and the GB Student Pioneers two years later. We will try our best to be competitive, we know we are going to face great teams but our goal is to tell the world that Africa is coming – our Federation never gave up.”

Remond Safi, the Tournament Director confirmed: “The domestic African clubs provide the majority of players to each national squad which is a major step forward for the region and justification for the tournament. It will be a wonderful spectacle in Lagos and everyone is looking forward to it”.

Cameroon Train On Squad
Diryl Tchinda (Bandjoun Rl Douala), Armel Damdja, Bidjana Jean Claude, Nguele Hermand, Hamadou Moussa, Patrick Eugene Nkouak, Nanga Yannick Olama, Tsoungui Alphonse Olama, Lamere Mfochive Oudi, Yannick Noah Simon, (Bulls Rl Yaoundé), Tientcheu Nguekam Emmanuel, Moutcheu Jangue Raphael, Yohan C. Kwedi, (Gorila Rl Douala), Kallasi Nguiagueu Arnaud, Meli Arnaud Cyrille, Embella Mouhamed, Christian T. Pegou, (Guepard Rl Douala), Eyong Arno Bienvenue, Bekolo Elie, Watio Franck, Fabrice Yepmo Joufang, Fosso Ledoux, Arnaud Ndjeng, Chieyem Prince (Panda Rl Youndé), Ndifor Paul Atungsiri, Akoa Akoa Jean Marc, Ngoufack Geordane, Kuate Talom Steve (Rock Rl Douala), Aliou Garga, Malai Alban, (Sahel Rl Garoua)

Ghana Train On Squad
Marcus Alexander Amate Neil, Albert Abeku Amonoo Nelson (Brixton Bulls Rlfc), Benjamin Anane, Kwabena Afful Cleland, Collins Kweku Ofosu, Desmond Atsu Geotrah, Nigel Nii Ampim Sackey, On Yelib Oliver Puman, (Bulls Rlfc – Ghana), Reece Connor Rance (Coventy Bears), Issac Akwasi Akuoko (Manly), Samuel A. Aboagye Sarpong, Darryl Amoatey, Nasiru Abdul Latif, Eric Tettegah, (Panthers Rlfc – Ghana), Calivinson Accorlor, Philip Asomani, John Bless Mensah, Enoch Abam Niikoi, Christian Fafa Okpattah, (Pirates Rlfc – Ghana), Alibah Riddick Nana Abrokwa, Richard Amevor, Isaac Jordan Annan, Elikem Koesi Asafo, Edward Danquah Donkor, Chris Da Gama, Michael Quatey, William Pearce Biney, (Skolars Rlfc – Ghana), Kwabena Afful Cleland (Unattached)

Morocco Train On Squad
Souhail Ait Alla, Mouslim Ali, Boujoua Ayoub, Ahmed El Faiz, Brahim Aferhane, Ouhcham Mahdi (Association Marocaine Assalam Rugby Xiii) Mohssin Afouks, Zakaria Attarch, Khalid Azghikh, Moussa Bencharki, Ismail Edhouz, Raid El Fath, Mbark Hani, Yassin Oujbor, Marouane Mounwir, Chnikhl Youssef, (Association Black Eagles Rugby Xii) Ilias El Fezazi (Racing Club Baho Xiii), Iliass Laachiri (Lyon Villeurbanne Rugby Xiii), Amine Addaqqouni, Oussama El Abdioui, Amine Belaachj, Aissa El Hamdaoui, Soufiane Kissi, Ali Sambo, Bilal Zariouh (Nadour Arkmane Rugby Xiii) Naji Anas (Racing Club De Carpentras Du Comtat Xiii) Ismail Edhouz, Taleb Idriss, Jarif Lachen, Marouanne Mounwir, Yassin Oujbor, (South Lionsrugby Xiii), Badreddine Medkouri (Sporting Treiziste Toulonnais) Adam Ed Diche (Union Sportive Ferralaise Xiii),

Nigeria Train On Squad
Alamin Ajelara, Azeez Ajelara, Benjamin Jegede, Jordan Adebumowa, Mathew Jegede, Micheal Worrincy, (Africa United Australia) Jayden Okunbor ( Canterbury Bulldogs) Tuoyo Egodo (Castleford Tigers) Daniel Igbinedion, Robert Worrincy, (Dewsbury Rams) Hsa Harrison, Nosakhare Agwoje, Oladele Abiodun, Emmanuel Ayewe, Eneji Michael Iyeshi, Francis Olatunbosun, Shittu Isiaka Eko Trinity) William Sharp (Halifax Rlfc England) Elliot Wallis (Hull Kingston Rovers England) Jude Abrakson, Alex Richard, Issa Omale, Obi Wilson, Gabriel John, Joshua Etim (Kano Gazelles) Samuel Akpabio, Christian Williams, Sani Mohammed, Ibrahim Suraju, Nuhu Ibrahim, Bashir Usman (Kano Lions)Prince Nwauzor, Kelechi Anozie, Shedrack Kalu, Sukirudeen Alameen, Buni Mba, Sodiq Sakariyau, Emmanuel Peter, Michael Clement, Izuchukwu Nwaire, Monday Samali, (Lagos Broncos) Jeremiah Peters, Azuka Kelvin, Stephen Kiki, Olisa Kelvin, John Precious, Eric Olualogbo, Daniel John, Prince Samuel, Ayo Johnson, Quadri Kareem, Mark Macaulay, (Lagos Haven) Muizz Mustapha (Leeds Rhinos England) Sadiq Adebiyi (London Broncos England) Jubril Olajide (Manchester Rangers England) Isah Lawal Saulawa (Northants Uni England) Matthew Komolafe (Parramatta Eels Australia) Godson Sado ( St Albans England) Boluaji Fagborun (Unattached)

Rugby Can Be Used As Tool For Social Rebirth In Nigeria

The game of Rugby football has been proffered as panacea for the myriad of social vices currently facing the country.

This was the opinion of Barrister Akinwunmi Akintola, Chairman of Lagos State Rugby Football Association, while speaking on plans to make the sport well accepted by sports lovers in the country.

The tall and heavily built former Nigeria rugby star, debunked fears that rugby is a dangerous. Saying, the description of rugby as a ‘sport of hooligans, played by gentlemen’, is a testimony of the life building ethos associated with the game.

Akinwunmi, a grandson of the late Premier of the defunct western region, Chief Ladoke Akintola, went on to enthuse greatly about the inherent potentials of rugby, as a panacea to the several social vices affecting Nigerian youths and the country, in general.

“Many people do not really know or understand this game. It seems rough to the eyes, but the technicalities, passion and the zeal on display during the games, makes it so exciting.

Akinwunmi Akintola Chairman Lagos State Rugby Football Association

“Apart from football, rugby, has the potentials to boost the socio-economic life of any community or country. It is a billion dollars industry.

“And more than anything, some of the ethos of rugby that includes, teamwork, discipline, commitment and responsibility, are indeed, necessary tools towards living a better and responsible life,” he stressed.

He noted the apathy of government and corporate bodies towards the sport. Which he described as unfortunate and painful. He however, disclosed that he is presently working with other genuine stakeholders in Nigeria to change the narratives and make other lesser known sports thrive.

Akeem Busari

Participating Nations Set For Middle East, Africa Rugby League Championship

Preparations are well under way in all the four competing nations who will be part of the second Middle East Africa Championship, to be held in Lagos, Nigeria from 2-5 October; the hosts, fellow debutants Ghana and the Cameroon, and Morocco, who return to the international arena.

Rugby League World Cup

Nigeria’s domestic competition is set to kick off in a fortnight as a pre-cursor to the tournament and NRL vice-president and general manager Ade Adebisi said: “We have held a number of successful national training sessions in the capital and in the North of the country and look forward to being joined by stars from overseas, like Tuoyo Egodo and Sadiq Adebiyi nearer to the kick off. Last weekend we partnered up with Ghana to put a team into the London 9s for the first time and it was very clear that we have the talent. On top of this, we have an experienced coach in Joe Mbu who will be able to blend it all together. We still have a lot of work to do, but the building blocks are all there.”

Farouk Prempeh, president of Ghana Rugby League, added: “The MEA Championships will help put Ghana on the rugby league map. Domestically we’ve just held a successful men’s club season involving four clubs and the majority of the national team will come from there. Following the profile we’ll gain from this great event we know participation will increase next year. We are very pleased with our preparations and the MEA Championship has provided a very positive atmosphere for the sport in Ghana.”

Carol Manga, Cameroon Rugby League’s general manager, noted: “All the nations in the MEA Championship are going to gain in experience as, for many, this is our first time in a big tournament. Our love, passion, sacrifices and commitments will be justified and we are hugely excited. Our head Coach Khalil Njoya is working closely with all the players and the board members are tirelessly undertaking to get more sponsors and government support. Five men’s teams in Cameroon are currently in the middle of their club season and there is huge excitement at squad training.”

Yamina Abdesselem, president of Morocco Rugby League, claimed: “We are humbled as a Federation to participate, we find a lot of joy and pleasure from this adventure. Our men’s national team will come mainly from the six-team domestic championship. The tournament will give another dimension to the XIII Moroccan and contribute to the development of the sport in North Africa.”

In addition to the matches, there will be coaching and match official programmes surrounding the Championship, and the 2021 Rugby League World Cup team will also be bringing the trophy and delivering additional education, development and profile to support the sport’s growth in the region.

Rugby World Cup African Qualifiers: South Africa defeat Uganda in Johannesburg during Rugby Africa Gold Cup

Today the Springbok Women played against the Lady Cranes during the 2019 Rugby Africa Women’s Cup, a qualifier for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup. In a one-sided game, South Africa thumped Uganda 89-5.

South Africa dominated the match from start to finish with Uganda struggling to contain the Springboks.

Rights Mkhari stole the show in the first-half for the tournament hosts as she grabbed three tries within the first 20 minutes.

Zintle Mpupha (brace), Eloise Webb, Yonela Ngxingolo, Ayanda Malinga and Sinazo Mcatshulwa also grabbed tries against the Lady Cranes.

South Africa were leading 62-0 against Uganda during the half-time break having scored an impressive 10 tries.

Pressure mounted on the Lady Cranes after the restart as Webb bagged her hat-trick and Mcatshulwa grabbed a brace, while Snenhlanhla Shozi added her name to the score sheet.

Uganda fought back towards the end of the game and they scored a try through Samiya Ayikoru, but Shozi grabbed her brace to seal South Africa’s emphatic 89-5 win over Uganda.

South Africa coach Stanley Raubenheimer was delighted with his charges’ display, but he feels there is still room for improvement.

“Overall, I am happy with the girls’ performance because you cannot complain about a scoreline like that, but there are a few things which we need to work on,” he said.

“There were a few tries that we did not convert. We should have been a little more clinical. We will have to improve ahead of the next match.”

Meanwhile, Uganda coach Edgar Lemerigar is confident his team can bounce back against Kenya.

“In the first-half, you could see the element of intimidation from the girls, but in the second-half, they put up a better show in terms of defending and realignment,” he said.

“Yes, going forward we can beat Kenya.We just have to fix the errors which we made against South Africa.”

The next games are set to be played on Tuesday, August 13 with South Africa facing Madagascar, while Uganda take on their neighbours Kenya.

The top-ranked team in the group after three rounds of matches will be crowned champions of the 2019 Rugby Africa Women’s Cup and will qualify for the Women’s Rugby World Cup to be held in New Zealand in 2021.

Rugby World Cup: Namibia Warm-Up Matches Confirmed

Namibia continues to undergo preparations for the 2019 Rugby World Cup with two confirmed games scheduled before they set off to Japan in September. The last match Namibia played was against Russia at the World Rugby Nations Cup in Uruguay where they walked out of the tournament with one win in the bag over the […]

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Rugby World Cup: Namibia Warm-Up Matches Confirmed

Namibia continues to undergo preparations for the 2019 Rugby World Cup with two confirmed games scheduled before they set off to Japan in September. The last match Namibia played was against Russia at the World Rugby Nations Cup in Uruguay where they walked out of the tournament with one win in the bag over the host nation. Since coming back from the Nations Cup the 50 Preliminary Squad has undergone vigorous strength and conditioning training.

After ongoing discussions to secure a South African franchise team who would available to play Namibia prior to the World Cup, the Namibian Rugby Union confirmed participation of the Southern Kings who compete in the Guinness Pro14.

The first match will take place on Saturday, the 31st of August 2019 at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek. By this date the official Namibian World Cup Team would have been announced. Information regarding the match will be communicated closer to the time. The second one – with great excitement – is to take place in the coastal town of Walvis Bay at the Walvis Bay High School Stadium on Saturday the 7th of August 2019.

“We are delighted that we could finalize these matches with the help of the South African Rugby Union and World Rugby. We see the Southern Kings as good opposition for preparation. Having the matches in two different towns is not only an opportunity to have fans come and witness the team in other parts of the country as most matches are held in Windhoek, but getting game time in humid and sea level climate is an important aspect of preparation for competing in Japan” President of the NRU, Mr. Edward Mensah, said.

“We are in a very fortunate position to have managed to secure pre-season matches against two national teams that are heading to the World Cup in Japan next month,” ISUZU Southern Kings Team Manager, Zingi Hela, said.

“We can now confirm that after our trip to Georgia we have agreed with the Namibian Rugby Union that we will take on their national team in two important pre-season matches which the Namibian team will use for their preparations for the World Cup.

“We are confident that the matches will be tough and give us the competitiveness that we are seeking ahead of our season, and we will be able to provide the same for Namibia before they depart for Japan.”

As part of their Pro14 preparations, the Southern Kings are also scheduled to play World Cup bound Georgia on Tuesday the 27th of August. The agreement between Namibia and the Southern Kings is beneficial to both as they will assist in preparing Namibia for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and these matches are important for them in getting ready for their 2019/2020 Pro14 season.