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Côte d’Ivoire Beats Rwanda (60-03) To Qualify For Group Stage of Rugby Africa Cup 2020

The Elephants beat the Rwandan Silverbacks (60-03) at the Bingerville Municipal Stadium in the qualifying rounds of the Rugby Africa Cup 2020.

Côte d’Ivoire’s Elephants will now enter the group stage of the Rugby Africa Cup 2020 where they will face Kenya and Morocco in June 2020.

Bakary Meité of Côte D'Ivoire, Rugby Africa Cup 2020
Bakary Meité of Côte D’Ivoire during the Rugby Africa Cup 2020 match between Côte D’Ivoire and Rwanda at the Bingerville Stadium in Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire on 23 November 2019 ©Rugby Africa

In front of their home fans, the Côte d’Ivoire team dominated the match and put in a merciless 60-03 performance against Rwanda. With 8 tries, of which 4 were converted, and 4 penalties, the Ivorian Fifteens succeeded in turning the match in their favour. At half-time, the score stood at 31-0 to Côte d’Ivoire, to ultimately finish at 60-3.

With the excellent Meité Bakary (man of the match; scored 2 tries), Salif Touré, Konan N’Guessan, Bossonon Issa, Barro Mohamed and Peres Paul who all scored a try each, the Elephants thrilled their supporters, who came in droves to the Bingerville Municipal Stadium. The Rwandan Silverbacks were consoled with a penalty from Moise Habumugisha.

In the group stage of the RAC 2020, Côte d’Ivoire will be Group B, and will go to Morocco to cross swords with the Atlas Lions on 13 June 2020 before facing Kenya at home on 27 June 2020.

Côte D'Ivoire, Rugby Africa Cup 2020 match between Côte D'Ivoire, ©Rugby Africa
Côte D’Ivoire players celebrate during the Rugby Africa Cup 2020 match between Côte D’Ivoire and Rwanda at the Bingerville Stadium in Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire on 23 November 2019 ©Rugby Africa players celebrate during the Rugby Africa Cup 2020 match between Côte D’Ivoire and Rwanda at the Bingerville Stadium in Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire on 23 November 2019 ©Rugby Africa

Both coaches spoke to the media after the game:

Claude Ezoua, Rwanda’s Coach: “It went wrong for us in the scrum. Defensively, we were not up to standard and so it’s normal that we lost with this score. We have started the job at rugby Rwanda, and we are going to continue working to reach the level of the greatest teams. We have drawn the lessons from this match and are going to continue working in an academic setting. That is what we did when we were in the Côte d’Ivoire. We are going to follow the same method to become a great rugby nation.”

Edgard Babou, Côte d’Ivoire’s Sports Manager: “We had to put in an impressive performance here at home and that’s what we did. But it’s still not perfect. We must continue to work hard to beat Morocco and then Kenya. The group stage will be challenging. We need to continue the work we have started to come top of group B. Kenya is a big obstacle.”

Nigeria Rugby Sevens Squad, Arrives South Africa For Olympic Qualifiers

Coach Bronson Weir today announced the Nigeria Rugby Men’s Sevens squad that will be on duty at the 2019 Rugby Africa Men’s Sevens Tournament in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The tournament will be held on the 8th and 9th of November, 2019 at the Bosman Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa where Fourteen teams will compete: Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Madagascar, Zambia, Tunisia, Senegal, Morocco, Namibia, Ghana, Botswana, Mauritius, Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria.

The Tournaments will be played over two match days and the winner of “Africa Men’s Sevens” will be 2019 African Champion and also qualify to the Summer Olympics Games in Tokyo, Japan in 2020.

Nigeria has been drawn to play defending champions; Zimbabwe on 8th November 2019 at 10:00am (South African time), 8:00am Nigerian time.

“The boys have worked hard over the last two and half weeks, we have had to replace a few players due to injuries sustained whilst on club duty. Thankgod Okafor-Portugal (Ankle) and Alex Onyeahasi- Germany (Hamstring).

Coach Bronson was at Chester, UK to have a look at the UK based boys at the AF International 7s where Nigeria played against USA, France, Ireland and Jamaica and we have injected a few of those boys into this squad. We look forward to seeing what the team can produce over the weekend”. says Team Manager; Dele Coker.

The team has already arrived Johannesburg and will be playing a warm up match today against Centurion 7s.

Nigeria National Rugby Team The “Black Stallions”

Nigeria Rugby Sevens Squad

1. Onoru Jatto (Captain)
2. Azeez Ladipo
3. Nuhu Ibrahim
4. Declan Nwachukwu
5. David Oyekanmi
6. Isaac Agholor
7. Samuel Ekpo
8. Joshua Etim
9. Akpabio Samuel
10. Blaise Felix
11. Chinedu Joseph
12. Felix Maduchem

Rugby Africa Congratulates South Africa Rugby for Winning Hosting Rights To The 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens

The world’s best 24 men’s and 16 women’s rugby sevens teams will take to the field at the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point.

The arrival of the event on the African continent for the first time was also welcomed by Mr Khaled Babbou, the president of Rugby Africa: “Rugby Africa is very proud and happy that this tournament is coming to Africa,” he said. “It will add to the growth of the game on the continent. Congratulations to the South African Rugby Union (SARU). The cooperation between SARU and Rugby Africa produced excellent results for the African youth and this flagship event will help thrive the growing sports of Rugby Sevens on the African continent.”



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.