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RUGBY: Madagascar Beat Zimbabwe To Earn Under-20 Barthes Cup Promotion

Madagascar’s resilience and crafty ball handling skills got earned them promotion into the Under-20 Barthes Cup after they broke the hearts of spirited Zimbabwe 25-27 at Prince Edward High School.

This win for Madagascar comes of the back on a massive 65-0 against Morocco in their opening match giving them the top spot in the Group.

Zimbabwe paid dearly for another slow start in addition to a series of errors, by half time Madagascar led 15-7, but the host came back fighting leading 25-22 five minutes to the close of the match.

Madagascar were rewarded for their vigilance and came back with a runaway try in the final moments.

Zimbabwe head coach Farai ‘Bob’ Mahari lamented his team’s costly errors.

“A slow start in the first half affected us and we will have to review what went wrong

We made mistakes and they punished us for it and at this level decent teams will punish you. So yes it was mistakes mistakes mistakes.

You can never fault the energy of the boys, they wanted to play but they were probably not doing the right things in the right places,” said Mahari.

Meanwhile Morocco will be relegated from Group B after losing 38-6 to Ivory Coast to finish at the bottom of the log.

Group B Results Summary:
17 April Zimbabwe 26-10 Ivory Coast
17 April Madagascar 65-0 Morocco
20 April Ivory Coast 38-6 Morocco
20 April Zimbabwe 25-27 Madagascar

Rugby – Zambia: Bhubesi Pride Tours Zambia

The Bhubesi Pride Foundation (a UK registered charity organisation) will be touring the former mining town of Kabwe in the Central Province of Zambia.

Zambia Rugby Union (ZRU) Communications Manager Tom Chaloba reviewed this in an interview. “The Coaches who are drawn from Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa have so far been to 5 Countries namely, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique and Malawi. After Kabwe, the touring Coaches proceed to Botswana, Namibia before eventually ending the tour in South Africa”.

The ZRU Spokesman further said a number of activities have been lined up as a build up to the Grand Final to be hosted by Mine Secondary School on Friday 26th April, 2019 starting at 08hrs. “On Friday 19th April, we shall conduct orientations at participating locations namely, Mine Sec Sch, Robert Shitima School, Sables Orphanage Centre, ARTECO Orphanage Centre, Children of Promise Orphanage Centre and the DieHardRugby Academy”.

He added that a total of 250 children are expected to undergo training sessions which start on Monday 22, more than 20 Teachers/Coaches will undertake Coach Education on Tuesday 23 afternoon and the local team Green Eagles Rugby Club will also benefit from the expertise of the tourists.

BHUBESI PRIDE FOUNDATION in partnership with G4S, DIEHARDRUGBY ACADEMY & ZAMBIA RUGBY UNION has been conducting annual tours in Kabwe since 2016, so far, more than a 1,000 boys and girls have have come into contact with the oval-shaped ball.

2019 Rugby Africa Silver Cup Cancelled Indefinitely

Rugby Africa President, Khaled Babbou has notified Unions on the decision of Rugby Africa EXCO to cancel this year’s Silver Cup due to hold at the Lagos Polo Club, Ikoyi in Lagos Nigeria.

The Silver Cup Pool A was scheduled to be played between Nigeria, Ghana, Madagascar and Botswana whilst Pool B was to be played between Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Mauritius and Rwanda.

The cancellation became imminent following Kwese Sports premature termination of sponsorship contract leaving Rugby Africa without adequate funding for the year 2019. Kwese Sports are Rugby Africa’s leading partner.

Rugby Africa will advise on alternative format if feasible.

Lagos Rugby Union League To Kick Off On Saturday April 13th 2019

The Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) has revealed that the Lagos Men’s Rugby Union League will kick off on Saturday 13th April 2019 at the Main-bowl National Stadium, Lagos.

The Acting Technical Director of the NRFF: Mr Dele Coker expressed disappointment at the cancellation of the Silver Cup by Rugby Africa.

“The Silver Cup cancellation is now behind us, meaning we can now focus on local rugby”.

Azeez Ladipo of Cowrie RFC leading an offensive attack against Police RFC

Coker revealed that the previous season witnessed many innovations, including the division of the competition into two which made room for four teams in the Premier division and three in division two. He added that management has altered the format this year to keep all teams in the same division to foster improvement and increase the game time of all the teams.

“We must see Rugby as entertainment. Every club must know that it is a fun sport. The players, coaches and referees must play more games and work together to put up a good show for Rugby fans. Thanks to CMB Building Maintenance and Investment Company Limited for their continued support’’ says Coker.

The three matches will be played at the National Stadium Main-bowl on Saturday from 11am to 5pm with the first game involving last season’s champions Cowrie Rugby Club from Victoria Island facing Eco II Rugby Club from Olodi Apapa.

Other games will see last season’ third placed team, The Nigeria Police Rugby club play Gosar Rugby Club and finally Kings College Old Boys will play Lagos Rugby Club in the last match of the day.

NRFF’s General Manager added that the Northern league which is the oldest in the country will kick off during the rainy season due to the tough grounds and the South South/ South East League will kick off next month.

Henry Eyong of Cowrie RFC in a lineout catch against Police RFC

Lagos Rugby Union League 2019 (Week 1 Fixtures)

Cowries Rugby Club vs Eco II Rugby Club

Police Rugby Club vs Gosar Rugby Club

Kings College Old Boys vs Lagos Rugby Club

Kenya and Namibia Sail Through To The 2019 Barthes Rugby Cup Final

Kenya sailed through to the Barthes Cup 2019 final after an emphatic 73-0 win over Tunisia at the KCB Sports Club. Seven minutes after kick off, Captain Bonface Ochieng grounded the first of Chipu’s eleven tries. Fly half Dominic Coulson skillfull opened up Tunisia’s defense for him to slice through it and off load to George Maranga who landed Chipu’s third try. Maranga’s try was sandwiched Beldad Ogeta’s two tries in the first half with Coulson adding the three conversions, Chipu taking a 26-0 lead at the breather.

Head Coach Paul Odera made several impactful changes to his charges as the team resumed for the second half. George Kiryazi played in Coulson who sent the ball wide to find Geoffrey Okwach who raced for the try box, Andrew Matoka’s conversion taking the scores to 33-0 in favour of the hosts. A brilliant chip and chase by Michele Brighetti resulted in him landing Chipu’s sixth try right under the posts as the crowd went wild in support of Chipu. Reserve scrumhalf Barry Robinson was next on the scoreboard as he landed Chipu’s 7th try from Kenyan scrum. Brighetti was the engine behind Okwach’s second try that was followed by tries from George Kiryazi, Beldad Ogeta and George Maranga with Matoka adding all the conversions except the last one by Maranga.

The 1:30pm kick off ended in the defending Champions, Namibia, walking away with a comfortable 45-12 win over Senegal.

Namibia lead 19-7 at half time with tries from Elmaro Beukes, Denzo Bruwer and Italoo John Amutenya with Bruwer adding the last two conversions before Senegal’s full back Ameth Sall dotted down in the 28th minutes with Mansour Sall adding the twos.

The second half, Darryl Wellman, Denzo Bruwer, Lincoln Beukes and Darnryl Wellman all landed tries for Namibia in the second half with Bruwer adding three conversions. Ibrahim Diaby landed Senegal’s second try and final try in the match.

Senegal and Tunisia will face off in the 3rd and 4th match on Sunday 7th April before Namibia take on Kenya in the 2019 Barthes Cup Final at 4:00pm. Entry to the ground is 300/- at the venue entry point.

Nigeria Rugby President, Kelechukwu Mbagwu Bags National Institute For Sports Award

Nigeria Rugby President, Kelechukwu Mbagwu has received an award from the National Institute for Sports as the outstanding sports personality of the decade – Rugby, at a Gala event held at the Civic Center, Victoria Island, Lagos on Wednesday.

Mbagwu awarded for his contributions to Rugby in Nigeria in the last fifteen years and his role in Nigeria’s successful bid to host the Africa Silver Cup in June, 2019 which will see Nigeria play Botswana, Madagascar and Ghana in Lagos amongst other achievements.

Having assumed the role of NRFF president in July 2017, Mbagwu quickly set up an administrative office for the federation in Surulere Lagos named ‘The Rugby House’. He then played a central role in ensuring a constitution was ratified by stakeholders of Nigeria Rugby in March 2018 and got Nigeria back on track following a suspension By World Rugby.

Kelechukwu Mbagwu hails from Abia State. He studied Geography at the University of Ibadan and had his master’s degree in the UK. When he returned, he joined Lagos Rugby Club. The only rugby club in Lagos at the time where he became the club’s Secretary in 1999. He co-founded Racing Rugby Club alongside Dele Coker and Iby Obatoyinbo in the year 2000 and was a Trustee of the club. He then founded and sponsored Cowrie Rugby Club in the 2005/2006 season. He groomed the club from strugglers in the league to Lagos League Champions in 2008 and Nigerian champions in 2016. He was able to achieve this by introducing semi-professionalism structure into club rugby administration by employing players thereby making them part-time athletes to enable players concentrate on work and rugby and this brought about positive results.

Nigeria Rugby President, Kelechukwu Mbagwu Bags National Institute For Sports Award

The NIS Awards of Sporting Excellence, convocation/lecture and investiture of honorary fellows of the institute, as well as recognition awards for sports journalism was organised to mark the silver jubilee of the institute. The gala convocation involved graduates who have completed their training programmes

The National Institute for Sports is a statutory institution set up for sports research, training and development of sports personnel in Nigeria.

For 25 years, the Institute has in dedication to its vision delivered on its statutory mandate to produce over 15,000 graduates in sports. All of whom have continued to place Nigeria on the global sporting map.

Zimbabwe Rugby Community To Assist Towards Cyclone Idai Relief

ZRU to donate 5% of gate revenue towards relief; Kwese Sevens venue converted into donation collection point

The Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) is joining the nation in charitable work to support victims of Cyclone Idai that largely affected the eastern province of Manicaland.

Cyclone Idai which has been recorded as one of the worst Tropical Cyclones to have affected the Southern Hemisphere affecting more than 2,6 million people in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi.

As the ZRU we have partnered with Econet Wireless in a joint effort to reach out to as many affected people as possible and will donate 5% of our gate takings from the Kwese Sevens Tournament which takes place on Saturday March 23 and Sunday March 24 of March at the Machinery Exchange Stadium at Harare Sports Club.

We are joining every Zimbabwean in the collective humanitarian efforts across all platforms to help those affected by the cyclone.

Zimbabwe Rugby Union

During the tournament on both match days, the Machinery Exchange Stadium will be collection point for any material donations.

We appeal to everyone to join the rugby community that has through clubs and players already started various initiatives to help those affected, to bring anything that will assist those in need.

Advance tickets for the Kwese Sevens Tournament can purchase online on: https://bit.ly/2ukMzjS