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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Sables4EVA » Fri, 15 Sep 2017, 07:32

The first week of the SARU Gold Cup was played last weekend. This is for the champion clubs of each of the provinces in South Africa plus the champions of Zimbabwe (Old Georgians) and Namibia (Western Suburbs). The quality of the rugby is very high and it is a great leveller as each club is community based. There is talk of this expanding to include clubs from other rugby playing nations like Uganda, Kenya, Botswana, Namibia and Madagascar. The group stages are not televised but the quarter finals onwards are screened on Supersport on DSTv so get continental coverage. Some of these clubs get crowds of over 10 000 spectators which is bigger than some provincial sides so the potential of this tournament is huge.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SARU_Gold_Cup

http://sarugby.online/tournaments/profi ... 48#matches

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Canalina » Tue, 26 Sep 2017, 05:44

This sunday the Africa Cup regional pool centre should start in Bujumbura, with Burundi, Congo and Gabon.
Searching on facebook we see that Congo is training for the event (but just six of the 26 selected France-based players gathered at the stage near Paris, while the group training in homesoil was larger) and that Gabon's clubs are training, while I can't find info from Burundi (no website and no facebook page, it seems)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/209854419054058/
https://www.facebook.com/FECORUGBY/
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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Thu, 28 Sep 2017, 07:51

According to this report Gabon have withdrawn from the Africa Cup regional tournament. This is apparently due to a change at the Ministry of Sports not authorising the Union Fégar to take part due to some issues with the Federation chief.


In French: http://www.union.sonapresse.com/gabon-s ... iste-16649

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Canalina » Sat, 30 Sep 2017, 21:33

No other news about the tournament in Burundi. To preserve the regularity of the whole tournament, there should be now a double match between Burundi and Congo Kinshasa (all the other nations of Africa Cup Regional played two matches)

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Bruce_ma_goose » Sun, 01 Oct 2017, 21:28

Sables4EVA wrote:The first week of the SARU Gold Cup was played last weekend. This is for the champion clubs of each of the provinces in South Africa plus the champions of Zimbabwe (Old Georgians) and Namibia (Western Suburbs). The quality of the rugby is very high and it is a great leveller as each club is community based. There is talk of this expanding to include clubs from other rugby playing nations like Uganda, Kenya, Botswana, Namibia and Madagascar. The group stages are not televised but the quarter finals onwards are screened on Supersport on DSTv so get continental coverage. Some of these clubs get crowds of over 10 000 spectators which is bigger than some provincial sides so the potential of this tournament is huge.

Some links:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SARU_Gold_Cup

http://sarugby.online/tournaments/profi ... 48#matches

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I had no idea this existed. Some generally competitive scorelines. Are there any highlights?

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Sables4EVA » Mon, 02 Oct 2017, 17:53

https://www.facebook.com/GoldCupRugby/

There are some on the FB page.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby mcruic » Thu, 05 Oct 2017, 21:32

Burundi-DR Congo is a one-off game in Bujumbura on Saturday 7th October for the Regional Challenge, Centre Division, after Gabon's withdrawal.

Kenyans officiating in the match.

http://www.kru.co.ke/news/kenyan-trio-t ... n-burundi/
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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Canalina » Fri, 06 Oct 2017, 05:07

To have an equal chart they should play two matches. Let's see if there's the chance of a return game
Standing of Africa Cup Regional should be this, all the teams (a part Burundi and Congo?) played or are going to play two matches

Ghana 9 pts (points difference: +51)
Burkina Faso 6
Mali 5
Benin 4
Niger 2
Togo 1
Burundi 0 (still to play)
Congo 0 (still to play)
Lesotho 0 (still to play)
Malawi 0 (still to play)
Swaziland 0 (still to play)
Gabon out

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Canalina » Sat, 07 Oct 2017, 22:50

I can't find info about Burundi v Congo, to be played yesterday (saturday) afternoon

Searching for that, I gladly see this video about a rugby match in Congo Brazzaville involving Congalie, a club created in 2000 by an italian man with the poor kids of Point-Noire. Now Congalie (that should mean "Congo+Italie", even if I'm not sure) has a senior team.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHiNMPd6Hjw

In Madagascar the peste deflagrated with more than 30 deaths, included the coach of Seychelles basket team. Authorities prohibited all the en-plein-air events but rugby matches went ahead as nothing was happened and all the newspapers stigmatized that

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Neptune » Sun, 08 Oct 2017, 04:04

Uganda and Zimbabwe 7s qualify for the 7s RWC in San Francisco, while Zambia heads to the commonwealth games in Australia.
http://ragahouse.com/news/item/uganda-r ... alth-games

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Sun, 08 Oct 2017, 07:40

Canalina wrote:I can't find info about Burundi v Congo, to be played yesterday (saturday) afternoon

Searching for that, I gladly see this video about a rugby match in Congo Brazzaville involving Congalie, a club created in 2000 by an italian man with the poor kids of Point-Noire. Now Congalie (that should mean "Congo+Italie", even if I'm not sure) has a senior team.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHiNMPd6Hjw

In Madagascar the peste deflagrated with more than 30 deaths, included the coach of Seychelles basket team. Authorities prohibited all the en-plein-air events but rugby matches went ahead as nothing was happened and all the newspapers stigmatized that

Honestly you could think that the staff at Rugby Afrique are still on their "grande vacance" with someone just posting token updates!

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby dwpeate » Sun, 08 Oct 2017, 12:02

were the games going ahead still or are they rescheduling?

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Sun, 08 Oct 2017, 12:20

This was the most recent news about Burundi - Congo, unfortunately only in the local lingo which Google translate doesn't help with...

http://indundi.com/news/page/140468/ind ... -ca-congo/

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby mcruic » Sun, 08 Oct 2017, 22:37

Burundi won the Regional Challenge, Centre Group by default - DR Congo also did not show for the match on 7th October, after Gabon had earlier withdrawn from what should have been a 3-team affair.

Not sure how this affects the overall table of Regional groups (4 points or 5 points for a win by forfeit?)
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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby sjbret » Mon, 09 Oct 2017, 08:39

Having missed the tournament in Bujumbura (apparently for financial reasons), the RDC expects a heavy fine and a suspension of 3 years...

http://groupelavenir.org/rugby-ayant-lo ... -de-3-ans/

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Canalina » Tue, 10 Oct 2017, 18:29

The Lesotho pool seems going ahead without problems. It starts this sunday and ends the saturday after. I think Lesotho v Swaziland, the first game, should be a sort of final; Malawi appears the weakest of the group judging by past results.
I hope and expect Lesotho winning. They seem quite enthusiast on rugby, basing on social media, while Swaziland and Malawi appear more dormant

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Re: IRB and african ruby

Postby Neptune » Thu, 12 Oct 2017, 20:35

Rowan wrote:Good comments, guys. What about Nambia and Zimbabwe fielding a team (not the national team, but preferably including many of its players) in the Currie Cup (second division)? NZ does this in Australian club soccer - and they were the only unbeaten team at the 2006 WC :mrgreen: .


With Namibia's level of arrogance, I dont see that happening. We are better of having a combination of Zim, Kenya and Uganda, now that's a team. Namibia if given an opportunity like that, will field 13 of their players in the 1st XV. Hehehe

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Canalina » Thu, 12 Oct 2017, 21:07

Nice news just popped up on twitter: Madagascar v Czech Republic in february

http://www.midi-madagasikara.mg/sports/ ... ahamasina/

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby RugInt » Fri, 13 Oct 2017, 21:33

A great first. The Madagascar Makis will host the Czech Republic at the Mahamasina Stadium. Failing to play international matches, the Madagascar Makis will challenge the Czechs at Mahamasina Stadium from 19 to 25 February 2018. This friendly meeting was initiated by the Czech Rugby Federation. In addition to the Makis of Madagascar, the two teams representing the Big Island will also be present at the Indian Ocean Champions Cup (CCCOI). Meetings are part of their preparation for this regional competition with a new formula. These three formations will face the Czechs in turn.


From links above with Google translation. So my interpretation is that we have the Czechs play 3 games 19-25 February. Two games against Madagascar XV's followed by a 'test' on the 25th. The Czechs will need to take a full squad of 30+ instead of the usual 26 or 27.

Also mentioned is the Indian Ocean Champions Cup under a 'new format'. Looks like 2 Madagascar XV's and then probably Mauritius, and then possibly Seychelles, Mayotte, Reunion. We'll see.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Canalina » Sat, 14 Oct 2017, 05:08

The Czechs will play ("if the program will not change") against the runner-up club of the Madagascar's championship, then against the club champion, than against the national team.
The "Indian Ocean Champions Cup" is a competition reserved to clubs ("Coupe des Clubs Champions de l’ocean Indien") and Madagascar will play in it with those two best teams.

To note that at the end of the article it is said "seuls les joueurs qui participent au Championnat organisé par la Commission Technique Fédérale (CTF) pourront intégrer la sélection nationale": "just the athletes playing in the championship organized by the Technical Federal Commission have the right to play in the national team". Even if I'm not sure I think this regards a quarrel between the national federation organizing the national championship and the powerful league which organizes the regional championship of the Tananarive region, the most populated and most rugby-vibrant region of the nation. An internal quarrel... this is so surprising for african rugby!
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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby RugInt » Sat, 14 Oct 2017, 23:43

Thanks Canalina for the clarifications :thumbup:

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Canalina » Tue, 17 Oct 2017, 13:54

Some african news

In Madagascar also the main rugby players are fighting against the diffusion of the peste. "They are symbols for the people and they know that it's their duty to be actively involved in this fight. The peste will disappear!", one of the main newspapers assures, but without specifying what the players are precisely doing. A giant anti-rats campaign has started, with thousands of rats killed

The Kenya's Safari 7s, once fixed for the beginning of november, has been postponed to a not defined day and probably it will be annulled due to the political tense in the country. New elections are fixed for the end of this month. Rwanda's national team had already renounced to the tournament before the postponement, hearing the news of political violent clashes

Zambia v Algeria, final game of Africa Cup Bronze, has been confirmed for november 4th. It will be in Mufulira, north of the Zambia, and apparently it's one off game: no home and away
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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Canalina » Wed, 18 Oct 2017, 13:37

Swaziland leading Malawi 15-0 with three tries
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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Canalina » Thu, 19 Oct 2017, 05:34

Bernard Laporte mumbles to create a 14th french league (have they already 13 leagues?!?) with the clubs of french territories in the Indian Ocean (Reunion and Mayotte?), Caribbean (Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guyane) and Pacific Ocean (New Caledonia, Wallis&Futuna, French Polynesia?) http://la1ere.francetvinfo.fr/martiniqu ... 23245.html

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby vino_93 » Fri, 20 Oct 2017, 10:00

Ligue here means regional governing body, not championships. ;)

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