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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby qwerty » Tue, 02 Oct 2018, 22:53

Any prospects of Algeria joining WR soon enough? Seems to me they might be strong enough to play in the first division of the African Cup.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby dwpeate » Fri, 12 Oct 2018, 13:45

Has anyone heard whether the Mahgreb tri nations series will be happening again this Christmas? They've been the last three test matches of the year for the last two years now.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Sables4EVA » Sat, 13 Oct 2018, 06:26

Nothing on any of the countries twitter feeds but as far as I know it will be happening.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Canalina » Sat, 13 Oct 2018, 07:20

I doubt a bit it will go ahead: now Algeria is part of the Africa Cup, both XV and 7s, and maybe they feel not anymore the need to play these matches

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Wed, 17 Oct 2018, 14:35

Africa Gold Cup qualifier

Finally going ahead...with no last minute postponements?

Zambia v Algeria
Sat 20th October, 15.00 CAT at The Leopards Cage in Mufulira, Zambia

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Fri, 19 Oct 2018, 13:58

Algeria squad - http://www.lexpressiondz.com/sports/302 ... d-cup.html

Mourad Frih, Bekada Belaouari, Sofiane Chellat, Thomas Mamou, Issam Hamel, Fayçal Tourek, Jonathan Best, Sébastien Abdelkader, Yakin Djebbari, Frederic Medves, Walid Batchali, Khaled Kalouchi, Boris Bouhraoua, Mathieu Lorée, Hohan Bensalla, Enzo Khalfa, Maxim Meneghini, Mohamed Belguidoum, Mehdi Chouchane, Yazid Chouchane, Nadir Megdoud, Honathan Franquine.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby RugInt » Sat, 20 Oct 2018, 04:22

Any prospects of Algeria joining WR soon enough? Seems to me they might be strong enough to play in the first division of the African Cup.


They have just been established in Rugby Africa's Union. To join WR they will need to be eligible for World Cup qualifying. For that to happen they need to pass the 'Join World Rugby' test. Two criteria I know of (one being the one that stomped Cyprus last World Cup qualifying) is 1) You need at least five active clubs participating in a senior club competition, and 2) you need to have played 10 test matches against other WR teams. Please correct if you have more accurate info.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby IanCleverly » Sat, 20 Oct 2018, 11:18

A couple of the what feels like 17,000 facebook accounts saying they are the Zambian Rugby union are saying that the game between Zambia and Algeria will be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/mufuliraleopardsrugbyclub/

I'm doubtful, but keep an eye/browser tab open on it anyway.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Sat, 20 Oct 2018, 15:18

Halftime score was Zambia 0 -17 Algeria

Stream from the above link isn't great - for some reason tall and narrow camera picture but better than nothing! The one at the Rugby Algerie Facebook is better https://www.facebook.com/algerierugby/

Pouring with rain, some big puddles on the pitch.

Latest is 0 - 24 and looks like that was the final score although there might have been another score (no on screen scoreboard).

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby dwpeate » Sat, 20 Oct 2018, 15:54

Comments underneath the stream on Facebook claim 31-0

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby dwpeate » Sat, 20 Oct 2018, 16:10

Will have to wait for Rugby Afrique. Others say 29-0

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Neptune » Sun, 21 Oct 2018, 03:35

Algeria will now play in Africa's top tier competition, but is not even ranked by WR. :lol:

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Sun, 21 Oct 2018, 09:05

A Rugby Afrique tweet gives the final score as 0 - 31

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Canalina » Sun, 21 Oct 2018, 09:15

RugInt wrote:
Any prospects of Algeria joining WR soon enough? Seems to me they might be strong enough to play in the first division of the African Cup.


They have just been established in Rugby Africa's Union. To join WR they will need to be eligible for World Cup qualifying. For that to happen they need to pass the 'Join World Rugby' test. Two criteria I know of (one being the one that stomped Cyprus last World Cup qualifying) is 1) You need at least five active clubs participating in a senior club competition, and 2) you need to have played 10 test matches against other WR teams. Please correct if you have more accurate info.

Is there a single senior team in Algeria? I remember to have read about junior tournaments and Get Into Rugby stages but I can't recall anything about senior clubs matches in the country

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby RugInt » Sun, 21 Oct 2018, 12:12

Réunion technique avec 17 Clubs de rugby afin de préparer nos Compétitions Nationales avec le directeur technique national " Mohamed Sahraoui "
Translated-Technical meeting with 17 rugby clubs to prepare our national competitions with the National Technical Director "Mohamed Saharan"


The above from Algerian Facebook page, dated 9 October this year.

And below from Wikipaedia, dated around 2015

Algeria has six rugby union clubs to date, and there are plans to set up a proper national club competition.[2][3] They are currently trying to promote the game in universities and schools.[2]

Rugby Club d'Alger (Algiers)
Stade Oranais (Oran)
Mouloudia M'sila (M'sila)
Rugby Club de Béjaïa (Bejaia)
Rugby Turck (Aïn El Turk - Oran)
Etoile de Biskra (Biskra)

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Sun, 21 Oct 2018, 12:35

There is a Facebook entry from the Federation dated 6th October 2018 that mentions 17 clubs attended a meeting. That doesn't mean of course that all 17 have enough players for XVs rugby or are good enough to compete in a league.

Algeria were unable to call on a number of players from France for this game, so it could well be that there were domestic players in the squad.

Their end of year summary for 2017 actually states there are 27 clubs ( though as we know a these sometimes to be take with a pinch of salt. )

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Sables4EVA » Sun, 21 Oct 2018, 15:08

Next years Gold Cup to be increased to 8 teams so Algeria and Zambia are both promoted plus Morocco is reinstated.
http://www.daily-mail.co.zm/zambia-bash ... OhtxXRRyms

I am not sure of the format but I assume it will be 7 games per team.

Don't like this idea, I think the top 6 teams is enough.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Canalina » Sun, 21 Oct 2018, 15:22

Maybe two pools?
North: Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and ? (I don't remember anymore the last team: Ivory Coast perhaps?)
South: Namibia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Uganda

Home and away plus Cup final and maybe relegation final. It would be as well six/seven matches per team

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby rey200 » Sun, 21 Oct 2018, 16:05

What? Facepalm
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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby 4N » Sun, 21 Oct 2018, 16:10

Terrible idea.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby dwpeate » Sun, 21 Oct 2018, 19:21

Oh come on... Surely not worth doing if not a round robin?

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Canalina » Sun, 21 Oct 2018, 19:59

I don't know if you refer to the enlargement to eight nations or to the hypothesis of two pools, but I can't see any of them as so "terrible".
Surely a one only pool with home & away matches is preferable but not a big pool of eight teams nor a mechanism of two pools seem to me so bad

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Neptune » Sun, 21 Oct 2018, 23:07

Sables4EVA wrote:Next years Gold Cup to be increased to 8 teams so Algeria and Zambia are both promoted plus Morocco is reinstated.
http://www.daily-mail.co.zm/zambia-bash ... OhtxXRRyms

I am not sure of the format but I assume it will be 7 games per team.

Don't like this idea, I think the top 6 teams is enough.


This is a very bad idea, as it will water down the competitiveness of the tournament.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Tobar » Mon, 22 Oct 2018, 00:25

Wouldn’t it help grow rugby overall? Just look at what the ARC did for Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.

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