Mon, 30 Dec 2019, 19:34
vino_93 wrote:Chester-Donnelly wrote:Edgar wrote:Perhaps this should go in the Anthropology thread, but Maghrebis are also considered to be among the most ethnically-mixed people in the world. The native population is Berber, apparently related to Arabs though not part of the Semitic language family. But many today also have some Arab and French ancestry as well, of course, along with Roman and Germanic as a result of much earlier invasions, Spanish from the returning Moors during the Reconquest, Turkish from the Ottoman period, and so on. Certainly size does not seem to be a problem for them, as one Abdel Benazzi would testify.
Kenya Simba & the international season of debutants https://www.scrummage.co.ke/2019/12/30/ ... debutants/
Linguistically Algeria is also very interesting (we may need a linguistics thread). The official languages are Arabic and the Berber language. The language that most people speak is a hybrid of Arabic, French and Berber. But that is not a codified language and there seems to be no love or pride for it. The authorities are trying to remove French, even to the extent of replacing it with English as the primary foreign language. French is the language of the colonisers! The language of the other colonisers, the Arabs, is held in high esteem. But most Algerians cannot speak the Levant form of Arabic which they regard as a superior language to their own.
Most of the Algeria population is Arab, so you can't really say "other colonisers". There everyone was an invader a day or another... More or less as everywhere in the world
One may notice too that situation with kabyle is difficult in Algeria. Some are Christians, some want more freedom, and central state is not very ... accommodating.
Mon, 30 Dec 2019, 21:32
Mon, 30 Dec 2019, 21:50
victorsra wrote:Arabs conquered the Magreb 1300 years ago... The Arabization is a continuous long process. Like in Egypt with the Copts. It is like Celts or Basques. They resisted to the new populations that arrived after them and still exist as identities.
Wed, 01 Jan 2020, 18:03
Wed, 01 Jan 2020, 18:45
4N wrote:I scanned through French rosters and updated the Algeria “Dream XV” from T2 blog (and removed ineligible players). Pretty solid.
They’re a bit like Georgia, they probably have 30+ eligible front rowers in pro rugby but not as much depth in the backs.
1 Hamza Kaabeche (Lyon)
2 Issam Hamel (Racing)
3 Mohamed Haouas (Montpellier)
4 Swan Rebbadj (Toulon)
5 Johan Aliouat (Biarritz)
6 Yannis Bahrouai (Valence Romans)
7 Said Hireche (Brive)
8 Jonathan Best (Beziers)
9 Sadek Deghmache (Perpignan)
10 Mathieu Smaili (Toulon)
11 Julien Caminati (Castres)
12 Francois Herry (Nevers)
13 Ryan Rebbadj (Toulon)
14 Kylan Hamdaoui (Stade Francais)
15 Benjamin Caminati (Albi)
Sat, 04 Jan 2020, 08:41
Kenya Lionesses and Kenya 7s qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Japan, Kenya U20 overcoming rivals Namibia to lift the Barthes Cup were outright upsides of Kenyan rugby in 2019.
http://www.ragahouse.com/news/item/news ... by-in-2019
Tue, 07 Jan 2020, 08:47
This comes after Brenden Nel shared the news on Twitter that “Namibian rugby is in a bit of a quagmire. NRU have taken over and the World Rugby funded Namibian Rugby Limited is no more. So no more foreign coaches, and prospect of funding gone because of infighting.
Tue, 07 Jan 2020, 09:39
Tue, 07 Jan 2020, 20:43
Australia and New Zealand are considering replacing the much maligned Super Rugby series with a trans-Tasman competition without South Africa supplemented by Japan — but it won’t happen until the next broadcast deal begins in 2026.
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/ ... d099a7f93c
Wed, 08 Jan 2020, 03:56
Meanwhile, some are talking about the Maghreb as though this is the fertile promise-land for Africa, when nothing could be further from the truth. They have tiny domestic scenes, zero interest from the public, and are almost totally reliant on their French-based legions. These countries are basically the rugby union equivalents of the "Lebanese" rugby league team and offer little hope for genuine, organic growth on the continent. The focus needs to shift to those nations with much larger player communities, a reasonable level of public support and an enthusiastic press.
Wed, 08 Jan 2020, 08:48
NAIROBI, Kenya, January 7, 2020 – Geoffrey Okwach has been nominated in the Most Promising Athlete (Male) category of the 2019 Sports Personality Of The Year (SOYA) Awards.Okwach’s year kicked it off with a call up to the National U20 Team in January before earning Simbas and Shujaa call ups later in the year.
The KCB youngster was part of the Kenya U20 (Chipu) squad that lifted the Barthes Cup in April 2019 as they beat defending champions Namibia 21-18 at the KCB Sports Club.
His exemplary performance during these two versions of the game saw him get his call up to the senior National Teams: Simbas and Shujaa.
Okwach earned his first senior fifteens cap for the Simbas in the 16-5 Elgon Cup first leg defeat to Uganda in Kisumu in June 2019.
He was part of the Kenya Morans squad lifted the Robin Cahill Trophy at the Safari Sevens with a 19-14 win over South Africa at a packed RFUEA Grounds. He also bagged the top try scorer award at this tournament ,sharing it with South Africa’s Captain Siviwe Soyizwapi.
http://www.rugbyafrique.com/okwach-earn ... omination/
Wed, 08 Jan 2020, 09:05
Wed, 08 Jan 2020, 16:02
But it would be really dumb to suggest teams reliant on European diaspora should be a priority over East Africa with its thriving domestic competitions, vastly superior player numbers and substantial public interest.
Wed, 08 Jan 2020, 16:05
Wed, 08 Jan 2020, 16:41
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Wed, 08 Jan 2020, 18:17
4N wrote:That’s a good point actually. The Lebanese RL team (as would be the case for many in Algerian RU) are mostly qualified via parent not grandparent. So they grow up speaking the language with closer cultural ties. Different than Greece, Italy etc. More like Samoan RU or Tongan RL.
Wed, 08 Jan 2020, 18:28
Wed, 08 Jan 2020, 21:20
Wed, 08 Jan 2020, 22:05
victorsra wrote:A player born away but raised in a country is more local product that a player born in one country and that never played rugby there. That's what matters if our real concern is rugby's development and not a random nationalist political idea. Who develops players.
Fri, 10 Jan 2020, 08:59
CORRIE Mensah, the president of the Namibia Rugby Union has refuted claims that Namibian rugby is in a predicament and that it will not receive funding from World Rugby this year.
https://www.namibian.com.na/86892/read/ ... ire-claims
The Ghana Rugby Football Union (GhanaRugby.org) has announced that nominations for Board positions have been extended to 15 January 2020 ahead of a critical Special Elective General Meeting (SGM) of the Union that was forced by the announcement of the incumbent President and Board Chairman, Mr Herbert Mensah, that he may step down. The announcement by Mensah came as a surprise to many people within the Ghana Rugby Family as well as by the broader rugby community in light of the commendable achievements by Ghana Rugby since Mensah and his administration took over the governance of the Union in June 2014.
http://www.rugbyafrique.com/ghana-rugby ... l-meeting/
Sat, 11 Jan 2020, 21:58
Neptune wrote:Canalina wrote:Happy for this Kenya's result
Scrumhalf of the squad is Michele Brighetti, evidently a boy with an italian name and surname.
He could be the grand-nephew of a former italian national team player (Luigi Brighetti, played one test match vs Catalunya many decades ago). According to my researches, the grandfather of Michele was a song-lyrics writer of good success, who half a century ago decided to leave Italy for the more sunny Kenya. Michele's brother, Massimiliano, is a Kenya U18 national team player as well
Brighetti is actually the fly half and not scrum half
https://www.kru.co.ke/download/declared ... 19-finals/
http://www.rugbyafrique.com/two-tactica ... cup-final/
Sun, 12 Jan 2020, 07:47
Lesotho Rugby Sevens (7s) national team ended the year on a high note when they won the 2019 eSwatini Rugby 7s international tournament played last Friday and Saturday in Mbabane. This was the first time for Lesotho to compete in this tournament. http://lestimes.com/lesotho-rugby-7s-shine-in-eswatini/
Wed, 15 Jan 2020, 09:12
Lesotho Rugby Sevens (7s) national team ended the year on a high note when they won the 2019 eSwatini Rugby 7s international tournament played last Friday and Saturday in Mbabane. This was the first time for Lesotho to compete in this tournament.
The Lesotho national side were on rampage from the onset, after beating Mpumalanga Black Cats 24-5 before outplaying eSwatini Elephants by 17-5.
In their last game of the group stage, Lesotho outperformed Maputo by 44-0. Lesotho also booked a spot in the tournament’s final, following the team’s 10-5 victory over eSwatini’s first team.
In the final, Lesotho slapped Mozambique by 28-17 to scoop the first podium stand.
Talking to Lesotho Times, the team’s assistant coach Liteboho Mahase said it wasn’t an easy tournament to win, citing that the semifinals and final were the toughest phases of the tournament. Mahase led the team after head coach Morapeli Motaung was left behind due to work commitments.
“Our first game against Mpumalanga it was a very tough game but I think we managed due to fitness. The second game against eSwatini Elephants was also a challenging game, they are a good team.
“Maputo was not so bad but we managed to outplay them. The semifinal and the final were most difficult games for the tournament. It was not an easy walk but rugby is rugby, and we fought hard to be champions,” he said.
Preparations for this tournament suffered a major setback after the team had to release six players who had embarked onto an army recruitment course that started earlier this month. The players were later replaced by new players some of whom were competing internationally for the first time, but Mahase said that the mixture of experienced and new players worked well for his charges.
“I had new players and experienced players in my team, thus I had a good balance of players,” mentioned Mahase.
Winning this tournament saw the team adding a second trophy into their cabinet after winning the 2019 Rugby Africa Sevens, Southern Region tournament in Lesotho in August this year.
Lesotho Rugby 7s in eSwatini
Players: Kubutu Makhakhe, Kelello Linakane, Bokang Ncheke, Lebatla Lebatla, Bakoena Nkesi, Sechaba Mokhele, Karabo Mphaki, Reatile Joele, Thulo Ralei, Lebohang Nthako, Motheo Mokhothu and Amos Motaung.
Rwanda Rugby Federation (RRF) (RwandaRugby.com) thirty participants including development officers have qualified as Level 1 coaches after concluding a four-day training program organized in Kigali by Rwanda rugby federation in partnership with Rwanda National Olympic Sports Committee on Thursday.The coaches included twenty men and ten female participants and were trained by John Bosco Muamba from Rugby African and Dr Joseph Kalanzi from Uganda on major aspects which included the technical difference between the 7’s and 15 aside rugby, first aid, and fitness as well as strengthening and conditioning.
http://www.rugbyafrique.com/rugby-rwand ... 1-coaches/
Fri, 17 Jan 2020, 21:26
The Royal Moroccan Rugby Federation has been suspended by World Rugby following the catastrophic governance of the current president Tahar Boujouala who has finished his mandate and who continues to take unilateral decisions despite the resignation of 11 members of the federal office out of 15.
The most astonishing in the case is the deafening silence of the line ministry following the too many cited cases ... financial audit, moral and financial report not approved by the federal office etc
Hoskins -- who has spoken in favour of Zimbabwe's inclusion in the South African domestic rugby system -- resigned as Saru president in 2016 following a vicious power struggle. He was at the helm when South Africa won its second World Cup title 2007 in France.
https://www.theindependent.co.zw/2020/0 ... -is-right/
Kenya Under 20 youngster Michele Brighetti has been handed a call up in Italy under 20 ahead of the Six Nations clashes against Wales and France.
The back who featured in Kenya Under 20 squad that conquered Africa beating Namibia 21-18 at KCB Sports Club to qualify for the World Junior Trophy and also featured in the tournament which was held in Brazil has made the Italian 24-man Squad.
Kabras Sugar * 34 Kenya Harlequin 3
Stanbic Mwamba 13 * Top Fry Nakuru 18
Resolution Impala 39 * Menengai Oilers 29*
Nondescripts 11 Homeboyz RFC 37 *
BlakBlad 44 * Western Bulls 0
Kisumu 7 KCB *55
http://www.ragahouse.com/news/item/matc ... ft-results