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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Sat, 09 Nov 2019, 17:24

Kenya 7s qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after beating Uganda 31-0 in the Africa 7s final on Saturday Nov 9, 2019 in South Africa. http://ragahouse.com/news/item/kenya-7s ... ofZrpm72rU

Finals
36 Cup Final Kenya 31 - 0 Uganda
Semis
26 SF Trophy Ivory Coast 15 – 19 Ghana
27 SF Trophy Morocco 28 – 21 Tunisia
28 13/14 th Place Botswana 0 – 31 Mauritius
29 CUP semi Zimbabwe 12 – 21 Uganda
30 CUP Semi Kenya 40-14 Madagascar
https://www.scrummage.co.ke/2019/11/09/ ... -olympics/

Club rugby XVs

Kenya Cup
Kenya Harlequins 19 Western Bulls 21
Kabras Sugar 25 Resolution Impala Saracens 3
Mwamba 65 Kisumu 22
KCB 50 Top Fry Nakuru 13
Homeboyz 25 Menengai Oilers 20
Blakblad 23 Nondescripts 38
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However, I think this World Cup victory (for black South Africans and the black African rugby community overall) is somewhat more meaningful than the previous ones. What was once largely seen as a symbol of apartheid and white supremacy has become the opposite of it. Siya Kolisi represents what many South Africans have to got through each day, and to have a black man win in a white man's game is going to have a huge effect on SA rugby as a whole. I wouldn't be surprised if in 10 years the Springbok team is 60% black.


With you all the way, BG. This has been the first of South Africa's victories that all of its citizens can take on board as their own. & Africans are starting to bring those same dynamic qualities to the Boks as Polynesians have to the All Blacks - and there's 50 million of them in South Africa alone! I too hope SA are awarded the 2027 World Cup. Australia did a great job in 2003, but that was their second bite of the cherry and they can wait a little longer for their 3rd.

A national tour by Rugby World Cup winners the Springboks begins on Thursday and one of the first stops will be Soweto, a township near Johannesburg where they were once hated.

Three decades ago, as black nationalists fought apartheid regime brutality, South Africa's national rugby team was viewed as a symbol of Afrikaner aggression.

"Sowetans used to say the Springboks were the (governing) National Party at play," recalled Bongani Dlamini, a long-time Soweto resident and retired teacher, in an interview with AFP.

"For black people, the rugby team came to symbolise the arrogance of Afrikaner power. They despised the Springboks.

"Many Sowetans are proud wearers of Springbok (replica) shirts today -- 30 years ago anyone foolish enough to wear one would have put their life at risk.

"The Springboks owe a debt of gratitude to (deceased former state president) Nelson Mandela. He changed the way we viewed the team."


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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Return_of_BG_97 » Sun, 10 Nov 2019, 02:10

To be honest that is something that SA really need to take advantage of

They have a genetically great population pool to choose from. Obviously the Afrikaners are mixed Dutch/German ancestry and such genetics are great for rugby, but black Africans are well known for good genetics across for sport, and South Africa does quite well in athletics.

That probably helped them win the WC. Having those different skillsets probably caught a lot of teams off guard, England definitely got overwhelmed in the final.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Tue, 12 Nov 2019, 17:23

Update on the Polafricans:

RC Orkan Sochaczew which is the new home to Kenya Simbas duo Joshua Chisanga and Emmanuel Mavala suffered 27-10 defeat in the hands of Pogon Awenta Siedlce in a Polish Ekstraliga match staged on Sunday at Siedlce.

Mavala and Chisanga were making their second appearance for the side having joined it three weeks ago, with Chisanga being at the club for the second stint. They started the match at lock and eighth-man respectively.

In the clash, the hosts Pogon led 15-10 in the first 40 minutes while in the second half they added 12 points and tightened their defence to stop Orkan from scoring in the half.

Pogoń Points came from Anton Shasero’s try and conversion while Eduard Vertyletskyi, Przemysław Rajewski and Grzegorz SzczepańskiSili Patelesio crossed over for five points each.

Michał Kępa scored all the 10 points for Orkan. The defeat leaves Orkan at position seven with 13 points after seven matches. They have won three matches and lost four.

The team has two games on the schedule before the season ends. They have a clash against Skra Warszawa on Saturday 16 November.

https://www.scrummage.co.ke/2019/11/11/ ... -to-pogon/


Ugandan club news:

Hima Cement Heathens and Betway Kobs will renew their eternal rivalry when they clash in the Uganda Cup final on Saturday, after dispatching Black Pirates and Plascon Mongers, respectively, in the semi-finals games played at the Kings’ Park on Saturday.

https://www.monitor.co.ug/Sports/Rugby/ ... index.html


Victory tour bypasses Kolisi's hometown:

Disgruntled fans from Port Elizabeth's northern areas are calling on the Springboks to make a return visit after they failed to pitch up during the Webb Ellis Cup tour on Sunday.

Residents did not get an opportunity to see their heroes up close during the tour.

The disgruntled group gathered outside the Eastern Province Rugby Union's offices on Monday morning, demanding answers about why the Springboks did not pass through their neighbourhood.

Some disappointed fans parked their cars as early as 07:00, before placing padlocks and chains on the gates in protest.

https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News ... s-20191111

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Fri, 15 Nov 2019, 12:12

JOHAN Diergaardt has been appointed as caretaker coach of the Namibian rugby team until a permanent appointment is made.

namibian.com.na/85469/read/Diergaardt-appointed-caretaker-coach

The squad, which includes 10 players who represented Namibia at the World Cup, is as follows:

Forwards:

Andre Rademeyer, Desiderius Sethie, Gerhard Opperman, Simon Kanime, Bigman Kaura, Obert Nortje, Daniel van Vuuren, Gerhard Thirion, Shaun van Wyk, Graham April, Jason Benade, Adriaan Ludik, Denzil van Wyk, Ruan Ludik, Thomas Kali, Adriaan Venter, Max Katjijeko, Thomasau Forbes, Cameron Langenhoven, Dirk de Meyer, Gilad Plaatjies, Peter Diergaardt, Prince Gaoseb, Adriaan Booysen, Reinhard Carelse, Allie Emamdien.

Backs:

Chad Plato, Jamie Joseph, Dumarcho Hartung, Tuna Amutenya, Gino Wilson, Russel van Wyk, Oderich Mouton, PJ Walters, Camlo Martin, Chris Arries, Milan van Wyk, Henrique Olivier, Cliven Loubser, Gershwin Mouton, PW Steenkamp, Denzo Bruwer, Renier Benade, Hanreco van Zyl, Jay-C Olivier, JC Winckler.

https://www.namibian.com.na/85498/read/ ... -called-up


Earlier this year Rugby Africa announced the new Rugby Africa Cup (RAC). A format that is easier to follow for spectators and more inclusive for teams across the continent.

On November 23, 2019, the elimination stage kicks off the new season with two matches: Côte d’Ivoire vs Rwanda in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and Ghana vs Botswana in Elmina, Ghana. The following matches will be Senegal vs Mauritius in Dakar, Senegal on November 30, 2019 and Madagascar vs Nigeria in Antananarivo, Madagascar on December 1, 2019.

The matches will be broadcasted live and for free on Rugby Africa’s Facebook page @RugbyAfrique.

Between the elimination series, the group rounds and the final tournament, there will be a total of twenty matches spread over up to sixteen different host countries across Africa.

http://www.ragahouse.com/news/item/rugb ... experience


Elimination stage: November/December 2019 – 4 single matches

23 November: Côte d’Ivoire vs Rwanda in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

23 November: Ghana vs Botswana in Elmina, Ghana

30 November: Senegal vs Mauritius in Dakar, Senegal

1 December: Madagascar vs Nigeria in Antananarivo, Madagascar

Group stage: From June 2020 onwards – 3 matches per group, 12 in total

Group A: Namibia, Zambia, Winner of the match Madagascar vs Nigeria

Group B: Kenya, Morocco, Winner of the match Côte d’Ivoire vs Rwanda

Group C: Uganda, Algeria, Winner of the match Senegal vs Mauritius

Group D: Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Winner of the match Ghana vs Botswana

Final stage: July to August 2020 – 4 matches

Semi-final 1: Group A Winner vs Group D Winner

Semi-final 2: Group B Winner vs Group C Winner

Play-off for 3rd place: Loser of semi-final 1 vs Loser of semi-final 2

Grand final: Winner of semi-final 1 vs Winner of semi-final 2

https://www.scrummage.co.ke/2019/11/13/ ... ion-stage/


Livestream & other details: https://rugbyafrica.africa-newsroom.com ... XbS2MkEQ_I

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Tue, 19 Nov 2019, 08:32

Ghana vs Botswana

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, November 18, 2019 – The first Rugby Africa Cup (RAC) 2020 encounter kicks off on Saturday, 23 November at 11 am local time (13:00 CAT) at the Nduom Sports Stadium in Elmina, Ghana.This RAC 2020 kick-off is remarkable in two ways. It is the official start of a new competition format on the continent and Ghana is not historically a rugby nation. Yet, Ghana’s Rugby is developing strong. After having hosted the Bronze Cup and winning it last year, Ghana has hosted the Tri-nations Cup this year, and now sets the stage for the inaugural RAC 2020.

The match will be broadcasted live and for free on Rugby Africa’s Facebook page @RugbyAfrique.

For the official announcement of the RAC 2020 please follow the link below: http://bit.ly/2OkfWwc

Elimination stage:

23 November at 11:00 local time (13:00 CAT): Ghana vs Botswana, Nduom Sports Stadium in Elmina, Ghana

http://www.rugbyafrique.com/ghana-eagle ... zi2einKy5M


Ivory Coast vs Rwanda

The second Rugby Africa Cup (RAC) 2020 elimination stage match kick offs on Saturday, 23 November at 16 am local time (18:00 CAT) at the Bingerville Stadium in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Both teams are determined to continue to the group stage of the RAC 2020 where after they will stand a chance to compete in the final RAC 2020 tournament and be ranked among the top continental teams.

“The Rwanda Rugby National Team (Silverbacks) is hopeful to win as our players got enough time to prepare for the Ivory Coast. We started extensive training in September 2019 with the Head Coach Claude Aime Ezoua, and then received additional skills and experience from British (Scotland, England and Wales), French and South African coaches. The Silverbacks also played a friendly game with Inshuti Z’u Rwanda (Friends of Rwanda) on November 6, 2019, which helped in selecting the final list of 23 players.

The match will be broadcasted live and for free on Rugby Africa’s Facebook page @RugbyAfrique.

https://www.scrummage.co.ke/2019/11/18/ ... ica-clash/


Kenya Club Champs

Leaders Kabras Sugar, champions Kenya Commercial Bank and Homeboyz stretched their 100 per cent run to four matches in the 2019/20 Kenya Cup season on a weekend that witnessed upsets.

Kabras dismantled Nondescripts 40-15 at Kakamega Showground while KCB crushed Menengai Oilers 43-13 at Nakuru ASK Showground. The two bonus point victories saw, easily the country's two top rugby clubs in recent years, tie on 20 points each in the 12-team league table.

https://www.nation.co.ke/sports/rugby/K ... index.html

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Wed, 20 Nov 2019, 11:33

“Battle of the Birds of Prey”

Ghana Rugby Men’s 15s Eagles will will be at Nduom sports Stadium – Elmina for the “Battle of the Birds of Prey” with Botswana Vultures for Africa Cup Elimination match on Saturday 23rd November, 2019 at 11am.

The Eagles have been their preparating for this Vital clash with the aim to proceed to the Pool Stage of the 2019 Rugby Africa Cup.

Alex Akoto and Ka-Cie Addison have already joined the Ghana Rugby Men’s 15s team in Cape Coast from UK and tonight Coach Collins Osborne will also join the team from UK.

Also Injured and recovered Michael Acquaye and Seldom Gavor will also fly from South Africa to join the team.

The Eagles are hoping to participate in next year Rugby Africa Cup but they need to eliminate Botswana Vultures in the African Cup Elimination match on Saturday at Nduom sports Stadium.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Thu, 21 Nov 2019, 13:08

The Rwanda squad for Côte d’Ivoire:
(Source https://www.newtimes.co.rw/sports/rwand ... ormer-team )

Full back: Ombeni Iradukunda

Scrumhalf: Moise Habumigisha

Fly half: Carlos Jean Pacifique Isimbi

Wingers: Donatien Ufitimfura and Pompidou Tuyishime

Centers: Pierre Niyoyita, Sharif Gasore, Jean de Dieu Hakizimana and Steven Kwizera

Forwards: Eric Habimana, Emmanuel Dushimimana, Janvier Bunani, Jean Leonard Twiziyimana, Martin Rukundakuvuga, Moise Ndimurwango, Donath Kanyamahanga, Patrick Ikorukwishaka, Seraphin Mwiseneza, Ismael Bikamba, Barnabe Ngizwenayo, Patrick Kazungu and Olivier Rugwiro.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Sat, 23 Nov 2019, 09:34

Botswana squad ( https://www.facebook.com/Botswana-Rugby ... 383801988/ )

PELOETLETSE BOTLHE
BALOPI BOSENOTSWE ATANG
CHICHE OARABILE
VAN ZYL STEFAN
EDDY ERNEST
DIPHERA THABANG
NCUBE TAFADZWA
MCGANN RONAN
GALETSHETSE KOKETSO
VAN ZYL BRANDON
RRAMORWEENYANE MPHO
MACINTYRE KYLE
PETYT DILLON
Tsheko Letlhogile
KATSE TSHOGANETSO
MAIFALA THATO KITSO
MOHUTSIWA KATLEGO
NYATANGA TAKURA
MAPHANANYE MOLIBI
BABBAGE JEREMY
DEBULA OMPHILE
MATLHARE JUNIOR
MOLEFHI KAGISO

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Sat, 23 Nov 2019, 11:07

Ghana with the early 5-0 lead on Botswana, live on Rugby Africa's Facebook page now.
12-3 midway first half. Eagles totally dominant.
HT 12-17 Vultures came back, Eagles picked up a yellow.
22-20 midway 2nd half as Ghana hit back with two quick tries.
36-20 Ghana inside the last 10. Botswana self-destructed.
FT 36-25 Ghana played stretchered off just before end

Update: Ivory Coast 31-0 lead Rwanda at HT. Live on Rugby Africa's Facebook page now.
FT 60 - 3
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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Sat, 23 Nov 2019, 11:40

RugbyAfrique gave us the teams for Ghana & Botswana. Botswana take the lead just before halftime with a 1 man advantage too.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Sat, 23 Nov 2019, 12:57

Final score: Ghana 36 - 25 Botswana

Quite an entertaining game there. Ghana qualify for 2020 Africa Cup

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby getienne » Sat, 23 Nov 2019, 13:51

"THE 23 IVIRIANS TO DEFY RWANDA"
Alpha Diallo ( Yopougon RC), Stéphane Aka (St Sulpice/Leze) , Kone Tiede (TBO), Kévin Brou (Lavaur), Youssouf Dosso (Sarcelles), Innocent Baouar (Arc), Hamed Diarra (Tours), Eric M'Bra (Arc), Jean Philippe Gori (Nogaro), Paul Diallo (Pontault Combault) , Charles Zamble (Yopougon RC), Achien Konan (Yopougon RC), Bakary Meite (Carcassonne), Mohamed Barro (TBO), Firmin Douho (Yopougon RC), Jonathan Lo (Cahors), Christian Eba (Yopougon RC), James Zie (Chartres), Issa Bassono (TBO), Brice Bollou (Yopougon RC) , Salif Toure (Nogaro), Soualio Bakayoko (Espoirs Stade Français), Benjamin Maurice (Yopougon RC).
Coach : Edgar Babou
Staff technique : Jean Michel Meunier, Ismael Lassissi, Laurent Diomande, Silvere Tian, Bakary Soumahoro, Thibault Kaba.
https://www.facebook.com/C%C3%B4te-dIvo ... 849091574/

GHANA RUGBY MEN’S 15s EAGLES SQUAD FOR THE GHANA VS BOTSWANA CLASH
Starting 15
1 – Amissah / Andrews Kwamena 2 – Hunt / William Elliott 3 – Boamah / Prince 4 – Bosoka / Calestus 5 – Arthur / Michael 6 – Klugey / Gideon 7 – Dorpenyo / Alexander 8 – Yaya / Lukman 9 – Botchi / Richard Kossivi 10 – Mensah-Donkor / Francis Kweku 11 – Montchon / Kofi 12 – Gavor / Selom 13 – Acquaye / Michael 14 – Yussif / Abdul Jalilu 15 – Acquaah / Alexander George
Substitutes
16 – Rabiu / Mohammed 17 – Illiasu / Abdul Wahid 18 – Adamson / Christian Percy 19 – Addison / Ka-Cie Jonathan 20 – Dzata / Jason Kweku 21 – Donkoh / John 22 – Terakuu / Emmanuel 23 – Amuzuloh / Suwabiru Salim
https://ghanarugby.org/2019/11/rugby-bi ... -in-ghana/
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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Sat, 23 Nov 2019, 13:55

Thanks getienne, CIV have called on quite a large France based contingent there, would expect Rwanda to struggle today.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby getienne » Sat, 23 Nov 2019, 14:08

yes, including Jonathan Lo, from Stade Cadurcien (Cahors), my "heart club" (my city of birth)

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Sat, 23 Nov 2019, 16:49

I can't get the livestream for the second game but CIV are something like 55 - 3 ahead in the 2nd half, maybe the game finished anyway

EDIT, ah the final score was 60 - 3 to CIV. 8 tries for the hosts.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Sun, 24 Nov 2019, 11:21

Edgar wrote:FT 36-25 Ghana played stretchered off just before end

Update: Ivory Coast 31-0 lead Rwanda at HT. Live on Rugby Africa's Facebook page now.
FT 60 - 3


Phew, I saw a lot of rugby yesterday, from the Asian 7s to the ENC match-ups, but that Ghana vs Botswana clash was easily the best. Not the highest skill levels you'd ever see, but very closely contested (lead changed hands a few times). Hope the fellow carted off is okay. :thumbup: Two more games next weekend, Senegal vs Mauritius & Madagascar vs Nigeria (should be good), then that's it till about the middle of next year some time. This still seems like more of a protracted World Cup qualifying tournament than an actual annual championship. Hopefully the Victoria Cup will run again next year, though it would be even better if they could find another sponsor and revive the real African Champs. :roll:

Namibia

FORMER Springbok fly half Jannie de Beer was on Thursday announced as Windhoek Gymnasium's director of rugby for next year.

De Beer played 30 tests for the Springboks and will always be remembered for scoring five drop goals against England at the 1999 World Cup - a world record which still stands today.

At a press conference on Thursday, which was also attended by the chief administrator of the Namibia Sport Commission, Fred Mwiya and Namibia Rugby Limited CEO Mervin Green, Windhoek Gymnasium head coach Janneman Brand said that De Beer would add a lot of value to Windhoek Gymnasium and Namibia as a whole.

https://www.namibian.com.na/85828/read/ ... -Gymnasium


Kenya Cup

Kenya Cup:

KCB 27* Menengai Cream Homeboyz 24 *

Kenya Harlequins 25 Menengai Oilers 15

Western Bulls 10 Top Fry Nakuru 23

Kabras Sugar 57 * Blaklad 3

Stanbic Mwamba * 27 Nondescripts 17

Kisumu 5 Resolution Impala 41*

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Table: https://www.scrummage.co.ke/tables-and-fixtures/

Nice :thumbup: 8-) This just gives me a warm fuzzy feeling all over. If South African rugby can really make inroads with the non-white majority, that's going to have a huge impact on the game there - just as the contribution of ethnic Pacific Islanders has had a huge impact on rugby in NZ. & if SA can achieve this, that will inspire other African nations:

THE 2019 Rugby World Cup will live on in many people’s memories for a number of different reasons. For South Africa, the eventual winners, it would be reasonable to assume that the memories will centre on their victory but for many people even there it stands out for something greater. For them, if the rugby team with its mixed ethnic composition can overcome the massive hurdles to win the World Cup, then the nation can come together and find a way to overcome its difficulties. The coach, Rassie Erasmus, explained that “South Africa has a lot of problems and we started talking about how rugby shouldn’t be something that puts pressure on you. It should be something that creates hope.”

https://www.thestandard.co.zw/2019/11/2 ... -of-sport/

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Tue, 26 Nov 2019, 11:58

Updated Elimination stage: November 2019 – 4 single matches

23 November:

Côte d’Ivoire 60-3 Rwanda

Ghana 36-25 Botswana

30 November

Senegal vs Mauritius in Dakar

1 December:

Madagascar vs Nigeria in Antananarivo

Group stage: From June 2020 onwards – 3 matches per group, 12 in total

Group A: Namibia, Zambia, Winner of the match Madagascar vs Nigeria

Group B: Kenya, Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire

Group C: Uganda, Algeria, Winner of the match Senegal vs Mauritius

Group D: Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Ghana

Final stage: July to August 2020 – 4 matches

Semi-final 1: Group A Winner vs Group D Winner

Semi-final 2: Group B Winner vs Group C Winner

Play-off for 3rd place: Loser of semi-final 1 vs Loser of semi-final 2

Grand final: Winner of Semi-final 1 vs Winner of semi-final 2

https://www.scrummage.co.ke/2019/11/26/ ... confirmed/

Kenya Rugby is appealing to the Ministry of Sports to fast track the release funding to facilitate National Teams ahead 0f the 2019/20 season. https://www.scrummage.co.ke/2019/11/26/ ... msfunding/

Harare Awards: https://www.herald.co.zw/pitbulls-domin ... by-awards/

Rugby to feature at Dakar Youth Olympics: https://www.nation.co.ke/sports/othersp ... index.html

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Wed, 27 Nov 2019, 20:18

Junior Springbok assistant coach Bafana Nhleko - who will fulfil that role with the SA Under-19 team departing for Georgia later on Wednesday - said they had set clear goals on what they wanted to achieve from the tour and that they were excited to see the players in action.

The SA U19 team - under the guidance of Junior Springbok coach Chean Roux - will play two matches against the Georgia U19 team, on Monday 2 and Thursday 5 December, in the country's capital, Tbilisi.

https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/Springb ... s-20191127

Burkina Faso semis:

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby victorsra » Wed, 27 Nov 2019, 22:39

https://twitter.com/DelecokerN/status/1 ... 2931997697

Nigeria with foreign-based players. Interesting.
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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Fri, 29 Nov 2019, 08:47

victorsra wrote:https://twitter.com/DelecokerN/status/1199818532931997697

Nigeria with foreign-based players. Interesting.


Francophone African nations are way ahead of them! It certainly would be interesting if they could tap into the burgeoning diaspora in Britain. Meanwhile, Black Stallions will be facing Les Makis in Antananarivo on Sunday as the international rugby year comes to an end with two more African Championship elimination matches; the other tomorrow involving Senegal at home to Mauritius. Both games will be streamed live on Rugby Afrique's Facebook page:

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, November 26, 2019 -The last match of the elimination stage of the Rugby Africa Cup (RAC) 2020 between Nigeria and Madagascar kicks off on Sunday, 1 December at 15:00 local time (14:00 CAT) at the Mahamasima Stadium in Antananarivo Madagascar.

Nigeria’s Black Stallions realize there is nothing to lose and everything to play for when they take on the might of Madagascar in Antananarivo.

“We’re expecting a partisan home crowd in Antananarivo with around 30 000 noisy fans. We will have to bring our A-game and show a more intense defence than we did when they put 50 points over us in a 7s game in Johannesburg recently,” says Dele Coker, Team Director Nigeria.

Kelechukwu Mbagwu, President of the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) states prior to the match: “We have a lot to prove, it would be good to get some payback and pride back. It’s going to be a big game for us. We’re in building phase in Nigeria rugby, still developing our pool of home-based players in our three regional leagues. We need to play international matches and keep testing ourselves against bigger, stronger and better opposition so our guys can get used to playing at a higher level consistently.”

With Madagascar occupying 51st position on World Rugby’s Ranking, 19 points above Nigeria all the pressure will be on the home team.

Philippe Canitrot, Coach Madagascar, underlines the importance of winning the match: “A new adventure starts. All the teams are dreaming of the World Cup. The Malagasy team is prepared for this match with concentration and humbleness. We will endeavour the challenge Nigeria will impose on us and are ready for a great match.”

The match will be broadcasted live and for free on Rugby Africa’s Facebook page @RugbyAfrique (bit.ly/2pSs8fB)

Elimination stage:

1 December at 15:00 local time (14:00 CAT): Madagascar v Nigeria, Mahamasima Stadium in Antananarivo Madagascar

http://www.rugbyafrique.com/


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& good news in Uganda as the East African nation has picked up a new sponsorship package from Nile Breweries:

Among others, the sponsorship will cover:
UGX100M – Directly to clubs
UGX40.5M – Prize money. Last season the prize money was 22M
UGX8M – Special Categories prize money; a 100% increase from last season

Opening Weekend Fixtures:
Friday, 29th Nov.
Hima Cement Heathens v Betway Kobs – Kyadondo 8PM

Saturday, 30th Nov.
Toyota Buffaloes v Plascon Mongers – Kyadondo 4:30PM
Dusupay Warriors v Impis – Kings Park in Bweyogerere 2:30PM
Shell Rhinos v Stanbic Pirates – Kings Park in Bweyogerere 4:30PM
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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Fri, 29 Nov 2019, 11:10

Senegal's squad will be chosen from:

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Madagascar squad from
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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby RugbyLiebe » Fri, 29 Nov 2019, 13:02

I still love the Madagascan sir names. Imagine old telephone books: R1-12 and "names without R"
How to grow rugby worldwide?
Look at the world ranking in July. Teams ranked 1-10 have to play one team from 11-20 (they don't play in a regular competition) away the next year. 11-20 play 21-30 away and so on. Yes, it really is that simple.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Fri, 29 Nov 2019, 21:11

RugbyLiebe wrote:I still love the Madagascan sir names. Imagine old telephone books: R1-12 and "names without R"


The Ra at the beginning of Malagasy surnames serves the same purpose as the O at the beginning of Irish names and the Mac at the beginning of Scots.' That is, denoting bloodlines and ancestry. Nobility also use an add-on system, so that some names can be impossibly long, such as Andrianampoinimerinandriantsimitoviaminandriampanjaka, who united the Merina kingdom in the early 19th century. The majority of the population is of mixed Austronesian-East African ethnicity. Austronesians showed up first, from Malaya approx. two millenia ago (while their Polynesian kinsmen were inhabiting Samoa and Tonga), traveling vast distances in their outrigger canoes even in those ancient times. The similarity between the words Malaya and Malagasy is undoubtedly no coincidence. Austronesian Malagasy remains an official language, alongside French. East Africans arrived with the Arab traders, and there are minor Arab and European communities on Madagascar as a legacy of the colonial era, along with more recently arrived Indian and Chinese communities.

Ranked a lowly 51st in the world, Madagascar has the third most registered rugby players in Africa behind SA and Kenya (according to those trusty World Rugby stats), 34,000 equating to 0.15 of the population (25 million), putting it ahead of Italy, Canada, the US and Romania, among others, on a per capita basis. Indeed, the giant island regards rugby as its national sport and there are a staggering 164 clubs in the capital alone, many tied to companies. While they've never won an African Cup, getting hammered in their two appearances in the final, Madagascar's most famous victory was a 57-54 OT win over Namibia at Antananarivo in 2012, cheered on by 40K fans - including PM of the day Andry Rajoelina. Individual star of the team flyhalf Jose Rakoto, who had a brief stint in France, is now coach of Les Makis. Other notable victories came against hosts Sri Lanka and Poland at the 2013 Serendib Cup tournament. Anything less than a comfortable win over 70th-ranked Nigeria will be a surprise.

This has to be one of my favorite rugby video clips ever :thumbup: 8-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaiEe-gNK-A

Meanwhile, this looks interesting - Clash of the Congos:

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Sat, 30 Nov 2019, 15:59

Senegal and Mauritius teams have just taken the field, live on Rugby Afrique's Facebook page.

Update: embarrassingly tiny crowd in what looks to be a fairly massive stadium in Dakar. Homeside playing in green, looking a lot stronger in the early exchanges, just demolished the islanders' scrum to earn a penalty. 3-0

Flanker breaks through for the first try of the match midway first half. Senegal lead 10-0

70m intercept try for the left winger makes it 22-0 for the hosts after half an hour. One way traffic so far, as they've also missed a couple of penalties.

HT 39-0

Senegal ranked 54th in the world with 16K reg. players, spent a couple of seasons in the African first division not long ago without disgracing themselves, as I recall. About half their squad is French based, apparently. Mauritius are way down the list at 93rd. They have just 460 reg. rugby players, according to World Rugby stats.

Update: Senegal No.8 rumbles across minutes after the 2nd half kickoff, shows off a tad and a fight breaks out. Easy conversion is missed. Men against boys, basically. 44-0.

Player stretchered off. Looked to be out cold. Hopefully not too serious.

51-0 at the 3/4 mark. Crowd seems to have doubled in size since kickoff, and I have no idea about the camera side of the field of course. Probably a few hundred in the stadium now.

FT 63 - 0. Not even a red card could slow the Senegal scoring machine down. Mauritius went close to a consolation try at the end, but lost the ball and the Senegal center sprinted the length of the pitch for the coup de grace.

Senegal qualifies to join Pool C comprising of Uganda, Algeria and now Senegal.

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Kenya Harlequins vs Stanbic Mwamba 13-15
Top Fry Nakuru vs Resolution Impala 30-20
Western Bulls vs Kisumu 23-5
KCB vs Kabras Sugar 6-19
Menengai Oilers vs Nondescripts 27-6
Homeboyz vs Blakblad 32-22

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

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