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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Chester-Donnelly » Wed, 05 Feb 2020, 17:24

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Chester-Donnelly wrote:That Colin Mansbridge interview is a painful read, talking about a northern hemisphere timezone and a southern hemisphere timezone. Geography is obviously not his strong point.


“If we ended up with an evolution, if there was a northern hemisphere time zone type thing and a southern hemisphere one – Asia, Pacific, Australasia – that would be exciting as well."

You've misread that. He says, that there is a time-zone centered around the PI nations and one around the Northern Hemisphere nations (he means 6N with that). South Africa would be in the later. I think what he said makes 100% sense.


It makes 0% sense. South Africa can never be in the northern hemisphere, and Japan, Hong Kong etc can never be in the southern hemisphere. You move through time zones as you travel east-west not north-south.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Sat, 08 Feb 2020, 16:46

Botswana twins to play in France! Annoyingly the article doesn't give their ages but mentions they have already represented Eastern Province at Under-18 level. Now they been signed by Pau. This is certainly good news for the development of international rugby. Hopefully they stick with Botswana and represent the Vultures one day. I watched the side play Ghana in an African elimination match a few months ago and they were highly competitive, despite going down 36-25. The southern African nation has a modest population of 2.2 million but with 12K registered players the game is more popular there per capita than in Namibia, Georgia, Uruguay and Argentina.

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Bame and Basi Malesu are set to continue their rugby career in France.

Having started playing at Northside Primary School, their patience has started to pay off.

At a tender age, they were given an opportunity to play at a Gaborone club: Mini Hogs.

It was at Hogs that the twins realised their love for the game and started to take it seriously and thanks to their mother Dorcas Makgato who gave them an opportunity to go to St Andrew’s College, in South Africa where they continued with the sport.

“There we played proper rugby and I would say that is where our rugby journey started until today, because we were selected to play for the school’s Under 13 side” said Basi.

For his part, Bame, said their exposure started when they were playing for Under 16 where they were both called for Eastern Province trials. They did not disappoint.

“It was a life time experience because we then played against all the provinces in South Africa and to get to that level of rugby, for us it was a life time experience because that is where a player will get an exposure because international scouts and local club scouts watch the players,” he said.

Furthermore, he said it was during the competition that they were approached by an agent, who then directed them on their journey to the future.

He said they were then invited to go for Under 18 Eastern Province Craven Week, something which he said was another big stepping stone for them.

“Craven week is a big competition, it is broadcast in Supersport and it gives players a lot of international and local exposure,” said Basi.

The twins said last year they were in contact with an agent who opened doors for them in France.

They said they were then invited for trials in Pau, adding that they impressed the coaches there and few days latter they were sent a contract.

They would be leaving the country beginning of July for the pre-season, where they would start their rugby journey in France.

The twins, however, advised other aspiring athletes who want to play outside the country to always believe in themselves and look for opportunities.

http://www.dailynews.gov.bw/news-details.php?nid=54170


Kenya

Round of 16 results

Kabras Sugar 48-19 Menengai Oilers
Kenya Harlequins vs Homeboyz
Impala vs Mean Machine
KCB vs Strathmore
Nakuru 28-0 Mombasa
Mwamba 28-0 Kisumu
Blak Blad 28-0 Western Bulls
Nondies 28-0 MMUST

Mwamba Cup Quarters
Kabras Sugar II vs Mwamba II
Shamas Foundation vs Strathmore II
Impala II vs Nakuru II
Menengai Oilers II vs KCB II

Mombasa will host Kenya's match with Morocco this year:

Kenya Simbas Home matches venues

Kenya v Morocco – Saturday 29 May 2020, Mombasa

Kenya v Uganda – Saturday 11 July 2020, Kakamega

Kenya v Zimbabwe – Saturday 18 July 2020, Nakuru

Pool Round RAC 2020:
Group A: Namibia, Zambia, Madagascar
Group B: Kenya, Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire
Group C: Uganda, Algeria, Senegal
Group D: Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Ghana

Final tournament in a single venue to be determined:
29 July: Semifinals
1 August: Third place play-off and final

https://www.scrummage.co.ke/2020/02/07/ ... 0-matches/


Finally, Bok captain Siya Kolisi presented tennis legend Roger Federer with his very own Springbok jersey before his match against Rafael Nadal in Cape Town on Friday. :thumbup: :D https://www.sarugbymag.co.za/watch-koli ... n_9TyUrjR0
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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Hernan14 » Sat, 08 Feb 2020, 17:02

Edgar wrote:Finally, Bok captain Siya Kolisi presented tennis legend Roger Federer with his very own Springbok jersey before his match against Rafael Nadal in Cape Town on Friday. :thumbup: :D https://www.sarugbymag.co.za/watch-koli ... n_9TyUrjR0


Yesterday when I saw it live on TV, I thought, because they didn't give Nadal a jersey too? ... but instantly I also thought, well, it's rugby, the differences above all :roll:

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Armchair Fan » Sat, 08 Feb 2020, 17:16

Federer is half South African...

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Hernan14 » Sat, 08 Feb 2020, 17:34

Armchair Fan wrote:Federer is half South African...


Was a joke, but anyway...with more reason marking the differences...

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Sun, 09 Feb 2020, 16:47

Madagascar national finals were played today:

FINALE GOLD TOP 20
TFA 22-23 COSFA

Attendance 20 K

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Nigerian calendar 2020. Looks like the West African TRi Natiosn (WARS) with Ivory Coast and Ghana will be its main assignment in XVs, while there's a whole lot of 7s: http://www.rugbyafrique.com/the-nigeria ... -calendar/

Ghana Rugby (Ghana.Rugby) Technical Director and Skills Coach Collin Osborne completed a successful week of training with the Ghana Rugby men’s and women’s national squads, the Ghana Eagles. https://www.africanews.com/2020/02/10/c ... frica-cup/

Kenya results & draw (updated):

Enterprise Cup Round of 16, Feb 8, 2020
Kabras Sugar vs Menengai Oilers 49-19 -FT
Kenya Harlequins vs Homeboyz RFC 13-39 -FT
Impala vs Mean Machine 41-22 -FT
KCB vs Strathmore Leos 27-3 FT
Top Fry Nakuru vs Mombasa 28-0 -FT
Stanbic Mwamba vs Kisumu 28-0 -FT
BlakBlad vs Western Bulls 28-0 -FT
Nondescripts vs MMUST 28-0 FT


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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Canalina » Tue, 11 Feb 2020, 22:19

Morocco risks to be suspended. Rugby Afrique asked them twice to organize a national congress but without receiving an answer.
Deadline before the suspension: march 1st

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Mon, 17 Feb 2020, 09:48

15th February 2020

#KenyaCup

Top Fry Nakuru vs KCB 18-31

Menengai Oilers vs Homeboyz RFC 14-37

Western Bulls vs Kenya Harlequins 16-28

Impala vs Kabras Sugar 26-37

Nondescripts vs BlakBlad 17-32

Kisumu vs Stanbic Mwamba 32-50

http://www.ragahouse.com/news/item/matc ... ft-results

Uganda standings:


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Mauritania final - Requins d'el Mina defeats Fennecs d'Amoukrouz 36-19

La finale du championnat de rugby XV de la Mauritanie, vient de sacrer ses champions les REQUINS D'EL MINA, sur le score de 36 - 19 face aux Fennecs d'Amoukrouz.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Tue, 18 Feb 2020, 19:59

Glad tidings from West Africa :thumbup: :D This really should be another target area for rugby development!

The Ghana Rugby Football Union (Ghana Rugby) (http://GhanaRugby.org/) will be having its 2020 Ghana Rugby Stakeholder Congress (GRSC) on 22 February 2020 in Accra, Ghana.

Representatives of all stakeholders including Regional Associations and their members, the Clubs, GRUPA (Ghana Rugby Union Players Association), officials, administrators and others have been invited to the GRSC that follows the Special General Meeting (SGM) on 4 February 2020 where a new Board was elected.

According to the President and Board Chairman of Ghana Rugby, Mr Herbert Mensah, the SGM was an important event in light of a dramatically changed and continuously changing environment that will place enormous pressure on the resources of Ghana Rugby.

According to Mensah, the Union will be facing:

- Increased and tougher participation in international Rugby Africa Tournaments,

- Increase in the number of domestic competitions,

- Expansion of “Women in Ghana Rugby”.

- Dramatic expansion in youth development through the World Rugby “Get Into Rugby” programme,

- More intensive and extensive training and education of coaches, match officials and medical officers, and

- Increased demand on governance and administration.

Story continues here: https://www.africanews.com/2020/02/18/g ... the-world/


International age-grade 7s tournament upcoming in Madagascar:

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The Springboks have beaten the likes of Liverpool FC, the Toronto Raptors, the United States Women's soccer team and Mercedes F1 team for the prestigious Laureus Team of the Year award, following their outstanding 2019 Rugby World Cup victory :thumbup: :D

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby victorsra » Thu, 20 Feb 2020, 20:09

Who's interested in how Rugby Africa deals with international travels? http://www.rugbyafrique.com/wp-content/ ... Policy.pdf

Pretty nice they have many documents online. They also have the RA's constitution: http://www.rugbyafrique.com/wp-content/ ... Policy.pdf
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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Thu, 20 Feb 2020, 20:49

Shujaa happy campers:

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 20 – The Shujaa boys are excited that the Los Angeles and Vancouver legs of the World Sevens Series will revert to the old format and offer them a realistic chance of challenging for the Main Cup.

The team saw their chances of an assault at the title at the Hamilton and Sydney legs minimized owing to a change in format that only saw group winners swing straight into the Main Cup semis.

In the old format, the top two teams in each pool progress to the Main Cup quarter finals.

“We are definitely relieved that we have reverted to the old format. The other one was too harsh. For example we were on a tough pool with New Zealand and Fiji and with just one bad game, you find yourself fighting for 15th or 16th place,” Technical Director and Shujaa boss Feeney stated.

He added; “With this old format we get a chance to play at least for ninth or eighth place if things don’t go well. You can have one bad game on day one but bounce back on day two to correct your mistakes. Also, from an experience point of view, the new format gives you a chance of playing six games instead of four so in two weeks, you will have played 12 games.”

Story continues: https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/sports/2020 ... ld-format/


A 7s tourny upcoming in Senegal:

DAKAR, Sénégal, 20 février 2020 – La Fédération Sénégalaise de Rugby met en jeu six (6) compétitions dont le championnat A VII pour qui la finale se jouera ce Dimanche 23 Février 2020 au stade Iba Mar Diop à partir de 13h.Huit (8) équipes prendront part à cette finale, réparties en deux (2) poules à savoir :

– Poule A : Panthères de Yoff, Kirène RC, Krac de Thiès et l’INSEPS
– Poule B : ASFA, Jambars, Phacochères et Somone.


http://www.rugbyafrique.com/finale-cham ... v6Zp26P1p0

Meanwhile, Tanzania hosted an East African schools XVs tournament and fielded one side, though they got thrashed in their solitary outing. The other teams were all from Kenya and Uganda:

Day Two
Venue: TGT
Namilyango College (Ug) 62- 00 Okeeswa(Tz)
Ntare School(Ug) 03-31 St. Mary’s Kisubi (Ug)
Kangaru (Ke) 05- 32 Dagoretti (Ke)
Day one
Kakamega(Ke) 46-00 Kangaru (Ke)
Dagoretti (Ke) 60-00 Ntaare School (Ug)
St. Mary’s Kisubi (Ug) 05-15 Namilyango College (Ug)


https://www.scrummage.co.ke/2019/08/18/ ... aru-in-ea/

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby victorsra » Fri, 21 Feb 2020, 00:00

I read somewhere that rugby in Tanzania is based around Arusha, the main city in the Kenya border, close to Kilimanjaro, with better access do Nairobi (and to the Serengeti Park, being a main turistic area). It is an inland city that is a candidate to be the capital of the proposed East Africa Federation. That's interesting to say because by far the main city is Dar es Salam, in the coast, and maybe rugby is absent there and in Zanzibar, the main islamic area.
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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Fri, 21 Feb 2020, 10:16

victorsra wrote:I read somewhere that rugby in Tanzania is based around Arusha, the main city in the Kenya border, close to Kilimanjaro, with better access do Nairobi (and to the Serengeti Park, being a main turistic area). It is an inland city that is a candidate to be the capital of the proposed East Africa Federation. That's interesting to say because by far the main city is Dar es Salam, in the coast, and maybe rugby is absent there and in Zanzibar, the main islamic area.


Yes, Arusha is considered the home of Tanzanian rugby and generally hosts both international fixtures and tournaments. Not too surprising, given it is a lot closer to Nairobi than Dar es Salaam, culturally as well as geographically. According to Wiki Arusha produced the second youngest international player ever in Joshua Peterson. Zanzibar is 99% Islamic, yes, though paradoxically it is also the nation's tourist Mecca. Tanzania was under German occupation prior to WWI, which may be partly responsible for the game's relative lack of popularity there.

Meanwhile, Sables to hook up with Canes for development purposes:

ZIMBABWE rugby coach Brendan Dawson and team manager Jason Maritz will spend two weeks with New Zealand team Hurricanes next month to acquire training and managerial knowledge from the Super Rugby franchise. https://www.theindependent.co.zw/2020/0 ... s-flavour/


& Namibia's Wanderers club celebrates its centenary:

WANDERERS Sports Club reaches a historic milestone on Thursday when it celebrates its 100th anniversary, and to commemorate the event a host of activities have been planned for the next few days. https://www.namibian.com.na/88291/read/ ... -centenary

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Sat, 22 Feb 2020, 20:51

22nd February 2020

Kenya Cup

Western Bulls vs Homeboyz RFC 6-56
KCB vs Menengai Oilers 43-13
Kenya Harlequins vs Top Fry Nakuru 33-12
Kabras Sugar vs Nondescripts 52-6
Stanbic Mwamba vs Resolution Impala 15-11
Kisumu vs Blakblad 5-38

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From Ghana's Eaglets to Eagles Facebook page:

GHANA RUGBY STAKEHOLDER CONGRESS ENDS ON HIGH NOTE IN ACCRA

The 2020 Ghana Rugby Stakeholder Congress ended on a high note in Accra Ghana after more than 47 Regional Association, Club and Media Stakeholders gathered to be briefed on the "State of Ghana Rugby" and to make suggestions on how to take the Union forward, with an emphasis on the funding of all the Ghana Rugby programmes and activities.

Herbert Mensah On World Rugby Training Sessions In Ghana

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfxsfAP ... OeKBhPbKU0

This, apparently, is the only rugby team in Ethiopia. I sure hope they have more players:

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby victorsra » Sun, 23 Feb 2020, 14:14

Edgar wrote:
victorsra wrote:I read somewhere that rugby in Tanzania is based around Arusha, the main city in the Kenya border, close to Kilimanjaro, with better access do Nairobi (and to the Serengeti Park, being a main turistic area). It is an inland city that is a candidate to be the capital of the proposed East Africa Federation. That's interesting to say because by far the main city is Dar es Salam, in the coast, and maybe rugby is absent there and in Zanzibar, the main islamic area.


Yes, Arusha is considered the home of Tanzanian rugby and generally hosts both international fixtures and tournaments. Not too surprising, given it is a lot closer to Nairobi than Dar es Salaam, culturally as well as geographically. According to Wiki Arusha produced the second youngest international player ever in Joshua Peterson. Zanzibar is 99% Islamic, yes, though paradoxically it is also the nation's tourist Mecca. Tanzania was under German occupation prior to WWI, which may be partly responsible for the game's relative lack of popularity there.

Meanwhile, Sables to hook up with Canes for development purposes:

ZIMBABWE rugby coach Brendan Dawson and team manager Jason Maritz will spend two weeks with New Zealand team Hurricanes next month to acquire training and managerial knowledge from the Super Rugby franchise. https://www.theindependent.co.zw/2020/0 ... s-flavour/


& Namibia's Wanderers club celebrates its centenary:

WANDERERS Sports Club reaches a historic milestone on Thursday when it celebrates its 100th anniversary, and to commemorate the event a host of activities have been planned for the next few days. https://www.namibian.com.na/88291/read/ ... -centenary



Namibia and Samoa were German too until WWI. Dont think it is the answer. The British stayed there long enough.

I brought up the Islamism because I once read an interesting article about rugby's alcohol culture vs islamism. Dont answer it all (as Tunisia, Morocco have history) but can be part of it. The answer is probably how was geographicaly the educational system the British introduced and widespread were their sports clubs.
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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Chester-Donnelly » Sun, 23 Feb 2020, 15:04

Rugby was brought to Namibia by the Afrikaans speakers. Rugby is still very much an Afrikaans sport in Namibia. The German Namibians don't play it, which is a shame. Namibia needs all the players it can get.
I would like to see Germany tour Namibia. It might help to generate some local interest.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Chester-Donnelly » Sun, 23 Feb 2020, 15:28

Chester-Donnelly wrote:Rugby was brought to Namibia by the Afrikaans speakers. Rugby is still very much an Afrikaans sport in Namibia. The German Namibians don't play it, which is a shame. Namibia needs all the players it can get.
I would like to see Germany tour Namibia. It might help to generate some local interest.


Namibia's white population is approximately 100,000, although there are no official figures. Of these 60% are Afrikaans and 32% are German. The majority of Namibia's rugby players are white or coloured. If Namibia's Germans took up rugby that would be a significant increase in the rugby playing population and in the rugby supporting population. That could go a long way to Namibia having a professional team, something the sport's Afrikaans leaders have repeatedly failed to do.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby victorsra » Sun, 23 Feb 2020, 16:39

Yes, like Samoa became a NZ territory. But again, the British stayed in Tanzania long enough. The reason is probably another one.
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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Sun, 23 Feb 2020, 20:56

Chester-Donnelly wrote:Rugby was brought to Namibia by the Afrikaans speakers. Rugby is still very much an Afrikaans sport in Namibia. The German Namibians don't play it, which is a shame. Namibia needs all the players it can get.
I would like to see Germany tour Namibia. It might help to generate some local interest.


Well, that has happened, of course. Namibia blitzed Germany 58-20 in Windhoek six years ago, having previously crushed them 54-7 at the same venue in 1990. In the only other meeting between the two sides, in Germany in 1999, Welwitschias romped to a 13-79 victory.

Namibia did have the advantage of being part of the South African set-up for 75 years, participating in provincial competition and meeting touring teams (including the All Blacks, losing 3-27 in 1960 & 0-16 in 1970).

They were a strong side for a few years after independence too, winning a home series with Ireland 2-0, running French and Welsh XVs close and also defeating Italy. But many of the players involved in that period apparently headed south after Apartheid ended.

Samoa's case bears a closer comparison to Tanzania's. The German occupation was relatively brief but it took place during the formative years for rugby and other sports (including football) in European nations and their colonies.

I've speculated before that this may have been the reason Samoa was a little slower out of the blocks than Fiji and Tonga and really only surpassed them in the 1990s when lax eligibility laws allowed them to tap into the Kiwi diaspora.

Interesting profile of a young Zimbabwean prospect playing varsity rugby for Western Cape:

HE is now being touted as one of Zimbabwe’s brightest rugby prospects after a breakout debut season for the Sables last season before securing a breakthrough move to South Africa, but Tinotenda Blithe Mavesere’s rugby journey has not been a walk in the park.

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The 189cm, 95kg dynamic loose forward, who has been enjoying a superb debut season in the Varsity Cup with the University of Western Cape (UWC), was an integral part of the Sables side, which clinched the Victoria Cup following some superb performances last season.

Earlier in the season, Mavesere had been one of the few bright sparks in the Zimbabwe Academy side, which made a good impression in their maiden season in the SuperSport Challenge, establishing himself as a hardworking open side flank of enormous potential.

But before his rapid rise both locally and in South Africa, 22-year-old Mavesere’s dream of pursuing a rugby career was almost over before it had even started.

Story continues here: https://www.thestandard.co.zw/2020/02/2 ... cup-rugby/


Uganda standings:

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Winner of the West African Youth 7s Champs - Ivory Coast's Treichville Biafra Olympique:

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Hernan14 » Mon, 24 Feb 2020, 00:52

victorsra wrote:
Edgar wrote:
victorsra wrote:I read somewhere that rugby in Tanzania is based around Arusha, the main city in the Kenya border, close to Kilimanjaro, with better access do Nairobi (and to the Serengeti Park, being a main turistic area). It is an inland city that is a candidate to be the capital of the proposed East Africa Federation. That's interesting to say because by far the main city is Dar es Salam, in the coast, and maybe rugby is absent there and in Zanzibar, the main islamic area.


Yes, Arusha is considered the home of Tanzanian rugby and generally hosts both international fixtures and tournaments. Not too surprising, given it is a lot closer to Nairobi than Dar es Salaam, culturally as well as geographically. According to Wiki Arusha produced the second youngest international player ever in Joshua Peterson. Zanzibar is 99% Islamic, yes, though paradoxically it is also the nation's tourist Mecca. Tanzania was under German occupation prior to WWI, which may be partly responsible for the game's relative lack of popularity there.

Namibia and Samoa were German too until WWI. Dont think it is the answer. The British stayed there long enough.

I brought up the Islamism because I once read an interesting article about rugby's alcohol culture vs islamism. Dont answer it all (as Tunisia, Morocco have history) but can be part of it. The answer is probably how was geographicaly the educational system the British introduced and widespread were their sports clubs.

victorsra wrote:Yes, like Samoa became a NZ territory. But again, the British stayed in Tanzania long enough. The reason is probably another one.


Edgar wrote:Samoa's case bears a closer comparison to Tanzania's. The German occupation was relatively brief but it took place during the formative years for rugby and other sports (including football) in European nations and their colonies. I've speculated before that this may have been the reason Samoa was a little slower out of the blocks than Fiji and Tonga and really only surpassed them in the 1990s when lax eligibility laws allowed them to tap into the Kiwi diaspora.


The main reason has nothing to do with Islam, but with the colonial policy used by the british, while in Kenya the "direct rule" was used, in Tanzania (Tanganyika) the control was through "indirect rule".

The main reason than Arusha is where rugby focuses in Tanzania is intrinsically related to the above. Arusha is relatively close to Nairobi, the center of British control in Kenya, and the entire region is an extension of the White Highlands, where the best lands in Kenya are found and were reserved for whites during territorial segregation. Similarly, the majority of white settlers in Tanzania (Tanganyika) settled in the Arusha area as a form of territorial extension between the two countries (or colonies).

The number of Europeans was much lower in Tanganyika than in Kenya, but most importantly and returning to the type of control, in Kenya the control was direct, so after independence the power vacuum was assumed by local elites sought to replicate the customs of the European elites (for that reason, the all indigenous clubs arise in the 70's and in university environments), in addition to having some impulse from the new indigenous government, while in Tanzania, given that the British had used the control through the "indirect rule" , that power in the countless local ethnic groups (more than 120 and even with subdivisions), once achieved independence was suppressed, taking away the privileges they had obtained during the colonial era and therefore, the new elites, nor they sought to naturally replicate the customs of colonial rulers, reserving the continuity of rugby practice especially in the population of European origin.

In summary Level 5, in Kenya elites sought to replicate the customs of colonial elites, in Tanzania, given the type of control, the customs of the elites had more indigenous components, therefore, rugby was not in the foreground.

Source: Every years I studied history at the University, specializing in the social history of the 19th and 20th centuries...and as I love sports, well, I try to understand this things :)

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby victorsra » Mon, 24 Feb 2020, 14:02

Fellow historian, nice :)
Yep, as I suggest, it was probably a more complex issue. Thanks.
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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Mon, 24 Feb 2020, 15:23

victorsra wrote:Fellow historian, nice :)
Yep, as I suggest, it was probably a more complex issue. Thanks.


Yes, a most enlightening read, Thanks, Hernan.

Mauritius records a record number of 26,000 young people entered in rugby in 2019.a great step forward for Mauritian rugby. http://www.rugbyafrique.com/rugby-in-fu ... mauritius/

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Drama in Zimbabwe!

ZIMBABWE Rugby Union have resolved to dissolve the Bulawayo Metropolitan Rugby Football Board due to squabbles that have affected the growth of the sport in the country’s second largest city. https://www.sundaynews.co.zw/bulawayo-m ... q9IndGbHqc


Capricorn U18 7s coming up this weekend:

The Zimbabwe Under-18 rugby sevens team is set for some rare action when they compete in the Capricorn Group-sponsored International Junior Sevens Rugby Tournament that will take place at the Windhoek Gymnasium Private School, Namibia, this weekend. Six teams — including Botswana, Germany, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe — are scheduled to compete in the international section of the event. https://www.thestandard.co.zw/2020/02/2 ... s-tourney/

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Caledor » Tue, 25 Feb 2020, 13:02

Kenya Simbas lock Malcolm Onsando has a professional contract with Dinamo Buuresti in the Romanian Supa Liga. He is there for the 2nd half of the season and also will play for his new club in a cross country competition against a Russian club. This exposure to a professional environment and competition can only be good for Kenya Rugby.

The Kenya Simba Toby Francombe is also playing in a new professional competition in Scotland called the Super 6. This will also benefit the Simbas.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Canalina » Tue, 25 Feb 2020, 19:25

Sudanese players train in the beach of Tuti Island, an island in the middle of Khartoum, exactly where Blue Nile and White Nile merge to form the Nile. So, just a nice image
https://www.google.it/maps/place/Tuti+I ... 32.5061563

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Wed, 26 Feb 2020, 15:26

NAIROBI, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- Kenya rugby teams will have to spend over 400 million shillings (4 million U.S. dollars) to honor their calendar of events in 2020.

Oduor Gangla, chairman of Kenya Rugby Union (KRU), said Wednesday unless sponsors and the government come to their aid, they may have to forfeit some competitions as the country has enacted two teams - men and women - in this year's Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Kenya Sevens team, Shujaa, is already out in Los Angeles, the USA for the World Series fifth leg after stops in Cape Town, Dubai, Hamilton and Sydney.

Simbas, the Kenya 15s rugby side, will have their biggest assignment this year as they will be playing in a revamped Africa Cup while the women side, Lionesses, have a World Cup qualifier in April as well as an assignment in the World Sevens Series.

The Junior team, Chipu, will be taking part in the Barthes Cup on home soil in April.

"Kenya Under-18 team, which will be going to Namibia for a Sevens tournament, are also factored in. All the four teams will each require $1 million to cater for their budgets," Gangla said.

Shujaa is also mooting to pitch camp in South Africa next month to utilize the lull brought about by the postponement of the Singapore and Hong Kong Legs of the World Series.

The camp will help in their preparations for the Tokyo Olympics from July 24 to August 9 in Japan.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-0 ... 821341.htm


Update:

Kenya 7s Under 18’s trip to Namibia for Capricorn Group Sevens Rugby failed to materialize after the government failed to release up to Ksh 1.3million meant for flight tickets. http://www.ragahouse.com/news/item/lack ... ia-tourney


Foreign-based players in the Simbas squad:

Francombe Toby -Boroughmuir RFC, Siminyu Andrew -University of Johannesburg, Coulson Cameron -Richmond FC, UK, Mutuku Mark -Notre Dame College, Coulson Dominic -University of Exeter, UK, Mutuku Jeff -Notre Dame College, USA

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MASERU Warriors coach Morapeli Motaung is confident that his side will win the Econet Rugby League Phase 1 this season.

Morapeli's comments came on the back of his side's 3-53 trouncing of Giants Rugby Club on Saturday at Machabeng Ground.

"Our chances of winning the first phase of the league are very high," Morapeli said adding: "We are the only team that hasn't conceded a try in the campaign yet".

Each team plays five games per phase and the Saturday win was Warriors' third consecutive victory since the resumption of the league on the 25th January 2020 and the coach hopes they can keep the momentum in the last two games of the current phase.



In their first game, Warriors won 16-9 over Mabote Beavers and went on to beat defending champions- LDF 9-17 a fortnight ago.

"We are left with only two games against NUL Spears and Roma Kings and out of the two, the only team that can give us problems is NUL. However, I have told my players that there is no small in the league, so we approach the games in the same manner. That's the same way we are approaching the match against."

Following the weekend result, Warriors toppled NUL Spears from the summit of the league leaving them in second. Warriors and NUL Spears are tied on 13 points. However, Warriors have a superior goals tally (75) compared to Spears' 45.

Spears are now on a three-match unbeaten run after edging Mabote Beavers 5-3 in their last match,

Spears coach Alecs Basitang said their aim is to win the first phase but was worried about poor officiating in the league.

"We are working hard to win in the hope that we will win the first phase however, the only problem is that as an expatriate, everyone is hoping that I fail. The situation is so bad that even match officials seem to be working against my team.

"It's completely unprofessional but we are looking forward to winning our remaining games," Basitang said.

Spears started the ongoing race with a 3-6 victory over LDF.

Prior to Saturday's game, Spears had thumped new comers-Roma Kings 74-12.

LDF also beat Roma Kings 56-9 on Saturday.

https://lestimes.com/motaung-confident- ... by-league/
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