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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby RugbyLiebe » Wed, 26 Feb 2020, 16:02

Edgar wrote:
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/


Mauritius has about 240.000 inhabitants between 5-19
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauritius#/media/Datei:Bev%C3%B6lkerungspyramide_Mauritius_2016.png

So about 10% new to a sport would be a big surprise. Let's say the number looks a bit inflated, but nontheless great, that they got their Get into Rugby going! :thumbup:
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 Chester-Donnelly » Thu, 27 Feb 2020, 00:15

SuperSport Rugby Challenge 2020 will feature the 14 South African provincial teams plus Welwetchias of Namibia and Zimbabwe Academy.

https://www.sarugby.co.za/articles/2020 ... -announced

Competition runs from 24 April to 28 June.

Welwetchias are in the tough Northern Pool which includes last year's champions Griquas and Mpumulanga Pumas who last year beat them by 100+ points.
Namibia's Facebook page has a advert up for head coaches and team managers for Namibia's XV, 7s and U20s teams. Most of Namibia's World Cup squad are now playing professionally in England, France, South Africa or SLAR.

It is going to be a tough season for the Welwetchias.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby mcruic » Thu, 27 Feb 2020, 11:05

This match from 2010:

13 February 2010
Cameroon 5-3 Morocco in Yaoundé.

https://lematin.ma/journal/2010/Rugby_C ... 27861.html
https://www.237online.com/LV7CL738/

The articles suggest a test match, but this match seems to have been recorded as Cameroon A v Morocco A.
http://theroonba.com Results, fixtures, rankings

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Fri, 28 Feb 2020, 15:31

The Challenger series was great but I'd like to see it rotate around the continents, if that isn't the plan already. Next time Africa, perhaps? Aside from the huge crowds we all know about in Madagascar, I seem to recall Uganda packing the stadium out for the annual Elgon Cup tie with Kenya a few years ago. & you won't find a better atmosphere!

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Ghanaian club final upcoming:

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Results from the international age-grade 7s tournament in Madagascar:

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Sat, 29 Feb 2020, 15:53

Drama in the Kenya Cup :shock:

Match officials for the Kenya Cup clash pitting Kabras and Blak Blad which was full of emotions have ended the clash prematurely at a time when Kabras were leading 15-3.

The Kenya Rugby Union will now be expected to give further directions according to one of the officials. The clash was stopped two minutes after the second-half restart.

According to Kabras Head Coach Henly Du Plessis, their opponents could not accept the decision by the referee to cancel their try.

“The try was reversed and the scrum was allocated but they could not accept. We did not want to end the season this way we really wanted to play 80,” Du Plessis told Scrummage.

Story continues here: https://www.scrummage.co.ke/2020/02/29/ ... ematurely/


Kenya Cup

Nondies vs Stanbic Mwamba 22-55
Menengai Oilers vs Kenya Harlequins 39-13
Homeboyz vs KCB 22-22
BlakBlad vs Kabras Sugar 3-15 (Abandoned)
Resolution Impala vs Kisumu 28-0
Top Fry Nakuru vs Western Bulls 28-0


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

Uganda

Kobs 67:07 Impis
Warriors 22:20 Buffaloes
Rams 03:29 Pirates
Jinja Hippos 08:45 Heathens
Mongers 18:13 Rhinos


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Dansoman Hurricanes RFC is the 2019/20 Ghana Rugby Club Champions after they beat runners-up Griffons RFC by 39 points to 19 at the St Thomas Aquinas Park in Accra, Ghana.

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Indian Ocean age-grade 7s: MAKI of Madagascar won the categories of 16 and 18 year (boys) and 16 year (girls). Réunion won the 18-year (girls) category.

FNB WESTERN Suburbs will host the inaugural FNB Windhoek Sevens tournament at the Hage Geingob Stadium this weekend although top clubs FNB Wanderers and Trustco United will not be competing. https://www.namibian.com.na/88650/read/ ... oek-Sevens :thumbup:

Kenya's new star: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Wy-srz ... svkVCzrQ2o

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Mon, 02 Mar 2020, 07:42

Indian Ocean age-grade 7s: MAKI of Madagascar won the categories of 16 and 18 year (boys) and 16 year (girls). Réunion won the 18-year (girls) category.


Speaking of the Indian Ocean, Britain was ordered last year to return the Chagos Islands to their former inhabitants, the Ilois, but has so far failed to do so, though a deadline passed 4 months ago. The British forcibly removed the Ilois from these islands in the late sixties and early seventies to make way for the American military base on Diego Garcia. Most of them were dumped in Mauritius where they existed in squalor and misery. Sufficient numbers found their way to Britain to form a national football team, however - obviously made up of diaspora. Could rugby be next? 7s perhaps? It would be much nicer if they got their islands back, of course . . . :(

Meanwhile, Blitzbokke weren't the only South African team winning tournaments at the weekend, as Boland's Dream Team took out the inaugural Windhoek 7s in Namibia :thumbup:

THE Audim Dream Team from Boland in South Africa won the inaugural Windhoek Sevens Rugby Tournament after beating Western Suburbs 24-7 in the final on Saturday evening.

The South African side were worthy winners of the tournament which was organised by Western Suburbs, after remaining unbeaten throughout the group and knockout stages.

In the group stages they thrashed Reho Falcon 31-0, but overcame stiff resistance before beating Suburbs 17-12, Rehoboth 29-21 and Unam 19-15.

Suburbs were not very convincing during the group stages, beating Unam 34-7 and Reho Falcon 45-7, but losing to Audim 17-12 and Rehoboth 14-7.

Rehoboth, in fact, were more impressive, picking up three wins against Suburbs, Reho Falcon (22-0) and Unam (17-7), while suffering a narrow 29-21 defeat to Audim.

In the semifinals, though, Suburbs raised their game to beat Rehoboth 14-7 to book a place in the final, while Audim Dream Team were pushed all the way before beating Unam 26-22.

In the final, though, there was only one team in it, as the Dream Team scored four tries to Suburbs' one to win the inaugural Windhoek Sevens Premier League title.

Unam won the women's competition after beating Rehoboth 12-7 in the final, scoring two tries to one.

There was not much to choose between the teams, as Unam also scored a narrow 10-7 victory over Rehoboth during the group stages.

In the group stages, Unam scored a narrow 7-5 victory against Okahandja Huskeys, while Rehoboth beat the Huskeys 17-7.

St Lou of Rehoboth won the First League after beating Rehoboth II 26-10 in the final.

In the semifinals St Lou beat Suburbs II 19-15, while Rehoboth II beat Unam II 19-14.

St Lou remained unbeaten during the group stages after some impressive results, beating Reho Falcon II 47-5, Okahandja 31-0 and Unam II 29-5.

They also beat Eastern Bulls 14-5, Rehoboth II 17-12 and Suburbs II 24-14.

Rehoboth II, meanwhile, beat Okahandja 38-0, Reho Falcon II 17-14, Unam II 12-10, and Suburbs II 21-14, but lost 17-12 to St Lou and 28-22 to Eastern Bulls.

https://www.namibian.com.na/88747/read/ ... oek-Sevens

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Chester-Donnelly » Mon, 02 Mar 2020, 08:52

That's not quite right. The UN has told the UK to hand over the Chagos Islands to Mauritius. The Ilois probably won't benefit from this, if it ever happens. Even the old Ilois who were removed from the islands don't want to move back there because it's no longer an island paradise, it's a military base. But some have said they would like to be buried there. Their descendants need to move on. It's very sad but dwelling on the injustice won't help anyone.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Tue, 03 Mar 2020, 15:05

Kenya's upcoming events:

Upcoming local events

Enterprise Cup Quarterfinal – Saturday 7th March 2020

Week 17 Kenya Cup Playoffs – Saturday 14th March 2020



Women 10-Aside Festival Finals – Sunday 15th March 2020

Week 18 Kenya Cup Semifinals – Saturday 21st March 2020

RUGBY AFRICA BARTHES CUP DIV 1A. 26th-29th March 2020

Enterprise Cup semifinal – Saturday 28th March 2020

Week 19 Kenya Cup Final – 4th April 2020

GREAT RIFT 10-ASIDE – 11th April 2020

Enterprise Cup Final – 18th April 2020


https://www.scrummage.co.ke/2020/03/03/ ... confirmed/

Kenya Cup semis:

All Games On 14/3/2020

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Play Offs

Homeboyz RFC vs Menengai Oilers 4pm Jamhuri Park
Resolution Impala vs Stanbic Mwamba 4pm Impala Club


http://www.ragahouse.com/news/item/keny ... s-schedule

Uganda:

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Thu, 05 Mar 2020, 07:50

RIP Tony Onyango

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 4 – KCB Rugby Club winger Tony Onyango who featured for Kenya Sevens and Kenya 15s passed away on Tuesday after collapsing in the house from training, Kenya Rugby Union confirms.

“We join the entire Kenyan rugby fraternity in mourning Tony Onyango Opondo of KCB Rugby Club who passed away on Tuesday 3 March 2020. May God grant his family,friends, team mates and colleagues strength during this trying time. Rest In Peace Tony,” Kenya Rugby Union mourned.

Onyango represented Kenya national teams at all levels in the Under 19’s Chipu during the Africa Under-19 Championship in Abidjan, Ivory Coast before earning a call up to the Kenya 15s team in 2012 under the then tutelage of Mike ‘Tank’ Otieno, featuring in the Elgon Cup against Uganda.

He then became a regular under Jerome Paarwater, playing for the Simbas utill 2018 at the Rugby World Cup Repechage tournament in Marseille,France.

In the Kenya Sevens, Onyango played during the 2013/14 and 2014/15 World Series seasons under Paul Treu and Felix ‘Totty’Ochieng.

Story continues here: https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/sports/2020 ... o-is-dead/


Rwanda:

This year will see the formation of a second division championship, bottom side at the end of the topflight league season will be relegated to the lower tier.

The first division league gets underway on March 21, and will be concluding in August. Five teams, the top five from last season, will make the 2020 championship.

Reigning champions Lion de Fer will be challenging for their title defence against former champions Thousand Hills, Resilience Rugby, Muhanga Thunders and Kigali Sharks.

Story continues here: https://www.newtimes.co.rw/sports/rugby ... n-calendar


& news in French of the Ivory Coast's fundraising campaign for an U20s academy named in honor of Max Brito, the player who was paralysed during the 1995 World Cup: http://www.rugbyafrique.com/la-federati ... uUWzmjYGv4

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Chester-Donnelly » Fri, 06 Mar 2020, 13:59

https://www.namibian.com.na/88934/read/ ... ugby-coach

Namibia has a coach. Welwetchias are in the South African Rugby Challenge. And Namibia hopes to compete in the Nations Cup and do an end of year tour.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Sat, 07 Mar 2020, 15:21

Nigeria:

World Rugby Service Manager, Steph Nel believes every young Nigerian has the potential to be great in rugby if given the right direction

Nel, who is on a three-day working visit to Nigeria to ascertain the level of rugby development in the country, as well as interact with the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) to chart a new course for the growth of the sport, told journalists at the Rugby House, Surulere, Lagos, said the game would be more attractive and interesting to watch if more competitions were organised from the grassroots to the national level.


https://guardian.ng/sport/nel-predicts- ... rld-rugby/

Ghana:

Ghana Rugby (http://GhanaRugby.org/) presented trophies and awards to teams and players for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) in a ceremony in Accra Ghana that was graced with the presence of Mr Steph Nel, World Rugby Service Manager: Africa.


https://www.africanews.com/2020/03/06/w ... ip-awards/


Kenya:

Quarter Finals
Homeboyz vs Nondescripts 33-11
Resolution Impala vs Top Fry Nakuru 39-21
KCB vs BlakBlad 43-12
Kabars vs Mwamba 54-10


http://www.ragahouse.com/news/item/ente ... up-results

Uganda:

Pirates vs Mongers at 4:30pm at Kings Park 39-9

Rhinos vs Hippos at Legends at 2:30pm 14-26

Kobs vs Warriors at Legends at 4:30pm 39-3

Heathens vs Rams Kyadondo at 4:30pm 48-0

Buffaloes vs Impis at Kyadondo at 2:30pm 15-10

https://kawowo.com/2020/03/07/live-nile ... tchday-12/

Update 8/3: According to this report in French Morocco could be suspended (again) at all levels due to a "flawed electoral system." This would rule the Atlas Lions out of contention for the 2023 World Cup. https://www.rugbyrama.fr/rugby/internat ... Wr1UuoF498

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby RugInt » Sun, 08 Mar 2020, 11:32

mcruic wrote 13 February 2010 Cameroon 5-3 Morocco in Younde
https://lematin.ma/journal/2010/Rugby_C ... 27861.html
https://www.237online.com/LV7CL738/

The articles suggest a test match, but this match seems to have been recorded as Cameroon A v Morocco A.


'Lions (football) [Morocco?] does not include any professional player. It is made up of players playing in Morocco and whose average age does not exceed 22 years. The oldest is 27, 28 years old !!'

This article says 'average' of age 23 and includes older players. So it's possible that it is a test match. It's not recorded on my lists.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Tue, 10 Mar 2020, 09:00

Morocco look to be facing a 5 year ban. They only just emerged from a ban a few years ago! This time it appears to be about corruption within administration. & remember that it was a French-based Moroccan who, somewhat controversially, gave the African confederation's vote to France for 2023 World Cup host. Report in French: https://www.yabiladi.com/articles/detai ... wfiA4P1i70

Earlier RugbyRama had reported Morocco could be suspended till the end of this year, ruling it out of the 2023 World Cup qualifying series: https://www.rugbyrama.fr/rugby/internat ... _0-lRIPy9U

On a more positive note, a record 857 million viewers watched South Africa's victory over England in last year's World Cup final: https://www.sapeople.com/2020/03/09/sou ... inal-ever/

Shooting at a KwaZulu-Natal rugby club in South Africa. 2 dead. https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News ... d-20200309

Uganda action from the weekend:

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Uganda standings:

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Update 12/3: Rugby in post-colonial Zimbabwe https://www.newframe.com/long-read-rugb ... UggaZqX-s4
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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby thatrugbyguy » Tue, 10 Mar 2020, 09:30

That's a cumulative figure for the tournament I believe, not the final.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Chester-Donnelly » Tue, 10 Mar 2020, 09:45

Very disappointing for the Rugby Africa Cup, but obviously good that World Rugby are taking action. I hope Morocco can be replaced in the competition. Nigeria are the next highest ranking team.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby IanCleverly » Tue, 10 Mar 2020, 18:37

The U20 Trophy Competition has been postponed.

ANOTHER Zimbabwean team has been affected by the coronavirus, with the national Under-20 rugby team no longer travelling to Kenya for next month’s Barthes Trophy, which has been postponed. Rugby Africa announced on Tuesday that in view of the current development of the coronavirus and related health concerns, Rugby Africa, they had decided to postpone the U20 Barthes Trophy until further notice. The suspension of the tournament came after the Kenyan Government banned all international gatherings in the East African country.

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"The tournament is not cancelled, but only postponed to a later date which we will communicate in due time. We thank the Kenyan Rugby Union for their tremendous support.” Kenya Rugby Union chairman Oduor Gangla commented: “As a host union the safety and welfare of the participants is at the heart of our endeavours. We support Rugby Africa and the Kenyan authorities in their protective measures to our best abilities and therefore fully support the decision to postpone the U20 Barthes Trophy.”

Zimbabwe were one of the eight junior national teams that were meant to take part in the Barthes Trophy together with Kenya, Namibia, Senegal, Madagascar, Côte d’Ivoire and Zambia. Coached by Farai “Bob” Mahari, the Zimbabwe Under-20 have been preparing for this year’s Barthes Trophy for a while, with a squad of 42 already identified.

https://www.sundaynews.co.zw/just-in-yo ... ronavirus/

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Fri, 13 Mar 2020, 09:22

Rwanda

Former champions, Thousand Hills, have also signed two English players; second-row flanker Robin Scanlon and first-row hooker David Leslie. The latter can as well play as a prop.

Also new at the club are Daniel Ochwo and Bernard Rwagasore who were signed from Uganda rugby league.

In an interview with Times Sport on Monday, the Hills president, Serge Shema – who withheld details – revealed that his side expected a number of other arrivals from Pakistan.

https://www.newtimes.co.rw/sports/rugby ... w-signings

Kenya

The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has made changes to their schedule in honour of the late international fullback Tony Onyango.

The Kenya Cup, KRU Championship and Eric Shirley Shield semi-finals originally slated for March 21 will now be played on March 28 with the final set for April 18.

A statement from KRU indicated that these changes have come about after the family of the late Onyango indicated that the departed KCB Rugby back will be buried on March 20 in Migori. Onyango passed away Tuesday last week after collapsing in his house in Ngong town.

The post mortem indicated that he suffered a heart attack. https://www.nation.co.ke/sports/rugby/K ... index.html

Sudden deaths of rugby players at their physical prime cause for worry https://www.nation.co.ke/sports/talkup/ ... index.html

Uganda

The Uganda-French Friendship Week was hit by news, that the French Military rugby side will not be coming into the country, to face off with the Rugby Cranes, as part of the celebrations. This came as a result of the coronavirus disease outbreak in parts of Europe. https://allafrica.com/stories/202003130123.html

Zimbabwe

A look at the story of rugby in independent Zimbabwe through the Tsimba family, which produced two World Rugby Hall of Fame inductees in brothers Richard and Kennedy. https://www.newframe.com/long-read-rugb ... -zimbabwe/


Update: Algeria's training run with French powerhouse Toulouse has ended prematurely due to Corona virus precautions. Les Lionceaux (Lion Cubs) face Uganda and Senegal in Group 3 of the African Championships, beginning end of May.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Edgar » Mon, 16 Mar 2020, 20:59

From Zimbabwe Judo star to Spain's Division de Honor B. An interesting read from the Standard during this quiet spell for the game: :thumbup:

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ZIMBABWE rugby prop Gabriel Sipapate has been one of the country’s flag bearers in Spanish rugby union, starring for three different clubs in the second tier División de Honor B since his move to the European country in November 2017.

But the 25 year-old CAU Rugby Valencia and Zimbabwe Sables tighthead prop’s sporting career could have taken a different path had he pursued a career in judo after also enjoying success in both rugby and the combat sport as a schoolboy.

Then a student at Churchill in Harare, Sipapate grabbed the local headlines when he won Zimbabwe’s first gold medal in the under 100kg category of the judo competition at the 2014 African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Under-20 Youth Games held in Bulawayo.

The historic gold medal, which set the tone for a successful campaign for Team Zimbabwe in the regional sporting event, could have acted as a springboard towards a possible full-time career in judo for the gifted Sipapate.

Sipapate had nonetheless already been offered a rugby scholarship by the KwaZulu-Natal-based Sharks Academy a few months earlier and eventually opted for a career in rugby.

The now 25-year-old tighthead prop, who is enjoying his stint in Spain following his breakthrough move to División de Honor B side CAR Cáceres in 2017, said he first got involved in judo as a way of improving his rugby skills.

“When we knew I was going to play top-level rugby at Sharks the following year, my coaches and trainers looked for something that was going to take me out of my comfort zone so that I could understand sport better,” Sipapate explained.

“We started with punching bags and it went very well and we raised the bar to judo because it was good for my experience, but also for my rugby technique. At first I didn’t know what I was getting into, I carried a lot injuries, but I never looked back or shed a tear because some of the injuries were too much that I feel so blessed to be able to be sitting and walking right now.

Sipapate added: “When I got called up for the judo national team, I raised the bar. I went away for three months with the team. “I didn’t look for a way out of the hard work, I embraced it and later it paid off after being the first to win gold at the Region 5 Youth Games for my country. More importantly, I left the dojo with a brown belt, stronger and fearless.”

Sipapate refused to rule out a possible return to judo in the future despite his successful rugby career in Spain, where the sport of rugby has been on a rapid rise since the country’s impressive run during the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifiers.

“I am a sportsman, I flow, I am like water, I just had more opportunities with rugby, but when there is another (judo) tournament you might hear my name because I have a such a great muscle memory. I don’t forget stuff early, most of the best judo moves is what I am doing now on a rugby field and its looking good,” he said.

The Harare-born rising star got his first introduction to rugby after enrolling at Churchill School, where he blossomed under the mentorship of the school’s well-respected rugby coaches Jeff Madhake and Bob Mahari.

Sipapate immediately made it into the school’s first team, the Bulldogs, where he continued to impress, before his solid performances earned him a place in the Zimbabwe Under-20 side and a scholarship at KwaZulu-Natal-based Sharks Academy.

“Being fresh out of high school and going on to clash and rub shoulders with the big and strong men wasn’t really much of a challenge because I was prepared mentally and physically from the experience I gained from the Zimbabwe Under-20 rugby team and judo,” he said.

“Sharks showed me what rugby was all about, they broke it down to me. Sir Gary Gold (former Sharks coach) taught me that hard work will always beat talent.

Until today I still remember how I felt going pound to pound with Thomas “The Tank” du Toit at my first scrum session….He was my scrum buddy I learnt so much stuff from him,” Sipapate said.

After stints with South African sides Mustangs, Naka Bulls and Durban Collegians, he earned his Sables debut two years ago, coming on as a substitute in a Rugby Africa Gold Cup clash against Morocco at Harare Sports Club.

“It was a one of a kind year for me,” Sipapate said while reflecting on his Sables bow. “We had so much talent and experience from the staff to the players, I learnt a lot off the field and I believe it’s the lessons we learnt that continue to have an impact on me till this day. My goal is to be in that Zimbabwe jersey soon with pride,” he said.

Now in his third season of playing semi-professional rugby in Spain, Sipapate has been enjoying a good season with promotion-chasing CAU Rugby Valencia, who are topping their group and on course to earning promotion to the top-tier División de Honor.

CAU Rugby Valencia is Sipapate’s third club in Spain after stints with CAR Cáceres and CR Les Abelles, and the Zimbabwean front rower reckons he has gained valuable experience during his stint in the European nation.

“The main lesson I’ve learnt from my time in Spain is the process and preparation for the games, which ignited the fire within us to want work more and take on other teams in the league. Perhaps my second best highlight is having teammates from around the world and learn from each other with so much respect of every individual’s beliefs and knowledge. Last but not least, the brotherhood on and off the field is breathtaking and it has made everything worth it,” he said.


https://www.thestandard.co.zw/2020/03/1 ... gby-pitch/

Sad news from Kenya :(

A Sigalame High School rugby 15s player has succumbed to head injuries after a collision during the Busia County Secondary School Term One games on Friday.

Eliakim Oundo, a Form Three student, was injured during a play-off match with Nambale at St Mathias Boys in Busia town.

Sigalame rugby coach Lawrence Alando told Nation Sport that they rushed Oundo to Busia County Referral Hospital after the incident where scans revealed that he had internal bleeding in the head.

"We were referred to Bungoma Life Care Hospital the same day where he underwent more scans at the Intensive Care Unit after the school made a deposit of Sh50,000. We were then referred to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret," he said.

Due to logistical challenges, Alando disclosed that he didn't proceed to Eldoret but left Busia County Referral hospital when the mother, the brother and Oundo were preparing to leave for MTRH on Saturday.

"He was taken to theatre at around 8pm but he succumbed at around midnight."

Alando said their opponents were too aggressive during the encounter occasioned by their elimination from the final where they had been scheduled to face Butula. Nambale were denied a place in the final for failing to reach the venue on time.

"The ball was rolled after the school failed to avail players at the venue. They came in the match with some sort of anger following their predicaments. The tackle injured Oundo's head and neck which led to internal bleeding."

The school was yet to deliver the sad news to students by the time of the press.

The incident follows the sudden death of another Kenyan international, Tony Onyango, who collapsed and died last Tuesday after suffering a heart attack at his Ngong home, moments after a training session. He had complained of chest discomfort and was advised to take a rest.


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

Meanwhile, in Botswana: Gaborone — Reigning Botswana Rugby Union champions, Gaborone Hogs resumed their title defence with an emphatic 31-13 victory against BDF Cheeters at Duma grounds on Saturday. http://www.dailynews.gov.bw/news-details.php?nid=55016

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby 4N » Sun, 03 May 2020, 01:23

Laporte interview with Algerian rugby show:



He says:

- France are working to strengthen links with African rugby
- French referees of African background are being developed
- There’s a possibility of a second direct qualifying place for Africa in 2027
- He thinks Algeria have a decent chance to qualify in 2023
- Algeria would have a huge following at the 2023 World Cup if they qualify, he cites the example of NZ vs Algeria in Marseille
- He knows the Algerian rugby president through a mutual friend
- He visited Algeria recently and met with their administrators
- Algeria will train at the FFR headquarters at Marcoussis
- Algeria will field men’s and women’s 7s teams at the 2022 Mediterranean Games in Oran

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Chester-Donnelly » Sun, 03 May 2020, 01:48

This is very positive. I think Algeria in the 2023 World Cup would be fantastic. The Algerian Rugby Federation looks like it's really well run. Meanwhile, rugby in Morocco has never looked so dire. I hope France can step in the help Morocco to get back on track. Rugby in North Africa needs Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia to all be strong.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby ficcp » Sun, 03 May 2020, 03:02

Maybe they have enough players (living abroad )with individual skills to conform a competitive squad. But there are 2 important requirements to defeat Namibia:

a.- That The players established in France , England or Belgium decide to represent Algeria.

b.- To be able to conform a real team to play better than Namibia. Namibians have a team , Algerians do not.

They should arrive to 2023 WC through an expansion of competitors as the 3rd african team.

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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby Chester-Donnelly » Sun, 03 May 2020, 03:13

If Algeria can finish as runners up to Namibia in the qualifiers they qualify for a repechage tournament. For the last world cup the repechage was played in France between Kenya, Canada, Germany and Hong Kong. This is probably Algeria's most likely route to the world cup.
They do have a team. They were training together in France when COVID-19 put an end to it.
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Re: General topic for African Rugby

Postby 4N » Sun, 03 May 2020, 17:05

Chester-Donnelly wrote:This is very positive. I think Algeria in the 2023 World Cup would be fantastic. The Algerian Rugby Federation looks like it's really well run. Meanwhile, rugby in Morocco has never looked so dire. I hope France can step in the help Morocco to get back on track. Rugby in North Africa needs Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia to all be strong.


Laporte mentioned Morocco and Tunisia a few times. I’m sure Khaled Babbou’s support won’t go unnoticed.

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