KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
The annual regional east and central Africa youth
rugby tournament kicked off in Kigali on Saturday.
tournament is taking place at the Red Cross field in Kigali, the
capital of Rwanda.
Under the theme:
“Connect to Africa” and “Friends of Rwandan Rugby”, the
tournament is in its third edition, which has attracted players
between 15 and 18.
administrator of the Federation of Rwandan Rugby, John
Livingstone Muhire said the tournament is very special because
of the high level of involvement by female players.
“World rugby has set
out very clear targets for the increase in female participation.
It is hoped that this tournament will show females in Rwanda of
the standards in other parts of Africa and encourage more
females to get involved. All of the clubs in Rwanda understand
that females can play rugby and that with continued support
there can be an increase in the numbers of female players and
frequency of female games,” he said.
are from Kenya, host Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi and Uganda.
Kenya rugby team faces regional
opposition in Youth rugby tourney in Rwanda
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will join host Rwanda and three other
African countries in the annual regional east and central Africa
youth rugby tournament in Kigali on Saturday.
The tournament is
open to young players aged 15-18 year old. Abdelaziz Bougja,
president of Rugby Africa, says the tournament will help promote
the sport in the region.
Alongside Kenya and
Rwanda, other teams are Tanzania, Malawi and Uganda.
The tournament will
be a major exposure tour for the Kenya team, which missed out on
the Africa Youth Games in Algeria.
“Rugby is a booming
sport on the African continent. The regional tourney promises to
be a great success,” said the Africa boss.
tournament has a theme of “Connect to Africa” and “Friends of
Rwandan Rugby” and will be marking its third annual edition
designed to foster international competition.
“This is a very
exciting time for Rwandan rugby. We have been growing the rate
of participation in our schools for more than a decade. It will
be wonderful to again gauge our progress against other teams
from the region. It will be great to see our players make
friendship with rugby players from other countries and recognize
that there is major participation happening on other parts of
the continent,” said Kamanda Tharcisse, the Rwanda Rugby
Federation Secretary General.
will join giants South Africa as continental representatives at
the World Cup in Japan in 2019.
The Namibian side
beat Kenya in the final of the Gold Cup to secure their ticket
to join South Africa in Pool B at the World Cup.
Keya still have a
chance to sail through and claim the final spot in the 24-team
World Cup should they navigate through the Repechage tourney in
Marseille, France in November where they are up against other
continental losers Canada, Hong Kong and Germany.
The Rugby Africa
Gold Cup was played in fifteen matches in six African countries,
Namibia, Kenya, Uganda, Tunisia, Zimbabwe and Morocco.
“We are very proud
of the Rugby Africa Gold Cup. It is a tournament that unites the
whole of Africa around the values of rugby,” said Abdelaziz
Bougja, president of Rugby Africa.
The final of the
Rugby Africa Silver Cup on October 20 in Lusaka between hosts
Zambia and Algeria will determine which team will be promoted to
the Gold Cup competition next year.
suffer defeat to Zimbabwe in Africa Rugby Gold Cup
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Visiting Zimbabwe Sables have defeated Uganda
Rugby Cranes 38-18 in their last game of the Africa Rugby Gold
Cup/World Cup qualifier.
The Sables took a
19-10 half time lead before they returned determined to win the
game comfortably and survive relegation into the Silver Cup.
The hosts had Bryan
Oketayot and Micheal Okorach pick the tries, while Phillip
Wokorach scored two penalties and a conversion. Zimbabwe picked
two tries from Tafadzwa Chitokwindo, Connor Pritchard, Lenience
Tambwera who was also good with the conversions.
“I give credit to
the Zimbabwe team because they beat us at our game. It hurts to
suffer defeat at home. We made some silly mistakes and got
punished,” Uganda’s coach John Duncan told Xinhua after the
Peter de Villiers was a happy man after the final whistle saying
his boys listened to the instructions and won the game.
“We are going to
enjoy this victory because it has guaranteed us stay in the Gold
Cup,” the former South African coach told Xinhua.
Uganda finished the
competition with nine points after wins over Morocco and
Tunisia, but suffered defeat to Namibia, Kenya and Zimbabwe.
Namibia who topped
the table qualified for the 2019 World Cup, while second placed
Kenya will play in the repachage competition against three other
teams to fight for another slot for the World Cup.