Saturday, September 07, 2019

Rugby Africa update Sep 7

New Ghana Rugby Logo Approved by Board in Four Cities
The new, or rather revised, logo of Ghana Rugby came about as a result of a review of the branding of the Rugby Union that was founded in 2003 as the Ghana Rugby Association
ACCRA, Ghana, September 4, 2019/ -- The Ghana Rugby ( Board yesterday approved a revised version of its logo during a Board meeting that was conducted via Skype with members situated in four different cities.

According to the President of Ghana Rugby, Mr Herbert Mensah, his administration adopted an aggressive approach to embracing technology from the first day since taking over on 5 June 2014.

“Rugby is about men, women, boys and girls enjoying the many benefits of the second-largest team sport in the world. Off-the-field performance, however, is essential to ensure the continued growth of the sport. Using technology to conduct Board meetings even though members are scattered around the globe is one of the ways to overcome governance challenges,” Mensah said.

The meeting linked up members of the Ghana Rugby Board in Accra-Ghana, London-UK, Pretoria-South Africa and Cape Town-South Africa for a marathon four-hour meeting using Skype as a collaboration tool.

The new, or rather revised, logo of Ghana Rugby came about as a result of a review of the branding of the Rugby Union that was founded in 2003 as the Ghana Rugby Association and has been operating as the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) since the Mensah administration took over in 2014.

“The rugby world and the GRFU has been referring to the rugby body that is a full member of both Rugby Africa and World Rugby as ‘Ghana Rugby’. In addition, we have found that the logo that has been in use have certain restrictions when applied to items such as kit and equipment,” Mensah explained.

The revised Ghana Rugby logo retained the eagle which is a national symbol of Ghana. The eagle head is displayed on a red shield with a border that makes use of the other colours of the Ghana national flag, green and yellow. The name, “Ghana Rugby” is displayed below the shield on a curved banner.

The brand team is also looking at extensions of the logo to be used to differentiate specific programmes. This will be done through the use of different coloured shields where green, for example, will be used for youth programmes as it symbolises growth.

The revised logo, as well as the revised design of the jerseys to be used during the Rugby Africa international tournaments, were approved during the Board meeting that included the review of operations and planning for the next 18 months.

Ghana Rugby has a busy schedule for the rest of the year with two Olympic qualifiers for both the women’s sevens and men’s sevens teams, as well as an elimination match against Botswana in the new Rugby Africa Cup tournament.

The Ghana Women’s 7s Rugby Eagles will be moving to Tunisia in the first week of October to prepare for the Olympics Qualifier against eleven other top African women’s 7s teams. This will be the first time that a Ghana women’s team competes in the Rugby Africa circuit.

In November the men’s 7s team will be moving to Johannesburg-South Africa to compete in another 2020 Olympics qualifier against thirteen of Africa’s best.

The year will be concluded with a men’s 15s international match against Botswana that will be played in Elmina on the Nduom Sports Stadium. This will be the first of four critical elimination matches in the new Rugby Africa Cup that will be played by Africa’s top men’s 15s teams.

A significant part of the Board Meeting was also spent on discussing the funding strategy of Ghana Rugby.

Mensah said, “As exhibited in a World Rugby documentary about Ghana Rugby the rapid growth of the union has also brought about rapid and huge demands for funds to enable us to fulfil both what is expected and what we have planned. The future of rugby in Ghana is truly in the hands of corporate institutions such as the Panafrican Equipment Group, Interplast, Conserveria through their Gino brands, Sunda International and others who have supported us in the past and who will hopefully continue to do so.”

Host union, Lesotho emerged winners of the Rugby Africa Regional Sevens tournament
The 2019 edition of the Rugby Africa Regional Sevens tournament was held in Lesotho on the 31st August and 1st September, 2019
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, September 4, 2019/ -- Lesotho Rugby Union played host to Mozambique and Eswatini Rugby Unions for the second edition of Rugby Africa ( Sevens, Southern Region.

The tournament was held in the Tabaseka District of the Kingdom of Lesotho. The host union, Lesotho emerged winners after winning all the matches following around robin league competition.

Lesotho were in a fine form. They displayed good rugby and teamwork which propelled them to glory over the two days tournament. They received a huge motivation from passionate home fans who supported them all the way.

“We are happy to be given the opportunity to host this tournament and we thank Rugby Afrique for the efforts they are making to grow rugby in the region”, said the Vice-President of Lesotho Rugby Union.

Mozambique, who were participating for the first time in a Rugby Afrique organised tournament emerged second. The Mozambique team was accompanied by their Union President , Mr Luis Reves who expressed his gratitude to Rugby Africa for inviting the to the tournament. “We are optimistic that our participation in this tournament will boost our efforts to build and grow the game in Mozambique, and we look forward to the further collaboration with Rugby Afrique in future”, said President Luis.

Eswatini Rugby Union were ranked third. “We believe that was a great learning for us so we shall go back and put into practice all that we have experienced here in order to become better” pointed out Mr Bandile, the head of delegation.

The Minister of Sports in Lesotho graced the tournament where she reiterated the government’s commitment to grow and spread the game across the country and within the SADC region.


Gold: Lesotho

Silver: Mozambique

Bronze: Eswatini

Top Try Scorer: Nuro Ismael Abdul (Mozambique)

Most Valuable Player: Alex Bokane (Lesotho)

Rugby: International 7s is back in Zambia
The hosts who have been defending the trophy since inception in 2016 will be hoping to continue their fine run at this year's event
LUSAKA, Zambia, September 2, 2019/ -- The 4th edition of the Zambia International Sevens rugby tournament is back in Lusaka, Zambia. The hosts who have been defending the trophy since inception in 2016 will be hoping to continue their fine run at this year's event.

Coach Andrew Kaminsa who has been keenly watching the local 7s played so far (Muf 7s and Roan 7s) will definitely keep his options open as he edges closer to announce his final list in the next few days before kick off in the 2 days tournament t be played on 6th & 7th September, 2019.

Some of the Teams expected to feature at the 2019 tournament include but not limited to

1. Zambia Nkwazi
2. Zambia Lechwe
3. Zimbabwe Cheeters
4. Namibia
5. Lesotho
6. Botswana
7. Malawi
8. Blue Bulls
9. JHB Bobbies
10. President's Select
11. Spartans Rugby
12. Sherminators

The organizers have also invited 9 performing artists to grace the much anticipated After Party to be hosted at The Arena in the outskirts of Lusaka, Zambia. A Touch Rugby tournament has also been included to be played alongside the international event.

Many thanks to the APO Group for including us on their media list.  JLP


Taken by JLP from RDS press box on Nov 16, 2019