The novelty of this year is the inclusion in this first qualifying phase of a female category. Rugby Africa represents full equality between men’s and women’s rugby and wants to offer equal opportunities to all African athletes regardless of gender.
Herbert Mensah, President of the Ghana Rugby Union, welcomes this opportunity. “With the support of our government, His Royal Highness Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, our sponsors and Rugby Africa, whom I sincerely thank, the Ghana Rugby Union will host a world-class event that will allow teams to express themselves on the pitch in the best possible conditions. It is an honor for us to also welcome the women’s qualification category for the first time at this level. Obviously, our ambition is to qualify our two men’s and women’s teams for the next round and just like our West African brothers and sisters, we are actively preparing for the occasion.After the period of closure that we all experienced after Covid-19, we are particularly excited to host this continental event, it is a true celebration of African rugby that is brewing. Everything is in place to ensure the safety and health of all in strict compliance with the protocol of health of our authorities and the Rugby Africa medical commission ”.
The teams participating in the Regional Sevens West tournament in Ghana are as follows:
Male category: Ghana, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, Togo
Female category: Ghana, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Togo
The two winners of the Western Men’s Regional Tournament will qualify for the Africa Men’s Sevens, the last continental showdown to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK or the Rugby World Cup 7 taking place for the first time in Africa. ground in September 2022 in Cape Town, South Africa. However, federations must be full members of World Rugby in order to compete in Africa Men’s Sevens. This latest qualifying tournament will see the top 6 African teams already pre-qualified (Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Namibia, Zambia) joined by 8 teams from regional tournaments.
Following the same criteria, the women’s category of the Western Regional Sevens will allow a team to qualify for the Africa Women’s Sevens 2022. This tournament will take place in Tunisia in April and will bring together the 9 best African teams. 5 are already confirmed (South Africa, Kenya, Tunisia, Madagascar, Uganda) and the 4 winners of the regional tournaments will be added.
The men’s teams from South Africa and Kenya have already qualified for the Commonwealth Games based on their results in the HSBC World Series. The South African men’s and women’s teams have already qualified for the Rugby World Cup 7 as the host country, however the women’s team will continue to participate in the Africa Women’s 7s 2022 in hopes of qualifying for the Commonwealth Games.
Therefore, the Regional 7s West of Ghana tournament will open the ball for 4 regional tournaments for men and women.
The second for the northern region will take place in Alexandria, Egypt, from December 17 to 18, with the participation of Egypt, Algeria, Senegal, Tunisia (men only) and Libya.
It will be followed by the Regional Sevens South in Mauritius on January 15-16, 2022, which will host the teams of Mauritius, Botswana, Zimbabwe (women only), Namibia (women only), Eswatini, Lesotho and Malawi.
Finally, this qualification process for Africa Men’s & Women’s Sevens will end on January 22 and 23, 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda, for the Center region where teams from Rwanda, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo, Zambia (only women ) and Central African Republic expected.
Rugby Africa’s vision, as explained by its Vice President Andrew Owor, is to give as many people an opportunity as possible: “For Rugby Africa, one of the main key indicators of success is the principle of inclusion. African youth are our greatest asset, girls and boys love sport and our responsibility is to offer them opportunities for play and personal development through rugby. We are committed to allowing as many countries as possible to play in both the men’s and women’s categories, and the federations have embraced this strategy. The emphasis is on the well-being and safety of the players, we send qualified medical personnel to provide medical care at all of our tournaments, but also to train and grow the workforce that ensures the safety of the players. “
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