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Rugby Africa Mulligrubbers #AfricaAsOne with the launch of the men’s seven-a-side solidarity camp

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Rugby Africa Mulligrubbers #AfricaAsOne with the launch of the men’s seven-a-side solidarity camp

In the spirit of uniting Africa through sport, Khaled Babbou, President of Rugby Africa (www.RugbyAfrique.com) officially launched the #AfricaAsOne campaign, which echoed support for all representatives of the Africa who take African rugby to the international playing field. Speaking on the freshly cut green, he underlined Rugby Africa’s commitment to deliver teams from their preparation matches, up to international matches such as the Olympics and others.

Currently only South Africa and Kenya have qualified for the Olympic Games in the men’s category. But Uganda and Zimbabwe still have a chance thanks to the Olympic draft. The Olympic draft is due to take place in Monaco on June 19 and 20 with the Tokyo Olympics from July 26 to 28 for men.

Under the leadership of Rugby Africa, the African teams will come together to prepare the qualified teams for the Olympic Games and the Olympic draft with friendly tournaments and shared preparation camps.

With Covid-19, opportunities to play have been limited and it has proven difficult for some teams to travel outside of Africa. It will be a first initiative of its kind, where the term Solidarity really takes on its full meaning. The teams will share their experiences and learn from each other during the process. Even though these games are just friendlies, the teams will compete against some of the best teams on the continent, to prove that they can compete at the highest level.

According to Andrew Owor, chairman of the rugby committee and vice-chairman of Rugby Africa, the inauguration of the men’s seven-a-side solidarity camp will take place on May 6 and end on May 16 and as usual, a lot of action, of speed and intensity are expected for sports fans.

Steph Nel, Director of Rugby Services for Africa at World Rugby, has announced that this season’s fixture will be at the leafy Stellenbosch Academy of Sports and Markotter Sports Field in South Africa.

Sevens Blitzboks coach Neil Powell has spoken widely about his team’s readiness. According to Coach Powell, the Springbok Sevens team returned to full training at their Stellenbosch Sports Academy base this week, with their eyes firmly fixed on their primary goal for the success of the season at the Olympic Games. Tokyo in July.

“ We are extremely grateful for these tournaments, hosted by Rugby Africa, for giving us and Kenya another opportunity to prepare for the matches and to give Uganda and Zimbabwe some playing time as they play. ‘They are preparing for the Olympic repechage tournament, which will take place in Monaco. in June, ”said Coach Powell.

Michael Wandera Team Manager Uganda, who will be participating this season, also shared Powell’s sentiments thanking Rugby Africa for once again devoting time, resources and leadership to building the sport on a continental scale and most importantly providing a platform for teams to compete globally.

Erick Ogweno Team Manager from Kenya looks forward to a stellar performance from his athletes, believing that they have invested heavily in discipline and endurance which will ensure the speed and agility of his team on the pitch. He exclaimed that the appetite for sport has grown tremendously in Kenya over the years and that it is now more important than ever for the coaching staff and players to achieve victories for the fans at the Kenya.

John Ewing, Team Manager Zimbabwe, anticipates an explosive encounter for his team, which he has calibrated for clinical performance in scheduled matches. He has spoken a lot about how teams have gotten through many challenges around training due to restrictions related to Covid-19. However, he firmly believes that much of what will decide the outcome of this year’s camp will be based on which team has been the most resourceful in the gray areas of preparation.

Broadcast live from Rugby Africa platforms, the men’s 7-a-side solidarity camp will bring together the African rugby-7 champions under one camp. Fans will also be able to watch highlights from the action-packed matches on Supersport, where they will also be able to see interviews and snapshots. The men’s seven-a-side solidarity camp promises to change the face of rugby in Africa, opening up new avenues and opportunities for collaboration between coaches, players and, most importantly, fans.

Overall, this initiative will strengthen the influence of rugby in Africa, drawing more curious eyes to the oval ball. Such solidarity will inspire young and old to follow a sport that has already taught Africa that it is possible to be a dominant world champion. It is in this spirit that Andrew Owor, Vice-President of Rugby Africa and President of the Rugby Committee, wished the best of luck to all participating teams in the next male solidarity camp.

Quick Facts: Male Solidarity Camp at Seven:

  • Dates: May 6 to 16
  • Location: Stellenbosch Sports Academy and Markotter Sports Ground
  • Arrival of teams: May 6
  • Tournament: May 8 and 9 – May 14 and 15
  • Teams: South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe

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