Accra, April 13,
GNA - Rugby Africa, Thursday announced that the Africa Rugby Challenge
Tournament involving Benin, Ghana and Togo will begin on April 30 to May 7 in
A press release issued by Mr Abdelaziz Bougja, Président de Rugby Afrique, thanked the Ghana Rugby Football Union for working hard to ensure that the tournament becomes a success.
The release said the 2017 Rugby Africa Regional Challenge will be held at four different venues, in four different countries and in two different hemispheres.
Mr Bougja said “Rugby Africa” is innovative and flexible, concentrating a great deal on its competitions, (Under 20, Bronze Cup, Silver Cup, Gold Cup, Regional Challenges, Men’s Sevens and Women’s Sevens), whilst safeguarding the core values of rugby.”
The three other tournaments will take place in Niger, Burundi and Lesotho.
Mr Herbert Mensah, President of Ghana Rugby and Chairman of the Ghana Olympic Committee Media Relations Sub-Committee, said the hosting of the 2017 Rugby Africa Regional Challenge is a highlight of his administration.
“Ghana Rugby has worked hard, with many people contributing selflessly towards its growth and development, and we are proud to be flying Ghana’s flag high by hosting this World and Africa Rugby event, “he said.
The release said Mr Mensah also invited the competing teams to inspect the facilities, including hotel accommodation, before the tournament starts to ensure that they are satisfied with all arrangements.
According to Mr. Mensah Africa Rugby has approved Ghana Rugby’s application to become a full member of World Rugby and the outcome of this application will be known after the World Rugby’s Council meeting in May this year.
Mr Ludovic, General Secretary of Togo Rugby, who is already in the country to inspect the facilities made available for the competing teams said everything is set and “they can’t wait to take on their old foes, Ghana Rugby, on the 7th of May.”
The Ghana Rugby Association, operating as the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), is a full member of Africa Rugby and an associate member of World Rugby.
Rugby is the second biggest sport in the world after football.
The Rugby World Cup in 2015 enjoyed a global audience of 120 million plus viewers and more than 6.6 million players across 120 countries participate in rugby on a regular basis.