Nigeria to host Africa Rugby Silver Cup tournament in 2019-Director

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Williams Ntiense, Technical Director of Nigeria Rugby Federation ((NRF), on Friday in Abuja said Nigeria would host Rugby Africa Cup in 2019.

Ntiense told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Nigeria gained promotion to play in the Africa Rugby Silver Cup in the 2019 Rugby Season from the Bronze Cup.

He said World Rugby endorsed the Rugby Africa’s recommendation and officially lifted the Suspension on Nigeria Rugby in October after nine years.

The technical director said the Federation was set to develop the game from grassroots.

“For the first time we are going to host women rugby in Nigeria, we are working hard to make this dream come to reality.

“We have put more effort into girl-child to develop rugby in schools, both male and female in primary and secondary school, and by the grace of God next year we will organise a junior festival.

“We had successful events this year among them are: National Rugby League with 21 Clubs which was held from March to September.

“ Nigeria played its first International Test Match after the lifting of the suspension against Niger in Miami (Nigeria 59: 13 Niger) in August.

“Eco II Rugby Fc won the Gosar Sevens Tournament held at Ajegunle in September’’, he said.

He said Nigeria participated and won Silver Medal at the Rugby Africa Regional Sevens Men Tournament in Ivory Coast in September.

He added that Rugby debuted as a Medal Winning event at the National Youth Games held in Ilorin, Kwara State in September.

Ntiense added that Ehibam School Rugby tournament was launched in Benin City in December.

“Barewa Rugby Fc defeated Cowrie Rugby Fc by 13 points to 5 points in the National Rugby League Finals tagged the President’s Cup in December to emerge the back to back National Rugby League Champions in Lagos,”he said.

The technical director said the Federation had lined up programme for 2019, but stressed that funding still remain a major challenge, and called for support from corporate bodies.

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