Nigeria rugby season kicks off Saturday with schools

The Nigeria Rugby Federation 2018 season kicks off with a Racing Rugby 10’s Tournament on Saturday, 24 February. The venue is the British International School, Oniru, Lekki Lagos from 9am.

The event kicks off with the schools tournaments featuring 8 schools, and this will be followed by the main tournament for 8 Male teams and two women teams from 12 noon through to 6pm.

The Rugby Federation says admission is free as they ask families and friends to grab the opportunity to have fun watching the beautiful game of rugby.

The Nigeria Rugby Football Federation released their programmes February 14.

The Technical Director of the Federation Mr Ntiense Williams said, “Our trust for the 2018 season is based on four principles namely: To create a workable database and formidable administrative and organisational structure and number two is development and promotion of the game throughout the country through the “Catch Them Young” schools rugby programme with special emphases on the “Girl Child” which will translate to Women Rugby.

“The third is development, participation and winning laurels for Nigeria Rugby through our participation and hosting of national and international rugby events and finally capacity building for our domestic technical officials through training, courses, seminars, clinics.”

Ntiense added that the Rugby Federation President, Mr Kelechi Mbagwu, recently secured for the Federation a “Rugby House” in Lagos where all rugby related activities will be carried out on a full time basis. This is a prerequisite from World Rugby of any of its member Union.

The 2018 rugby programme will witness for the first time a National Schools Rugby Tournament for both boys and girls to be hosted by Benue State in July. This programme therefore requires that all states should have a schools rugby team.

And towards achieving the schools programme, Ntiense said, “We will re-launch the World Rugby schools programme tagged “Get Into Rugby” next month (March) to enable all states to get started.

“We appreciate the work done so far by some states such as Kano State, Edo, Lagos, and recently Benue, Abia, Kwara, Delta, Plateau, Kaduna, and the newest baby Akwa Ibom State who have just included rugby as demonstration at the second edition of their Grassroots State Sports Festival coming up in March towards launching the beautiful sports in the “Land of Promise.”

Interestingly, a Nigerian school rugby team has been invited to participate in the Prince Edward Zimbabwean International Schools Rugby Tournament in Harare in April.