Barthez visit excites Ruggers

THE Vice President of the National Rugby Federation Gerald Nsenga is optimistic that Jean Luc Barthez’s trip to Rwanda will yield good results. The Confederation of Africa Rugby (CAR) development manager jets in this afternoon for a three-day working visit to evaluate the level of rugby in the country.
Rwanda’s national side ‘the Silverbacks’ in action during a recent regional event. (File photo)
Rwanda’s national side ‘the Silverbacks’ in action during a recent regional event. (File photo)

THE Vice President of the National Rugby Federation Gerald Nsenga is optimistic that Jean Luc Barthez’s trip to Rwanda will yield good results.

The Confederation of Africa Rugby (CAR) development manager jets in this afternoon for a three-day working visit to evaluate the level of rugby in the country.

Rwanda has been an affiliate member of the world rugby body-IRB and Barthez is here to prove if the country deserves to be elevated into the associate group.

“Some of the minimums to become an associate member include; having a pitch of international standards, at least ten teams playing in the domestic league, at least four teams in the women league and a vibrant schools competition and I think we have all this,” Nsenga said.

The French official will also watch a friendly match between Ape Rugunga and Apred Ndera at Rugunga playground.

Meanwhile, the league rolls off May 22 with ten teams in contest; reigning champions Buffaloes, Lion de Fer, UNR Grizzlies, Sharks, Simba, Puma, Gorillas, ISAE, Kaduha Tigers and Marines.

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