Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s hugely popular rugby captain Siya Kolisi has been selected as an official Adidas ambassador. Previous sports stars who have enjoyed the honour include Lionel Messi and David Beckham. PANA reports that Kolisi, who grew up in desperate poverty in an Eastern Cape township, lead [...]
©- - 02 september 2020 - 13:54:09 - thread Sports (289 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenya Rugby Union has received 5,000 Euros from Rugby Afrique Solidarity Fund to help vulnerable players cope with the negative effects of coronavirus. The Union said the Fund will help shore up vulnerable players, referees and Union staff. “Through this initiative, KRU will offer support to 25 [...]
©- - 30 august 2020 - 17:21:08 - thread Sports (116 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African trade union Solidarity has taken aim over Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa saying he has no right to intimidate or victimise players if they do not back the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Mthethwa this week said he has contacted local rugby administrators after [...]
©- - 20 august 2020 - 11:20:36 - thread Sports (342 words)


Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Rugby Africa (RA), the former African Rugby Confederation (ARC), has cancelled all is competitions, including the Rugby Africa Cup which was due to start on 30 May". RA said the measure was taken last week during an exceptional Executive Committee meeting and in consultation with member federations, [...]
©- - 02 june 2020 - 18:29:10 - thread Sports (288 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Springboks have won the prestigious World Team of the Year award at the 2020 Laureus Awards in Berlin. The team which won the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan was hailed by the Laureus Academy, which said its triumph “showed the unique power of [...]
©- - 18 february 2020 - 11:01:07 - thread Sports (189 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian Maha Zaoui, a member of the Tunisian Rugby Federation (FTR), has been elected general manager of female rugby within the African Rugby Confederation, the FTR said in a press release published Tuesday. FTR member since 2005 in charge of women's rugby, Maha Zaoui will be [...]
©- - 11 february 2020 - 18:22:03 - thread Sports (119 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There could be a cherry on top of South Africa’s rugby captain Siya Kolisi’s fairytale year as he has been nominated for the BBC Sports Star of the Year award. Kolisi, the first black captain in South African history, has been selected alongside Kenyan long-distance [...]
©- - 11 december 2019 - 12:55:51 - thread Sports (250 words)


Dakar, Senegal (PANA)  - The four groups of three teams each for the qualifiers for the Rugby Africa Cup 2020 are now out. Namibia, Zambia and Madagascar are in group A; Kenya, Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire share Group B. Group C includes Senegal, Uganda and Algeria, while Group D is composed of [...]
©- - 05 december 2019 - 21:18:56 - thread Sports (201 words)


Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Ghanaian men's 15-a-side rugby team qualified for the group stage of the 2020 Rugby Africa Cup, after their 36-25 victory over Botswana on in Elmina on Saturday. The Ghana Eagles team led 19-12 during the first period.  Ghana will face Zimbabwe and Tunisia in Group D [...]
©- - 24 november 2019 - 14:28:02 - thread Sports (112 words)


Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Côte d'Ivoire's national rugby team qualified for group stage of the 2020 Rugby Africa Cup by beating Rwanda 60-3 on Saturday in Bingerville. The Elephants had eight tries including four converted and four penalties. At half-time, the score was 31-0 for Côte d'Ivoire. For the group stage, [...]
©- - 24 november 2019 - 12:54:36 - thread Sports (129 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Hundreds of thousands of people on Monday took to the streets of Cape Town and its surrounding suburbs and townships as the triumphant Springbok rugby team ended their nationwide tour showing off the World Cup trophy.   The squad returned home following the historic victory against [...]
©- - 11 november 2019 - 13:10:50 - thread Sports (398 words)


Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA)  - The Kenyan seven-aside rugby team qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, beating Uganda (29-0) on Saturday at the Rugby Africa Men's Sevens 2019 tournament in South Africa. Zimbabwe, the defending champions, finished third in the tournament after their victory over Madagascar (15-12). Uganda and [...]
©- - 10 november 2019 - 11:15:23 - thread Sports (165 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tens of thousands of jubilant South Africans have lined the streets of Pretoria, Johannesburg and Soweto to salute the Rugby World Cup champions. The Springboks who thrashed England 32-12 in Tokyo on Saturday have lifted the spirit of the entire nation. They became the only [...]
©- - 07 november 2019 - 11:34:22 - thread Sports (370 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday said the sight of Springbok captain Siyamthanda Kolisi lifting the cup at the Yokohama Stadium in Japan this weekend has filled him with great deal of pride. The Springboks clinched a magnificent 32-12 victory against England in the Rugby World [...]
©- - 04 november 2019 - 14:42:16 - thread Sports (314 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Twenty four years after the historic Mandela Rugby World Cup victory, South Africa’s first black captain on Saturday raised the William Webb Ellis trophy as his nation was crowned rugby world champions again. Siya Kolisi, who grew up in a poor Eastern Cape township, led [...]
©- - 02 november 2019 - 13:58:21 - thread Sports (347 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Cape Town has been named as the host city for the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens. The announcement was made in Tokyo on Tuesday ahead of the Rugby World Cup Final where South Africa will play England on Saturday. The World Rugby Council decided that Cape [...]
©- - 29 october 2019 - 11:49:56 - thread Sports (256 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The African Ladies Rugby Championship kicked off on Saturday in the Tunisian coastal city of Monastir, where Tunisia, in Group B, beat Mauritius (38-0) and Morocco (31-0). Tunisia will play later against Madagascar.   Reacting to the results of the first two matches, Tunisian Rugby Federation President Aref [...]
©- - 12 october 2019 - 16:00:55 - thread Sports (98 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A bar brawl in a small Western Cape town has caused deep divisions across South Africa and raised concerns that it could derail the country’s Rugby World Cup campaign in Japan. Accusations that Springbok star Eben Etzebeth used a racial slur in a bar in Langebaan [...]
©- - 07 october 2019 - 13:24:35 - thread Sports (274 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – History was made on Friday when the Rugby World Cup match between South Africa and Italy was broadcast in space. The entire game was beamed to the International Space Station – which is 400 kilometres above Japan. Tournament organisers arranged the feed for Italian astronaut, and [...]
©- - 04 october 2019 - 12:47:44 - thread Sports (148 words)


Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian Rugby Federation (FIR) on Wednesday announced the appointment of a national technical director, Amon Roger Motchian, and the president of the Young Commission, former international Tidiane Kamara. Mr. Motchian replaces Mathieu Beugré who held the office since 2018. He will have the mission to [...]
©- - 11 september 2019 - 15:35:37 - thread Sports (151 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A day after the Human Rights Commission (HRC) ordered a South African man to pay a US$10,000 fine for a racist video rant, it has launched an investigation into one of the country’s top rugby players who has been accused of racially abusing a man [...]
©- - 30 august 2019 - 09:38:55 - thread Sports (324 words)


Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA)   -   Rugby Africa, the governing body of the African Rugby, will, with the help of World Rugby, on 9-17 August in Johannesburg host the first qualifications to the women Rugby World Cup to be hosted in 2021 in New Zealand, said a communiqué issued and sent [...]
©- - 08 august 2019 - 22:39:49 - thread Sports (232 words)


Elmina, Ghana (PANA)   -  Nigeria’s Black Stallions beat the Ghana Eagles by 14 points to 12 in the first-ever Ghana-Nigeria Rugby Presidents’ Cup on Saturday in Elmina, some 200km west of the national capital, Accra. Nigeria also managed to take the second spot in the first-ever West Africa Rugby Series (WARS) [...]
©- - 04 august 2019 - 16:44:13 - thread Sports (616 words)


Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe beat Uganda 31-26 in Kampala on Saturday at the ongoing Victoria Rugby Cup. In a match played in Uganda's capital, Kampala, the Zimbabwe men’s national rugby team, the Sables, quickly opened the game with ruthlessness scoring with just 32 seconds on the clock through Takudzwa Kumadiro. Four [...]
©- - 27 july 2019 - 16:32:50 - thread Sports (170 words)


Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The Zimbabwe Sables, the country's national men's rugby team, have named their travelling squad of 24 players ahead of their match in the Victoria Cup against Uganda on Saturday.   The Sables are expected to leave the country to face Uganda on Friday for a match slated for [...]
©- - 25 july 2019 - 15:49:19 - thread Sports (294 words)


Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Cote d'Ivoire's 15-man rugby squad will Thursday start preparations for the tri-nation tournament involving teams from Ghana and Nigeria, sports sources told PANA. The Ivorian national coach, Bakary Soumahoro, on Wednesday published a list of 26 players selected for camping which will end on July 25. At [...]
©- - 18 july 2019 - 14:21:21 - thread Sports (182 words)


Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe national rugby team, Sables, have announced eight debutants in their squad for their ‘Battle of Zambezi’ match-up against Zambia in the Victoria Cup. This will be the first match for both nations in the tournament that features four nations including Kenya and Uganda. The match will [...]
©- - 12 july 2019 - 10:03:03 - thread Sports (484 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Less than 24 hours after rugby legend James Small suffered a fatal heart attack, Nelson Mandela’s former personal assistant has revealed how the world statesman helped the sportsman turn his life around. As previously reported by PANA, the rugby legend died on Wednesday at the [...]
©- - 11 july 2019 - 13:03:56 - thread Sports (300 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s national rugby star Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira has pulled his autobiography before it hit the book stores after it appears he offended former national coach Pieter De Villiers. He is quoted as saying that De Villiers “was probably fortunate that he was handed a [...]
©- - 03 july 2019 - 08:31:59 - thread Sports (252 words)


Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The Zimbabwe Under-20 Women’s Rugby team lost their second outing to their South African counterparts, 67-10, on Saturday granting the visitors a win at the inaugural bilateral series. Despite putting added impetus to their resistance, the Zimbabwe Under-20 Women’s team succumbed to the dominance of their South [...]
©- - 30 june 2019 - 11:38:14 - thread Sports (436 words)


Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe’s Under-20 Women's Rugby Coach Nsikelelo Sibanda says he was not pleased with the homeside following their loss on Wednesday to their South African counterparts in an ongoing series between the two teams. Zimbabwe is battling South Africa in the ongoing Women's Under 20 series, the first [...]
©- - 27 june 2019 - 11:41:26 - thread Sports (372 words)


Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The Zimbabwe Under-20 national women rugby team has secured three commercial partners, ahead of the historic bilateral series against South Africa's Under-20 Women team in Harare. This will be the Zimbabwe's team first international team, in a two match series at Prince Edward High School, scheduled for [...]
©- - 25 june 2019 - 17:42:58 - thread Sports (642 words)


Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA)   -   The Rugby Africa Cup (RAC), the new competition of Rugby Africa and confederal body of African rugby, will start next November with the 16 best teams of the continent for a qualification to the 2023 World Cup in France. According to a communiqué sent to PANA, [...]
©- - 15 june 2019 - 16:39:54 - thread Sports (558 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian Khaled Babbou was on Saturday elected the new president of the African Rugby Confederation (rugby Africa), replacing the Moroccan Abdelaziz Bougja. Mr. Andrew Owor  from Uganda was elected the vice-president. In a statement, Babbou said: "In Africa, we remain united and aim together to perform well." President Khaled [...]
©- - 03 march 2019 - 13:20:37 - thread Sports (155 words)


Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The confederation of Rugby Africa is organising the first African Rugby summit to be held from 27 February to 2 March in Marrakech, Morocco. According to a received by PANA, the agenda of this summit includes the meeting of the Executive Committee of Rugby Africa, training [...]
©- - 17 february 2019 - 10:48:48 - thread Sports (294 words)


Abidjan, Ivory Coast (PANA) - The African confederation of Rugby unions, Rugby Africa, has approved Côte d'Ivoire's candidacy to host Rugby Zone B Silver Cup tournament in June 2019, according to a communique made available to PANA here on Monday. Ivorian Rugby Federation (FIR) president, Dr. Elvis Tano, has informed the [...]
©- - 24 december 2018 - 15:52:26 - thread Sports (153 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Twelve rugby sevens teams will compete for medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Both the International Olympic Committee and World Rugby confirmed the new development on Wednesday. The twelve, six men and six women's sides will battle for top honours from July 27-August 1 at Tokyo [...]
©- - 19 september 2018 - 11:18:47 - thread Sports (344 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former South African rugby giant Joost van der Westhuizen has left his mark in Soweto two years after his death. The former Springbok captain, who won the Rugby World Cup final in 1995, lost his battle with motor neuron disease (MND) but his legacy [...]
©- - 07 july 2018 - 06:24:14 - thread Sports (361 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has congratulated Siya Kolisi on his appointment as Springbok rugby captain. Kolisi was this week named as the first black captain of the South African national team on Monday. The Cape Town-based forward player will captain the Springboks for the [...]
©- - 31 may 2018 - 09:16:49 - thread Sports (158 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just days after South African rugby was rocked by a major race scandal, Siya Kolisi was named as the first black captain of the South African national team on Monday. The Cape Town-based forward player will captain the Springboks for the first time in [...]
©- - 28 may 2018 - 15:51:53 - thread Sports (375 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya Sevens have been drawn against world rugby champions and 2014 silver medallists New Zealand for this year’s Commonwealth Games due in in Gold Coast, Australia in April. According to the draws released by the Commonwealth Games Federation, Kenya will also face Zambia and [...]
©- - 02 february 2018 - 19:39:14 - thread Sports (266 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has announced that Briton Ian Gibbons has resigned from his post as the Kenya Sevens Strength and Conditioning coach, barely five months after being appointed. Though no reason was given for the coach’s exit, KRU says it will announce a replacement soon [...]
©- - 21 february 2017 - 09:07:01 - thread Sports (97 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Visiting University of Johannesburg won the thrilling Kenya Universities’ “Kings of Rugby Sevens” series round concluded over the weekend at Egerton University of Njoro, near Nakuru, 181 kilometres west of the capital city Nairobi. The South Africans beat Kenya’s most improved rugby playing college, Kenyatta University 17-14 [...]
©- - 24 october 2016 - 14:56:45 - thread Sports (72 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Democratic Republic of Congo's Rugby national team has won the Rugby African Cup Division 2 East competition after defeating Rwanda 12-9 in the final of the regional championship in Kigali late on Friday. DR Congo's national team earlier had a walk-over in the semi-finals when Lesotho [...]
©- - 21 may 2016 - 09:10:50 - thread Sports (153 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda's national Rugby coach Jean Baptiste Itanzi has predicted his team's victory over the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in their final for the "African cup Division 2 East" international competition to be played Friday in Kigali. In the semi-finals played earlier this week, Rwanda beat Burundi [...]
©- - 19 may 2016 - 15:51:26 - thread Sports (134 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan capital, Kigali, will host an international Rugby competition dubbed "African cup Division 2 East", from 17 to 20 May, Sports source confirmed to PANA Tuesday in Kigali. The sources said the competition will feature four African national teams - Burundi, Lesotho, the Democratic Republic of [...]
©- - 17 may 2016 - 13:02:28 - thread Sports (162 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just weeks before the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, the Springboks have become embroiled in another race row after five black players reportedly approached the Cosatu trade union to voice concerns over the lack of transformation in the side. This follows the team’s [...]
©- - 12 august 2015 - 15:35:49 - thread Sports (261 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - DHL, the world’s leading express provider and Official Logistics Partner for Rugby World Cup 2015 (RWC2015), to be held in England, Tuesday announced the launch of the DHL Match Ball Delivery competition across Sub Saharan Africa. In a press statement here, DHL said the [...]
©- - 19 may 2015 - 13:46:13 - thread Sports (437 words)


New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Rugby Board (IRB) have launched an ambitious push to raise funds and awareness as part of their "Tackle Hunger" partnership at Rugby World Cup 2015 in England. According to a WFP statement on Saturday, the focus of [...]
©- - 06 september 2014 - 09:30:33 - thread Sports (450 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian city of Nabeul will host the African rugby championship which will feature teams from Tunisia, Senegal, Uganda and Cote d'Ivoire, the chairman of the Tunisian Rugby federation, Mohamed Chali, told a press conference here Wednesday. He said efforts are on to ensure the success of [...]
©- - 04 june 2014 - 13:33:06 - thread Sports (203 words)