18 year olds, Nick and Mike contacted FoRR back in September last year when they were searching for a rugby coaching and personal development experience for their university summer break. Both are good rugby players representing their county at Under 18s level and have limited coaching experience. Set the task of fundraising the budget to deliver four tournaments during their stay, the boys met and exceeded expectations and received huge support from friends and family. Nick and Mike spent their first two weeks in two Southern regions, Ruhango and Muhanga with RDOs, Mathieu and Laurien before heading to Gikenke in the North to assist RDO Felix. They finished their trip in Kigali where they coached the Rwanda Orphans Project kids and worked with Under 14s teams. All together they ran a regional sevens tournaments in each location and an under 14s tournament in Kigali. Their contribution greatly supports FoRR’s operation to develop rural school and youth rugby by working closely with our Rugby Development Officers and exposing youngsters to the game. They returned home full of feedback and described their trip as an incredibly fulfilling and rewarding experience.
Saturday July 20th saw the first Savannah 7s tournament run by African Exiles Rugby at Egham. The tournament was followed by a fun evening of live music. The Savannah 7s is the UK’s biggest African rugby tournament and festival celebrating sub-Saharan culture and they kindly adopted FoRR as their official charity. Invited to enter a team, Friends of Rwandan Rugby fielded eleven willing volunteers who kindly brushed off their boots to have a run around and promote the charity. Although most players had never met each other prior to the event it was inspiring how quickly a team ethos developed. Remarkably the team reached the semi-final of the plate. The fundraising and awareness raising aspects of the event capped off a tremendous day and huge thanks must go to all of the additional volunteers that manned the stall and contributed to the atmosphere on the day.
Nick and Mike Brook are currently in Rwanda on a month long stay assisting our Rugby Development Officers organise and complete the July schools tournaments. Reports suggest that the experience is going extremely well with only a few minor challenges for the boys in the refereeing department. They assure all that their Kinyarwandan will improve !!
The sixth annual coaching tour has delivered tournament day in Gicumbi in Northern Rwanda. A group of 20 British and Rwandan coaches have been working in the area for the past 6 days, delivering materials, training teachers, up-skilling RDO’s. A wonderful day was had by all and rugby continues to grow throughout regional schools in Rwanda
The team from Bhubesi Pride recently visited Rulindo District in Nothern Africa to work with 216 primary school children from three different schools. Programme Manager, Kamanda Tharcisse and RDO Alex Sibomana were on hand to offer coaching support and assisted with organisation of the visit. The visit culminated in a tournament with Nyirabirori playing Tumba in the final game. See http://www.rugbyinafrica.org/about/project-work/rugby-in-africa-2013/ to learn more about the Bhubesi project
President of the Rwanda Rugby Federation, Dr Otto Vianney MUHINDA presenting the trophy to the winning captain Jean Marie Vianney UMUTONI
This tournament consisted of the victors of the regional 7s tournaments which were held in four regions. The 8 teams were divided into the following two pools; Pool A:, Ikirezi, ACEJ Karama, G.S St Famille A, ISETAR Runda. Pool B: E.S Mulindi, E.S Apemu Ruli, G.S Rwankuba, G.S St Famille B
The results were as follows;
Lycee De Ruhango 12 vs ACEJ Karama 5
G.S St Famille A 0 vs ISETAR 33
Lycee De Ruhango 12 vs G.S St Famille A 0
ACEJ Karama 0 vs ISETAR 29
Lycee De Ruhango 0 vs ISETAR 29
G.S St Famille A 0 vs ACEJ Karama 12
E.S Apemu Ruli 15 vs G.S Rwankuba 0
G.S St Famille B 0 vs E.S Mulindi 17
E.S Apemu Ruli 19 vs G.S St Famille B 0
E.S Apemu Ruli 12 vs E.S Mulindi 7
E.S Mulindi 21vs G.S Rwankuba 0
G.S Rwankuba 5 vs G.S St Famille B 0
1. Lycee De Ruhango 0 vs E.S Apemu Ruli 22
2.ISETAR 14 vs E.S Mulindi 0
ES Apemu Ruli 5 vs ISETAR Runda 27
The Player of the tournament was NKURUNZIZA Emmanuel of ISETAR RUNDA
The event was attended by the President of the Rwanda Rugby Federation, Dr Otto Vianney MUHINDA who presented the trophies to the winning teams. The final game saw ISETAR dominate E.S Apemu Ruli and the final score was 27 to 5 in favour of ISETAR. Refereeing support was provided by FoRR Rugby Development Officers, all players and officials had a terrific day. This has been a great year for ISETAR who represented Rwanda in the Federation of East Africa Schools Championship in Bujumbura at the end of August.
10 Teams from 9 primary schools met at the Ruhango playing field to participate in a Tag Rugby tournament organized by FoRR Rugby Development Officer Muvunyi Mathieu.
Participating Primary Schools included; Ruhango Catholic, Ruhango Adventist, Amizero,Gitisi, Nyamagana, Munini, Musamo, Kageyo and KiziberiI.
Amizero fielded two teams and all teams were divided into two pools. The final saw Amizero A against Ruhango Catholic. It was a close game but Amizero A dominated the second half leading to a final score of 30 to 20.
The fourth round in a series of regional tournaments across Rwanda organised by by FoRR Program Manager, Kamanda Tharcisse took place this week.
Two pools of six teams competed at the playing fields of Lycee de Nyanza including:
Pool A: Lycee de Ruhango , E.S Gitisi and ETO Gitarama
Pool B: E.T Mukingi, G.S Indagaburezi and Emeru Intwari
The match results were as follows;
Lycee de Ruhango 19 vs ETO Gitarama 10
ETO Gitarama 25 vs E.S Gitisi 7
E.S Gitisi 0 vs Lycee de Ruhango 34
E.T Mukingi 10 vs Emeru Intwari 12
Emeru Intwari 25 vs G.S Indagaburezi 7
G.S Indagaburezi 10 vs E.T Mukingi 22
The final saw the winning team of Pool A, Lycee de Ruhango take on the Pool B winners, Emeru Intwari. Lycee de Ruhango were the victors which saw them win 15-0. The winning teams of each round will meet in a festival in Kigali in October, see here for the full details of the day!
Congratulations to Rwandan School team, ISETAR who participated in the Federation of East Africa Secondary Schools Championship (FEASSA) competed in Bujumbura, Burundi from 26/08/2012-01/09/2012. ISETAR had been selected to participate after winning the tournament organised in Rwanda as part of the Federation of Schools and Sports Association Inter-schools Games which were in June 2012. The FEASSA Championship included three Kenyan school teams (Kakamega, Mangu and Maseno) four Ugandan teams (Hana-who won in 2011, Namiryango, Kisubi and Ntare) and two teams from Burundi (LTP and Lycee Kayanza) The games went well For ISETAR who won games against Hana (6-3) and Ntare (26-6), but unfortunately lost to Kakamega (40-9) and LTP with a narrow score of 7-0. This final lost squandered their chance to make the semi-finals. Kakamega won the tournament in a dominant game against Hana which they won 39-0. Well done to FoRR Programme Manager, Kamanda who was invited to participate in this international school fixture as a referee. ISETAR is a school in Kamonyi, Rwanda who were first introduced to rugby by Kamanda who worked with their sports teacher to keep the game going with ongoing intermittent support from Kamanda and Rugby coach, Philip Gakarage.