Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th of January 2016 mark the days when the first games of the National League 2016 kicked off.
There was a delay of the league due to the preparations of different teams, but on Saturday, in the Southern province, Muhanga RFC hosted the Kamonyi Pumas RFC. despite the heavy rain, teams were ready to play to start the league with a challenge. Puma RFC, which had more new players and young compare to the host Muhanga, shown that they can dominate and continue to move forward. It was a very tight game and the host did not want t loose in front of their fans and most importantly the first game of the league. Both teams scored one try each, but there had to be only one winner and the Kamonyi Pumas RFC was fortunate to win 11-10 over Muhanga RFC.
In Kigali, this same day, the Lions de Fer RFC was supposed to play against the defending champions Remera Buffaloes RFC but the game was postponed until the 30th, January 2016.
On Sunday, in Kigali, the Kigali Sharks RFC hosted the Thousand Hills RFC at UTEXRWA, it was a good game to watch. The game was delayed by the rain, but the referee ITANZI Jean Baptiste decided to start it. In the first half, both teams were strong on defense and the 40 minutes ended with neither team made any point to its opponent. In the second half, the Kigali Sharks players like Issa GATERA and Jean de Dieu HAKIZIMANA shown that they are effective in both attack and defense with several strong drives forward but did not manage to score against a well positioned defense of Thousand Hills RFC. Instead, the Thousand Hills RFC put their effort in attack, they won most of the scrums and line outs this disturbed the defense of the host and BIGIRIMANA Jaques, the winger of THRFC passed through the defense line and beat the last man at full back position to score an amazing try which was well converted by ISIMBI Carlos who afterwords added 3 more points to his team to finish with a 10-0 lead.
The man of the match was SIBOMANA Christian, a THRFC second raw.
This year’s season will begin this Sunday with the National senior men’s league first game, where the Thousand Hills RFC will take on the Kigali Sharks RFC at UTEXRWA at 3:30 pm and Muhanga RFC will play against Puma RFC from Kamonyi in Muhanga at 3 pm.
The National league was delayed due to teams preparation and so on, the decision and the fixtures were officially announced and published by RRF to all club members, after a workshop which was held at Car wash on the 8th of this month including clubs representatives and RRF executive committee and also agreed on the feasibility of the league as well as policies to be followed.
This year’s National League will be played in two regions respectively, central or Kigali city and Southern province. Teams from Kigali will include the Remera Buffaloes RFC, Thousand Hills RFC, Lions de Fer RFC and Kigali Sharks RFC, in the southern province we will have Muhanga RFC, UR Grizzlies, Kamonyi Puma and the new comers Rusizi Resilience RFC.
The RRF therefore takes the opportunity to wish all teams a pleasant season full of fun and fair play, and welcomes you all fans to support their teams and grow the good game of rugby in our beloved country!
Sunday 20th of December this year, at the Amahoro stadium from 11 am to 4 pm, the Rwanda Rugby Federation (RRF) held its annual general assembly meeting as mentioned in the constitution.
All clubs were represented, journalists from different broadcasting agencies attended and the representative of Rugby Afrique and World Rugby Mr. Richard OMWELA who is also the chairman of the Kenya Rugby Football Union.
The meeting started with a prayer and the RRF General Secretary went through the agenda and gave the time to the chairman to welcome all attendees and also talked about achievements made by RRF with the help and support from its members, donors, stakeholders and sponsors. The biggest achievement was to obtain the full membership of the World Rugby, this mean a lot to the Union but also to Rwanda as a country. Rwanda now will be ranked among other WR member Unions and will have the chance to participate in different workshops, training and education programs and without mentioning the huge opportunity to participate at the Rugby World Cup qualifiers. He then talked about some challenges we face and the underlined solutions and measures which can be taken in order to move the game of rugby to the next level. It was interesting to hear many things which have been achieved for quite a short time which shows that there are so many other good things to come. Ideas and suggestions were provided by the RRF agreed to consider all and give the priority to the ones which seem suitable and fair to us as Rwanda Rugby.
It was suggested that clubs should start being self sustained, get own sponsorship and be affiliated to a school in order to increase the number of players, therefore have a good big base of players and organize as many loca
l tournaments as possible. Even though many things have been done, there are still weaknesses in different areas, this was confirmed that it will solved as soon as possible for better preparations at the National team.
And Mr. OMWELA concluded by thanking RRF and congratulated the RRFfor the progress and obtainment of the full membership of the World Rugby, he then encouraged the participants who are also members of RRF not to be afraid to ask any questions. “Everything has been done by other unions before you! There is nothing new, we, KRFU also learn from Unions like SARU and others becausewe always find that it has been done by them before; he said. And finally added that he is always happy to see the progress made and the vision of RRF, he promised to send the message to Rugby Afrique and World Rugby and always be available whenever we need him.
At the end of the meeting all invited were welcomed at the Royal Car Wash where they had lunch together and exchanged some ideas.