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Sports News of Friday, 12 February 2016


Ghana Rugby Club Championship: Four teams battle for final

The top four semi- finalists in the 2015/16 Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) will tomorrow engage each other at the Accra Sports Stadium for to vie for a slot in the final.

Conquerors SC, who are currently top on the league log after the round robin phase, will be playing against fourth-placed Idas Sports RFC, while last year’s champions Cosmos Buffaloes RFC host Dansoman Hurricanes RFC in the second semi-final encounter.

The matches, which will commence at 11am and 1pm will also be heralded by a training session for kids, matches between boys and girls, a match between two women’s teams and a match between two second division teams.

Mr Herbert Mensah, president of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), described as impressive the quality and level of Rugby displayed at the 2015/16 championship.

Mr Mensah was happy with the progress of rugby in Ghana since the 2014/15 Championship and said ”even though there is ample space for further improvement it is gratifying to see that the sport is moving in the right direction.”

According to Mr Mensah, his administration has identified a set of key strategic priorities for Ghana Rugby, which includes best practice governance, overcoming the development dilemma, funding and resources and improving technical capabilities.

He mentioned also the extension of domestic competitions, international match exposure and grassroots or “Get into Rugby” development and women’s rugby as some of the areas which needed to be tackled.

“Ghana Rugby is in an embryonic phase if you consider that a country like England has been affiliated to World Rugby for 126 years while Ghana Rugby only affiliated in 2004 or 114 years after England, but that will not be an excuse as long as the whole rugby family in Ghana focuses on the priorities and schedule the priorities instead of just prioritising schedules.

We have to do the right things right the first time!” Mr Mensah pointed out. He expressed the federation’s condolences to world rugby and the family of Mr Jean-Luc Barthe, Rugby Services Manager (Africa), who passed away last Wednesday in his home near Castres in France.