Sizeze the Swaziland National 15's side will be participating in the up and coming Confederation of African Rugby 'Africa Cup'. The tournament is scheduled to take place at the end of June in Arusha, Tanzania. Sizeze will be up against Tanzania, Nigeria and Mauritius. The tournament will kick off on June 27th and end on July 2nd.
Thursday saw the Swaziland Rugby Union's U/19's Squad take on visiting team St Josephs College from Ipswich in the UK. This was the first game for the newly formed U/19's Elite Squad and it was to be a true baptism of fire for the Swazi's. St Joseph's College who are touring Southern Africa arrived in the country on Wednesday after playing in Middelburg seemed confident and ready for action.
The Rhino’s Rugby Club from Manzini took the trophy at the Junior Club Rugby Tournament held at Malkerns over the weekend, beating the Scorpions 15-10 in a hard fought final. Both teams played very hard running rugby and the final was anyone’s to win, but the Rhino’s ran in a late try to take the game. Seven teams from different parts of the Kingdom participated in the tournament, The Kudu’s from Mhlume, Scorpions from Nhlangano, The Wolves from Bhunya, Rhino’s from Manzini, Saints from Lobamba, Elephants from Luve, Vondo’s from Malkerns, Schools Rugby Chairlady, Mavis Simelane said she was delighted with the tournament and of the commitment of the teams to travel to Malkerns and play. All the teams played well and the Rhino’s were fortunate to be the victors in the end, added Simelane. SRU President, Mike Collinson praised the team coaches for their efforts in preparing their teams for the tournament. The standard of Rugby is improving and this is evident at every tournament we hold. The next tournament on the SRU calendar will be the Club U/16’s Tournament to be held in Malkerns.
The Swaziland Rugby Unions U/18’s squad narrowly lost to Botswana in the Confederation of African Rugby U/18’s Tournament played at the Manzini Club ground in Manzini. Visitors Botswana who drove from Botswana to Swaziland showed no signs of travel fatigue and took the game to Swaziland from the whistle. Both sides played hard Rugby and it was only the courageous defending of the Swazi side that stopped the big Tswana forwards from scoring. Chances from both teams were lost due to handling errors and the heat of Manzini didn’t really help matters.
The squad for the U/19's "Two Kingdoms Rugby" was announced today. The squad will depart for Durban on Friday September the 30th. The team will play a curtain raiser to the main Currie Cup game between The Sharks and Western Province on October the 1st.
The Squad. S. Detchou, W. Nxumalo (captain) R. lewis, S. Shields, B. Shongwe, N. Dlamini, P. Crawford, M. Dlamini, N. Dlamini, N. Barbosa, G. Lewis, V. Mountjoy, J. Grottis, C. Gina, S. Dube, J. Jordaan, P. Van Vuuren, V. Dlamini, C. Twala, P. Macavele, T. Dlamini,