Botswana national rugby union team

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Botswana
Botswana rugby logo.jpg
Union Botswana Rugby Union
Nickname(s) The Vultures
Coach(es) Andrew Paxinos
Ian Greaves
Team kit
First international
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 130 - 10 Botswana Botswana
(1996-09-07)
Largest win
Botswana Botswana 37 - 0 Nigeria Nigeria
(2004-11-25)
Largest defeat
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 130 - 10 Botswana Botswana
(1996-09-07)

The Botswana national rugby union team represents Botswana in the sport of rugby union. Botswana have thus far not played in a Rugby World Cup, but have participated in qualifying tournaments. They are currently ranked 77th in the world.[1]

History[edit]

Botswana played their first ever international on September 7, 1996 against Zimbabwe, losing 130 to 10. Their first win came in 2001 in a match against Swaziland, winning 13 points to 3. Also in 2001 they participated in African qualifying tournaments for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia. In 2004 Botswana won four internationals in a row, defeating Tanzania, Swaziland, Nigeria and Mali.

Botswana then participated in the Africa qualifying tournaments for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. They were grouped in the Southern Pool of Round 1a, along with nations Zambia and Swaziland. In their first game against Zambia in Lusaka, they lost 28 to 24. However they won their second match 19 to 12 over Swaziland in Botswana. They finished second in the pool and did not advance to the next round.

World Cup record[edit]

  • 1987 - 1991 - Did not enter
  • 1995 - 2015 - Did not qualify

Vultures First XV[edit]

Squad to 2013 Africa Cup.[2]

  • Tyrone Warburton (C)
  • Goloswang Twadimpe
  • Katlego Mohutsiwa
  • Stefen Van Zyl
  • Eddie Ernst
  • Shaun Landsberg
  • Molibi Maphanyane
  • Ketshidile Matenanga
  • Steven Parry
  • Tshoganetso Katse
  • Vuyo Moyo
  • Jeremy Dobrowsky
  • James Harris
  • Kagiso Molefhi
  • Hugo Botha

Reserves

  • Tato Maifala
  • Gape Malesu
  • Albert Viviers
  • Ngaka Lempaletse
  • Batsile Kabo
  • Omphile Debula
  • Matlhogonolo Mohutsiwa
  • Jerome Alabu

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.irb.com/rankings/full.html
  2. ^ http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/home/matches/match=14263/index.html

External links[edit]