Rugby Africa

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Rugby Africa
Rugby Africa Logo.png
Formation 1986
as CAR

2014
Rugby Africa
Type Sports federation
Membership
37 unions
President
Abdelaziz Bougja
Vice President
David Gilbert
Treasurer
Marcellin Zahui
Secretary
Mervin Green
Affiliations World Rugby
Website www.rugbyafrique.com/en/

Rugby Africa (French: Rugby Afrique), known as the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) prior to December 2014,[1] is the administrative body for rugby union within Africa. It was formed in 1986 to promote, develop, organise and administer the game of rugby in Africa under the authority of World Rugby (formerly IRB), which is the world governing body of rugby union.

Rugby Africa currently has 37 member nations and is responsible for running various rugby tournaments including the Africa Cup, which is the main 15-a-side competition for African national teams.

International competitions[edit]

Tournaments run by Rugby Africa include:

History[edit]

The Confederation of African Rugby (French: Confédération Africaine de Rugby) was officially launched in January 1986 in Tunis. The inaugural members at the meeting were Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Senegal, the Seychelles, Tanzania and Tunisia. A meeting was held in July 1992 in Casablanca with the view of integrating the SARFU into the confederation. South Africa had been denied entry until this time because of the government policy of apartheid (South African rugby had been governed by the mainly white South African Rugby Board and the mainly black South African Rugby Union). In March 1992 these were formally combined to form the South African Rugby Football Union (SARFU). The Confederation now has 37 member nations.

African Rugby Charter[edit]

The African Rugby Charter was signed by the President of CAR, Abdelaziz Bougja, the then President of the South African Rugby Union (SARFU) Brian van Rooyen, in the presence of former South African president Nelson Mandela, and the South African Minister of Sport, Makhenkesi Stofile.

We, the undersigned, hereby confirm our commitment to realising the potential of African rugby...
THAT, on this day, the creation of the African Leopards, Rugby Union in Africa will develop its own heroes and heroines;
THAT, developing rugby nations throughout Africa will be assisted with adequate human and physical resources to develop their playing potential at all levels;
THAT, every African boy and girl may soon have the opportunity to play the sport of Rugby Football.

— Signed on this 23rd day of July, 2005 at Johannesburg, South Africa.[2]

Development programs[edit]

The CAR formed agreements in 2014 which allowed member unions from Anglophone and Francophone nations in Africa to access training programs within the sports academies and administrative headquarters of the South African Rugby Union and French Rugby Federation, respectively. These agreements, designed to foster rugby development across the continent, were signed in January 2015, and followed earlier arrangements with the SARU and French club Castres Olympique which were made in 2006.[3][4]

Members[edit]

The following unions are members of World Rugby:[5][6]

World Rugby member unions
Union World Rugby membership
Status Date
Botswana Botswana Full member 1994
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast Full member 1988
Kenya Kenya Full member 1990
Madagascar Madagascar Full member 1998
Mauritius Mauritius Full member 2009
Morocco Morocco Full member 1988
Namibia Namibia Full member 1990
Nigeria Nigeria Full member 2001
Rwanda Rwanda Full member [note 1] 2004
Senegal Senegal Full member 1999
South Africa South Africa Full member 1949
Swaziland Swaziland Full member 1998
Tunisia Tunisia Full member 1988
Uganda Uganda Full member 1997
Zambia Zambia Full member 1995
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Full member 1987
Burundi Burundi Associate member 2004
Ghana Ghana Associate member 2004
Tanzania Tanzania Associate member 2004
Togo Togo Associate member 2004
Mali Mali Associate member 2004
Cameroon Cameroon Suspended [note 2] 1999
Mauritania Mauritania Suspended [note 3] 2003

In addition, the following unions are not members of World Rugby, but are either full or affiliate members of Rugby Africa, or non-member countries working with the governing body:[9]

Rugby Africa member unions
Union Rugby Africa status
Algeria Algeria Member [10]
Benin Benin Member
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso Member
Chad Chad Member
Democratic Republic of the Congo DR Congo Member
Gabon Gabon Member [10]
Guinea Guinea Member
Lesotho Lesotho Member [10]
Malawi Malawi Member
Niger Niger Member
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Member
Togo Togo Member
Cape Verde Cape Verde Non-member
Central African Republic Central Africa Non-member
Comoros Comoros Non-member
Republic of the Congo Congo Non-member
Egypt Egypt Non-member
Ethiopia Ethiopia Non-member
Libya Libya Non-member
Seychelles Seychelles Non-member
Mayotte Mayotte Non-member [note 4]
Réunion Réunion Non-member [note 5]
  • Notes:
  1. ^ Rwanda joined World Rugby as an associate member in 2004, and became a full member in 2015.[7]
  2. ^ Cameroon joined World Rugby as a full member in 1999, but had their membership suspended in November 2013 due to "inactivity and a failure to meet criteria for continued membership".[8]
  3. ^ Mauritania joined World Rugby as a full member in 2003, but had their membership suspended in November 2013 due to "inactivity and a failure to meet criteria for continued membership".[8]
  4. ^ Mayotte is an overseas region of France and rugby is governed by a committee of the World Rugby-affiliated French Rugby Federation.
  5. ^ Réunion is an overseas region of France and rugby is governed by a committee of the World Rugby-affiliated French Rugby Federation.

Leopards[edit]

Main article: African Leopards

The African Leopards are a representative team from Africa which aims to promote the sport throughout the whole of Africa. The Leopards played their first ever match in July 2005 at Ellis Park as a curtain raiser between Springboks and Australia.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "General Assembly 2014" (Press release). RA. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Nauright, John; Parrish, Charles (2012). Sports Around the World. 1. ABC CLIO. p. 146. ISBN 9781598843002. 
  3. ^ Ken Borland, CAR drives Rugby's growth through Africa. The Southern Times. 11 April 2014.
  4. ^ Agreements signed. Rugby Afrique. 6 January 2015.
  5. ^ "World Rugby Handbook" (PDF). World Rugby. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "Inside World Rugby". World Rugby. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Rwanda welcomed as full member union of World Rugby" (Press release). World Rugby. 12 November 2015. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Indonesia becomes full member and Brunei associate member of IRB as two African unions suspended". The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations. 21 November 2013. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Unions - Rugby Afrique". Rugby Africa. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c "General Assembly 2016" (Press release). Rugby Afrique. Retrieved 15 December 2016.