Ghana national rugby union team

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Ghana
Union Ghana Rugby Football Union
Coach(es) Amuzu Salim
Team kit
First international
Ghana  29 - 8  Mauritania
(2003-10-05)
Largest win
Ghana 29 - 8  Mauritania
(2003-10-05)
Largest defeat
Ghana  3 - 40  Cameroon
(2003-10-08)

The Ghana national rugby union team represents Ghana in international rugby union. Ghana are not a member of the International Rugby Board (IRB), and as of 2016 had not played in a Rugby World Cup tournament. Ghana played their first international game during the 2003 season, and defeated Mauritania by 29 points to 8. Since then there have been a number of youth teams in Ghana; the under-18 team won a junior rugby competition. The National Team itself has hosted a tournament and had some credible results on the field.

History[edit]

After forming in 2005, the Ghana National Rugby Union Team has played in a number of competitions. The team was founded by a coach from Cameroon named Guy Chaley who recruited players, including coach Amuzu Salim, to play their first international match. Support, but not funding, from the government was gained for the national team[clarification needed]. Shortly after they were played in their first African Tournament. This was followed by the death of Guy Chaley which stunted the success and growth of the team. Amuzu Salim was then able to train as a coach to train the Ghana Under 18, 15 and 12 teams. Notable gap year helpers include Peter Dear who helped start the school program in Accra and surrounding areas; he donated kit. Since the first tournament, the team have been included in the Castel Beer Trophies which are development tournament for smaller rugby nations of Africa. The country reached the final of the 2009 Development Trophy in Togo.

CAR Castel Beer Trophy[edit]

The Ghana National Rugby Team has been taking part in the African Rugby Trophy, and hosted the tournament in 2008 in Accra, where they came third.

2007 Castel Beer Trophy - Pool B[edit]

Standings

Country GP W D L +/- Pts
 Nigeria 3 3 0 0 +57 13
 Togo 3 2 0 1 +8 8
 Ghana 3 1 0 2 -16 4
 Benin 3 0 0 3 -49 1

2008 Castel Beer Trophy - pool A[edit]

Standings

Country GP W D L +/- Pts
 Burkina Faso 2 2 0 0 28 9
 Ghana 2 1 0 1 8 5
 Chad 2 0 0 2 -9 0

3rd versus 4th Playoff


2008-06-29
 Ghana 27 - 6  Togo

2009 African Development Trophy - Pool B[edit]

Standings

Country GP W D L +/- Pts
 Ghana 3 2 1 0 +54 11
 Burkina Faso 3 2 0 1 +43 9
 Nigeria 3 1 1 1 +33 7
Togo II 3 0 0 3 -131 0
    • Togo II was Added to the Tournament following the withdrawal of  Chad

Final


2009-07-18
 Niger 5 - 3  Ghana

Paul Sackey Visit[edit]

In September 2008 England Rugby Star Paul Sackey visited Ghana and helped out in coaching the Teams. Both of Paul Sackey's Parents are from Ghana and the England International even wore the Ghana National Rugby shirt.

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