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Best Wishes for the Holiday Season and a Happy New Year

Dec 18, 14 Best Wishes for the Holiday Season and a Happy New Year

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Herbert Mensah at the Commission of Inquiry

Oct 12, 14 Herbert Mensah at the Commission of Inquiry

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Mr. Herbert Mensah, President of the GRFU, appeared before the Presidential Commission of Enquiry into the FIFA Brazil World Cup fiasco to speak on behalf of Rugby as minority sport. Listen to his testimony...

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Ghana Rugby sets up exciting final between Cosmos Buffaloes and Idas Sports

The semi final round of league matches of the on going 2014/15 Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) saw the top two teams from from Pool A of Greater Accra and Pool B of Central and Western Region, come face to face to battle out a spot for the final game. The matches took place on Saturday March 14th 2015, at the Schools and Colleges Park in Cape Coast. The first game of the day was between top seed of Pool A, Cosmos Buffaloes and second seed of Pool B, UCC Spartans. The game kicked of with both teams treading cautiously until about 10 minutes when Cosmos Buffaloes penetrated their defence and scored the first try of the day. From then onwards the Buffaloes took control of the game. The first half ended in favour of the Buffaloes, scoring 7 tries and 3 conversions. The second half saw some resistance from the home team but as it was in the first half, the away team found a way around their defence once again, scoring 11 tries and making 4 conversions. The game ended 106 points to 0 in favour of Cosmos Buffaloes. Speaking to the coach of Cosmos Buffaloes about his impression of the game, he reiterated his team’s philosophy that regardless of who they (Cosmos Buffaloes) play, they bring it on. “We respect every team we play and a such, it will be disrespectful if we don’t go all out.” He continued to say, “Rugby has come a long way in this country and clearly the new administration via the leadership of Herbert Mensah has indeed brought prestige to this gentleman’s game that is called Rugby”. The second and final game of the day was between second place team of Pool A, Idas Sports and first placed team of Pool B, Westside Boys. This game proved tougher than the previous encounter. The Westside Boys clearly showed they were the champions of CentWest when they held Idas for the longest while during the first half....

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Historical milestone for Ghana Rugby with announcement of semifinalists

Mar 09, 15 Historical milestone for Ghana Rugby with announcement of semifinalists

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In announcing the semifinalists for the 2014/15 Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) a historical milestone was reached in that it was the first professionally run Club Championship in the 11 years of Ghana Rugby. According to the President of the Ghana Rugby Club Championship, Mr. Herbert Mensah, the quest to become full members of World Rugby has over the years been hampered by the absence of a professionally ten team club championship based on World Rugby rules and regulations. “Despite many challenges such as resources and especially funding the 2014/15 Ghana Rugby Club Championship Pool stages has now been completed and I would like to congratulate the Tournament Commissioner, Mr. Steve Noi, the management of the Greater Accra Rugby Association (GARA) and the management of the CentWest Rugby Association for their determination to get to the final stages of semifinals and finals,” Mr. Mensah said. The final logs after Round 2 of the 2014/15 GRCC have been confirmed as follows: Pool A Greater Accra – (1) Cosmos Buffaloes RFC 44, (2) Idas Sports RFC 36, (3) Legon Titans RFC 34, (4) Dansoman Hurricanes RFC 22, (5) Tema Anchors RFC 3, (6) Accra Sharks RFC 0. Pool B CentWest – (1) Westside RFC 12, (2) UCC Spartans 12, (3) Mfantadisc RFC 0, (4) Abura Bombers 6. Abura Bombers was placed in 4th place due to the number of matches forfeited despite their superior Championship point compared to Mfantadisc. The semifinals of 2014/15 GRCC will be played in Cape Coast on 14 March 2014 between the winners of Pool A (Greater Accra) Cosmos Buffaloes RFC and the runner-up of Pool B (CentWest) UCC Spartans. In the other semifinal the winner of Pool B Westside will face the runner-up of Pool A Idas Sports RFC. In the last match of Round 2 in Pool A the big question was which of Legon Titans RFC or Idas Sports RFC would emerge as runner-up. Legon Titans only needed to win their match against Cosmos Buffaloes RFC to reach the...

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Legon Titans set themselves up for a crucial encounter in the Ghana Rugby Club Championship

Mar 02, 15 Legon Titans set themselves up for a crucial encounter in the Ghana Rugby Club Championship

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The second round of matches of the on going Ghana Rugby Club Championship 2014/15 (GRCC) league games of pool A, continued on February 28th 2015 at the Legon Rugby pitch in Accra. The first match of the day was between log leaders Cosmos Buffaloes and struggling side Accra Sharks. Sharks have not won any of their league matches this season, clearly making them the underdogs coming into this encounter. As expected, the Buffaloes hit the ground running at the start of the game by scoring three successive tries in the space of five minutes. The massacre continued as they scored five more tries in the half and only managing to convert one kick. The second half was not any different as they dominated proceeding scoring five more tries and managing to convert two of their kicks. The Buffaloes won the game emphatically by 71 points to 0. The coach of the winning side, Amuzuloh Salim sat comfortably throughout the game, which to many was very unusual as he is always seen shouting instructions and pacing back and forth at the touch lines during his teams matches. When asked about his calm demeanor during the game, he tried to avert the obvious reason that he was playing a weaker side as compared to other teams his side had played. ” I wanted to see how effective Cosmos Buffaloes will be on the field when I was calm and it seems to work”. I guess we’ll have to wait and find out if he will be sitting comfortably in next week’s crunch playoffs decider against title chasers and arch rivals, Legon Titans. The second game of the day was between Dansoman Hurricanes and Tema Anchors. Both teams have had their fair share of defeat this season and are both out of the title contention, but were both playing for honour. The Hurricanes were obviously the stronger side coming into this game. They scored six tries and made two conversion in the first half whilst the Anchors...

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Grassroots Rugby development in Ghana alive and kicking despite challenges

One of the main priorities of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) is the development of youth or grassroots Rugby development and according to the President, Mr. Herbert Mensah, it is alive and kicking despite many challenges. According to Mr. Mensah World Rugby (previously know as the International Rugby Board or IRB) in recent years launched a structured programme called “Get Into Rugby” to support grassroots development and to also measure the growth of youth involvement in Rugby. “Grassroots rugby development has been in existence as long as Rugby has been in existence,” he continued to say. According to Mr. Mensah grassroots Rugby development across the world varies from very structured development programmes that is part and parcel of the school system to, what he terms, “gutter-to-gutter” development. “Street sports is not a new concept and in many developing nations you will find young kids playing football or soccer, cricket and indeed Rugby in the poorest of poor areas in the streets,” Mr. Mensah said. Youth Rugby development in Ghana is especially vibrant in CentWest (Central and Western Regions) where the current Technical Director of the GRFU, Mr. George Ladipo, has made it his mission to build a Rugby culture from the ground level. “When I got involved in Rugby in Ghana I soon realised that the future of Ghana Rugby is indeed dependent on the extent that we will succeed to make it an optional extracurricular sport for our school children,” he said. Mr. Ladipo and his team has managed to involve the youth through tournaments such as Fetu Afahye Festival, an annual festival celebrated by the people and chiefs of Cape Coast Traditional Area in the Central Region of Ghana, Beach Rugby programmes and school tournaments. “We established The Central and Western Rugby Academy Development, a registered NGO under the Department of Social Welfare and Ghana Rugby. The organization was setup to train, promote and expose youth in Ghana to Rugby as a sport,” Mr. Ladipo said. According to him it has...

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Cosmos Buffaloes RFC maintains lead on log of Pool A of the Ghana Rugby Club Championship

Feb 23, 15 Cosmos Buffaloes RFC maintains lead on log of Pool A of the Ghana Rugby Club Championship

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The third match of round two of league games of the Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC)  for pool A, continued on Saturday, February 21st 2015 at the Accra Rugby pitch in Legon. The first kickoff of the day was between defending champions, Idas sports and Accra Sharks. Coming from behind to win last weeks tough encounter against current log leaders Cosmos Buffaloes, Idas Sports were looking to extend their win to three in a row. Idas had a tough time getting on the score sheet at the commencement of the game but when the full back of the Idas side intercepted a ball in the middle of the pitch intended for the running back of the Accra Sharks side, he made a beautiful run to the try line scoring the first try of the game. From there on, Idas seemed unstoppable as they scored try after try winning the game by 70 points to 0. The coach of the side Abdul Samad was ecstatic about the win, having won three games in a row so far, ” As defending champions, all the teams in league are looking to beat us so we can’t afford to slip up”. He added that , ” We have two very tough encounters remaining this season and winning both games  assures us the playoffs for the league title”. The second game of the day was between log leaders, Cosmos Buffaloes and third placed side, Dansoman Hurricanes. The Hurricanes had lost their two previous games, so they were eager to mark their first win of the second round, like wise the log leaders recording the first loss of the season last week knowing that another loss will push them out of contention for the playoffs. The encounter began with both sides displaying a lot of strength and tactical discipline, but it was the slip up by the Hurricanes scrum half that gifted the ball to the running back of the buffaloes to open the scoring. The Hurricanes lost their focus...

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Round two of Rugby Club Championship continues with more excitement

The ongoing league games of the 2015/16 Ghana Rugby Club Championship games, came off on Saturday, February 14th with teams from Pool A taking centre stage. Three games were scheduled to kick off. The first game of the day was between title chasers Legon Titans RFC and Dansoman Hurricanes. It was indeed a tough encounter. Both teams went all out displaying great strength throughout the game, but the Legon Titans attack proved stronger at the end of the game. They won the game by 19 points to 13 points. Julius Amevor, coach of the side was elated about his team’s performance having won two games in a row. “This win is really good for us because it will help us grow our confidence going into the next league encounters, but as usual, we are going back to the drawing board to iron out all kinks before our next game.” The final game of the day which proved tougher than the previous was between log leaders, Cosmos Buffaloes, and the defending champions, Idas RFC. The game commenced with neither teams willing to back down at any point in the game. Cosmos opened the scoring after a winger intercepted a ball meant for the full back of the Idas and scored the try. Idas RFC came back to score a try in the first half, but it wasn’t after Cosmos were leading by a comfortable margin and were sure of winning the game. With less than four minutes to end of proceedings, Idas RFC managed to turn the game around into their favour scoring a penalty and a try, winning the game narrowly by 13 points to Cosmos Buffaloes’ 12 points. The coach of Cosmos Buffaloes, Amuzoloh Salim, said he was disappointed at his team’s first defeat of the season but he also understands that losing is part of the game. “It is unfortunate we lost today, but I am sure we will learn from our mistakes and improve on our game play. This clearly shows...

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Rugby Africa Press Release

Dec 19, 14 Rugby Africa Press Release

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Press Release from Rugby Africa, previously known as CAR (Confederation of African Rugby).                                                                                                                            ...

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