TZ Rugby wins continental recognition 

THE Tanzania Rugby Union (TRU) has officially been granted associated membership within Rugby Africa following their formal recognition.

TRU Secretary General, Anthony Dawa confirmed it in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday that this is a significant milestone that solidifies their position within the African rugby family and it opens doors to further collaboration, competitions and developmental opportunities.

Dawa has also appealed for the presence and continued support from all sports stakeholders in promoting the growth of rugby in Tanzania as now the country has been officially granted Rugby Africa membership.

“Let us together embrace the bright future of rugby in Tanzania with enthusiasm and determination,” he insisted.

Since they entered the management helm in December 2022, the TRU office bearers under the presidency of Jacob Jonas put in place a big effort to revive the game that went dull in the recent past.

The union plans to have a solid national team ready to conquer the global level competitions in the coming five years.

As one of the efforts, TRU was thrilled with a productive tour of Robert Bwali from Uganda, a committed Rugby Afrique’s official, who conducted Level 1 Rugby coaching and refereeing courses that ended here on Tuesday.

Dawa said Bwali is an experienced and highly qualified educator, and his tour  brought here  invaluable expertise to the rugby community in just three days.

“As a Rugby Afrique educator, Bwali holds the Accredited Level 3 coach and referee title. His extensive knowledge and dedication to the sport have greatly contributed to the growth and development of rugby across the continent.

“During his visit, Bwali shared his wealth of knowledge with our participants, covering various aspects of rugby coaching and refereeing that concluded on Tuesday,” he said.

However, Dawa said the trained coaches have been imparted with comprehensive training sessions, practical demonstrations, and engaging discussions, empowering coaches and referees to enhance their skills and understanding of the game.

The course that took place at Police Garden Pitch, Kinondoni offered unique opportunity to witness the practical application of officiating techniques and gain insights into the crucial role of referees in the game of rugby.

“We are delighted with the positive direction that Tanzanian rugby is taking towards its brighter future.

“The continuous efforts to develop our coaches, referees, and players reflect our commitment to nurturing talent, improving performance, and fostering a strong rugby culture in our nation,” he noted.

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