The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

10 February 2010

Tanzania: Country in Line for Rugby Super Series

Kenyan and Ugandan rugby squads travel all the way to Arusha in April to compete in this year's Bamburi Rugby Super Series.

The event, bringing together teams from the East African region, is organised by the Kenya Rugby Football Union (KRFU).

Last year, KRFU received a sponsorship from the cement firm Bamburi, which 'cemented' its commitment to boost rugby with a Ksh 9 million title sponsorship deal.

From its launch in 2003, the Super Series has continued to grow in leaps and bounds, attracting teams from Tanzania and Uganda.

According to Rugby Super Series Chairman, Aggrey Chabeda, growth of the Series has been made possible with support from sponsors like Bamburi Cement.

Tanzania Rugby Union (TRU) president, Tinus Aucamp said they will host the preliminary matches starting April 24 at the Friedkin Recreational Centre in Arusha, before moving to Nairobi in May for the semi-finals.

"We would play against Kenyan and Ugandan teams in the preliminaries, which would determine the semi-finalists for other clashes in Nairobi", said Aucamp.

He said the event, which has grown tremendously, is greatly crucial to the progress of rugby in Tanzania.

"We have confirmed hosting the event in which our teams would battle it out against the coming sides", he said.

He noted that with adequate infrastructure and good support, it is possible to nurture rugby in Tanzania and East African.

The Rugby Super Series is a landmark concept in Kenyan rugby, modelled along the lines of the already successful Southern Hemisphere Super 14 Rugby Tournament.

It is now in its seventh year, with matches traditionally held in Arusha, Kampala, Kisumu, Nakuru and Nairobi.

Last year's event saw star-studded Rhinos of Kenya clinching the prestigious title after toppling compatriots Buffaloes 30-13 at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa (RFUEA) grounds in Nairobi.

Uganda's Rwenzori took the third slot after sinking Sharks of Kenya 22-19.

Other regular entrants in the event are Lions and Scorpions from Kenya, and Victoria from Uganda.

Among Tanzanian teams expected to line up for the games are Arusha's Rhinos, Dar's Leopards and Moshi's Kili Cats.

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