RUGBY TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT NIGERIA’S NATIONAL YOUTH GAMES

BY NTIENSE WILLIAMS.

Draws for the Rugby event of the ongoing 5th National Youth Games has been conducted in preparation for the kick – off on Sunday.

In the ladies category, six states registered. They are Edo, Lagos, Osun, Delta, Ogun, and Rivers states.
For the boys’ category, five states are competing. They are Lagos, Delta, Rivers, Kano, and Osun states.

The ladies draw has in Group A – Edo, Ogun and Osun States, while Group B has Lagos, Rivers and Delta states

The boys draw has Delta, Kano and Lagos states in Group A, while Rivers and Osun states are in the lucky Group B.

All the teams will play round robin matches against each other in the group stages and the winners and runner-ups will proceed to the semi finals.

Meanwhile, the Ehibam Griefshare Foundation led by the founder and Rugby enthusiast Pastor Dupe Irele has decided to throw her support and encouragement to the rugby children by donating a trophy for the Most Disciplined Teams of the National Youth Games Rugby event in the both categories.

This is in continuation of her Foundation’s support and encouragement of Schools Rugby in Nigeria, which the National Youth Games being an U-15 event fits in perfectly.

According to Dupe, who could not be physically present in Ilorin for the games due to other pressing commitments, “Our Foundation is so proud to be identified with this laudable project of the National Youth Games being organised by the Federal Ministry of Youth & Sports.

“We are so excited that rugby is featuring for the second time as a scoring event and we pledge our full support to the “Catch Them Young” Rugby development program which will certainly produce quality Rugby players for the Nigerian Rugby Team in the nearest future”.

“We once again sincerely thank all the nine states that brought their rugby Teams for this event and look forward to more state in the next edition.

The Rugby event has two gold medals for the Games in the Seven – A – Side shorter version of the beautiful game which will be witnessing its flagship International event “The Rugby World Cup” that will kick – off in the next Six days time in Japan in its eighth edition.

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