The Swaziland Rugby Unions U/14’s side “Ingwe” (Siswati for Leopard) returned home from the Touraid U/14’s tournament in a jubilant and happy mood having come third overall losing to Kazakhstan by one unconverted try. Ingwe got to the third fourth play off by beating Kenya 39-5, Zambia 17-7 and Romania 42-7. The only blot on Ingwe’s copy book was losing to eventual tournament winners India’s “Jungle Crows who beat South Africa in the final. Ingwe coach, Brendan Ross-Munro praised his young team for their commitment and effort.
Balengu Nyungwe better known as “The Beast” to those who know him tackled his way to Man of the Match against a strong and hard Reunion side in the CAR Castell Beer Tournament held in Gaborone Botswana. SRU President Michael Collinson said Balengu put in huge tackles for the whole ninety minutes and stopped many of the Reunion attacks from scoring.
Thape Dlamini took the Man of the Match award in Confederation of African Rugby Castell Beer Tournament game played against Mauritius. The Tournament took place in Gabarone Botswana and saw Botswana (the hosts) Swaziland, Mauritius and Reunion pitted against each other.
The Swaziland Rugby union announced today the appointment of Brendan Ross-Munro as the U/14’s Rugby Coach. Union President Michael Collinson said the Union were impressed with Ross-Munro's commitment to coaching and we feel he will rise to the challenge. The U/14's will be participating in the Touraid U/14's Nations Cup in London UK later in the year and we need to identify players for that tournament added Collinson. Brendan will have to go out to schools within the Kingdom and find possible players for the UK tour, train them and get them to play good Rugby, this will not be easy but the Swaziland Rugby Union are sure Brendan will be up to the task.
The Swaziland Rugby Unions U/18’s squad narrowly lost to Botswana in the Confederation of African Rugby U/18’s Tournament played at the Manzini Club ground in Manzini. Visitors Botswana who drove from Botswana to Swaziland showed no signs of travel fatigue and took the game to Swaziland from the whistle. Both sides played hard Rugby and it was only the courageous defending of the Swazi side that stopped the big Tswana forwards from scoring. Chances from both teams were lost due to handling errors and the heat of Manzini didn’t really help matters.
The Swaziland Rugby Union announced the appointment of the new "school's rugby development coach" Maswazi Dlamini. "Swaz" joined the SRU coaching staff on Monday and brings a wealth of rugby knowledge from around the world.