The Swaziland Rugby Unions Presidents Select narrowly missed hitting the 100 mark in their 98-0 defeat of Carolina over the weekend. Rugby Union President Michael Collinson said he was very surprised when he was told the score; the highest score recorded by a Swaziland side was 76-12 against Komatipoort eight years ago, but 98-0! The side has been training hard on fitness and I was told this played a huge part. The team must be praised for their efforts and special praise and thanks goes to team Captain Mark Pocock for all his commitment in preparing the whole squad.

The Rhino’s Rugby Club from Manzini took the trophy at the Junior Club Rugby Tournament held at Malkerns over the weekend, beating the Scorpions 15-10 in a hard fought final. Both teams played very hard running rugby and the final was anyone’s to win, but the Rhino’s ran in a late try to take the game. Seven teams from different parts of the Kingdom participated in the tournament, The Kudu’s from Mhlume, Scorpions from Nhlangano, The Wolves from Bhunya, Rhino’s from Manzini, Saints from Lobamba, Elephants from Luve, Vondo’s from Malkerns, Schools Rugby Chairlady, Mavis Simelane said she was delighted with the tournament and of the commitment of the teams to travel to Malkerns and play. All the teams played well and the Rhino’s were fortunate to be the victors in the end, added Simelane. SRU President, Mike Collinson praised the team coaches for their efforts in preparing their teams for the tournament. The standard of Rugby is improving and this is evident at every tournament we hold. The next tournament on the SRU calendar will be the Club U/16’s Tournament to be held in Malkerns.

2008 saw the signing up of a new Rugby team in Swaziland, the Bhunya Wolves coached by Bonginkosi Dlamini applied to be recognized by the Swaziland Rugby Union. Union President, Michael Collinson said he was delighted to welcome the Wolves into the Swaziland Rugby family and thanked Bonginkosi for all his efforts and commitment in bringing the Wolves together. Bongi has been working with the Swaziland Rugby Union for the past three years now and has coached two of the best sides in Swaziland, the Elephants and Rhinos. Bongi was the driving force behind both teams’ successes at the Junior Club Tournaments and no doubt he will do the same for the Bhunya Wolves, said Collinson. New Wolves coach Dlamini said he would try is best to repeat his past successes and with the pool of players I have at my disposal the Wolves will be the team to watch this year.

Malindi Dlamini was chosen as the Swaziland Rugby Union player of the tournament at the recent Sasol 7’s held in Secunda South Africa. Sevens coach Michael Nann said the Man of the Tournament was a difficult choice to make, but Malindis work rate and commitment on the field and the fact he scored seven tries made him the best player for the award.

Swaziland in red shirts

The Swaziland Rugby Union held a Rugby Fun Day last Saturday and hosted a team from Maputo. The day turned out to be a hot one, but this did not dampen the player’s spirits. Rugby was played even in the blistering heat of the midday. Swaziland Rugby Union President, Mike Collinson said he was very happy with the turn out and thanked the players for braving the heat. We had the U/19’s and a few U/16’s players playing and it was good to see all the players enjoying themselves.

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.


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