Sports News of Thursday, 31 May 2018
Mr Herbert Mensah, President and Board Chairman of Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), has sent a congratulatory message to Mr. Mr Kelechukwu Mbagwu, President of the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF), for their return to Rugby Africa.
Mr. Mensah said, “I would like to congratulate you personally and on behalf of Ghana Rugby on the lifting of the suspension and we welcome the NRFF back to participating in international tournaments and matches.
Ghana Rugby and the NRFF have a long history of building the game in the sub-region and we are excited to join hands with you and the NRFF to pick up on that history and positively move forward to continue building character in West Africa, in Africa and the greater world of Rugby.
“May your return to the international Rugby scene, write a story of great achievements that would bring joy to the larger Rugby Family.”
According to The Guardian Nigeria was suspended from all international activities following a leadership crisis that trailed last year’s election into the board of the federation.
The suspension stopped Nigeria from featuring in some international engagements in 2017.
World Rugby’s member section states that the NRFF was founded in 1998, five years before Ghana Rugby, and affiliated to World Rugby in 2001.
Nigeria last played In the 2016 Africa Cup – Division 1C when it beat Mauritius 31 to 12 but was beaten by Morocco 53 to 10.
According to official statistics from World Rugby, Ghana and Nigeria have not faced each other in a Men’s 15s competition since 2013.
With Ghana Rugby’s promotion to the Rugby Africa Silver Cup, it may be some time before the Ghana Eagles and Nigeria Black Stallions face each other in an official Rugby Africa competition.