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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Gambian Rugby in the Spotlight

By Abdoulie Nget
Rugby players have felt the necessity of registering a national rugby association to enable them represent The Gambia in international competitions like any other popular sports played in the country.
Speaking to this reporter in a training session at Buffer Zone, Amadou Bayo, a passionate rugby player and captain of Phenols Rugby team said that there should be a legally registered rugby association as it is a requirement to compete in international rugby games.
According to captain Bayo, there are many rugby teams in the country but Rhinos who are being trained by an English rugby coach Paul Sills are the most outstanding team that attract many female players and enthusiast of the game.
Reflecting on a recent training held at the Kombo Beach Hotel early, he said some coaches from Kent Rugby have helped in training in basic stills of rugby. In addition to the training the team have been engaging in a series of matches with same well experience players from England who were here in the country.
On future plans, Bayo revealed that an international friendly with the British Navy at home will be organized not later than the first week of December which would no doubt be a moral booster for their team and an opportunity for international link.
He further revealed that they are working hand in glove with coach Paul Sills and have written a letter to the Senegalese rugby president Gedal Njie for support. He said Rhinos are trying to travel to Senegal after the inter4national friendly.
According Bayo, the game of rugby was introduced in the Gambia since 2005.

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