The Botswana Rugby Union was formed in 1992. It is affiliated to the International Rugby Board (IRB-1994), Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC-1997) and the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR-2000).
Club rugby has been played since the 70’s when it was predominantly played by non-citizens with few clubs. Ever since then the clubs have increased with some of them becoming dormant.
The game started being played in schools in 1996 on its introduction to 5 schools. This figure has grown to 105 schools majority of them are in the South Eastern region covering Mochudi, Gaborone, Ramotswa and Otse.
This has led to U19 and U20 national squads being chosen and playing against Soweto and Zimbabwe sides. Most of those players are either playing for the national U23 or the senior team today.
Botswana has played International rugby as far back as 1968 against Swaziland.
It was represented by non-citizens then. As of now, the senior national team 80% citizen played and enjoyed.
The following is a revised strategic plan developed in line with the requirements of the BNSC. The strategy also aligns with the National Vision 2016 (To lead Botswana towards sporting excellence and contribute to national development, unity and pride”) This strategy also focuses on 7 key areas outlined in the BNSC Strategy:
A) Increased participation by the General Public in the Country
B) Improved financial resilience and independence
C) Increase in the level of competitiveness
D) Improvement in the level of sports development
E) Improvement in sports professionalism
F) Improved facilities
G) Improvement in the proficiency of sports leadership
To be a key value contributor of national Development, Unity and Pride by promoting excellence in the sport of Rugby Football in Botswana
To promote, develop and manage the game of rugby in a manner that will ensure wide participation and continuously improve standards of excellence in a safe and responsible manner hence
delivering adequate and professional service to all our rugby clubs, thus fulfilling the requirements of BNSC, BNOC, CAR and IRB.
In addition, the above values also concur with IRB values of: