About bru

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.



To offer everyone in schools and in the community at large an opportunity to play, spectate and support the sport regardless of age, gender and ability.


Ensuring the safety of players is always observed by abiding to IRB laws of the game and providing proper playing facilities, well trained referees, coaches and adequate medical support at all rugby fixtures.


Endeavor to produce internationallyrecognized players, coaches and referees who will in turn lift the standards of play in the country.

Professional approach

Geared towards the Union’s administration in overseeing the activities in the country in compliance with BNSC, BNOC, CAR and IRB Standards.

Fair play

Encourage competitiveness in all levels of rugby; from junior to senior rugby of males and females played within the spirit of the game.


Meaning maximum participation and purposeful activity and which results in success in regards to rugby training and playing.

In addition, the above values also concur with IRB values of:

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