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Thrilling Action Unveiled: Botswana Rugby Union’s BDF Sevens Recap

The Duma FM Grounds came alive on August 26 as the Botswana Rugby Union’s BDF Sevens event unfolded in an exhilarating display of skill and determination. With both men’s and women’s teams fiercely competing, the tournament proved to be a captivating spectacle. Let’s delve into the highlights and outcomes of this unforgettable day of rugby.

Men’s Tournament

A tale of two pools

The men’s competition was divided into two intense pools. Pool A showcased the talents of Jwaneng, BDF 1 (the hosts), GRFC 2, and Ryders Rugby Club. Meanwhile, Pool B witnessed spirited matches between UB, BDF 2 (also hosting), GRFC 1, and Jaguars.

GRFC 1 and GRFC 2: Dominance Unleashed

In an impressive feat, GRFC 1 and GRFC 2 conquered their respective pools undefeated. Jwaneng and UB secured commendable second-place finishes. The semi-finals brought intense showdowns, with Jwaneng facing GRFC 1 and UB challenging GRFC 2. GRFC 1 emerged victorious against Jwaneng with a decisive score of 29-0, while GRFC 2 narrowly triumphed over UB with a score of 15-12.

Thrilling Playoff and Grand Finale

In a hard-fought battle for the third and fourth place, Jwaneng clashed with UB, resulting in UB prevailing 28-17. The ultimate clash took place in the men’s final, where GRFC 1 and GRFC 2, both hailing from the same club, showcased their skills. GRFC 1 emerged as champions with a resounding victory of 24-0.

Women’s Tournament

In the women’s category, teams showcased their prowess in a cumulative results format, setting the stage for the grand finals at the upcoming tournament at GRFC Grounds. BDF, continuted their recent dominance of women’s rugby by securing top position in the pool. They were followed by UB in second, GRFC in third, and Ryders in fourth place.

It promises to be a very tense and tight tournament in the women’s category, with all teams fighting for seeding in the final tournament.

Acknowledging Outstanding Players

Nthabiseng Moloiswa wins best player of the tournament for BDF Women

Brighton Chinyanya was crowned the men’s tournament’s best player, while Nthabiseng Moloiswa earned the accolade of the women’s best player—a testament to their exceptional performances.


As the rugby sevens season unfolds, stay tuned for more exhilarating matches and inspiring moments. Follow us on our official social media channels and website to keep up with the latest updates. Whether you’re a die-hard rugby fan or just discovering the sport, be part of the action and support the incredible athletes who make these tournaments possible. Your passion fuels theirs—let’s keep the rugby spirit alive!

The Botswana Rugby Union’s BDF Sevens event not only celebrated the sport’s competitive spirit but also highlighted the camaraderie and dedication within the rugby community. With remarkable performances across genders, the tournament paved the way for an exciting journey ahead.

Vibrant Rugby Sevens: Fostering Unity Through Exciting Matches

Now that yet another riveting Rugby 15s season is behind us, the spotlight now turns to the forthcoming Rugby Sevens series, a pivotal event in Botswana Rugby Union’s calendar. Over the next five weekends, rugby aficionados will be treated to a thrilling display of athleticism, strategy, and camaraderie as local club side compete in the Sevens series organized by the Botswana Rugby Union. With each club showcasing their own sponsors, this series promises to captivate fans and celebrate the multifaceted nature of the sport.

The Sevens Begins

Commencing on August 26th at the BDF Rugby Club, the Rugby Sevens series embarks on a journey that will culminate at the Gaborone Rugby Football Club (GRFC). The stage will also be set at BIUST University, University of Botswana(UB), and Canon Jaguars, ensuring a wide-reaching and inclusive experience for rugby enthusiasts across the nation. The current schedule is as follows:

  • BDF – 26 August
  • Canon Jaguars – 2 September
  • UB – 9 September
  • BIUST – 16 September
  • GRFC – 23 September

The Rugby Sevens Difference

The heart of Rugby Sevens lies in its distinction from the traditional 15-a-side format. Boasting teams of just seven players each, the Sevens series is renowned for its breathtaking pace and dynamic gameplay. In stark contrast, the Fifteens leagues offer a more strategic and structured spectacle, showcasing the diverse range of skills that rugby demands.

As a testament to the Botswana Rugby Union’s commitment to inclusivity, both men’s and women’s teams will take the field in both the Sevens series and Fifteens leagues. This platform allows women’s rugby to shine brightly and underscores the union’s dedication to gender parity in sports.

Join in the fun

As the anticipation builds, we invite everyone to come together and embrace the beauty of rugby in its various forms. Whether you’re a seasoned rugby fan or a newcomer, this series promises excitement, competition, and a shared sense of unity. Stay informed about schedules, and updates, by following us on our official social media channels and website.

“Rugby Excellence Unleashed: Super Week Triumph

From August 17th to 20th, 2023,  Legae Academy, transformed into a bustling hub of rugby enlightenment, playing host to Botswana Rugby Union’s “Super Week.” Guided by Denver Wannies, Rugby Africa’s Regional Education Manager, and orchestrated in collaboration with Botswana Rugby Union’s educators under the leadership of Tosca Segaise, this event attracted a record turnout of over 60 participants hailing from all corners of Botswana.

The setting for this momentous occasion was none other than Legae Academy, a premier educational institution that graciously opened its doors to rugby novices and experts alike. Marking the first time such an event was held at this venue, the “Super Week” inaugurated a new chapter in rugby development within Botswana.

Diversity and comprehensiveness were at the heart of this event’s curriculum. The participants were treated to an assortment of courses spanning medical expertise, coaching techniques, match officiating, and strength and conditioning principles. To underscore the holistic approach, educational courses were also conducted in these domains, solidifying Botswana Rugby’s commitment to cultivating a cadre of rugby educators.

This groundbreaking event was not just a theoretical exposition; it was a hands-on immersion into the many facets of rugby. As participants dived into the art of planning training sessions, fine-tuned their medical responses, and sharpened match officiating skills, they were poised to emerge as more adept and knowledgeable rugby practitioners.

A noteworthy outcome of the “Super Week” was the convergence of rugby enthusiasts from diverse walks of life, all brought together by their shared ardor for the sport. As connections were forged and insights exchanged, the event fostered a sense of camaraderie that transcended geographical boundaries.

The reverberations of this remarkable event extended beyond its conclusion. With Botswana Rugby’s educators workforce experiencing substantial growth, the organization now proudly boasts a comprehensive team of rugby educators, fully equipped to impart their knowledge and expertise. This achievement further underscores Botswana Rugby Union’s commitment to nurturing rugby excellence.

Looking ahead, the legacy of the “Super Week” in Gaborone, Botswana, is set to reverberate throughout the nation’s rugby landscape. The event’s trailblazing spirit, coupled with the collaborative efforts of World Rugby, Rugby Africa, and Botswana Rugby Union, has laid a solid foundation for the growth and advancement of rugby within the region. As time unfolds, the impact of this event is bound to flourish, nurturing a new generation of rugby enthusiasts and experts alike.

This collaborative effort demonstrates the far-reaching impact of partnerships in advancing rugby education, fostering community, and propelling the sport’s growth on both regional and global scales. With a shared vision and a commitment to excellence, these organizations have set a precedent for what can be achieved when the rugby community comes together.

Whether you’re an aspiring coach, a passionate referee, a budding strength and conditioning enthusiast, or simply eager to explore the intricacies of the game, World rugby programs cater to a wide spectrum of interests and expertise levels. Embrace the opportunity to learn, grow, and connect with fellow rugby enthusiasts, as we collectively contribute to the elevation of rugby standards in Botswana and beyond. Take the first step towards enriching your rugby journey by becoming an active participant in these transformative programs today through your local rugby clubs.

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Covid Assistance Packages Handed To Clubs

On Saturday 29th May, the Botswana Rugby Union handed over COVID assistance packages to affiliated Clubs. These packages contain sanitizer, water bottles, buffs, thermometers, and other items designed to assist Clubs in following all COVID protocols when we are able to return to play, and were purchased using the BRU’s portion of the Rugby Africa Solidarity Fund.

The handover took place at the BRU offices in Fairgrounds Mall, with BRU Vice President Technical, Elijah Kokoro, and Vice President Administration, Lieutenant Colonel Pandor, presiding. Speaking at the handover, Mr. Kokoro said that it is important that we are prepared when we are given the go-ahead to return to play. We have had over a year without rugby, and we need to hit the ground running when we have clearance to do so. Since we can’t yet return to play, the packages will be stored at the BRU offices, and distributed to Clubs when we return to play.

Mr. Kokoro thanked Rugby Africa and the BRU staff for their part in organizing the packages, and thanked Club representatives for attending the handover, before enjoying an informal chat and tea with members of the Union and attendees.

Gaborone Rugby Football Club's Fatma El-Kindiy Appointed to Rugby Africa women's sub committee

El-Kindiy appointed to Rugby Africa sub committee

Fatma El-kindiy

Botswana Rugby Women’s committee member Fatma El-kindiy has been appointed to the continental body, Rugby Africa’s Women’s Rugby Advisory Committees sub committee on Player Welfare and Participation. The appointment came about from her influence and increase awareness through social media, the use of sports as a tool and platform to tackle issues that plague women such as gender based violence. She has also participated in initiatives in the quest to grow girl’s rugby regardless of age, religion, race.

The main objective of the subcommittee is to increase the number of registered women players to 40% by 2025 in Africa. This will be done through different forums including social media, radio, newspapers and participating in different activities around the country.