DHL driving rugby to Africa

HARARE - At least 45 countries in Africa will benefit from rugby coaching clinics as part of an effort to spread awareness for the game in the build up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

Dubbed “Africa As One” and sponsored by global logistics giant DHL, three Land Rover vehicles are traveling through 45 African countries over 11 months, including Zimbabwe.

The grueling tour will make a stop-over in Harare on November 1, where the team will hold a fun day at St John’s College including coaching drills, free eye tests and glasses for youngsters, as well as distributing half a million units of stationery to underprivileged children.

In all countries, the seven-man team will pass a single rugby ball from hand to hand while introducing the continent to the game of rugby.

Such countries as Zimbabwe, Namibia, Madagascar, Kenya and Uganda are already recognised as serious rugby-playing nations on the continent, but to many of the 45 countries – the game is still a relatively new sport.

Every step of the journey, every pass, will be captured on film, in photographs and worlds, and then shared across the world.

Stunning images of people across the continent have been provided, both young and old seemingly fascinated by their first contact with the sport.

Sponsors DHL are the official logistics partner for the 2015 IRB World Cup. The rugby World Cup is the third biggest sporting showpiece on the globe after the Fifa World Cup and the Summer Olympics.

The three vehicles will arrive in England next September ahead of the of the World Cup opening ceremony.

Comments (2)

Underprivileged children from st john's college? this is the same reason why I do not find an honour playing even for a Zimbabwean side. Rugby changed my life when I was in South Africa, a foreign country. So will they ferry underprivileged children from kuwadzana, glenorah, highfield, budiriro, mufakose, mabvuku, tafara, zengeza, seke....to st john's? Why so? A cause or campaign or awareness that will directed to the wrong or at least undeserving audience. How do I get to st john's college. Same old story someone will pocket big and the initiative's intention will go to waste. I see silent discrimination here. However I know the usual selfish faces within the ZRU structures that have been there too long as either committee members,coaches, advisors, and managers. Fact players are in the ghetto

whataboutmefromrugare - 29 October 2014

Underprivileged children from st john's college? this is the same reason why I do not find an honour playing even for a Zimbabwean side. Rugby changed my life when I was in South Africa, a foreign country. So will they ferry underprivileged children from kuwadzana, glenorah, highfield, budiriro, mufakose, mabvuku, tafara, zengeza, seke....to st john's? Why so? A cause or campaign or awareness that will be directed to the wrong or at least undeserving audience. How do I get to st john's college. Same old story someone will pocket big and the initiative's intention will go to waste. I see silent discrimination here. However I know the usual selfish faces within the ZRU structures that have been there too long as either committee members,coaches, advisors, and managers. Fact players are in the ghetto

whataboutmefromrugare - 29 October 2014

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