RUGBY: Nigeria Crash Out of Las Vegas Invitational, Rugby Africa Elects New Executives

The sojourn of the Nigeria Rugby Women Invitational Team to the Las Vegas Sevens Invitational ended yesterday after they succumbed to a 12-17 loss to Rocky Mountain in the quarterfinals of their category.

The team who made the quarterfinals despite losing two of their first three games end the tournament as the eighth best team in their category.

The tournament was used by the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) as preparation for the team ahead of the Africa Women’s Sevens 2019 which also doubles as 2020 Olympic qualifiers.

Meanwhile, Khaled Babbou has been elected as the new president of Rugby Africa at the 13th General Assembly of the body held in Marrakech, Morocco. The Tunisian will be joined in the Executive Committee of Africa’s rugby governing body by Andrew Owor of Uganda (Vice President), Tano Elvis of Ivory Coast (Treasurer) and South African Jurie Roux (Secretary General).

NRFF President; Kelechukwu Mbagwu (Middle) flanked by new Rugby Africa President; Khaled Babbou -Tunisian Rugby (Left) and Herbert Mensah Ghanaian Rugby President (Right)

Rugby Africa is one of the six regional associations that make up World Rugby, the international organisation responsible for the governing of Rugby Union and Rugby Sevens. Rugby Africa unites all of the 38 African countries which play rugby union, rugby sevens, and women’s rugby.