Ghana Rugby congratulates World Rugby EXCO members after election

first_imgMr Herbert Mensah, President and Board Chairperson of Ghana Rugby, has issued letters congratulating the re-elected Chairperson of World Rugby, Sir Bill Beaumont, as well as the African EXCO Members Mr Khaled Babbou (President of Rugby Africa) and Mr Mark Alexander (President of South African Rugby Union).World Rugby unexpectedly announced the result of the just-ended election of a new World Rugby Executive Committee.The new Executive Committee will comprise Sir Bill Beaumont (Chairman), Bernard Laporte (Vice-Chairman), Brett Gosper (Chief Executive), Angela Ruggiero (Independent), Lord Mervyn Davies (Independent); Mark Alexander (South African Rugby Union), Khaled Babbou (Rugby Africa), Bart Campbell (New Zealand Rugby), Gareth Davies (Welsh Rugby Union), John Jeffrey (Scottish Rugby), Bob Latham (USA Rugby) and Brett Robinson (Rugby Australia).In his message, Mensah stated that times have changed and greater equity was required for all. He noted the positivity of having President Khaled Babbou elected to the New Executive Committee (a first for Africa Rugby).“The President of Rugby Africa’s ascendence to the Executive Committee is an indication of changing times. The elections are often seen as simply a stay or changing of the guard and not a time to change,” Mensah said.But Mensah hoped that the gap between the haves and the have-nots would be tackled proactively. Rugby has major challenges to tackle and overcome and he expressed the hope and believe that the newly elected EXCO will indeed tackle and overcome all the challenges ahead to ensure the continued growth and well-being of Rugby, also in Africa.Mensah also extended his appreciation to Mr Agustín Picho who unsuccessfully contested for the top position in World Rugby and thanked him for his selfless service to Rugby as Vice-Chairperson over the past four years.Africa is well-represented on the new World Rugby Executive Committee with both Mr Mark Alexander (President: South African Rugby Union) and Mr Khaled Babbou (President: Rugby Africa) occupying a seat. All Members of the Executive Committee were ‘elected’ unopposed.Mensah congratulated both Babbou and Alexander with their positions on the World Rugby EXCO and expressed the hope that they will do all they can to improve the support to Africa from the world governing body.“We fully realise that the World Rugby EXCO is there to execute the will of the World Rugby Council for the greater good of rugby. The plight of developing rugby in the world, however, is huge and I believe that the position of a region such as Africa as one of the fastest-growing areas of the Game should be reviewed as a matter of urgency,” Mensah said.About Ghana RugbyGhana Rugby is the official full member of both World Rugby (2017) and Rugby Africa in Ghana-West Africa and is responsible for the management and development of the Game Rugby Union in the country. The Union is governed by a Constitution and administers five KPAs (Key Performance Areas) namely: (1) Youth Development & Growth through the World Rugby “Get Into Rugby” Programme, (2) Women in Ghana Rugby, (3) Training & Education, (4) Domestic Competitions and (5) International Performance. Tags: Ghana RugbyHerbert Mensahlast_img read more

Fiji, Tahiti qualify for soccer Semis

first_imgTahiti were reduced to nine players in the second half after captain Manuarii Hauata and Thibaut Pito received two bookings and were sent off.Tahiti head coach Patrice Flaccadori was pleased with his team’s spirit in holding out for the draw.“It was a very tough game against a good team. I think the score is fair, but I am angry because we received two red cards and I found the referee’s decisions very hard,” said Flaccadori.“It was difficult because Fiji were very organised. I’m very proud of them but I’m a little angry with the captain (Hauata) because he didn’t respect the game. But it’s a good experience for us.”Fiji manager Juan Carlos (URU) was also pleased with the draw after Tahiti had the better of the first half, before the red cards.“It was important not to lose the game today. We knew that if we didn’t score in the first half we would have had a very difficult time to score against the wind in the second half. But we have achieved our targets,” Carlos said.“I was more relaxed after the two red cards. With nine men their only option was to pump the ball to the big fellow up front and we had three people marking him.”The draw means Vanuatu are eliminated from the Pacific Games soccer tournament, although they remain in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualifying tournament where they face a tough semifinal match against New Zealand.Fiji have qualified for two semifinals: one against PNG in the Olympic tournament and another against New Zealand in the Pacific Games competition.“New Zealand is a tough game and it will also be difficult against PNG because they have a good squad and they are at home. The crowd will be behind them, but my players don’t care about that. It will be a great atmosphere,” Carlos said…..PACNEWSlast_img read more