Zambia Rugby Trip

Zambia Rugby Trip

Last month Bowral Blacks participated in the launch of the Livingston Rugby Club in Zambia. David, Jake and Finn Loiterton travelled to Zambia with a group of coaches and players – including dual international Lote Tuquiri, NSW Rugby Development Manager Matt Evrard and Hong Kong Womens Head Coach Jo Hull – as part of a 2-pronged rugby development program.
Firstly, with Tag Rugby Trust the coaches worked in local primary schools to introduce tag rugby to young kids. After 3 days of games, selection and then training, 8 local schools participated in a round robin tournament. This was the first time any of these kids had seen a rugby ball, let alone played, and they all had a great day.
Secondly, the trip was to officially launch the Livingston Rhinos Rugby Club, with dignitaries from the Zambia and Zimbabwe Rugby Unions attending. After working with the primary schools in the mornings, David, Jake and Finn and the other coaches worked with the Rhinos U14s and U19s sides, preparing for their first-ever games against the visiting Zimbabwe teams. Jake and Finn plus 3 other members of the group played with the Rhinos against an experienced, fast and physical Zimbabwe team, who ultimately prevailed but only after a spirited showing from the Rhinos.
The tour was a huge success with Rhinos successfully playing their first games and hundreds of primary school kids introduced to rugby and who can now play tag every Saturday at the Rhinos ground. The group also brought over hundreds of jerseys, girls sports gear, boots, shorts and balls – including 60 Bowral Blacks training jerseys – which were left with the club and the schools. Bowral Blacks also donated a bicycle to the Rhinos so its young coaches can get out to the schools and villages and continue to help develop rugby in Zambia.
So Bowral Blacks now have a sister club in Zambia and we hope to continue to strengthen the ties by helping a Rhinos team come over to our Southern Highlands 7s in 2017.