Kudus aiming for 7s glory

Cross border action

22 January 2020 | Sports

Romeo Rieth;Coach;“This tour will provide us with a very good practise run…”

Walvis Bay • [email protected]

A group of 14 First National Bank (FNB) Kudu Rugby Club players and two officials departed for the Swartland town of Malmesbury today (Wednesday) to compete in the SuperSpar Castle WesBank 7s rugby tournament which kicks off on Friday (24 January).

The tournament, which is now in its 12th year, has grown into a huge crowd puller since its inception in 2007. It will be the first time that a Namibian club will be in action at this eagerly anticipated event.

This year’s edition of the tournament sees 64 teams from all over the Western Cape taking to the field and boasts prize money of R35 000 for the winning club.

Strand’s St Goerge’s Rugby Club is the defending champion.

The FNB Kudu team consists of a youthful blend (average age 21) of experienced players Carlton Stevens, Irwin Damants, Danie Jeneke, Anthony Jevu, Nicasio Shoombe, Guiliano Lawrence, Lloyd Jacobs (captain), Gilad Plaatjies, Luke Jansen, Cameron Stevens, Bevan Botha, Vernon Mc Kay, Darryl Wellman and Ashton Mukwiilongo. Romeo Reith is the coach with Lionel Muller as team manager.

“This will be our core group of players for the upcoming Namibian Rugby Union (NRU) season. This tour will provide us with a very good practise run and we regard it as a team building exercise,” Rieth commented.

NRU representative Chandler Plato wished the team well and encouraged the players to go big. “Enjoy yourselves, remember that you represent the country and go and make friends for life.”

The club management thanked their sponsors including businesses, individuals and former players who provided t-shirts and contributed towards covering the costs for the trip across the border at a ceremony last night.

“Thank you for enhancing the uniformity of the team and making this journey possible. We appreciate your continued support. The club is immensely honoured to accept the invitation from the South African Rugby Union to compete at this prestigious event. Our players are ambassadors for the club and the country and we expect them to behave and perform accordingly,” said FNB Kudu Rugby Club chairperson Collin Stevens.

He added that FNB Kudu Rugby Club was looking forward to celebrating its 60th year of existence in style in 2021.

“We plan on inviting some of the clubs we will be competing against in Malmesbury.”

He announced that FNB had agreed to sponsor the club for the next 3 years and also introduced Henry Kemp as the Kudu Rugby Club head coach for the same period.

Adequately equipped Kemp already had his first training session with the players and will meet with them on 1 February to spell out his vision.

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