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Namibia Sports Commission backs Namibia Rugby Union in dispute

THE Namibia Sport Commission has reiterated that it will only deal with the Namibia Rugby Union in their ongoing dispute with Namibia Rugby Limited.

World Rugby has meanwhile also acknowledged that they are aware of the situation and are working with the NRU to find a solution to the problem.

In a press release issued by NSC chief administrator Freddy Mwiya on Wednesday, he said that he wanted to clarify their position, after they had been following media reports and ‘the persistent internal strife on social media at Namibia Rugby with great concern.’

“Following several consultative meetings held involving both the NRU and Namibia Rugby Limited our position is very clear in that we recognise the NRU as the body mandated to oversee the administration of rugby in Namibia, and the Namibia Rugby Limited as its business arm that was established by the NRU in line with its constitution to generate revenue for its operations,” he said.

“This is also in line with the Africa Union Sports Council Region 5 and Namibia Sports Commission strategic plan as we want to see all our federations commercialise in order to be self sustainable. This is a trend we envision to realise in all our affiliate sports codes,” he added.

Mwiya also appealed to all rugby stakeholders to toe the line and called on those that were bringing ‘misperceptions’ to stop doing so. He said the NSC had held two recent consultative meetings with the NRU and NRL and reiterated that they take charge of the national team

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“We wish to emphasize that the NSC going forward will only deal with the NRU directly and no other party and it is our expectation that they implement our recommendations to take charge of the national team and its management without further ado as failure to do so will continue to damage the credibility and good name of Namibia Rugby and Namibian sport in general,” he said.

Mwiya called on all rugby enthusiasts to rally behind the current leadership of the NRU and to give them an opportunity to deliver on their mandate and fiduciary duties.

World Rugby’s head of communications, Dominic Rumbles, meanwhile, confirmed to The Namibian Sport that they were monitoring the situation.

“We aware of the situation, monitoring developments and will work in partnership with the Namibia Rugby Union and Rugby Africa to resolve any apparent issues,” he said in an email on Tuesday.

Namibia Rugby Limited, meanwhile, announced that three further friendly matches that were scheduled for the national training group have been cancelled.

A Welwitschias XV played a Blue Bulls XV a fortnight ago, but further envisaged friendlies against the Boland Cavaliers on 6 October and Western Province on 13 October have been cancelled.

“Due to other commitments by the invited teams, one being the Boland victory over the Hino Valke, thereby enhancing their playoff hopes, the remaining two matches have been cancelled,” the NRU’s new media manager, Daniella Filipovic said in a press release.

Another friendly that was lined up against Kenya’s national team on 20 October, to help them prepare for their repechage World Cup qualifying tournament has also been cancelled, because ‘the scheduled date falls too close to the departure of the national team to their end of the year Europe tour on 3 November.’

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“The Europe tour is scheduled by World Rugby for all participating countries that have qualified for the Rugby World Cup 2019. This plays part of an extensive campaign to prepare Namibia for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan,” the NRL said.

Namibia will play against Russia in Sochi on 10 November, Spain in Madrid on 17 November and Portugal in Lisbon on 24 November and assistant coach JP Nel said the tour will provide vital experience for the younger players in the squad.

“To play Russia in Russia, and play Spain in Spain is a tough ask, especially looking at the squad. We have a lot of young players going on tour, but we see this as a good measuring tool to ascertain at what level the younger players can cope,” he said.

The release added that national team head coach Phil Davies will soon confirm a squad of 28 players for the tour.

 

Story : The Nambian 

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