Nigeria has been giving the hosting right of the African Rugby Championship and the 2020 President’s Cup coming up later in the year.
This was disclosed by Kelechukwu Mbagwu, President, Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) during the federation’s Board meeting in Lagos at the weekend.
Mbagwu said the NRFF decided to host the tournament in order to create more awareness for the sport in Nigeria and also expose the players to test matches with top Rugby Nations in West Africa.
He promised that the federation will strive to host more international championships in 2020, adding that they were mapping out plans to reposition Rugby in Nigeria.
Mbagwu also added that NRFF was delighted that Rugby will make a return to the National Sports Festival in Edo State after a 10 year absence.
“The Black Stallions won the President Cup last year in Ghana and Rugby Africa gave Nigeria the nod to host this championships to boost Rugby development in the country.
“The NRFF’s focus is to continue promoting Rugby in Nigeria this year and to this end, the Rugby Union League will kick off after the National Sports Festival.
“I can assure you that plans are also in place to have Women’s Rugby Sevens League and the Men’s Sevens Circuit in the country.”