Tanzania Rugby is set to make a return to the International scene after 16 years of absence with the Tanzania 15s side scheduled to host the Irish side Railway Union at Mao Zedong Stadium in Zanzibar on 27 July.
30 players are set for an intense camp in Zanzibar as the side works to return to action. The 30 players were selected through tournaments held in Dar es Salaam, Iringa, Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.
Tanzania Rugby announcement
“In the works for a long time, and it’s been officially announced!! Tanzania are fielding their 1st National Development XV since 2007 against International opposition from Ireland,” Tanzania Rugby Union announced
“Players from clubs across the country are travelling to Zanzibar where they will go through an intense camp with international coaches to help prepare them for our return to international competition. The game takes place at Mao Zedong Stadium in Zanzibar on 27th July.Huge congratulations to everyone who has been involved in getting this major step forward arranged.”
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“Thanks, NGE Maendeleo and Safari Lager for sponsoring, Railway Union RFC for travelling to make the fixture possible. And all of the African Scorpions members who have been working tirelessly in the background on the logistics,” the statement concludes.
Besides having this match, TRU has prepared 60 coaches to oversee the grassroots-level projects.
Tanzania Rugby comeback
Tanzanian Rugby Union President Jonah Jacob to Daily News that their plan is to come back stronger to the international scene.
“We have already selected 30 provisional team members for our game against Ireland, they will be unveiled on Friday. This will be a developing team as the Union planned to have a strong side for future international competitions,” he told the outlet.
“We are delighted to start going where we were previously, we want to have a strong comeback,” he stated.
“Tanzania team has been out of international rugby for a long time. The last time was in 2006. We want to return those good old days, he added.