Female rugby is well developed in Nigeria, federation president says

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By Olanrewaju Akojede

Lagos – President of Nigeria Rugby Federation (NRFF), Kelechukwu Mbagwu, on Thursday in Lagos said development of rugby sport among female Nigerians has been very encouraging.

Mbagwu told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) development of female rugby had taken a back seat as being insinuated.

sport has been receiving encouraging development over years. Equally, we have been working on development of female rugby in Nigeria and it has been encouraging as well.’’

He added in spite of the insinuations the development of the sport is slow, female rugby in Nigeria has become more popular in recent years.

“We are working on what do with the female rugby league. What we want is have a league we can take the six geo-political zones of the country.

“With this, we can have a large pool of players. For example in Kano, we have female rugby teams in schools which are well developed. Also, in Lagos state we have established teams.

“In addition this, female rugby team has represented the country in Las Vegas, U.S., where they performed well by reaching the knockout stage of the competition,” the NRFF president said.

Mbagwu also disclosed that the rugby league would start immediately after the 20th Sports Festival (NSF) which would have provided the the to assess their teams.

“The NSF be a good for the various to assess their teams because, after the NSF, we hope to commence the league for the male rugby teams.

“After the NSF, we kick start the league with the President’s Cup competition which be between the champions of the , who are the (NPF), and the Northern champions,’’ he said.(NAN)