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​​Rugby Week​

The exciting Iqhawe U15 Rugby Tournament is currently underway at the Bill Jardine Stadium in Bosmont Johannesburg, hosted by the City of Johannesburg.
The rain is no deterrent to the boys as they jink to evade the clutches of the opposition team and go crashing over the whitewash to score three points amidst the roar of the supporters.

The tournament started on Monday 2 October and ends today Thursday 5 October 2017. The Iqhawe Week is an exciting edition to the school rugby tournaments calendar. It is a development rugby tournament with U15 representatives from 14 rugby unions from across South Africa. Iqhawe Week gives talented young boys, mostly from underprivileged areas a chance to show case their skills and the opportunity of a bursary to attend a traditional rugby school.

On Sunday, 01 October 2017, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba attended a gala dinner for the launch of the Iqhawe Week U15 Rugby Tournament.

She was joined by senior executive members of the South African Rugby Legends and the Gauteng Golden Lions rugby team. The tournament, which is now on its fourth year is in partnership with the City of Johannesburg.

Ten years ago, the City of Johannesburg took a strategic decision to support the transformation and development of rugby. Tournaments such as the Iqhawe Week U15 Rugby Tournament are important for the development and transformation of rugby together with the involvement of the private sector.

Many children from disadvantaged areas want to play rugby but the lack of facilities, equipment, coaching and adequate nutrition makes it difficult. Private sector support ensures that these boys have the opportunity to play rugby and make their dreams come true.

Written by Virgil James
Communications Specialist
Group Communication and Marketing
City of Johannesburg
082 467 9415