Rugby Sevens Festival kicks off on artificial turf

04 Mar 2017 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 04 MAR (NAMPA) – The first-ever edition of the Capricorn Group Rugby Sevens Festival kicked off in the capital on Friday afternoon, with international and local teams competing for the final prize.
The games are underway at Windhoek Gymnasium Private School and are expected to conclude on Saturday.
The tournament, which has attracted teams from other countries, such as Germany, South Africa, Zambia and Botswana will be played on the school's brand new synthetic rugby field, which is the first artificial rugby turf in Africa.
Four Under-19 teams, four Under-15 teams from local schools and two Namibian High Performance sevens teams preparing to represent the country at the Hong Kong Sevens tournament in April, are representing Namibia at the two-day festival.
Speaking during the opening ceremony and inauguration of the field, Capricorn Group’s Managing Director, Thinus Prinsloo said the sevens rugby tournament weekend should be used as a get-together for players and create memories.
He said as an organisation, the financial group will continue to develop sport in Namibia for the benefit of all citizens.
Speaking at the same occasion, Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) President, Bradley Basson called on the corporate world to invest more in sport at the grassroots level and commended the school for the unique field.
“With this type of field we will see a lot of young Namibian’s show casing their talent at an early age, which is a good thing for the NRU when it comes to talent identification.”