A message from our sponsors
The rapid resurgence of Rugby 7s in Zambia has been commended by sponsor Paratus Telecom for building national unity and encouraging team building, tactics, speed, strength, determination and discipline. “Rugby 7s is a source of pride for our nation and it is pleasing that from a young age children – both boys and girls – are beginning to be introduced to it and play it,” said Marius van Vuuren, Country Manager of the connectivity solutions provider, which is part of the Paratus Telecom Group, He was speaking during the unveiling of the national team kit in Lusaka at the Best Western Hotel in March 2017.
Zambia’s relaunched Rugby 7s Championship saw various local and international teams taking part in tournaments throughout the year 2017.
In thanking the partners and organisers of the event, Mr van Vuuren urged more sponsors to come on board, called for fans to support the team and urged players to stay fit, train and ensure they win matches
“If we can bring all three of those elements together, then I hope to be standing here again this time in 2018 as a proud sponsor of a team that has put Zambia Rugby 7s back on the international map,” he said.
In offering words of advice to the team, Mr van Vuuren said, “According to Rugby World, speed is the most important physical quality you need to succeed in rugby sevens. Strength may get all the accolades but speed is the true physical ability that separates great players from average players.
“Paratus believes in both speed and strength, which is one of the reasons we have pitched in to sponsor the Zambia Rugby 7s. It’s a sport that resonates with us, and exemplifies our approach to team-building, tactics, speed, strength, determination and discipline.” Rugby 7s is a championship played on a full size pitch by teams of seven players as opposed to 15-a-side rugby. The game is shorter in duration than the other formats, with each half lasting seven minutes. The sponsorship of the Rugby 7s championship comes as Paratus Telecom Zambia celebrates its 7th anniversary. The Paratus Group entered Zambia in 2010 and rapidly established itself as the go-to provider for connectivity, hosting and data security solutions; capitalising on its international expertise and infrastructure to deliver the best services locally with the local touch.
Zambia Sevens 2017 New Kit – Launch and Sponsors
Zambia Rugby 7s sponsor Zambeef expressed confidence in
the 2017 Zambian International Rugby 7s Championship
squad’s performance, as excitement mounted in the camp with
the unveiling of the team’s kit on March 14, 2017 at Best
Western PLUS Hotel in Lusaka.
“At Zambeef we believe in teamwork and hard work. It’s an
approach that we expect our national Rugby 7s team to adopt,
and we expect to see a great display of sportsmanship as
international teams participate. Rugby is a very demanding
game; physically and mentally and we believe the players are
prepared for it,” said Zambeef Head of Marketing and
Corporate Affairs Felix Lupindula.
The squad was in training (see picture – left) ahead of
travelling to Zimbabwe to face their opponents in the Victoria
Falls Sevens tournament on March 17 and 18, 2017
“Sport has always been close to the heart of Zambeef. Like
food, sports have a unifying factor, which we understand as a
food retailing company. Rugby 7s also serves to display
Zambian talent in the game and hopefully this will help
increase awareness of the game and popularity in the country,”
said Mr Lupindula, adding that he expected the team to live up
to Zambeef ’s motto of “Proudly Zambian”.
Mopani strengthen Rugby sponsorship
Mopani Mine has strengthened rugby sponsorship to the local rugby and has extended its hands to the national team.
Mufulira Rugby club is ZRU affiliate and is based on Mufulira district on the Copperbelt. A couple of years ago, Mufulira rugby club was languishing at the bottom of the Zambian Rugby “B” league. Early 2016, the club embarked on a brave journey to become the champions of Zambia.
It achieved its 2016 and 2017 goals, and aimed at the 2018 goal of winning the Premier League!
During the 2017 season, Mufulira Leopards was the only club in the league to field two teams in the league. The “A” team finished 3rd and the “B” team finished 9th out off the 15 teams in the Zambian rugby league.
The “B” team won the Bowl finaland seven of the players were selected from the club for Zambia 7s and 15s. The head coach was named Zambian assistant coach and team’s captain, Ali Bhika, was named Zambian national team captain.
A womens team was formed in 2017, and it won its first ever game against the more established Arrows rugby club of Luska.
Mufulira rugby hosted the Muf 7s, which is the biggest ever 7s tournnament in the Zambian rugby history, watched by about 3,000 spectators. The Mufulira rugby club was upgraded as an alternative venue for international matches.
It hosted the first ever rugby international on the Copperbelt. Zambia played against Algeria in the North-South Africa Bronze final game that attracted over 5,000 spectators. World Rugby rated the event 4 out of 5, which is the first time an international outside of South Africa has achieved this.
The club has upgraded the facilities to world class standards it has become the “go to” venue for social outings as well as events and functions. Weekly, youth rugby clinics are held and attract over 100 kids.
10-day tour to South Africa in February 2018, focusing on leadership training and team building, including rugby matches against South African clubs, and a visit to the Golden Lions academy.
The league commences in March to November 2018, the annual Muf 7s tounament will be held in August 2018 and Mufulira Rugby club will be hosts of three-nation international tournament on dates yet to be announced.
Emergence of Mufulira Rugby Club: An alternative venue for international rugby matches
ZRU thank Mopani for being part of our journey so far. We would not have achieved all of this without your generous contributions.
With your continued support we will ensure 2019 will be out best year yet.
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