Um, why no Namibians id they’re No.2?

Do any of you know who the African Leopards are? They’re a Brain Van Rooyen invention gone mad in the current administration.Old Brian must be shaking his head in tears wondering what he did wrong. Has anyone noticed that SA Rugby has never taken any action against Bran Van Rooyen as they said they would? Hmmmm – something to ponder.

Anyway, back to the Leopards. The original idea was that we would use the Leopards as a vehicle to develop and showcase black rugby development on an international scale. So, the team would be like the Pommy Saxons or the New Zealand Maoris.

Only that was not deemed politically sensitive as a development platform and was sacrificed on the altar of political correctness in favour of national provincial quotas.

Anyway, let’s not accuse the administration of being visionary.

So the end of the African Leopards is a type of African Barbarians side. Also a good idea, but instead of living in tandem with Van Rooyen’s original brilliant concept it’s supplanted it.

The Leopards is a team of African players. They’ll play the British Army Senior XV at Aldershot on 23 November 2006.

They’re coached by Brendan Venter.

There’s one SA player in the squad. The rest are from Tunisia, Senegal, Botswana, Kenya, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Mauritius, Tanzania, Uganda and Cameroon.

How Brendan communicates with the French speaking players is anyone’s guess.

The game’s pretty low key and rather a pathetic attempt to develop African rugby if you ask me. The idea of Chester Williams getting on the ground experience there was a better one. Wouldn’t Brendan Venter have been better off going to Morocco or Namibia and helping them?

And why are there no Namibians in the team? Namibia’s on the verge of becoming the second African country to play RWC 2007.

Anyway, just so’s you know these guys do exist.

Maybe UK based RugRats wanna see if they can go support the Leopards.



  1. This is nothing but a PR exercise

    It was such a brilliant concept in its original form….

    Like the idea of selling the old jerseys from 1906

    Wish Canterbury had the guts to make a few and just put them out there. You’ll see how fast they get picked up

  2. Agreed, Greg.

    We had another thread on this where I listed quite a bit of information on the British Army team.

    I’ll see if I can find it.

  3. The British Army team is very good!

    I can see a snotklap coming up for the African Leopards.

    The one thing in favour of the Leopards is the UK’s involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, can’t be many left available to turn out for the Senior XV.

    Comment by Rasputin — October 23, 2006 @ 2:50 pm |Edit This
    The Army Rugby Union was formed in 1905 and the British Army team has been playing rugby around the world since that date. The first recorded rugby match between military teams was in 1855 when at Balaclava in the Crimean War the British Guards played the British Cavalry. Under the able coaching and leadership of Andy Hickling the Army Senior 15 and 7s teams have been highly successful sides over the last 5 years playing many of the UK Premiership Clubs. The British Army 7s side is world renown and has recently won the Middlesex 7s. The Cobra 10s is a new venture for the British Army Team bringing a combination of 7s and 15s players to the arena. Many of the players have just returned from operations in the Middle East and are keen to get their rugby back on track. All the squad are looking forward to taking part in the Cobra 10s and are eager to enjoy the experience. The team would like to take the opportunity to thank Pegasus Security Group for their support.

    Comment by Rasputin — October 23, 2006 @ 2:52 pm |Edit This
    The British Army, winners of last year’s Middlesex 7s tournament, are relishing the challenge of defending their crown at this year’s Compass Group Middlesex 7s on Saturday 13 August at Twickenham.

    The 12 Guinness Premiership clubs will be taking part along with Bedford Blues, Blackheath, NEC Harlequins and the British Army, in what promises to be a day of world class fast flowing rugby entertainment.

    Apolosi Satala, a British Army soldier who is capped at both 7s and 15s for Fiji and played in all of Fijis games when they won the World Cup 7s in Hong Kong in March this year, said ‘I am really looking forward to the challenge of competing against the Guinness Premiership teams and I know that I will have to be on top of my game and in the best form to be selected as competition for places in the Army team is never taken for granted by any player. I love playing at Twickenham and the atmosphere of the Middlesex 7s tournament is absolutely fantastic’.

    All the British Army squad have seen operational duty in the recent past with a number of them very recently returned from Iraq.

    Andy Hickling, the Army sevens coach, said ‘It is an honour for anybody to be involved in Army rugby and pull on the coveted red shirt. It is particularly important that we are given the privilege to be able to compete at the highest level, it does not get any better than the Middlesex 7s’.

    The British Army XVs team won the inter service title for the fourth year in a row recently and also beat the touring New Zealand Army.

    Comment by Rasputin — October 23, 2006 @ 2:53 pm |Edit This
    The British Army rugby club can be found at:

    Comment by Rasputin — October 23, 2006 @ 2:55 pm |Edit This
    The very first African Leopards squad, that lost to SA Students, was:

    The squad of 23 by country is:

    Botswana: Mhonda Munyaradsi

    Cameroon: Jean Emmanuel Bahoken, Arnold Tchoungong Kamga

    Kenya: Innocent Simiyu, Derrick Wamalwa

    Madagascar: Jacquot Hary Nirina, Ernest Rakotonasolo

    Morocco: Abdel Boutati, Hicham Housni, Jalil Narjissi

    Namibia: Jan Henrik Duvenhage, Ryan de la Harpe, Hendrick Meyer

    Senegal: Yogan Corea, Steve Sargos

    South Africa: Mxoli Sangoni, Heinke van der Merwe

    Tanzania: John Lloyd

    Tunisia: Kaiss Aissa, Lotfi Ben M’Salem

    Uganda: Allan Musoke, John Musoke

    Zambia: Neorgeyundo Armitage

    Team Management:

    Managers: Paul Sigombe (Uganda), Said Zniber (Morocco)
    Coaches: Deon Davids (South Africa), Alain Hyardet (France)

    Comment by Rasputin — October 23, 2006 @ 2:58 pm |Edit This

    Comment by Boertjie — October 23, 2006 @ 2:59 pm |Edit This

    Captain Edward Smith (The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) – Army XV Team Captain

    Position: Centre (6ft-1 15st 10lbs Age 27)

    Sergeant Mal Roberts (Royal Logistics Corps)

    Position: Fly Half (5ft 10 13st 2lbs Age 28)

    Private Saula Roko (Royal Gloucester Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment)

    Position: Wing (5ft-9 13st 2lbs Age 26)

    Corporal Andrew Parkinson (Royal Signals)

    Position: Centre (6ft tins Weight: 16st 8lbs Age: 23)

    Corporal Bruno Green (Royal Engineers)

    Position: Wing (5ft-9 13st 7lbs Age 29)

    Lance Bombardier Gareth Slade-Jones (Royal Artillery)

    Position: Scrum Half (5ft-9 13st 5lbs Age 24)

    Corporal Steve Trethewey (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers)

    Position: Prop (5ft-11 18st 7lbs Age 26)

    Lance Corporal George Kemble (Royal Welch Fusiliers)

    Position: Hooker (5ft-6 14st 8lbs Age 30)

    Lance Corporal Chris Budgen (Royal Welch Fusiliers)

    Position: Front Row (5ft-10 18st 2lbs Age 32)

    Lance Bombardier Lee Soper (7th (Parachute) Regiment Royal Horse Artillery)

    Position: Lock (6ft-6 17st 7lbs Age 28)

    Lance Corporal Eugene ‘Boka’ Viljoen (Royal Engineers)

    Position: Utility Back (6ft-1 14st 4lbs Age 29)

    Sapper Peceli Nacamavuto (Royal Engineers)

    Position: Centre (6ft 1in 13st 7lbs Age 25)

    Lance Corporal Ledua Jope (Adjutant General’s Corps)

    Position: Flanker (6ft-1 16st 5lbs Age 27)

    Lance Corporal Daryl Slade-Jones (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers)

    Position: Scrum Half (5ft-8 13st 2lbs Age 23)

    Corporal Ben Hughes (Royal Engineers)

    Position: Back Five (6ft-6 17st 7lbs Age 29)

    Lance Corporal Melvyn Lewis (Welsh Guards)

    Position: Prop (5ft 9ins 16st 8lbs Age 29)

    Lieutenant Mark Lee (The Royal Regiment Of Scotland)

    Position: Flanker (6ft 2ins 16st 5lbs Age 26)

    Private Joe Kava (Royal Logistic Corps)

    Position: Utility Forward (6ft 4in 17st 8lbs Age 27)

    Lance Corporal Kameli Vuadreu (Royal Logistic Corps)

    Position: Utility Back (5ft 11ins 14st Age 24)

    Captain Robin Scothern (The Duke Of Wellington’s Regiment)

    Position: Hooker (6ft 2ins 16st 8lbs Age 30)

    Lieutenant Robert Sugden (Coldstream Guards)

    Position: Lock (6ft 7ins 16st 8lbs Age 25)

    Lance Corporal Sitaveni Rabuli (The Green Howards)

    Position: Flanker (6ft 4ins 17st 7lbs Age 23

    Comment by Rasputin — October 23, 2006 @ 3:26 pm |Edit This

  4. The ABSA African Leopards, Africa’s rugby team, will play the British Army Senior XV at the Aldershot Military Stadium, near London, at 19h00 on Thursday November 23rd 2006.

    “The 2006 Leopards will represent the best of rugby in Africa,? said Abdelaziz Bougja, President of the Confederation of Rugby. “The team will draw players from nine different countries, and the match will be televised on terrestrial TV in 32 African countries.

    “Rugby is growing throughout Africa, and the Leopards will reflect the rising standards throughout the continent.?

    The African Leopards played their inaugural match against a South African Students team in Johannesburg last year, and continue to develop as a continental team that bridges the gap between Africa’s emerging national teams and higher levels of the game.

    “We are delighted to be hosting the African Leopards,? said Gary Stocks, manager of the British Army Senior XV, “and we look forward to staging an outstanding rugby occasion.?

    For more information, contact the African Leopards administrative office at +44 7877 091 335, or at infoATcarugbyDOTCOM


  5. The ABSA African Leopards squad, the official representative team of the Confederation of African Rugby, to play the Senior XV, British Army, at Aldershot Military Stadium, near London, at 19h00 on Thursday November 23, 2006, is announced.

    Prop Tchoungong Jamga Cameroon
    Prop Kalafo Tlialane South Africa
    Prop Gareth Gilbert Botswana
    Hooker Edgar Babou Ivory Coast
    Hooker TBC TBC
    Locks Hamid Arif Morocco
    Locks John Lloyd Tanzania
    Backrow Yousri Sougir Tunisia
    Backrow Abdel Boutati Morocco
    Backrow Bakary Meite Ivory Coast
    Backrow Thierry Park Mauritius

    Halfbacks Ezyar Jawad Morocco
    Halfbacks Steeve Sargos Senegal
    Halfbacks TBC TBC
    Centres Innocent Simiyu Kenya
    Centres Kaiss Aissa Tunisia
    Centres TBC TBC
    Back 3 John Musoke Uganda
    Back 3 Dan Weku Kenya
    Back 3 Allan Musoke Uganda
    Back 3 TBC TBC

    CAR President Abdelaziz Bougja Morocco
    Administrative manager Paul Sigombe Uganda
    Sporting manager Said Zniber Morocco
    Coach Brendan Venter South Africa
    Assistant coach Assistant coach France

  6. No Namibians, no Zimbabweans, no Mozambiquans (sic)

    Any particular reason for their absence?

    And why a South African for what is very definitely a very low profile continental development team?

  7. Ja, I noticed ‘Boka’, OO.

    And the handful of PI players. No doubt there are probably a few English speaking Saffas in there as well.

    The British defence forces are chokka with South Africans, Australians, Kiwis and Pacific Islanders.

    In fact, I think that the only female ever to fully complete the full SAS training is a Saffa. Or something like that.

  8. So does anyone know what happened to Chester, whom I presume is still being paid a handsome salary by Saru to keep his Plattekloof mansion going, his blonde wife shopping and his Pajero on the road?
    Last I heard he was seconded to some African country for coaching.

  9. Boertjie,

    Chester is the Puma’s new coach for 2007, I believe.

    He was seconded to Uganda for a while.

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