Rugby clinic coming

MASERU — A Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) delegation is expected in the country to train more than 30 local referees and coaches next weekend.

The venue is not yet confirmed, but it will be in Maseru.

The workshop comes shortly after the Lesotho Rugby Association (LRA), formed in December 2007, affiliated with CAR.

LRA president Mohau Thakaso said the clinic was important for Lesotho where the sport is still in its infancy.

“More than 30 referees and coaches will attend the beginners’ workshop which will be facilitated by the Confederation of African Rugby on behalf of the Lesotho Rugby Association,” Thakaso said.

“Participants will be empowered on how to develop good rugby players at both primary and high schools throughout the country.”

Thakaso said CAR recently confirmed the LRA as the continental body’s latest affiliate.

“Their move to train referees and coaches comes shortly after they have confirmed our affiliation with them,” he said.

“They had asked the LRA to be legally registered in the country, affiliate with the Lesotho Sports and Recreation Council or the Lesotho National Olympic Committee.”

Thakaso said after the workshop all the trained referees and coaches will be deployed around the districts to make sure rugby is developed from the grassroots level.

District and national competitions will be introduced at a later stage once teams have been formed, he said.

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