The President and Board Chairman of Ghana Rugby, Mr Herbert Mensah, has issued a challenge to the “Ghana Rugby Family & Friends” to show the world how they stay safe, healthy and productive during the COVID-19 lockdown period. He initiated the Challenge after receiving a video from the President of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Mr Ben Nunoo Mensah, in which he showed how he uses his own home as the gym.
The response to the challenge has been overwhelming and videos are pouring in from all over the world.
Herbert Mensah shows and challenges the Ghana Rugby Family & Friends to submit their videos on how they “Stay safe, healthy & productive”
ACCRA, GHANA. 12 March 2020/ – Ghana Rugby has issued a “Club Fundraising Template” to its Regional Associations and their Members, the Clubs, as one of the outcomes of the “Ghana Rugby Stakeholder Congress” that was held in Accra on 22 March 2020 .
ACCRA, GHANA. 06/03/2020/ – Ghana Rugby presented trophies and awards to teams and players for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) in a ceremony in Accra Ghana that was graced with the presence of Mr Steph Nel, World Rugby Service Manager: Africa.
ACCRA, GHANA. 01 March 2020/ – Dansoman Hurricanes RFC was crowned as the 2019/20 Ghana Rugby Club Men’s Fifteens Champions when the beat Griffons RFC by 39 points to 19 on Saturday 29 February 2020 at the St Thomas Aquinas Park in Accra, Ghana.
ACCRA, GHANA. 24 February 2020./ – The golden thread throughout the Ghana Rugby 2020 Stakeholder Congress (GRSC) ( https://ghanarugby.org/2020-stakeholder-congress/ ) was the Union’s ability to fund its operations in light of the increased demands brought about by its rapid development.
His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo opened the gates of Jubilee House to a delegation of Ghana Rugby (https://Ghana.Rugby/) led by the newly elected President and Board Chairman, Mr Herbert Mensah.
Members of the Ghana Rugby national women’s sevens team, the Ghana Eagles, reached out to Ghana’s national football team, the Black Queens, to show solidarity with them in their quest to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.
Both Ghana’s national women’s teams of the two largest team sports in the world, football and rugby, will be chasing the Olympics Dream during September and October of 2019.
The Ghana Rugby Women’s Sevens Eagles will take on eleven of Africa’s top women’s teams on 12 and 13 October 2019 in Tunisia for a chance to qualify.
The national women’s football team, the Black Queens, will be facing Kenya on 30 September 2019 and again on 4 October 2019 in Leg 1 and 2 of the CAF Olympics Qualifying Tournament.
Both the national teams of Ghana are preparing to fly the flag of Ghana high with apparently no or very little support from the government of Ghana.
The Ghana Rugby Ladies decided to muster whatever little support they could lay their hands on and to present it to the Black Queens with a message of solidarity and good luck wishes.
The GOC, represented by its President Mr Ben Nunoo Mensah and Board Member Mr Herbert Mensah, and the Ghana Rugby Ladies presented a variety of products and an undisclosed amount of money to the Black Queens on Monday 16 September 2019 in the presence of the President of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), Mr Ben Nunoo Mensah, and GOC Board Member Mr Herbert Mensah who is also the President of Ghana Rugby.
In her message to the Black Queens Rafatu Inusah, Ghana Rugby Board Member and Women’s Representative, said, “When I heard about the challenges the Black Queens are facing, we decided to show our concern and solidarity by donating part of our stipend allowance and products from our sponsors, Sunda International and Gino, to them. Ghana Rugby does not entertain gender inequalities and we are saddened by the current situation in Ghana sports.”
Mensah said that he was highly touched by the gesture of the Ghana Rugby Ladies but reminded those present that they, the Ghana Women’s Eagles, were also preparing for an Olympics Qualifier.
“Since Ghana Rugby started with serious structuring of the sport in 2014 it has not received any support from the government even though it has been flying Ghana’s flag high on the international stage,” Mensah said.
The products presented by the Ghana Rugby Women’s Eagles were kindly sponsored by Sunda International and Conserveria Africana Ltd through its Gino brands, two corporate bodies that have been supporting Ghana Rugby for quite some time.
“In light of the plight of our national ladies teams the support from both Sunda and Gino is once again highly appreciated and valued,” Mensah said.
About Ghana Rugby
Ghana Rugby is the official full member of both World Rugby (2017) and Rugby Africa in Ghana-West Africa and is responsible for the management and development of the Game Rugby Union in the country. The Union is governed by a Constitution and administers five KPAs (Key Performance Areas) namely: (1) Youth Development & Growth through the World Rugby “Get Into Rugby” Programme, (2) Women in Ghana Rugby, (3) Training & Education, (4) Domestic Competitions and (5) International Performance.
July 24 2019, Accra, Ghana. The President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), Herbert Mensah, has singled out sponsors of Ghana Rugby competitions ahead of a three-nation West Africa rugby tournament for praise.
The three-nation rugby tournament will take place at the Nduom Stadium in Elmina, Central Region, between Ghana, Nigeria and Ivory Coast. This is part of a new rugby game format spearheaded by World Rugby.
In a video broadcast ( https://youtu.be/C1J9evW8PM8) ahead of the tournament, Mensah said, ”You’ve heard me say it many many times that sport is big business. And we indulge in a game of rugby that requires massive amounts of money invested for development, for training, for medicare, for feeding and nutrition, for branding, for our very presence.” He added, ”We at Ghana Rugby, even without state support, have managed to maintain a reasonably special relationship with sponsors. It is something we’ve cultivated over the period”.
Herbert Mensah explained the importance of competitions in attracting sponsorship to the game and the need for constant competitions for Ghana Rugby to be able to aspire to participate in international rugby tournaments and Olympic Games.
”Without competition, rugby in Ghana or anywhere cannot attract sponsorships to sustain the World Rugby standards of the game”.
He continued, ”And without the sponsorship, we cannot have competitions. So as we embark on this tournament with Ivory Coast and Nigeria I will like to reach out and thank our special sponsors who are making it possible”.
He named the Pan African Equipment Group, Interplast, GB brand of Gino food products, Sunda International and KEDA Ceramics as well as Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom, owner of the Nduom private sports stadium who all make it possible through their various sponsorship packages for Ghana rugby to participate in these tournaments and aspire to the Olympics.
The Ghana Rugby President encouraged other private companies in Ghana to join the sponsoring group to develop the Game of Rugby in Ghana.
Mr Herbert Mensah, President of Ghana Rugby, sadly remembers the day when he was informed of the passing of Komla Afeke Dumor (3 October 1972 – 18 January 2014), the Ghanaian journalist who worked for BBC World News and was the main presenter of its programme Focus on Africa.