Watch these little stars shine in the mud and in their shining hope, their fearlessness, their courage, their humour, their fun, their camaraderie, their desire to play rugby, a new sport in Afghanistan. The brotherhood of rugby means friends for life.
The Brotherhood of Rugby knows no bounds – from Afghanistan to distant Kiwi Lands
Although the sport is only 2 years old in Afghanistan, every day, the number of the players (male and female) increases as interest in the sport rapidly spreads in this war- torn country. Maybe because rugby is like the traditional Afghan sport, Buzkashi (goat grubbing by horsemen), mixed with two other popular Afghanistan sports: football and wrestling. In June rugby was presented to 600 girls from Kabul City’s Girls Schools. 100 wanted to join the training immediately. Soon the world will witness the foundation of the Afghan women’s rugby team.
Here Come The Horsemen, Footballers and Wrestlers
Many horsemen, footballers and wrestlers have already joined ARF (Afghanistan Rugby Federation) and they love it. From goat grabbing to ball grabbing to rugby – is a logical progression (and you don’t need to own a horse but you do need courage and a desire to play a new exciting team game).
Rugby As A Tool For Peace
The aim of the Afghanistan Rugby Federation is to support youngsters who participate in sport against a backdrop of violence, conflict and suffering. ARF’s CEO, Asad Ziar says “We are trying to introduce rugby as a force in bringing about cultural change and democracy in a social situation. Sport will find a way to succeed since it is a tool for peace, prosperity and brotherhood.” Read this wonderful Afghanistan rugby article.
Can The Brotherhood Of Rugby Help Afghanistan Rugby?
Rugby has a deep tradition of respect and camaraderie. ARF want to make rugby the most played sport in Afghanistan and encourage peace and harmony through sport. But they can only do this, if, they get support of the international rugby community, since, as a new sport in Afghanistan, it is not possible to find sponsors for their events and training clinics.
And this weekend the Afghan Men’s Rugby 7s team makes its first entrance in the West Asia Rugby 7s in Dubai – BUT without a coach. If you know anyone in rugby in Dubai – please ask them if they can find a volunteer 7s Rugby Coach just for the 1st Nov competition and any days training before. Dubai is becoming a great rugby venue with the Dubai 7s now one of the best 7s competitions in the world. Imagine coaching your own international Rugby 7s team (Afghanistan) in Dubai for the West Asia Rugby 7s?
My experience at Dubai 7s 2012 was absolutely fantastic fun
The world rugby community welcomes Afghanistan. So if you know anyone that can either coach them this weekend or can help to support Afghanistan Rugby in any other way, at any other time, please contact Asad Ziar, Chief Executive Officer of the Afghanistan Rugby Federation (ARF) & The Founder of Rugby in Afghanistan.
Editor’s Note: See Top Rugby Coach (and former Irish international full back) Conor O’Shea: People Who Succeed Demonstrate The Greatest Sportsmanship & Jason Robinson talking while at the Dubai 7s about sportsmanship.