Swallows pull out of men’s rugby division

Swallows pull out of men’s rugby division

MASERU – Swallows Rugby Club has withdrawn its men’s team from the 2018 National Rugby Championship and will only compete in the women’s division. According to Federation of Lesotho Rugby (FLR) secretary general Litšitso Motšeremeli, Swallows’ men’s squad has been depleted by players leaving for university making it impossible for the team to compete in Lesotho’s top-flight rugby competition.
The club has decided to withdraw from this season’s league campaign and will return next year.

Swallows’ withdrawal means the championship will now be contested by five teams – Giants Rugby, National University of Lesotho (NUL) Spears, Warriors, Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) Team Liqhomane and Mabote Beavers.
“Swallows will not be participating this season,” Motšeremeli said yesterday.

“They have told us most of their squad have gone to school and they are left with young boys, so they can’t compete this year, but they will be competing in the women’s championship. Remember LCS (Lesotho Correctional Service Lioalaoala) is also out,” he said.

The National Rugby Championship kicked off last Saturday and, in a glimpse of what may be to come, favourites Giants Rugby already lead the standings after a 20-7 thumping of Liqhomane.

“I was watching the opening games and it didn’t look like it was the first game of the season, the boys didn’t look too rusty at all. It was beautiful,” Motšeremeli told thepost. “It was interesting,” he added.

“Giants beating Liqhomane 20-7, you could see it was all about experience – who is more experienced than the other. I think the performance (of the teams) has improved if you compare it to last year. We are expecting things to go well this season. If there are problems, we need to address them and avoid trouble. We have to put the association first so that rugby can grow in the country.”

Luciah Phahla

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