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Mbagwu Opens New Vista for Home-based Rugby Players

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first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeNewly elected President of Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF), Kenechukwu Mbagwu, has opened new vista for home-based rugby players in the country. Henceforth, there will be no more preference for foreign-based players in the selection of players to represent the country at major tournaments.Speaking at a media parley in Lagos on Tuesday morning, Mbagwu said that under the new administration both foreign and home-based players are going to be called to camp to fight for shirts in the senior national rugby team.“I don’t believe that foreign-base players are better than their colleagues based here at home. We will henceforth invite players to camp and select the best among them to wear the national colours,” stressed Mbagwu who is also the MD/CEO of CMB Building Maintenance and Investment Co Limited. While alluding to what happened in soccer during the Clemens Westerhof era, the NRFF president insisted that with good rugby league spread out across the country, “Many talented players are going to be discovered. Opening up the country to rugby leagues in the North East for instance will show what players from that region are capable of doing. Part of my vision is to spread rugby in the North, especially in the North Eastern states like Borno and others which will help spread the gospel of peace in the region. My board would work closely with state governments to achieve this.”He also revealed plans to ensure that the Northern and South West leagues continued to grow, adding that the South-east and South-south would be given adequate support to improve their standards.Mbagwu harped on developing the game at the grassroots, starting with the schools. “If we can introduce the sport to four schools in Borno for instance, we would have set up a system that will grow the game in the state. “The school rugby programme is a very important aspect of the development of the game and we will work closely with I-Try, if they agree to work with us, to develop a more encompassing model.“We want to see students taking to rugby as the game of choice while in JSS so that when they get to SSS they would have been in the game so much that they will be in the school team. That culture will be sustained when they leave school. It is better that way than introducing them to the sport after leaving college,” revealed the NRFF boss who has been the major financier of the sport in the country in the last decade.Mbagwu also promised to work with all stakeholders in rugby now that elections are over. “There is no point is dwelling in the past. We are reaching out to all aggrieved parties involved in the elections.”As a top corporate player in the country’s economy, the NRFF president promised to make transparency the benchmark of his administration of rugby in the country.“Accountability is one of the biggest concerns we have had in recent time. There is not so much money out there for us to go and get just like that. There are so many causes and only those with the right attitude and structure can assess it.“Already, we have an accountant that takes care of our money, but we have the power to appoint a chief financial officer, who will take care of the finances. So, it is not the President’s job to handle the money of the federation,” Mbagwu pledged.He promised to get the suspension clamped on Nigeria lifted and join the fray in hosting continental competitions. “Talks are underway to resolve existing issues with Rugby Africa. We have no fear over that because the issues that led to Nigeria’s suspension have been taken care of with the election of a new board for the federation.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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D.O. Sportscast: Experiencing Cameron Indoor during Syracuse’s upset win

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first_imgSyracuse (13-5, 4-1 Atlantic Coast) secured a resume-boosting road win at No. 1 Duke last week, topping the Blue Devils, 95-91, in overtime. Paschal Chukwu totaled a career-high 18 rebounds, including nine on the offensive glass, and blocked three shots in the victory. A few critical plays keyed the monumental upset.Our beat writers, with host Josh Schafer, discuss details from the trip, including the outlook of the men’s basketball season after a set of wins.Here are some of the stories our writers mentioned in the cast:DiSturco: Syracuse’s win over No. 1 Duke deserves recognition, but expectations need to simmer downSyracuse players relive their first dunksThis local high school band plays Syracuse basketball games over winter breakAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 21, 2019 at 9:44 pmlast_img read more

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Drew Brees surpasses Peyton Manning, sets all-time NFL record in Saints’ win over Colts

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first_img FOLLOW US Drew Brees is now officially in a league by himself. On Monday night (Tuesday morning IST), when the New Orleans Saints marched over the Indianapolis Colts, Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw the 540th and 541st touchdown passes of his career, thus writing his name in the NFL’s history books. Drew Brees now owns the NFL record for most career touchdown passes by an NFL player. Also Read | LA Rams Suffer HUGE 21-44 Defeat To Dallas Cowboys As Jason Garrett’s Side Dominate Field Colin DCunha ⚜️540 ⚜️Drew Brees has done it: the most TD passes in @NFL history!#Saints #MNF pic.twitter.com/7FAakkRGCm— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) December 17, 2019 First Published: 17th December, 2019 11:04 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Drew Brees (540 career pass TD) passes Peyton Manning to become the all-time leader in passing touchdowns on this 5-yard TD to Josh Hill.The play action fake drew the attention of the Colts LBs, freeing up Hill for the record-breaking touchdown.#INDvsNO | Powered by @awscloud pic.twitter.com/M4dmXFwr8B— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) December 17, 2019 Last Updated: 17th December, 2019 11:04 IST Drew Brees Surpasses Peyton Manning, Sets All-time NFL Record In Saints’ Win Over Colts During Monday Night Football, the Saints registered a convincing victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Quarterback Drew Brees broke an NFL record. Interestingly, Drew Brees entered the game against the Indianapolis Colts with 537 touchdown passes. It was, therefore, inevitable, that the Saints quarterback would surpass both Patriots star Tom Brady and seven-time First-team All-Pro, Peyton Manning on the night. The all-time NFL touchdown passes record isn’t the only one in Drew Brees’ kitty, though.Also Read | Is Odell Beckham Jr Planning To Request A Trade From The Cleveland Browns?The two-time NFL Offensive Player Of The Year also holds the record for most career pass completions (6,800 and counting), most career passing yards (76,600 and counting) and the highest career pass completion percentage (67.5%). With two games left to go in the regular season, the Saints quarterback will have a couple of opportunities to build on the numbers in these records. The New Orleans Saints, meanwhile, have now bounced back from that roller-coaster defeat against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 14.Also Read | Buffalo Bills Coach Sean McDermott Delivers Inspiring Speech After Sealing Playoffs Berth Written By NFL: Drew Brees makes historyThe touchdown pass to Tre’Quan Smith with just over six minutes left in the second quarter was touchdown pass No 539, a pass which tied five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning’s record. The former Denver Broncos quarterback retired after the 2015 season with 539 passing touchdowns. The next, a five-yard pass to tight end Josh Hill was touchdown pass 540, the magic number for Drew Brees. There was a false alarm when the Saints quarterback made a five-yard pass to Tre’Quan Smith just before halftime. The receiver, however, was called for offensive pass interference on the play.Also Read | New England Patriots Spygate 2.0: NFL Yet To Start Investigation Into The Defending Champs WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV COMMENTlast_img read more

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