Lagos - Nigeria Rugby has announced the appointment of South African Bronson Weir as
head coach of the senior men’s national team, the Black Stallions.
was announced at a press conference chaired by the rugby
body’s president, Kelechukwu Mbagwu, following the re-admittance of Nigeria
into the international scene by Rugby Africa.
Bronson’s first assignment will be to lead the Black Stallions in their friendly against Niger in Niamey on August 11.
The friendly is seen by many as symbolic because it will be the first
activity of the federation on the international scene after their election and
inauguration in 2017.
Mbagwu also announced that Nigeria will be participating at the 2018 Africa
Rugby Regional Sevens in the Ivory Coast from September
15-16 during the press conference to mark the board’s one year in office.
the federation has opened its Rugby House at 18, Ayinde Giwa Street, Surulere,
Lagos for the smooth daily operations of rugby affairs in Nigeria.
To this end, Mike Archer has been appointed as the General Manager of the
NRFF. He will take over the day to day running of rugby and seasoned
administrators will work under him.
The president also announced the appointment of Martin Crawfor as the Elite
Rugby Director and assured that the recent move is geared towards putting the
end to an era where not much was achieved.
Going forward, activities of the federation and its players will be documented.
Mbagwu added: “The latest landmark is part of our plan for a comprehensive data
base of rugby players in the country and embark on our Get Into Rugby programme
fully. This will put an end to an era of no records which has continued to kill
the game in Nigeria.”
Weir worked from 2008 to 2011 with the South African Students Sevens
team in different capacities.
He started as assistant coach and manager of the
team in 2008.
In 2010, he was appointed as head coach for the SA Students team
for 2010 and 2011.
As coach, Weir won the Casablanca Sevens competition in
2010 and 2011.
During the SA Students team’s participation in the Central
Sevens competition in France, the team won in 2010 and finished second in 2011.
As coach, Weir worked with players such as Okkie Kruger, Justin Geduld,
Cheslin Kolbe and Jamba Ulengo, who are now playing on the HSBC Sevens World
Series and have played either Varsity Cup, Vodacom Cup or Super Rugby.