|Rugby union in Botswana|
|Governing body||Botswana Rugby Union|
Rugby union in Botswana is a growing sport.
The Governing Body of Rugby Union in Botswana is the BRU (Botswana Rugby Union). The President is Mr. Elijah Jones. Ever since the formation of the Botswana Rugby Union in 1992, the matters of the association have always been run by a B.R.U Executive Committee made up of the President, Secretary and Treasurer who are all elected into position in the annual AGM. The executive committee was expanded in 2007 to include Vice-President and an additional member. The general committee is made up of representatives of clubs, referees and school coordinators inclusive of the executive committee. All the positions in the union are on voluntary basis.
Like Rugby union in Kenya and Rugby union in Zimbabwe, Botswana Rugby has suffered from having been played mainly by the white community, and being seen as a hangover from colonial days. Also, like most African nations, Rugby is mainly played in and around the capital, Gaborone.
However, Botswana's proximity to the major Rugby playing nation of South Africa, and 2 time world cup competitors Zimbabwe, has meant that Botswana has received a constant flow of touring sides, and other African nations.Rugby union in South Africa is a major Sport - the country has both hosted and won the Rugby World Cup - and, Botswana is saturated by South African media of various types. Because of this, Botswana can therefore be considered one of several countries within South African Rugby's sphere of influence - including Namibia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Swaziland.
In 1997, there were 26 Rugby clubs in Botswana.
Botswana competes in the Africa Cup every time.
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Sports in Botswana is widely reported on and documented by the popular local online publication sportsbw.com. All sporting codes in the country are regulated by the Ministry of Sports of Botswana. The government ministry works closely with the Botswana National Olympic Committee and various sports governing bodies, including the Botswana Football Federation.
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