Updated 31.08.2004 (2nd edition)


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Kenya 33, Zambia 10 in Nairobi(CAR Div.1, Pool C)

Madagascar 23, Zimbabwe 18 in Antananarivio (CAR Div.1, Pool B)



Cook Islands 50, Niue 5 in Rarotonga (Oceania Cup, East Zone)



South Africa 23, Australia 19 in Durban (Tri-Nations)



South Africa 40, New Zealand 26 in Johannesburg (Tri-Nations)

Uganda 24, Madagascar 16 in Kampala (CAR Division 1, Pool B (South 1))

Namibia 52, Zambia 10 in Chingola (CAR Division 1, Pool C (South 2))






Botswana v Tanzania in Gaborone (CAR Div.2, South)



Swaziland v Tanzania in Gaborone (CAR Div.2, South)



Andorra v Norway in Andorra La Vella (WCQ Euro. Rnd 1, 1st leg)

Botswana v Swaziland in Gaborone (CAR Div.2, South)



'The Swaziland Rugby Union will make rugby history this week, when they field four brothers from the same family in their bid to win the 3 Nations tournament against Botswana and Tanzania in Gaberone Botswana The four Takis brothers Bazil flyhalf, Dez scrumhalf Bud first centre and David wing. Will make up the Swazi backline attack in the first game against Tanzania on Thursday September 2nd.'
Source: Michael Collinson, Swaziland RFU





Madagascar v Zimbabwe-Point scorers, spectators

Kenya v Zambia-Point scorers

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Cook Islands v Niue at Raemaru Park in Rarotonga (Oceania Cup, East Zone)


The Cook Islands were given a shock last year when they lost to Niue in Auckland in the Oceania Cup, Eastern Zone final. The Cook Islands look a weakened side with a number of New Zealand-based players unavailable. The same could well apply to the Niue Islanders although I do not know their team. The Cook Islands will still be stronger in front of their home crowd.


Cook Islands Squad

1.Mata Arioka, 2.Gas Heather, 3.David Heather, 4.Harrison Pupuke, 5.Danny Heather, 6.Richard Matapo

7.Gene Lutton, 8.Loyd Matapo, 9.Kipa Maurangi, 10.Pomare Pokipoki, 11.James Samson, 12.Aporo Heather

13.Sione Fa, 14.Rua Ngametua, 15.Turori Matutu, 16.Kane Epati, 17.Makirere Makirere, 18.Kore Herman

19.Aron Hanson, 20.Terry Piri, 21.PAre Rongokea, 22.Tere Strickland, 23.Teokitai Tuaivi, 24.Vano Rima.


Coach: George Matuarau



Team not available, but according to Cook Islands article below they will all be New Zealand-based.



06.09.2003 Niue 17-14 in Auckland (Oceania Cup, Eastern Zone final)

09.06.2001 Cook Islands 28-8 in Paliati (WCQ Oceania 1A)


GWC RANKINGS- Pacific Table: Niue 6th, Cook Islands 7th


PREDICTION: Cook Islands by 12 points.


Cook Islands team data thanks to

Cook Islands preview here



Madagascar 23, Zimbabwe 18 at Antananarivio National Stadium in Antananarivio (CAR Div.1, Pool B)

Madagsacar won by 5 points. I predicted Zimbabwe by 15.


Point scorers


Madagascar ( 3 points short!)

Tries: Rahrimanantena, H. Nirina, Rakotoarivelo

Conversions: Andriamanamjara

Penalty goals: Rakoto



Tries: Mberi, Binha

Conversions: Newitt
Penalty goals: Zimbako, Newitt


Travelling without its top players was always going to be a risky business, especially to one of Africa's fast rising hotbeds of rugby.


Madagascar scored the first try in the second minute but its kicker missed a number of early penalty kicks for goal. Zimbabwe scrum half Gary Hewitt then kicked a penalty goal. Madagsacar scored another try before half time and finally a penalty goal by its, so far, wayward goal kicker. Madagascar led 13-3 at halftime having much the better of the game in the first half.


Zimbabwe started the second half strongly by scoring a try to captain Costa Dinha. Madagsacar had added a penalty goal and then another Zimbabwe try took the scorline to 16-15 with Zimbabwe looking much stronger. Madagascar returned with a try and then a last penalty to Zimbabwe finished the scoring.


Madagascar would be pleased with this much needed home win which keeps its semi-fianl hopes alive after losing to Uganda in Kampala two weeks ago.


Adapted (sort of) from and thanks also to 'africa bambata' from fira-aer forum.


Zimbabwe (The Sables) probable line-up:

1. Alfred Sairai 2. Daniel Macheke 3. Rocky Gurumani 4. Emmanuel Munyoro 5. Fortune Chipendo 6. Norman Mutiba 7. Prayer Chitenderu 8. Costa Dinha (captain) 9. Gary Hewitt (vice captain) 10. Victor Zambawo 11. Tonderai Mapunde 12. Daniel Hondo 13. Farai Shava 14. Augustine Mberi 15. Emmanuel Munyoro. Reserves: Zano Chikara, Arthur Mathe, Slethokuhle Ndlovu, Tich Chidongo, Mzi Nyathi, Michael Banga, John Marira.

Coach: Brighton Chivandire

Madagascar: (The Makis)

Team not available


Referee: M. Katzenellenbogen (South Africa)

Spectators: 10,000


Thanks to

Preview from Madagascar here (in French)

Preview from Zimbabwe

Extra data thanks to Paul Segombe, CAR



19.07.2003 Madagascar 21-0 (by default) CAR Div.1, Pool C)

02.06.2002 Zimbabwe 52-3 (WCQ Africa Rnd 3, South CAR Div.1, South)

03.08.1987 Zimbabwe 66-15 (CARA Tournament)


GWC RANKINGS: African Table-Madagascar  8th, Zimbabwe 9th-CHANGE!


Kenya 33, Zambia 10 at RFUEA Ground, Nairobi(CAR Div.1, Pool C) HT 19-3

Kenya won by 23 points. I predicted Kenya by 20 points.


A comfortable win to Kenya. This match was televised live on national TV.

Match report here


'Zambia today bowed out of the Africa Top Ten competition after loosing to Kenya 33-10. The Zambians who played less than 24 hours after arrival in Nairobi put up a spirited fight but the Kenyans who do not to be playing at their fullest potential in the end proved too strong for the central Africans'. Paul Sigombe (CAR)

Point scorers



Tries: Ongalo, Wamanga, Ndongi, Otyeno, Benugus
Conversions: Kola (2), Oduk (2)

Penalty goals:



Tries: Nowanga

Conversions: Kamisa Andrew

Penalty goals: Simiyu



15 llan Wamanga (Cheetahs RFC), 14 Oscar Osir (Cheetahs RFC), 13 Jethwa Kiran (Tetra Pak Buffaloes RFC), 12 Tito Oduk (Rhinos RFC), 11 Victor Sudi (Cheetahs RFC), 10 Newton Ong’alo (Bamburi Lions RFC), 9 Moses Kola (Cheetahs RFC), 8 Benjamin Ayimba (Capt.) (Tetra Pak Buffaloes RFC), 7 Ken Nyagetuba (Cheetahs RFC), 6 Enos Otieno (Nakuru RFC), 5 Frank Oyalo (Tetra Pak Buffaloes RFC), 4 Geoffrey Amuhaya (Rhinos RFC), 3 Derrick Wamalwa (Bamburi Lions RFC), 2 Joseph Mutisya (Cheetahs RFC), 1 Frank Ndong (Cheetahs RFC).

Reinforcements: 16 Frankline Amiani (Cheetahs RFC), 17 Daniel Kiptoo (Rhinos RFC), 18 Paul Murunga (Tetra Pak Buffaloes RFC), 19 Steve Obondi (Cheetahs RFC), 20 Peter Mutai (Bamburi Lions RFC), 21 Jude Thumbi (Rhinos RFC), 22 Leslie Mango (Bamburi Lions RFC).


Coach: Thomas Odundo


Kenya team thanks to Fred Ollows, Development Manager, Kenya RFU


Zambia Squad (To be trimmed to 22)

Musonda Kaminsa(Capt), Dodic Nowanga, Longa Chikwamo, Owen Mhango, Caeser Mutesha, Tengo Ngondo, Chilima Matete, Sydney Sichikolo, Tom Mweemba, Lazarous Ngoma , Ronald Chishimba, Musonda Chileshe, Mumba Mufumbe, Chipo Mubagwa, Richard Kapoma, Buka Nthembe, Robert Luhanga, Gilbert Musakanya, John Kambayenda, Chancy Mulama, Patrick Chanda, Alex Mwila, Lawrence Njovu, Happy Chipili, Ronell Armnwool, Martin Zimba.

Coach: Toby Nyati


1980 Kenya 23-10 in Nairobi
1979 Kenya 21-13
1976 Zambia 23-6 in Nairobi
1975 Zambia 18-15 in Lusaka

GWC RANKINGS; Africa Table-Kenya 7th, Zambia 8th-CHANGE!

Preview here at

Referee: Stephen Ojambo (Uganda)




Forwards. Pug Martin, Jarque Potgieter, Tyrone Ried, Lee Taman, Muzi Dlamini, Mark Pocock (captain) Bruce Blignaut, Des Takis, Marius Uys,  Louis Von Wissell, Louis Martin, Ward Young, Stef Jordaan,
Backs. Bud Takis, Barry Takis (vice captain)  Garth Way, Mark Woodburn, Bosman Badenhorst, Phil Mayhew, Mark Deacon, Sean Fitz Patrick, Mario De Sousa,
Coach Michael Collinson
Team Manager Lee Taman.
Thanks to Michael Collinson, Swaziland RFU


South Africa 23, Australia 19 in Durban (Tri-Nations)

South Africa won by 4 points. I predicted South Africa by 5


South Africa rose to 2nd on the GWC World Ranking table with its 23-19 Tri-Nations win in Durban. They had to make a late surge to overcome the more experienced Australians.


This was the game that got away from Australia after they had established a 23-7 lead mid-way through the second half. It was not the result Australia wanted to celebrate George Gregan's record breaking 102nd test match, overtaking David Campese's record.


South Africa have came a long way since the disaster of the 2003 Rugby World Cup.


GWC RANKINGS: World Table-South Africa 2nd, Australia 3rd--Change!

Point scorers

South Africa
Matfield, Van Niekerk
Conversions: Montgomery (2)
Penalty goals: Montgomery (3)

Tuqiri, Mortlock, Smith
Conversions: Giteau (2)

South Africa: 15 Percy Montgomery, 14 Breyton Paulse, 13 Marius Joubert, 12 De Wet Barry, 11 Jean de Villiers, 10 Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 9 Bolla Conradie [20 Fourie du Preez], 8 Joe van Niekerk, 7 AJ Venter [18 Gerrie Britz], 6 Schalk Burger [19 Jacques Cronjé], 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Eddie Andrews [17 CJ van der Linde], 2 John Smit (captain), 1 Os du Randt [16 Hanyani Shimange]
Replacements not used:21 Gaffie du Toit, 22 Brent Russell.

Coach: Jake White

Australia: 15 Chris Latham, 14 Clyde Rathbone [22 Wendell Sailor], 13 Stirling Mortlock [21 Matthew Burke], 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Lote Tuqiri, 10 Stephen Larkham, 9 George Gregan (captain), 8 David Lyons [19 John Roe], 7 Phil Waugh, 6 George Smith [19 John Roe,temp.], 5 Nathan Sharpe [18 Daniel Vickerman], 4 Justin Harrison, 3 Al Baxter, 2 Brendan Cannon [16 Jeremy Paul], 1 Bill Young [17 Matt Dunning].
Replacement not used: 20 Chris Whitaker

Coach: Eddie Jones

Thanks to


The cup will be divided into two sections. Western Zone comprises New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. The Eastern Zone's teams are Cook Islands, Niue, Wallis & Fatuna and Tahiti. Vanuatu's first game is on 1 October v New Caledonia at Port Villa.


Thanks to via 'seahorse' on the fira-aer forum.


CAR DIV.2 SOUTH (19.08)

This section of the African Championship, to be held in Gaborone, Botswana, begins late August.

The draw

Tuesday 31 Aug - Botswana vs. Tanzania
Thursday 02 Sep - Swaziland vs. Tanzania  
Saturday 04 Sep - Botswana vs.Swaziland
The Tanzanian squad is..

 Chris Hanlin (Dar Leopards), Tom Halloran (Rhino’s), Emanuel Motta (Rhino’s), Dan Nicholson (Rhino’s),

Jay Njwelige (Dar Leopards), Dominyk Lever (Rhino’s),  Mark Baker (Rhino’s), Chris Parker (Rhino’s),

Mathew Mbando (Rhino’s), Gustav Mphusu (Dar Leopards), Mike Beckner (Rhino’s)


Matt Febrey (Dar Leopards), Anton Gufler (Dar Leopards), Chris Febrey (Rhino’s), Andrew Edmondson ((Dar Leopards), Liaan Geldenhuys (Rhino’s), John Lloyd (Rhino’s), Ben Wiggins (Moshi), Ake Lindstrom (Rhino’s),

Matt Lane - Capt (Rhino’s), Daniel Moore (Rhino’s), Jeremy Stephenson (Rhino’s).


Thanks to Tinus Aucamp, Tanzania RFU.



The first qualifying matches begin next month. A brief preview follows of the first match and the early process, from the IRB

13th August 2004

The first qualifying match for Rugby World Cup 2007 in France is to be played between Andorra and Norway on 4th September 2004 in Andorra la Vella at the Molt Illustre Conseille General (MICG) ground.

This historic match represents the commencement of the 86-match Europe qualifying process that will end with the playoffs for the third European qualifier place (Europe 3) in November 2006.

Andorra la Vella, the capital city of the Principality of Andorra in the Pyrenees, was also the venue in 1993 for the first round of the 1995 RWC European qualifying rounds. Andorra’s opponent on September 4, Norway, is also no stranger to kicking-off RWC tournaments. In 1996 they opened proceedings against Latvia in Riga during RWC 1999 qualifying and in 2000 it hosted Luxemburg in the opening match of the 2003 tournament.

As part of Europe Round 1 Andorra and Norway will play each other home and away with the winner progressing to Round 2a. Other teams competing in Round One qualification are Bosnia & Herzegovina, Austria, Finland, Bulgaria, Israel and Lithuania.

Andre Watson, the first referee to take charge of two Rugby World Cup finals, will referee the Andorra v Norway match. The Webb Ellis Cup will be displayed at the match.


Zambia team v Namibia, also Namibia team (19.08)

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South Africa 46, New Zealand 20 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, in Johannesburg (Tri-Nations)

South Africa won by 26 points. I predicted New Zealand by 7 points.



New Zealand is out of the Tri-Nations after being defeated by South Africa in spectacular fashion. The South Africans dominated territory and possession. New Zealand led 13-7 at one stage. Halfway through the second half New Zealand was still in the game 26-15. But from then on it was all South Africa although New Zealand tried desperately to gain a bonus point, a point that would have given them a chance at the title.


Now all eyes turn to Durban next weekend where the title will be decided, Australia to play South Africa.


GWC RANKINGS: World Table-South Africa 3rd, New Zealand 4th- Change


Point scorers

South Africa
Joubert (3), Paulse, De Villiers
Conversions: Montgomery (3)
Penalty goals: Montgomery (3)

New Zealand
Muliaina, Rokocoko
Conversions: Mehrtens (2)
Penalty goals: Mehrtens (4)

South Africa: 15 Percy Montgomery, 14 Breyton Paulse, 13 Marius Joubert, 12 De Wet Barry, 11 Jean de Villiers, 10 Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 9 Bolla Conradie [20 Fourie du Preez], 8 Joe van Niekerk [19 Jacques Cronje], 7 Gerrie Britz, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Bakkies Botha [18 AJ Venter], 3 Eddie Andrews [16 Hanyani Shimange], 2 John Smit (captain), 1 Os du Randt [17 CJ van der Linde]
Replacements not used:  21 Gaffie du Toit, 22 Brent Russell.

Coach: Jake White

New Zealand: 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Doug Howlett, 13 Tana Umaga (captain), 12 Sam Tuitupou [22 Aaron Mauger], 11 Joe Rokocoko, 10 Andrew Mehrtens, 9 Justin Marshall [20 Byron Kelleher], 8 Xavier Rush [18 Moses Tuiali'i], 7 Marty Holah [19 Craig Newby], 6 Jono Gibbes, 5 Simon Maling, 4 Chris Jack, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Kees Meeuws [17 Greg Somerville].
Replacements not used: 16 Andrew Hore, 21 Nick Evans, .

Coach: Graham Henry

Referee: Nigel Williams (Wales) - replaced by Donal Courtney (Ireland, 12)

Thanks to


Uganda 24, Madagascar 16 at Kampala RFC Ground, in Kampala (CAR Div. 1, Pool B (South 1)) HT-16-8

Uganda won by 8 points. I predicted Uganda by 10


Uganda, Madagascar and Zimbabwe are the teams in Pool B.


"The Uganda Rugby Cranes kept a perfect home record as they beat Madagascar 24-16 in the Top Ten first round encounter at the Kampala RFC grounds on Saturday 14th August. It was also some revenge against  the Islanders who edged the Cranes 32-30 in Antananarivo July 2003 in the then Top Nine competition."

From Paul Segombe CAR


GWC RANKINGS; Africa Table-Uganda 10th, Madagascar 11th- change


Point scorers



Tries: Musoke, Magona

Conversions: Seguya

Penalty goals: Seguya (4)



Tries: Rakoto, Andriamananjara


Penalty goals: Rakotomanana (2)


Madagascar Squad: B.Botomila, C. Jean, R. Andriambolona, G. Razafindrakoto, V. Herimihaja, M.Vonjiniana, R. Randriamanantena, J. Rabearinnosy, J. Dieu ,R. Razafindrakoto, J. Nirina, J. F. Rakotomanana (Capt.), H.Rakoto, S.Rakotorisoa, F. Romuald, H. Nirina Jacquot, J. Raharimanantena.


Coach: Eric Pandrienarson


Uganda Coach:Yayiro Kasasa


Referee: L Mzomba (South Africa)


Crowd: 3,500


Sources: Paul Segombe, CAR.



Namibia 52, Zambia 10 v in Nchingola (CAR Division 1, Pool C (South 2)) HT 24-3
Namibia won by 42 points. I predicted Namibia by 25

Namibia overcame a coach/management staff dispute and travel to overcome Zambia.

NAMIBIANS TOO GOOD by kalumiana kalumiana

Zambia were no match for Namibia this afternoon in their debut match of the 2004 Confederations of African Rugby (Car) Super 10 league Pool C opener when the latter swept aside their hosts 52-10 at the Lions Den in Chingola.

The chasm between Namibia, the 26th ranked team in the world and Zambia, in 61st place was clear to see as the former showed flair and superior technique in their play in this the was sides first ever meeting in a 15's game.

Namibia showed their overwhelming superiority when they took a 24-3 lead into the break after going ahead through a Morne Schreuder 3rd minute penalty after shaking off an early Zambian scare.

Jaco Kotze added a try 9 minutes later that Schreuder converted to kick his first of seven* clinical conversions of the afternoon.

Rain van Wyk and Hendrik Meyer each added a try in the 14th and 30th minutes with the former pressing the ball in the try area after a breathtaking fluid move by the Namibians that started from their own half.

Musonda Kaminsa kicked the 3 points for Zambia via a penalty on the stroke of half-time to see the two sides go 24-3 into the break.

The 3 points came after the "Powerhouse" Lusaka fullback had earlier blasted wide of the post in fine whether conditions a spot-kick in the 23rd in what is usually Kaminsa territory.

Zambia returned from the break to mount a brave  offensive run and were rewarded for their toil when Kaminsa touched down a sublime try and went on to successfully convert for the 7 points just after Namibia stretched their lead in the 42nd minute via **Herman Lintvelt try.

However, Namibia were unfazed by Zambia's sudden sprout of courage gathered at the interval and swept aside Zambia with further tries from their World Cup duo of Schalk van der Merwe and Neil Swanepoel.

Meyer added his second try of the day in the 85th minute.

Zambia coach Toby Nyathi said: "We played against a very good side and fresh from the World Cup but I feel we held our own out there and it showed."

Gilliam Vermeulen, the Namibia coach had this to say: "I think we played well and expected this result despite it being an away game but I must say Zambia are a strong and quick side.

"However, their lack of match practice showed after not playing a big game for 8 over months and that worked against them today. They need to play more often to get better."

Zambia next play Kenya in their final Pool C game on September 11 in Nairobi while Namibia host the East African nation just before then on August 28.

CORRECTIONS: *7 from 6.**Missing try scorer.

Point scorers

Tries: Meyer (2), Kotze, Van Wyk, Lintvelt ?, van der Merwe, Swanepoel
Conversions: Schreuder (3) -possibly 4 more?
Penalty goals: Schreuder

Tries: Kaminsa
Conversions: Kaminsa
Penalty goals: Kaminsa


15 Robert Dedig, 14 Cor van Tonder, 13 Ivan Gaya, 12 Rheeder van Wyk*, 11 Tom Gouws, 10 Schalk van der Merwe, 9 Jurie van Tonder, 8 Herman Lintvelt, 7 Jacques Burger*, 6 Pieter Rossouw*,5 Morne Schreuder, 4 Rian van Wyk, 3 Neil Swanepoel, 2 Du Preez Grobler, 1 Jaco Kotze.

Reinforcements: Hendrik Meyer, Rene Kruger, Moris Kapitako, Domingo Kamonga, J.J Husselman, Roger Thompson, Ryan Witbooi. 

* New test players

Coach: Danie Vermeulen

Regular captain Corne Powell is unavailable due to injury.

Zambia: Patrick Chanda, Mumba Mufumbe (sub:Chilima Matete ), John Kambayenda, Richard Kapoma, Nyondo Armitage, Chipo Mubenge, Musonda Kaminsa (sub: Anthony Kalengo), Chancey Mulama(Sub:Ronnel Armwngol), Alex Mwila, Tengo Ngondo(sub: Caeser Mutesha), Lawrence Njobvu, Owen M'hango, Dodick Nowanga, Robert Luhanga, Chiluba Kangwa.

The Zambian team played two warm up games against local team Copperbelt XV, winning the first 17-0.

Coach: Toby Nyati


Referee: Paul Comberbach (Zimbabwe)

GWC RANKINGS: Africa Table-Namibia 3rd, Zambia 7th

Sources:,; kalumiana kalumiana.



Australia 23, New Zealand 18 at Telstra Staduim, in Sydney (Bledisloe Cup & Tri-Nations)

HT 12-12

Australia won by 5 points. I predicted New Zealand by 7 points.


Australia kept its Tri-Nations hopes alive with a stunning win over New Zealand in Sydney. Australia scored one try to nil in a game dominated by penalties. It was a nail-biting second half after a tight first half in which New Zealand led 12-3 at one stage. Australia's comeback was again spearheaded by their forwards, an ever improving unit. George Smith was again their key player with the Australians generally outplaying the Kiwis in the loose. Now that's a worry! New Zealand just does not have loose forwards to match either Smith or Waugh. Australia had to withstand an All Black surge late in the game that very nearly snatched a win. Australia just held out but deserved their victory. George Gregan equalled David Campese's Australian test record of 101 matches.


New Zealand and Australia now travel to South Africa where the Tri-Nations trophy wll be decided.


GWC RANKINGS: World Table-Australia 2nd, New Zealand 3rd-change

                                 Pacific Table-Australia 1st, New Zealand  2nd-change


Point scorers

Penalty goals: Burke (2), Giteau (4)

New Zealand:
Penalty goals:
Carter (4), Spencer, Mehrtens


Australia:15 Chris Latham, 14 Clyde Rathbone [22 Wendell Sailor], 13 Stirling Mortlock [21 Matthew Burke], 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Lote Tuqiri, 10 Stephen Larkham, 9 George Gregan (captain), 8 David Lyons [19 John Roe], 7 Phil Waugh, 6 George Smith, 5 Nathan Sharpe [18 Daniel Vickerman], 4 Justin Harrison, 3 Al Baxter, 2 Brendan Cannon [16 Jeremy Paul], 1 Bill Young [17 Matt Dunning]
Replacement not used: 20 Chris Whitaker,

Coach : Eddie Jones

All Blacks: 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Doug Howlett, 13 Tana Umaga (captain), 12 Daniel Carter [22 Sam Tuitupou], 11 Joe Rokocoko, 10 Carlos Spencer [21 Andrew Mehrtens], 9 Justin Marshall, 8 Xavier Rush [18 Mose Tuiali'i], 7 Marty Holah, 6 Jono Gibbes, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Chris Jack, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Kees Meeuws [17 Greg Somerville].
Replacements not used: 16 Andrew Hore, 19 Craig Newby, 20 Byron Kelleher,

Coach: Graham Henry

Mose Tuiali'i made his test debut.

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)

Spectators: 82,000

Thanks to


From kalumiana kalumiana


The Zambia rugby union national team goes into camp today, Wednesday, in Chingola ahead of their August 14 debut in the Confederation of African Rugby (Car) Super 10 1st round Pool C game against 2003 losing finalists Namibia.

Zambia coach Toby Nyathi has been assembled a 28-man squad to prepare for the Namibia game to be played at the Lions Den in Chingola and he will be assisted on the bench by Lovemore Phiri of Roan and Kelvin Clulee from Diggers.

Defending ZRFU National Rugby League champions "Men at Work" Diggers have contributed the largest number of players to the squad with 8 while archrivals  "Powerhouse" Lusaka are not far behind with 6 call-ups to Nyathi's squad.

Zambia will play two Pool C games starting with Namibia next Saturday and later travel to Nairobi for their final game against Kenya during the first week of September.

Namibia lost 27-7 away to defending CAR Super 10 champions Morocco on February 28 in Casablanca.

Winners and runners up in Pool C will face the eventual 2nd and 1st placed sides from Pool B respectively in a group comprising Uganda, Madagascar and Zimbabwe.

Victor in the forthcoming playoffs will then play winner from Pool A for the ultimate title of CAR African champions at a date to be announced.

Pool A meanwhile, consists of CAR Super 10 champions Morocco, Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroon and Tunisia. 


Forwards: Martin Zimba, Ronald Chishimba, Musonda Chileshe (All Ndola Wanderers), Chilima Matete, Owen Mhango, (both Nchanga), Chipo Mubenge (Buffaloes).
Tengo Ngondo, Longa Chikwamo, Dodick Nowanga, Caesar Mutesha (All "Powerhouse Lusaka). Nyondo Armtiage, Tom Mweemba (Both Chibuluma), Buuka Nthembe, Richard Luhanga (Both Roan), John Kambayenda, Gilbert Musakanya (Both Diggers).

Backs: Richard Kapoma (Buffaloes), Mumba Mufumbe (Ndola Wanderers), Lazarus Ngoma (Chibuluma), Sydney Sichikolo (Nchanga). Owen Busange, Musonda Kaminsa (Both "Powerhouse" Lusaka), Patrick Chanda, Lawrence Njobvu, Ronnel Armwngol, Happy Chipili, Alex Mwila, Chancey Mulama (All Diggers).


The following countries have had their international rugby lists updated with recent results. See alphabetical listings above.










New Zealand


South Africa

Sri Lanka




United States



For Australia 2001- go to 'Australia'. There are also technical difficulties with the lists for Burkino Faso and Pacific Islands.



The July 2004 news page is now loaded under 'News Archives' in the menu on the left. The news pages for May and June will be available soon. Both May and June news archives will be split into two sections, as both pages were very large.



Australia 30, South Africa 26 at Subiaco Oval, in Perth (Tri-Nations)

Australia won by 4 points. I predicted South Africa by 5 points.

'100 NOT OUT'

This was George Gregan's 100th test match. A remarkable achievement in the modern game of test rugby. Only Jason Leonard (114),Phillppe Sella (111), David Campese (101) are above him on the list of rugby internationals played. Jeremy Paul played his 50th test for Australia.


Australia came out on top against South Africa after trailing for most of the match. A try by former South African age-group player Clive Rathbone with ten minutes to go sealed the game for Australia. They won the forward battle and the game in the final quarter. Steven Larkham produced a fine performance in this quarter, his best of the season to date. Gregan produced a good service to his backs whilst Smith was the player of the match. It was a performance up a level on what Australia had previously produced this season and has left South Africa scratching their heads-again. What must they do to win a Tri-Nations match?


Point scorers


Tuqiri, Larkham, Latham, Rathbone
Conversions: Giteau, Burke
Penalty goals: Giteau (2)

South Africa
Van der Westhuyzen, de Villiers, Du Toit
Conversion: Montgomery
Penalty goals: Montgomery (3)


Australia: 15 Chris Latham, 14 Clyde Rathbone, 13 Stirling Mortlock, 12 Matt Giteau [21 Matthew Burke], 11 Lote Tuqiri, 10 Stephen Larkham, 9 George Gregan (captain), 8 David Lyons, 7 Phil Waugh, 6 George Smith [19 John Roe], 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Justin Harrison [18 Daniel Vickerman], 3 Al Baxter, 2 Jeremy Paul, 1 Bill Young [17 Matt Dunning].
Replacements not used: 16 Adam Freier, 20 Chris Whitaker, 22 Wendell Sailor.

South Africa: 15 Percy Montgomery, 14 Breyton Paulse,13 Marius Joubert, 12 De Wet Barry, 11 Jean de Villiers [21 Gaffie du Toit], 10 Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Jacques Cronjé, 7 AJ Venter, 6 Schalk Burger [19 Joe van Niekerk, temp.], 5 Gerrie Britz, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Eddie Andrews [17 CJ van der Linde], 2 John Smit (captain), 1 Os du Randt.
Replacements not used: 16 Hanyani Shimange, 18 Albert van den Berg, 20 Bolla Conradie, 22 Brent Russell.

Referee: Chris White (England)


GWC RANKINGS: World Table-Australia 3rd, South Africa  4th - CHANGE

'Last Five Encounters' and 'GWC Rankings' from rugbyinternational.nets' own data base.

Team data and point scorers thanks to

Kenya 18, Uganda 8 at the RFUEA Grounds, in Nairobi (Friendly)

Kenya won by 10 points. I predicted Kenya by 15


This match was a warm up for both teams about to begin their CAR Division 1 campaign. Kenya is in the same group as Namibia and Zambia, taking on Zambia on 28 August in Nairobi, then will travel to Windhoek to play Namibia on 11 September. Kenya will later be in the same 2007 Rugby World Cup qualifier group as Madagascar and Uganda.


Kenya had to overcome an 8-3 Ugandan lead to win this match. After a slow start Kenya finished the stronger team.


Point scorers



Tries: Osir, Mango

Conversions : Oduk

Penalty Goals: Oduk



Try: Mwisaka

Penalty Goal: Seguya




Probable line-up


Leslie Mango (KCB), Oscar Osir (Impala), Patrick Onyango (Quins), John Onyango (Mwamba), Victor Sudi (Impala), Charles Ngovi, Moses Kola (Impala), Franklin Amiani (KCB), Joseph Mutisya (Impala), Derrick Wamalwa (KCB), Richard Nyakwaka (Impala), Geoffrey Amuhaya (Quins), Benjamin Ayimba (Nondies), Ken Nyagetuba (Mean Machine) and Paul Murunga (Ulinzi). 
Reserves: John Allan Namu (Nondies), Tito Oduk, Joel Ng'ang'a (Quins), Paul Oimbo (Impala), Peter Mutai (KCB), Frank Oyalo (Nondies) and Eric Situma (Nazarene University). 
Officials: Thomas Odundo, Musembi Mumo (coaches), Wangila Simiyu (team manager) and Christopher Makachia (physiotherapist).

Uganda Cranes

Brian Tabaruka (MTN Heathens), John Musoke (Mango Kobs), Mark Olweny (MTN Heathens), Simon Wakabi (Mango Kobs), Tony Lugya (Rhinos), Ronnie Lutakome (Mango Kobs), Roger Sebina (Black Pirates), Brian Makalama (Black Pirates), Deogratius Tumuhairwe (Black Pirates), Fred Mudoola (Mango Kobs), Victor Wadia, Andrew Owor (Rhinos), Ronny Mwisaka (Mango Kobs), Robert Seguya, Peter Magona (MTN Heathens). 
Reserves: Gideon Kamya (MTN Heathens), Kenneth Mutabaruka (Mango Kobs), Deogratius Mukasa (Rhinos), Moses Soita (Rhinos), Bobby Bibagamba (Mango Kobs), Bobby Tumusiime, O’Brien Tindimwebwa (MTN Heathens), Emmanuel Ochaya (Black Pirates), Timothy Mudoola (Mango Kobs), Geoffrey Okello (Hima Impis), Anthony Kinene (MTN Heathens), Allan Mukasa, Gamma Faisal (Mango Kobs). 
Officials: Yayiro Kasasa (coach), Paul Ojambo (assistant coach), Edmond Owor (team manager), Henry Musoke (assistant team manager), Albert Majwara (doctor) and Fred Mayanja (physiotherapist).


14.06.2003 Kenya 22-21 in Kampala (Friendly)

05.10.2002 Uganda 31-22 in Nairobi (CAR Division 1, North 2)

29.09.2001 Kenya 44-17 in Nairobi (Friendly)

21.07.2001 Kenya 12-8 in Kampala (Friendly)

1997 Kenya 65-8 in Nairobi (Friendly)


GWC RANKINGS: Africa table-Kenya 9th, Uganda 11th

Team data from

Original info.from  and 'Klitch'.

'Last Five Encounters' and 'GWC Rankings' from rugbyinternational.nets' own data base.

Point scorers and report info from

'Last Five Encounters' and 'GWC Rankings' from rugbyinternational.nets' own data base.
Try also Kenya RFU web site, which has been upgraded since I was last in there.