Did you know that the Parliament of South Africa has its very own rugby team? The group who consist of several MPs, security guards and general staff will compete in an international parliamentary rugby tournament held in Japan next month.
The group is set to leave on Wednesday 11 September and will be in the country for ten days. Their stay includes competing against other parliamentarians throughout the rugby cup, and site seeing among others.
Parliament of South Africa’s rugby squad (Pictures: Aishah Cassiem)
One of the MPs partaking in this year’s tournament includes EFF’s, Nazier Paulsen. The 51-year-old said he is looking forward to competing against other parliamentarians from across the world. Paulsen is the only EFF member to partake in this year’s tournament.
EFF’s Paulsen with Rose – Mbeko Ngcwayi, a member of parliament’s security team.
About 11 other MPs from different political parties who include the DA and ANC, 12 general staff members, and guest players include parliaments squad of 32. Despite sponsorships given towards the country’s rugby club, each player must still raise their own funds for further enjoyment in Japan. The group is not sponsored by parliament, club official’s confirmed.
The international rugby cup occurs every four years seeing young and old politicians from across the world compete against each other. MPs from Australia and New Zealand will include this year’s tournament.
SA’s first group of politicians competed in 1992 when they were asked to play in a foreign country following the actual rugby world cup. The country’s official parliamentary rugby club was launched a few years later.
The public is urged to support the SA parliamentary rugby team by following the player’s social media pages. More information on the airing of the matches will be published soon. (Deen Times)
WATCH: SA’s politicians during a training session at Parliament Village in Goodwood on Monday. (Video Deen Times)