World Deaf Rugby...
Chairman Tony Stoyles decides to step down after 15yrs involvement with Deaf Rugby, alongside him Lyndon James (Secretary) also decides to retire from Deaf Rugby.
Vice Chairman, Nick Marlor was unable to retain his position on the WDR committee, and returns back to Deaf Rugby Australia
Stoyles says, "I have been a committed volunteer throughout my time in Deaf Rugby, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as it gave me a sense of charitable purpose, and to give my services to a wonderful sport like Rugby, is just the pinnacle in my own little rugby world.
I would like to thank both my colleagues and more importantly, a 'massive hug'for my wife and daughter, without their support all this would not have been possible.
This is not a farewell, as I am sure we'll meet again soon!
South Africa Deaf Rugby to host England Deaf Rugby in 2020
...more details to follow
World Deaf Rugby AGM
...more details to follow
Argentina travel to New Zealand
3 Test Series won by NZDRFU
World Rugby Calendar 2019
05 January 2019
IT REALLY DOESN'T GET ANY MORE EXCITING THAN THIS !!!!
> Wales vs England - 26th January 2019 International Deaf
> England vs Wales - 13th April 2019 - Friendly Match
> NZ Deaf National Championships 19th/21st April 2019
> Argentina Tour to New Zealand - 25th May - 1st June 2019
> Australia Tour to Tonga - 1st/8th July 2019 - CANCELLED
> Italy Deaf Beach Rugby Tournament - 13th/14th July 2019
(Please contact Italy Deaf Rugby if you wish to enter the tournament)
Dates/Fixtures/Venues may change to the discretion of the hosting countries.
Bulgaria Rugby hosts England Deaf Rugby - both Men & Women's to play against their elite national teams!
22 SEPT 2018
England Captains, Gina Rodi Laquaniello & Luke Cheyne will be leading their teams against the mighty elite Bulgaria Rugby this weekend. It promises to be a huge challenge for both teams.
WDR Chairman, Tony Stoyles says, 'What an opportunity to show the world, that Community Rugby does matter as it creates potentially new partnerships, friends and expands the rugby network as a whole. Well Done to everyone involved."
Serevi to coach the Fiji Deaf Barbarians 7's Squad
15 May 2018
FORMER national sevens captain Waisale Serevi will coach the Fiji Barbarians (Fiji Deaf sevens team) in their preparation for the next Oceania Pacific Deaf Championship in 2020.
Speaking at the Rugby for Change Seminar at the Oceania Centre Pavilion at USP, Serevi said he was willing to coach the Barbarians and was going to try to help make the first place after they reached third in the World Deaf Rugby Sevens earlier this year.
“I was talking with the team chairperson and he asked if I would be able to coach the team and I am more than willing to help them out,” he said.
Fiji Deaf Rugby Association manager Paula Ranatawake said he was very thankful that Serevi was willing to jump on board to help train the team.
“The association was pleased to hear the news as Fiji is expected to host the next Pacific Regional Games and even though it’s a few years away, we are ready,” Ranatawake said.
“Since it will be on home ground, we are positive with Sir Serevi’s help we can win.”
The Oceania Pacific Deaf Championship is expected to be held in Fiji in 2020.
Wales Deaf Rugby wins Gold Medal at Sydney WDR 7's
26 April 2018
Wales Deaf defeated England Deaf in the final of the inaugural World Deaf Rugby Sevens by 21 pts - 15 pts
Wales reached the final having defeated representative XV Fiji Barbarians in the semi final by 26 pts - 21 pts
New President for South Africa Deaf Rugby Union
04 July 2018
South Africa Rugby President Mr Mark Alexander congratulates new South Africa Deaf Rugby Union leadership...
SA Rugby president, Mr Mark Alexander, on Wednesday congratulated Mr Michael Oosthuyzen on his selection as President of the SA Deaf Rugby Association (SADRU), an associate member of the South African Rugby Union.
Oosthuyzen (of Gauteng), who served as assistant coach of the national deaf team in the historic two-Test series against current world champions, Wales, in August 2015, was unanimously elected the new President of SADRU. Mr Amos Mashele (also of Gauteng) was elected Vice-President.
Oosthuyzen and Tim Stones (former President of SADRU, and current PRO, from Border) have been nominated to serve on the World Deaf Rugby committee as the contact persons for South Africa Deaf Rugby, tasked with discussing matters relating to SADRU at international level, and to liaise with World Deaf Rugby where necessary.
“Congratulations to Michael and his board with their selections,” said Mr Alexander.
“We hope their term of office is a productive one and that we can continue with our good working relationship between SA Rugby and SADRU, an associate member of us.”
Oosthuysen said SADRU was delighted to continue its proud relationship with SA Rugby as an associate member, and they hope to improve on relations going forward.
“Our AGM was an opportunity to discuss the progress made over the past year, as well as to affirm the vision of SADRU for the next 12 months, during which several new initiatives are envisaged, with transformation and development the key markers that will define this period of growth and renewal,” said Oosthuysen.
SA Deaf Rugby currently enjoys a world ranking of third, behind Wales and England, and the challenge going forward will be to improve on this ranking.
SAlexander congratulates new SADRU leadershipexpressed a desire to take on the SA Deaf national team in Test matches and that will help us to fulfil SADRU's dream of topping the world rankings in due course. To help facilitate this dream, SA Deaf Rugby is currently developing an idea to host an inter-provincial Deaf Rugby tournament,” Oosthuysen indicated.