LV= World Rugby Family – Madagascar

LV= World Rugby Family – Madagascar

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Madagascar. The world’s fourth largest island
has evolved in Indian Ocean isolation. Over twenty million people live here, but there
is a passion for one sport that unites them all… Rugby. There are over 160 clubs in the capital Antananarivo
alone. Matches attract huge crowds, Madagascar truly is, one incredibly big rugbyfamily. Rugby is the national sport
of Madagascar. So when we talk about New Zealand, and Wales and so on where rugby is the national
sport of those counties. Let’s not forget about Madagascar, where rugby is really, you
know, the passion of the country. Against the odds, Madagascar came within a
whisker of making it to England for the World Cup. In fact, they even beat eventual qualifiers
Namibia two years ago in front of over 50,000 fans packed inside the national stadium. In most countries, you see youngsters kicking
a football around or maybe shooting some baskets. Here it’s far more likely to be a rugby
ball. They play on the sand, in the street, everywhere. Kids are playing with bottles, adults are organising clubs and more
clubs. Every borough in Madagascar has a club and everyday there are many people that are
playing rugby everywhere, like It was the case for football twenty years ago in Europe. So, keep an eye on Madagascar. With the Springboks
having a tough time, the balance of power in Africa might be about to change in the
not too distant future.

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