The South African Men’s 30 and 45 brought home the silver and bronze after competing at the Federation of International Touch 2019 World Cup.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – South Africa was present at the Federation of International Touch 2019 World Cup. The Touch rugby teams were made up of men, women, and mixed. The age categories ranged from women’s 27 to men’s 50. The Touch World Cup takes place every four years.
“Touch, also known as Touch Football or Touch Rugby around the world, is a thrilling sport that allows people of all walks of life to achieve their goals; whether that is the thrill of challenging oneself to compete at their best, the thrill of a fast, skilful and exhilarating sport, the thrill of meeting new people or the thrill of being a part of something that can span a lifetime.
It is one of the rare collective sports that girls, boys, women and men enjoy together and against each other, with our Mixed competitions making Touch very popular for every age category.
Touch, is derived from Rugby league which used a form of Touch for training purposes. After passing through a development period during the 1960’s, the game became popular during the 70’s and by early in the next decade, was established in all states and territories in Australia as a sport in its own right.”
The team went head-to-head against England in the Semi-Final which they won 8 – 7. They then faced off against Australia but lost 19 – 4. Even though they lost in the final, they secured the silver medal, making South Africans proud in the process.
The Men’s 45 team also played well and came out with the Bronze medal. We are always proud when South Africans fly the flag high in other countries. Well done to all who went over and played their hearts out.