Not only has the team recently won its first match in the First Division of the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) in quite some time, but the Club now also has access to a quality pitch for training and matches, two coaches and an enlarged pool of players. These signs point to renewed hope that a revival in the sport is on the cards. The high spirits prevalent among members are further buoyed by the involvement of Prof Dick Greene, a visiting scholar to the Poly who has more than 40 years of experience in rugby.
Greene is a Professor of Engineering and Medicine at the US-based New Mexico Highlands University and has extensive experience in the game of rugby. He was involved at provincial as well as international levels, including the American national team and the New Zealand Barbarians. Greene has decided to expand his involvement at the Poly beyond the lecture hall and is assisting with the coaching and preparation of the rugby team.
“We basically started from scratch this year and we already have one win under our belts,” Greene said. He believes the Poly can be competitive on the local rugby scene and that a playoff position could be within reach. “We hope to create a new culture of success in both academics and sport, and through rugby we hope to recruit and graduate quality student athletes and citizens,” Green said.
With a number of factors going their way, the Poly Rugby Club is hoping to build on a solid start to the local rugby season as this will, in turn, result in an increased profile for the Club as well as the sport at the institution.