As a part of the twenty eighth annual France-Africa Summit in October 2021, Cameroon males’s and ladies’s rugby league groups will journey to Montpellier with a key theme of the congress being sporting diplomacy – along with the college sector and ecology.
The summit, shall be held within the metropolis between 7-9 October and to conclude proceedings, the Cameroon males will face Montpellier Sharks XIII – who’ve lately appointed former Nice Britain worldwide Leon Pryce as their director of rugby – while the ladies will play Déesses Catalanes girls.
The matches will cement a latest relationship signed between the Sharks and CRLXIII to assist additional rugby league within the African nation. The collaboration will embrace participant and examine exchanges, sharing of finest observe notably on teaching and participant improvement, and return fixtures in Cameroon in August 2022.
Montpellier Mediterranean Metropole has launched a particular programme this yr along side the summit which is highlighting native occasions within the fields of artwork, tradition, citizenship and sport and the Sharks have pledged to honour that aim by supporting rugby league internationally via the partnership.
Julien Lasserre, president of Montpellier Sharks XIII, commented: “Our affiliation with Cameroon Rugby League extends past the Africa–France summit. We may also be companions for his or her deliberate 2025 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers and through their participation within the MEA Cup in 2022 and ’24. We’re decided to advertise the relations of friendship between France and Cameroon, tradition and La Francophonie via rugby league.”
He added: “In France, sport is an id and a tradition, it has performed – and continues to play – an vital position within the formation of the French nationwide persona and strengthens its relationship with Africans usually and Francophones particularly. Our goals are to advertise and rejoice the cooperation and friendship between our two nations. This enables us to take a contemporary take a look at Africa–France relations and takes rugby league into one other stage of engagement – it’s an historic dedication for the Sharks.
“African rugby league is booming and we stand alongside Cameroon Rugby League XIII to have the ability to perform nice initiatives in favour of its sporting improvement as a vector of social inclusion particularly amongst younger folks, and to have the ability to give alternatives and determine gamers to return to Montpellier for a parallel sport-study programme round rugby league.”
Normal supervisor of Cameroon RL XIII Carol Manga stated: “The partnership with Sharks Montpellier XIII is diplomacy par excellence in sport. Relations between France and Cameroon are outdated and dense. Our civil cooperation is vital and multifaceted, rugby league being our platform. We wish to promote and improve our cultural exchanges, rejoice the French language and convey sports activities diplomacy to life throughout France-Africa as a result of sport conveys equality and fraternity that are the basic values of rugby league.”