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The Confederation of African Rugby (CAR; (French) "Confederation Africaine de Rugby") is governing body for rugby union within Africa. The Confederation currently has 36 member nations and is responsible for running various rugby tournaments within Africa, especially the Africa Cup, and CAR Super 16.



The Confederation was officially launched in January 1986 in Tunis. The inaugural members at the meeting were Tunisia, Morocco, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Kenya, the Seychelles and Madagascar.[1] A meeting was held in July 1992 in Casablanca with the view of integrating the SARFU into the confederation.[1] The Confederation now has 36 member nations.

The African Rugby Charter was signed by the President of CAR, Abdelaziz Bougja, the then President of the South African Rugby Union (SARFU) Brian van Rooyen, in the presence of former South African president Nelson Mandela, and the South African Minister of Sport, Makhenkesi Stofile.


The African Leopards are a representative team from Africa which aims to promote the sport throughout the whole of Africa. The Leopards played their first ever match in July 2005 at Ellis Park as a curtain raiser between Springboks and Australia.

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