Recently one of our fellow ruggers, Abe Waziri was in Afghanistan, born in America, however his mother was born there and he accompanied her on a trip she wanted to take back "home". Here is a short write up from Abe on his experience with a local rugby team during his visit.
One of the greatest parts about rugby is connects people together. I took a trip to Afghanistan with my mother a few weeks ago. It was her first time back in 34 years. My mom was born and raised there and to her the trip was "going back home" of sorts. However, it was my first time there and being born and raised as an American, I don't identify myself as Afghan. I didn't really have any personal connection to the county.
Rugby is an up and coming sport in Afghanistan. I saw a ton of articles on Facebook and saw stories on the Afghan news of how the organization is developing and reaching out to the communities. I realized it was my way of connecting to my heritage.
I reached out to their captain and he was extremely welcoming and excited to have an American/Afghan rugby player visit and practice with them. He gave me directions to where they were practicing, which happened to be at the offices of the Ministry of Mine Clearing (grass is hard to find there, and they had a field set up there). Practice was lively and fun. Most of the players had less than 2 years of experience, but they already loved the sport and craved to learn more and play better.
I'd like to thank the Los Angeles Rugby Club as well as the Loyola Rugby Club of Loyola Marymount University for donating T-shirts, Balls, Jerseys, as well as funds for a medical kit. The Afghans received them with much thanks and hope that they can repay the favor.