GABORONE, BOTSWANA – The France-based professional rugby club Section Paloise Béarn Pyrénées recently confirmed the arrival of the Makgato twin brothers; Bame and Basi but were quick to suggest that the duo is being monitored and not yet signees.
Commonly called Pau, the French rugby union club from Pau in Pyrénées-Atlantiques is competing in the Top 14 – the highest level of the French league system. The arrival of the twins follows their recent vacation with their mother, Dorcus Makgato – former Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) chairperson. The duo seized the opportunity to visit the club facilities as well as prospects of turning professional.
According to the team’s communique, “The twin brothers are just visiting our club and its equipment. They also realized some physical and technical rugby tests.” However, the club couldn’t rule out the chance of the duo securing a lucrative team in a professional rugby club that don green and white regalia.
“We have been following them for a few months and we were very happy to discover them in January in Pau. We are now looking forward to seeing them in Green and White soon.” Despite the club’s statement, the twins’ mother who has been appointed Botswana’s ambassador to Australia was excited of the prospects of her progenies hinting that they have been signed.
She recently posted on Facebook saying, “But this post isn’t about me…it’s about the twins. The beasts of my kraal! My boys have been signed in Pau, France. What a journey – rightfully following the footsteps of their elder brother and initial mentor who previously played for the Vultures-Botswana Senior National Rugby Team. It runs in the blood.”
Meanwhile Gaborone Hogs Rugby club’s manager Lynn Warburton said they twins were in the past part of the team’s set up before going to further their studies in South Africa and wished them best of luck in their future endeavours. Should the twins’ services be acquired by the France-based club, it would be a lucrative deal to ply trade in France who are currently ranked 7th in The International Rugby Board.