Kevin Ritchie
4 minute read
10 Apr 2021
11:00 am

Israel’s SA-born rugby coach helps heal historical wounds

Kevin Ritchie

Kevin Musikanth made rugby history by helping get together Israel and the United Arab Emirates to play a historic match for the Sons of Abraham trophy.

Kevin Musikanth has been coaching for the past 23 years – even before injury curtailed his own playing career when he was 23. Photo: Twitter/@Rhino_Rugby_SA

  On 19 March, Kevin Musikanth made a little bit of rugby history. In his 400th first class match as a head coach, for once the score didn’t matter. At stake was the inaugural Sons of Abraham trophy. On the ground in Dubai, the Israeli national team was meeting the United Arab Emirates team. Just getting the game together was a triumph; against geopolitics, regional rivalries and an international pandemic. It was also a personal victory for the South African-born Rugby Israel coach. “It’s incredible what sport can do, but I’m biased,” Musikanth, 43, says. “I believe rugby’s a game...