Madagascar's new rugby stadium has been described as a "significant boost for the sport in the region". 

Stade Makis, nicknamed by locals of the capital Antananarivo as the 'Temple of Rugby', was officially opened by Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina and, although it is primarily designed to host rugby matches, it will also host athletics and other sporting competitions.

The 10-15,000 capacity stadium is the first and only one of its kind in Madagascar and includes a new gym, training pitch, and will host the new offices of the Madagascar Union when construction is fully completed in March.

President of the Confederation Africaine de Rugby Abdelaziz Bougia said: "The stadium is great news for Madagascar. It will give the country the opportunity to express itself through Rugby.

"Madagascar now has more than 150 clubs, and the opening of Stade Makis means Rugby can be independent in the country as well as generating new revenues in the future. I'm delighted for Madagascar and also for Africa, it really is a significant boost for sport in the region."

Posted on 11/01/2013