Rugby Africa President Herbert Mensah with Moroccan Sports Minister Chakib Benmoussa ©Rugby Africa

The Royal Moroccan Rugby Federation (FRMR) has officially been reinstated as a full member of Rugby Africa, allowing the nation to return to continental competition.

The decision was unanimously taken by members of the Rugby Africa Executive Committee at a meeting in Cape Town.

Morocco has been barred from participating in international competition since 2020 when the FRMR’s suspension came into effect.

As well as the organisation being banned by World Rugby, former FRMR President Tahar Boujouala was suspended for five years.

The punishment was issued following the controversial election of Driss Boujouala, the brother of Tahar Boujouala, as the head of the FRMR.

Rugby Africa declared the election invalid and the FRMR was criticised by World Rugby for its reluctance to collaborate with an investigation, according to a report by World Today News.

The decision to lift the suspension has been welcomed by Rugby Africa President Herbert Mensah.

"We are delighted to see Morocco reinstated and believe they will quickly regain their rightful position as one of the top rugby nations in Africa," said Mensah.

"I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Minister of National Education, Preschool, and Sport of the Kingdom of Morocco for their invaluable contribution to resolving this situation."

Moroccan Sports Minister Chakib Benmoussa added: "Rugby Africa's decision to lift the suspension against the Royal Moroccan Rugby Federation is a significant milestone for Moroccan rugby.

"We are dedicated to taking every possible action to elevate Morocco to the ranks of the leading rugby nations in Africa.

"I would like to convey my sincere appreciation to the newly elected President of Rugby Africa, Herbert Mensah, who, upon taking office, promptly prioritised the removal of sanctions against Morocco."