Women’s rugby team gets Saru invite

The South African Rugby Union has invited the Zimbabwe Under-18 women’s sevens rugby team for the hugely popular national Inter-Provincial tournament that will run in Durban from July 6-10.

Sibanda
Sibanda

This is the first time the Zimbabwean team will be taking part in this highly competitive event and Zimbabwe Women’s Rugby president Abigail Mnikwa said they were excited about the challenge.

“We are really excited. This is the first time that Saru has invited the girls. We hope to make the best out of the tour,” she said.

Sevens rugby has been an Olympic sport since the 2016 Olympic Games and Zimbabwe hopes one day to qualify for the global show. Mnikwa said they would be using events like the South African Inter-Provincial side to build a strong team for the 2020 Olympic Games.

The Zimbabwean team is already in camp under the guidance of coach Sykes Sibanda, and are ready to prove one or two points in their South African excursion.

Although this is the first time the junior women’s team is participating in this competition, Zimbabwe men’s junior teams have been regular campaigners in South Africa as Under 13 and Under 16 teams and compete regularly in the Craven Week.

In return, South African junior teams have also visited Zimbabwe and have participated in the ever growing Dairiboard Schools Festival on a yearly basis.

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