More support for schools rugby

Zimbabwe schools rugby continues to receive support, after Old Mutual rolled out a $90,000 sponsorship for a new inter-provincial tournament and undertook to sponsor the junior national teams.

The tournament, to be held soon after the Cottco Rugby Schools Festival, will involve the traditional rugby provinces as well as developmental sides from Bulawayo and Harare.

A developmental programme has also been earmarked for 36 schools in Chitungwiza, Bulawayo and Harare, with Chizura saying the future of the sport lay in its development at school.

Old Mutual Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Zom Chizura, said they decided to sponsor schools rugby because it boasted the most-organised structure in school sport, compared to the other disciplines.

A revolution has taken place in schools rugby, with many boys now playing rugby rather than football, compared to only 10 percent at Independence.

The company has also undertaken to bankroll three schools to attend the Craven Week tournament in South Africa, which this year will be known as the Old Mutual Junior Sables.

The tournament is in honour of Doc Craven, the former president of the South African Rugby Union and is the biggest schools rugby competition on the continent.

Last year, the Zimbabwean schools senior team at the Craven Week put up a splendid show, winning two of their three matches and losing only one.

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