10 primary schools from Hwange and Victoria Falls participated at the one day TAG rugby tournament which was meant to nurture talent, with Ingagula Primary School emerging the overall winner.

The schools TAG rugby tournament which was organized by the Tag Rugby Trust and the Atlas Foundation was held at Chamabondo Primary School in Victoria Falls.

Among the participating teams were Chinotimba, St Ignatius, Ingagula, Lwendulu and Education Centre.

Each team fielded eight players, four boys and four girls.

Tag rugby is a non-contact version of the sport and follows the rules of the full contact version.

Instead of tackling each other, the players must grab a fabric tag that is attached to the body of the opponent.

TAG Zimbabwe Country Manager, Tinashe Shamu described the event as a huge success.

“This is an opportunity for boys and girls to break the social barriers as we teach them rugby so that they can make teams while getting mentorship, counselling and awareness,” said Shamu.

Zimbabwe Rugby Union Vice President, Martin Shone and Sport and Recreation Commission (SRC) commissioner, Clement Mukwasi commended Tag Rugby Trust for the talent identification initiative and for developing the sport at grassroots level.

Among those who graced the event was England’s highest capped and World Cup winning former captain, Jason Leonard.

Matabeleland North province has produced some of the finest rugby players such as Connor Pritchard, Ziyanda Khupe and Biselele Tshamala.