Following the elections that ushered in new leadership of the sport of rugby, the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) board has set out the development of all its facets as a major priority.
The elections saw Aaron Jani coming in as president, while Martin Shone and former manager, Losson Mtongwiza were voted vice presidents to lead the union for a two year term.
Despite starting on a low note with indications that the International Rugby Board had reduced its annual grants to Zimbabwe from 90 000 pounds to 50 000 pounds owing to the problems the sport faced resulting in it being labelled a risk, the new board has set out qualification for the World Cup and Gold Cup as key to retain the international board’s trust.
This, according to the new vice president, Shone, will be done through ensuring that there is a constant supply of quality players through the creation of five primary schools leagues in five provinces.
“Through this programme, 500 players are expected to be added to the sport annually, something that will also see club rugby benefitting in terms of competition,” he said.
Zimbabwe rugby is already basking in glory following the Gilbert Nyamutsamba coached Cheetahs’ qualification to the World Sevens set for the USA next year.
Hopes are high of even better performances by the Sables as well as schools system for the country to attain a powerhouse status in the world.