The technical team of the Zimbabwe national sevens rugby side, the Cheetahs, led by head coach Gilbert Nyamutsamba is holding its first training camp of the year at Harare Sports Club as the pathway towards the Sevens World Cup to be held in the USA later this year.

More than 40 players from local clubs and those plying their trade in South Africa, the UK and the USA are attending the 2-day tryouts.

Cheetahs head coach, Nyamutsamba was ecstatic with the turnout and response by the former players and coaches to his invitation to participate during the two-day camp, saying he would select a strong 24 member team.

The camp started with a technical meeting of all the coaches and former national team players who are assisting during the training camp and in the selection of suitable players.

More than 40 players attending the tryouts are former national age group players, while others have come from neighbouring South Africa, the UK and the USA.

Among those attending the training camp is young Martin Mangongo of Hamilton College and Western Province and Tafadzwa Bhunu, who represented the country last year during the traditional Craven Rugby Youth Week in South Africa, Matthew McNab of Hartpury College in the UK, Tristan Moses of University of Johannesburg and Mazvita Myamarebvu of Blue Bulls Academy.

Zimbabwe are scheduled to play in at least seven tournaments including in South Africa next month, followed by the Hong Kong Sevens in April, which marks the beginning of the international rugby sevens schedule.

A total of 24 teams will compete at the Sevens Rugby World Cup showpiece to be staged in San Francisco, in the USA.

Zimbabwe will join neighbours South Africa, Kenya and Uganda as African representatives at the rugby extravaganza.