The Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) has lined up a number of tournaments as part preparations for the national sevens side which will compete at the Sevens Rugby World Cup set for the USA this year.
A total of 14 tournaments that include one in South Africa at the Royal Bafokeng stadium and the annual Victoria Falls Kwese 7s featuring 12 teams will be used to fine tune Zimbabwe’s national sevens world cup-bound Cheetahs.
The preparation programme is meant to satisfy the demands of competition expected at the world cup although ZRU vice president Martin Sshone feels with adequate funding, more could have been done for the country’s 7s flag bearers.
The rugby mother body is anticipated to conduct a three month long camp in Bulawayo and Harare which will include all foreign based players called for duty by coach Gilbert Nyamutsamba who boasts of world cup experience both as a player and coach.
Shone believes the Cheetahs will be at the world cup to compete and should be underestimated at the opponents’ own peril.
Zimbabwe’s sevens rugby team qualified for their third successive sevens world cup after a plate quarter final finish in 2013 and winning the bowl in 2009.