Four teams will for the first time take part in the Middleburg Sevens Rugby Tournament in South Africa as part of the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) long term plans to prepare for the 2014 Junior Olympics and 2016 International Rugby Board World Cup.
The four teams, the Cheetahs, Goshawks (a developmental side), the National Under 16 and National Schools Under 18 sides will be complimented by a ladies national side, the Pangolins, at the tournament this coming weekend.
The Cheetahs side has intensified its training under national sevens coach, Gilbert Nyamutsamba at the Old Georgians Sports Club in Groombridge, Harare.
The ladies Pangolins side also wound up their training at the Old Hararians Sports Club in the capital under the watchful eyes of coach Abigail Govere-Kawonza and assistant George Mukorera.
Captain Lillian Mapiye is confident that the ladies sides will perform to expectation despite several changes to the side.
The Pangolins and the developmental side Goshawks are scheduled to leave Harare by road on Wednesday morning, while the Cheetahs and National Schools Sides will fly into SA on Thursday morning.
Meanwhile, the Cheetahs and the National Schools Sides are set to receive their national colours and kit at a function to be held in the capital on Wednesday evening.
After the Middleburg tourney, the four sides have a day’s rest before they leave for the Morocco Sevens Tournament next weekend.