Local rugby players this weekend used the first of two Spar Sevens rugby tournaments to shake off the rust at Old Georgians Sports Club in the capital which saw 12 menâ€™s sides and four womenâ€™s sides taking part in the tournament.Some 12 menâ€™s teams took part in the first of the Spar Summer Series, while four womenâ€™s teams competed at the tournament. The other legs of the tournament will take place at Harare Sports Club on February 18 and 25.
The tournament is now a regular feature on the local rugby calendar and has been used to popularise the shorter version of the game.
The shorter version of the game has caught on worldwide and is now one of the biggest events on the international rugby calendar.
Zimbabwe Sevens team, also known as the Cheetahs, is now a regular fixture on the international rugby sevens calendar and tournaments.
Local Sevens team manager and tournament co-ordinator, Bruce Hobson, says an inaugural Spar International Sevens tournament which is scheduled for the 3rd and 4th of March will see international development sides taking part and teams using the cricket stadium at Harare Sports Club.
The tournament is held at the beginning and the end of each rugby season is a series of three weekends of rugby.
The 12 teams who participated in the tournament include Old Hararians, Old Georgians, Harare Sports Clubs, Old Miltonians, Western Panthers, Gweru Sports Club, Busters, Shabanie, Mutare Sports Club, Mbare, Police XI, and Airforce.
The four womenâ€™s teams are Old Hararians, Harare Sports Club, Busters, and Mabvuku.
Old Georgians men are the defending champions after winning all three legs last year. A local retail giant, Spar who are also the sponsors of the national sevens rugby team, are bankrolling the tournament.