rugby1.jpgThe Zimbabwe senior men’s rugby team, the Sables, has intensified its preparations ahead of the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) Cup scheduled for Senegal early next month, with the team training three times a week in two batches in Harare and Bulawayo.


A pool of 35 players has now been selected and will train in Harare and Bulawayo under Cyprian Mandenge and Brendan Dawson.


Team manager Noddy Kanyangarara said the team would play a number of matches against local sides when the local rugby league season ends this weekend as part of its preparations.


Zimbabwe recently hosted Pool C of the 2010 Confederation of African matches during which they trounced rivals Namibia who have been getting the better of them over the years as well as Madagascar and Botswana to qualify for the finals.

Though rugby used to be a minority sport in Zimbabwe, it has been growing in popularity with the good performances of national youth teams such as the Under-20 who took part in the World Cup in Russia this year being testimony of the sport’s development.