Zimbabwe’s own flagship rugby tournament for tertiary institutions will this year be held at the home of rugby in Bulawayo, the Hartsfield Stadium on March 11 where all tertiary institutions are expected to converge to decide the 2017 champions.
The tournament is the second edition following the inaugural edition held in Chinhoyi in October last year.
The tournament is meant to bridge the gap between high school and club rugby which has seen a lot of talent being lost by the wayside.
The gap between high school and club rugby which has been widening over the years until recently when the tertiary institutions have been focusing only on the shorter version of the game, the sevens format.
Top Zimbabwean rugby clubs have been relying solely on talent being churned by high schools and losing out other talented players who enter tertiary institutions many of whom to forgo the game because of lack of organised structures.
The second edition of the tertiary institutions rugby tournament is set for the 11th of March in Bulawayo at Hartsfield Stadium.
Tournament co-ordinator Francourn Mutare said organisers were taking a cue from neighbours South Africa where there is a vibrant league for universities and tertiary institutions clubs.
Zimbabwe has been losing a lot of rugby, cricket and other sporting talents to neighbouring SA and overseas where youngsters are lured with university scholarships and other job offers to play for academies and provincial sides.
SA has several vibrant leagues including universities, provincial and national leagues run by the South Africa Rugby Union (SARU) as the country’s flagship tournaments with regular international matches.