zim sevens rugby 30-08-10.jpgThe Zimbabwe Under-20 rugby team will look to the experience of six players who graced the under-20 World Rugby Trophy in Russia last year, when they mount a challenge for global supremacy at this year’s edition of the competition set for Georgia in three weeks time.

A number of players among them captain Marco Mama, Charles Jiji and Takudzwa Jaravaza took part in last year’s  edition of the competition in Russia and are expected to provide inspiration to new players.

Young Sables Assistant Coach, Godwin Murambiwa reckons the experience garnered by these players will come in handy in their quest to make their presence felt at the tournament.

“Their experience will help the other players a lot and we’re looking forward to a big contribution from them,” said Murambiwa.

On Friday the Young Sables will engage in a competitive action when they take on a Harare select side at the ongoing Zimbabwe Schools Rugby Festival.

The match is expected to provide an ideal platform to assess the team’s strengths and weaknesses before the departure for Georgia.

Murambiwa said: “Thanks to the schools festival guys we’re playing a Harare select in the main match on Friday. This should give an indication of where we are in terms of our preparations for the tournament.”

The IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy which begins on the 24th of this month in Georgia will see eight countries taking part namely:  Zimbabwe, Canada, Japan, Russia, Samoa, Uruguay, USA and hosts Georgia.

Fierce competition among the teams is expected as winning the competition will secure promotion to the 2012 IRB Junior World Championship. 

Zimbabwe have been drawn in Pool B where they will battle with Canada, Japan and hosts Georgia.

The Young Sables are expected to depart for Georgia on the 19th of this month and their first match will be against Japan on the 24th.