The best U-13 and U-16 players in the country have the opportunity to make their presence felt in the next few days at Grey College in Bloemfontein, South Africa as the U-13 Coca-cola Craven Week and the U-16 Coca-cola Grant Khomo Week kicked off today.

The opening day’s play was jam-packed with 19 matches being played across the two competitions.

The action will continue all week, with the U-13 teams playing on Tuesday and Thursday, while the U-16 teams will battle it out in their second round on Wednesday.

Both age groups will take to the field on the final day of the competition on Friday.

In the U-13 teams age group, Old Mutual-sponsored Zimbabwe thrashed Border Country Districts 41-nil this morning.

In the U-16 Coca-cola Grant Khomo Week, hosts, Free State were set to take on African neighbours and Old Mutual sponsored Zimbabwean side in the late afternoon match.

Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) Director of Coaching , Nsikelelo Sykes Sibanda said the tournaments give the youngsters international exposure and experience and lay the foundation for the future of Zimbabwean rugby.

These tournaments follow on the national girls U-18 week in Welkom where Zimbabwe finished unbeaten in all three games and ended in second position based on the statistics as the only other unbeaten side.

Another tournament for Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) Week was also held in Durban last week, where Western Province and Valke took top honours.