Richard Zimunya, Sports Reporter
The Zimbabwe senior men’s sevens rugby team are set to leave for South Africa on Thursday for their preparations for the Olympique Games Repechage next month in Monaco.
Zimbabwe Rugby Union President Aaron Jani yesterday told H-Metro Sport that all the players will fly into the country before departing for South Africa.
“As you know the Cheetahs have players that are based all over in the world, so we are bringing in players that are the in USA , Germany , France.
“They are all coming here in Zimbabwe to have a pre- camp that started on the 1st of May before they leave for South Africa.
“So they will travel together as a team on Thursday going to Stellenbosch, Capetown South Africa and they will be there for ten days at Stellenbosch Academy were they will play competitive rugby and have expert training.
“This South Africa camping is courtesy of Rugby Africa and World Rugby for Olympique Games Repechage in Monaco,” he said.
The list of the players that has been called into camp include Tafadzwa Chitokwindo, Bisalele Tshilumba Tshamala, Nelson Madida, Riaan Bryden O’Neill, Mkululi Ndlela, Godknows Alphonse Mavara, Shingirai Bobby Katsvere , Boyd Lyle Rouse, Kudzai Weston Mashavi, Ryan Godfrey Magaramombe, Ryan Musumhi, Godfrey Tapiwa Muzanangwo, Sam Phiri, Rufaro Allen Chikwaira.
Meanwhile, the ZRU President also said preparation for the resumption of local rugby league are going well .
He added: “On the returning of local rugby everything is going on well, we have been visiting our provincial stakeholders in the past weeks to assess the stadiums and facilities which will be using for our league.
“So far we covered Bulawayo metropolitan province, Midlands province, Manicaland province
and it is our hope that within the next week will cover the Harare metropolitan area.
“So we have selected one single facility in each province that can meet all the Covid-19 protocols and also during these trips were distributing various equipment such as test thermometers, sanitizers, buckets for soap washing and mask for the technicals.”
The rugby team was supposed to play in the repachage tournament last year but the tourney was postponed to this year due to Covid-19.