With the popularity of Rugby sevens touching a new high, after it was included as a main sport in the Rio Olympics, all eyes will now shift to Zimbabwe where the Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens Championship tournament will be held next month. There is no doubt that this event will boost the growth of the women’s game in Zimbabwe.
The event will be held between September 17 and 18 at the Police Grounds in Zimbabwean capital and there will be eight teams from Africa are participating in the event. The teams are: South Africa, Madagascar, Tunisia, Namibia, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia, and of course, host Zimbabwe.
The hosting of the event can open a new chapter for the women’s rugby and you are sure to see more and more schools taking part in the sport. The Lady Cheetas, the National Rugby sevens women’s team, took part in the Rio Olympic Sevens Repechage Rugby tournament held in Dublin in Ireland. They competed in the event after finishing fourth in the Olympic qualifiers for the African teams held in South Africa last year.
The Zimbabwean team will be bolstered by the introduction of the girls from the Old Mutual U18 team that took part in the South Africa Rugby Youth Week held in Kimberly. The Young Sables team will also be announced soon by the Zimbabwe Under-19 rugby team technical department. This event is going to be held in Windhoek in Namibia in a week’s time. Zimbabwe is doing pretty well in the U19 and U20 tournaments and they have won the Africa Cup U-19 event three times so far and will be eyeing for a fourth tournament win this year.
The introduction of some of the very good U19 payers in the Zimbabwe Women’s national rugby 7’s team is sure to give new wings to the team.