Sables still second best in Africa

HARARE - Zimbabwe have remained Africa’s second-best rugby team following the release of latest IRB World Rankings yesterday.

Despite last playing test rugby in November, the Sables were unmoved at number 30 in the world, seven places behind rivals Namibia, who were also unchanged at number 23.

Global powerhouse South Africa, who are second in the world behind world champions New Zealand, are generally not included on the African ranking list as they do not play on the continent.

Zimbabwe and Namibia are tipped to be the main contenders for the sole qualification slot from the African zone during the crucial 2015 World Cup Qualifiers in Madagascar in June and July, but they will face still competition from East Africans Kenya, who are preparing for the qualifiers by taking part in South Africa’s Vodacom Cup this season.

The Kenyans, who beat EP Kings 17-10 in their debut Vodacom Cup match last weekend, are the next highest ranked African side on number 34.

The Sables are aiming to return to the Rugby World Cup for the first time in over two decades.

Current national coach Brendan Dawson was part of the last Zimbabwe team to play in the World Cup, back in 1991 in Europe.

Comments (3)

If South Africa and Namibia are in front, so how deos Zim become second?

Tony Blair - 12 March 2014

@tony blair: south africa does not play on the continent so they r not included on the continental rankings but on the world rankings, which makes zimbabwe 2nd after namibia

Tigere - 13 March 2014

TONY BLAIR WAKAPUSA

CHARLE - 15 March 2014

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