Old Mutual development programme underway

HARARE - The Old Mutual High Density Schools Rugby Development Programme gathered momentum on Saturday with scores of emerging rugby players battling for honors in the Inter-Community Cup.

The event staged at Harare Sports Club sought to provide the most talented rugby players in Mabvuku, Mbare, Seke and Zengeza with an opportunity to compete against each other at U-14, U-17 and U-19.

Mbare claimed honors in the U-18 category whilst Seke U-17 and U-14 teams went unbeaten.

Zimbabwe Rugby Union marketing consultant, David Crouch, said the enthusiasm for the game by the participating teams provides a very encouraging future for the sport in these communities.

“The programme now takes shape with a tournament at Hartsfield Ground on Wednesday afternoon, where eight of the development teams that have been identified by the Zimbabwe Rugby Union will be on show,” Crouch said.

“The Old Mutual Rugby Development Program will then continue on to the National U-14 trials at Falcon College on Friday and Saturday May 24.”

“The following Friday and Saturday will see the U-17 and U-19 national trials taking place at St Johns College.

“National representative sides will be picked in all three age groups, to compete in Craven Week tournaments in South Africa in late June and early July.

“The National Trials being referred to as the Old Mutual National Trials and the 3 representative teams being referred to as the Old Mutual Young Sables teams.”

Old Mutual has invested $90,000 towards schools rugby for the 2014 season with the aim of helping to bridge the gap between established and upcoming schools

The Old Mutual Inter-Community Cup is part of the financial services groups’ broad sponsorship of schools rugby that covers development of teams in previously disadvantaged communities, as well as provincial and national select sides.

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