Owens to take charge of Zim, Russia duel

HARARE - International rugby referee Nigel Owens is set to preside over Zimbabwe’s tough test away to Russia in the Rugby World Cup 2015 Repechage match in Siberia on August 2.

The Sables are set to square off with Russia in the first Repechage play-off for a chance to face the winner of Uruguay vs Hong Kong.

The one-off match — the first ever meeting between the two countries — will be refereed by Owens of Wales with fellow countrymen Sean Brickell and Wayne Davies appointed as assistant referees.

Zimbabwe will be hoping to rebuild after narrowly missing out on victory in the CAR Africa Cup to confirm the last place at next year’s tournament.

However, it will be far from easy as Brendan Dawson’s men will need to be at their very best when they journey to the Siberian town of Krasnoyarsk.

Zimbabwe are currently ranked 27th in the International Rugby Board (IRB) World Rankings — seven places below Russia.

Russia are yet to taste victory since Raphael Saint-Andre replaced Kingsley Jones as head coach for the IRB Nations Cup in June.

On the same day when the Sables square off with Russia, Asia qualification runner-up Hong Kong will play the second team in South America, Uruguay, in Montevideo.

That match will be refereed by Federico Anselmi of Argentina, with the assistants coming from the same nation, yet to be appointed.

A place in the two-leg Repechage final awaits the winner of both matches as the race to secure at place at England 2015 reaches its climax.

The winner of the Repechage will join Australia, England, Wales and Fiji in Pool A of Rugby’s pinnacle tournament next year.

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