Sables' rivals intensify preps

HARARE - Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) say they are not intimidated by their opponents daring preparations for the Rugby Africa Cup 1A tournament and will soon release their plans for this year’s major tournaments.

Kenya and Namibia have gone into overdrive to ensure they are well prepared for the tournament that is set to start in June.

To this effect, Kenya has announced a series of international friendly matches ahead of the crucial Rugby Africa Cup.

Among the key international rugby matches lined up for the East African nation are ties against Germany, Hong Kong, Portugal and Romania, scheduled for April to June.

Reports in Kenya say Kenya Rugby Union secretary, Eddy Omondi, confirmed the international engagements saying they meant to prepare the squad.

Omondi said Kenya would play both Hong Kong and Portugal at home before travelling away to fulfil two more rugby international fixtures against Germany and Romania before July.

In Namibia the story is distinctly similar.

The 2015 Rugby World Cup-bound Welwitschias will compete in the South African Vodacom Cup competition for the first time in four years following successful negotiations between the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) and the South African Rugby Union (Saru).

NRU chief executive officer Sybrand de Beer confirmed the news, adding that the Welwitschias will play all eight of their matches at home, at the Dr Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek.

Whilst Kenya and Namibia seem to be setting themselves on the right path, the ZRU is yet to make their plans known.

However, ZRU technical director Brighton Chivandire yesterday said there was no rush.

“We will work at our own pace with the resources we have. Call me on Friday I will have the schedule for you,” he said.

The Sables are scheduled to start their Rugby Africa Cup campaign with a home match against Kenya in June.

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