More girls' schools take up rugby

HARARE - Bragging rights will be on the line when various school teams from across the country converge at Prince Edward School for the Zimbabwe Schools Rugby Festival.

The festival will run from April 27 to May 2.

Festival director Sebastain Garikai said he was anticipating some fiery rugby during the week-long event but most importantly a platform to develop the sport.

“The festival continues to bring together schoolchildren, parents, teachers, referees, coaches, corporate representatives, and the ever present rugby enthusiasts, from all walks of life, but each equally important in the development of the sport,” Garikai said.

“The festival’s main objective is to develop the game of rugby by spreading it to high density areas and rural areas, and this has been successfully achieved over the years.

“In 2014, 184 teams from 132 schools from across the country and three touring teams participated in the event, a clear indication of the giant steps rugby development has taken in the last decade. This year, we have a record 28 girls teams participating.

“The festival is undoubtedly a huge and unique event which spans six days, spectator attendance averaging 15 000 on the ‘big days’, that is Tuesday and Thursday, with more than 30 000 on Saturday, with 9 000 spectators coming through the gates on the other three days.

“We envisage our festival growing from strength to strength.”

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