Royal College host girls rugby tourney

HARARE - Zimbabwe's top rugby playing girls’ schools are set to converge at Royal College this weekend for the third edition of Under-16 girls’ Rugby Invitational Tournament.

Defending champions Vinona High School will be hoping to carry their form from last year which saw them beating Mabvuku High school 5-0 in the final to scoop the title ahead of 13 other schools, which graced the event.

In the semi-finals, Vianona beat Girls High School 15-0 to progress to the finals while Mabvuku had edged the hosts 10-5 in the second semi-final.

For their efforts last year, Vainona walked away with rugby equipment worth $600 and a shield.

Second-placed Mabvuku also received rugby equipment worth $400 while third-placed Royal received equipment worth $200.

Royal College Sports director Herbert Chikuku said this year they are expecting more than 12 schools from across the country.

“We have done everything in terms of preparing for the event, we are looking to host more than 12 schools from across the country,” h said.

“We hope our sponsorship will promote junior development in the country. This will be the future of professional rugby players so there is need to support them.

“We are trying to broaden the base for the national selectors for scouting talent. The time has come for the country to become a rugby powerhouse on the continent again.

“We have noticed that there is a lot of talent being left untapped in the country and the idea is to give an opportunity to those schools that have rugby as an extra-curriculum to fully participate in the sport.

“We want to thank a number of corporates who have come on board this year with various forms of sponsorship.”

Chikuku said the event is set to become one of the biggest girls rugby tournament in the country and plans are underway to invite all rugby playing girls schools from across Zimbabwe during future editions.

Some of the schools which are set to participate at the event this year includes; Roosevelt, Girls High, Goromonzi, and Kuwadzana High school.

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