'Sables need more matches'

HARARE - The Sables need to play more matches outside the Africa Cup if they are to make any significant inroads on the World Rugby Rankings, admits Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) director of rugby, Brighton Chivandire.

Chivandire’s remarks came after the country’s national team remained rooted on 27 on the latest World Rugby Rankings released yesterday.

The Sables are still third in Africa, ahead of Kenya, behind South Africa and Namibia.

World Rugby Rankings are calculated using a 'Points Exchange' system, in which sides take points off each other based on the match result. Whatever one side gains, the other loses.

The exchanges are based on the match result, the relative strength of each team, and the margin of victory, and there is an allowance for home advantage.

“Teams going to the Rugby World Cup are currently playing more games so they are moving faster than us,” said Chivandire.

“Others like Kenya, they go and beat a team ranked higher than them; they beat them 41-15 in an international test match and they go up the rankings.

“I know it’s difficult for us. We next play Tunisia who are ranked lower than us. We have to win that game, if we do yes we gain ranking points but the rise will be small.”

Chivandire said ZRU are working tirelessly to institute a recovery plan.

“We need to look outside the Africa Cup,” he said. “There is a plan in place, the details of which I can’t disclose at the moment. But it’s looking good for this year. There is an opportunity for us to play some international matches.”

Asked if efforts are being made to adequately reward Zimbabwe’s rugby players, Chivandire admitting there was more that needed to be done. 

“Remuneration is always tough. Unlike tier one country’s we don’t get as much funding. We are really struggling for resources. Whatever we can do we will do,” he said.

The Sables are currently taking part in the Africa Cup where they got off their campaign with a 28-20 victory over Kenya two weeks ago.

Cyprian Mandenge’s charges have a sterner test is in store when they host Tunisia on July 4 before travelling to Windhoek to face the World Cup-bound Namibia a week later.

Comments (2)


t.roll - 23 June 2015

Bring back the Victoria Cup

Gamatox - 24 June 2015

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