Rugby Union polls postponed

HARARE - Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) has postponed the board elections pencilled for today to pave way for the World Rugby Under-20 Trophy to be held in Harare next month.

The tournament is scheduled to be hosted at Harare Sports Club from April 19 to May 1 featuring  junior teams from Fiji, Hong Kong, Namibia, Samoa, Spain, Uruguay, USA and hosts Zimbabwe.

In a statement yesterday, ZRU said the elections will now be held after the tournament.

“... wishes to notify all stakeholders that the elective AGM scheduled for... has been deferred on guidance from the Sports and Recreation Commission,” ZRU said.

“This is to facilitate the smooth running of the April 2016 World Rugby U20 Trophy which Zimbabwe is hosting... The new date of the AGM will be advised in due course.”

Current ZRU president John Falkenburg will not be seeking re-election.

ZRU also confirmed the names of the candidates vying for the presidium posts. These include Aaron Jani, who is regarded as the favourite going into the elections. Jani is a former Sables wing and ex- Zimbabwe U20 manager.

The current ZRU vice-president Nyarirayi Sibanda (Southern Region) once an official at Highlanders Rugby Club and later Old Miltonians then Matabeleland Rugby Football Union is also gunning for the top post.

Victor Rakabopa, who runs the rugby section in Hwange, and Old Hararians official Joe Kawonza make up the list of candidates wishing to be voted into ZRU’s top executive posts.

The elections will usher in a new executive comprising the president, two deputies, chairpersons of the Sevens’, Women, Schools as well as the chief executive, general manager and the director of rugby.

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