Women's 7s preps on course

HARARE - Regional teams are expected to arrive in Harare today for the two-day Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens Championship tournament scheduled for the Police Grounds on Saturday and Sunday.

Eight countries are set to feature in the tournament including hosts Zimbabwe.

The other seven teams are South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Madagascar, Uganda, Tunisia and Senegal.

Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) chief executive Colleen de Jong said preparations for the tournament are at an advanced stage.

“We are in the very late stages now with the teams arriving on Friday (tomorrow) and can safely say everything is in place now,” de Jong told the Daily News.

“The team has prepared according to the required standards. We want to do the best that we can especially when we are the hosts and playing in front of our home fans but it’s not going to be an easy ride in the park because we have such strong sides as South Africa, Kenya and Namibia among other teams.

“But this is an eight-team tournament; we are not underdogs because with rugby anything can happen on the day.”

This tournament comes barely a few months after the Lady Cheetahs’ participation at the Rio Olympic Sevens Repechage Rugby tournament in Dublin, Ireland in June.

Abigail Kawonza’s charges failed to secure a ticket for the global showpiece after loses to Madagascar, Russia and Samoa in the Pool stages.

“It’s an opportunity to promote sport for women and with rugby having been included at the Olympics it is a great honour to host Africa women’s rugby and we are convinced the girls won’t disappoint,” de Jong said.

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