8 teams to com­pete in Zim girls na­tional rugby cup

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EIGHT teams will com­pete at the third edi­tion of the Zim­babwe Rugby Union’s or­gan­ised Na­tional Girls Cup fi­nal set for Bu­l­awayo’s cer­e­mo­nial home of rugby, Harts­field Ground to­day.

Rueben Kumpasa, the ZRU na­tional women’s de­vel­op­ment man­ager said 2014 win­ners Girls Col­lege and Vain­ona High School will rep­re­sent Harare with Goromonzi car­ry­ing Mashona­land East’s hopes.

Chi­tung­wiza are send­ing two schools with Bu­l­awayo be­ing rep­re­sented by St Bernard’s, North­lea and Nku­lumane.

The reign­ing cham­pi­ons Amhlophe will not de­fend their ti­tle af­ter per­form­ing badly in the qual­i­fiers.

“This tour­na­ment has been run­ning for three years as part of ZRU’s ef­forts to de­velop the sport among women.

“I be­lieve we’ve made good strides in as far as de­vel­op­ing women’s rugby at grass­roots with a num­ber of schools tak­ing up the sport.

“We’ve had coaches go­ing around the coun­try train­ing chil­dren as part of our grass­roots de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes,” said Kumpasa.

Mata­bele­land Rugby Foot­ball Board ( MRFB) sec­re­tary-gen­eral Craig Change made a pas­sion­ate plea to rugby sport lovers in Bu­l­awayo to sup­port the girls’ sport.

He said MRFB which aims at es­tab­lish­ing part­ner­ships with schools for de­vel­op­ment pur­poses, col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties to in­crease their pres­ence be­lieves that the girls who will play at to­day’s tour­na­ment are the fu­ture of Zim­bab­wean rugby.

“These chil­dren need every­one’s sup­port to gain con­fi­dence and con­tinue play­ing rugby.

“Schools’ rugby is the foun­da­tion of our sport and our plea as MRFB is for the peo­ple of Bu­l­awayo to come and en­joy some fun-filled rugby.

“We are also ap­peal­ing to the cor­po­rate world to come and see what the fu­ture of Zim­babwe’s women rugby is like,” said Change.

He said next week Harts­field Ground will host a Sev­ens Tour­na­ment for South­ern Re­gion teams.

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