Spencer jets in for Tag Rugby tour­na­ment

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Allen Khu­malo Sports Re­porter

FORMER Eng­land Rugby Union fe­male player Catherine Spencer is in the country to at­tend the Old Mu­tual TAG Rugby Trust Cham­pi­ons Tour­na­ment set for to­mor­row at Ea­glesvale High School in Harare.

Eight teams, which in­clude Sharks from Harare, Rail­ton Leop­ards (Hwange), Scor­pi­ons (Harare), Storm­ers (Bu­l­awayo), Cru­saders (Bu­l­awayo), Elephants (Harare), Bull­dogs (Harare) and Tigers (Vic­to­ria Falls) will be vy­ing for hon­ours.

Spencer will work closely with the Girls Le­gacy in Zim­babwe, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that does coun­selling, in­spires, up­lifts and em­pow­ers girls of all ages in high den­sity ar­eas around the country.

She is also in­volved in pro­mot­ing vul­ner­a­ble women and help­ing them get their sto­ries to the world. Spencer was first se­lected Eng­land cap­tain in 2007 and led the team at the 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

“We will be launch­ing a pro­gramme called Fe­male Inspiration Through Rugby (FITR) on Sun­day. Catherine as our am­bas­sador is here to show sup­port for the ini­tia­tive and guid­ance through her knowl­edge as a woman who has in­spired many all over the world through rugby,” said Tag Rugby Trust Zim­babwe man­ager Ti­nashe Shamu.

Spencer will also at­tend a sym­po­sium for about 300 girls be­ing run by the Girls Le­gacy pro­gramme at Zesa Train­ing Cen­tre in Harare on Sun­day.

Sharks, Leop­ards, Scor­pi­ons and Storm­ers have been grouped in Pool A, while Cru­saders, Elephants, Bull­dogs and Tigers are in Pool B.

The top two teams in each pool will com­pete for the main cup, while the oth­ers will bat­tle it out for the plate com­pe­ti­tion — @khumza­llen.

Catherine Spencer

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