Zam­bia 7’s to face New Zealand ‘All Blacks’ at Com­mon­wealth Games

Zambian Business Times - - SPORTS -

THE ZAM­BIA Rugby 7’s will this year for the very first time in the Rugby 7s his­tory be com­pet­ing in at Com­mon­wealth Games where the team will come face to face with big boys in the sports of Rugby.

Zam­bia 7s will have the chance to meet global power houses like South Africa, Eng­land, New Zealand, Fiji, Kenya.

At the 7s Africa Cup hosted by Uganda late last year, Zam­bia fin­ished in third po­si­tion en­abling the 7s team to qual­ify to the Com­mon­wealth games.

The Com­mon­wealth Games will take place from the 13 to 15 April, 2018 in Aus­tralia.

Last year the Rubgy Sports Man­age­ment (RGSM) was ap­pointed by the Zam­bia Rugby Union (ZRU) to as­sist in build­ing up Zam­bia 7s.

An­drew Kaminsa and Willis Ma­gasa are the men tasked with the duty to drill the team as Head Coach and As­sis­tant Coach re­spec­tively.

The two Coaches will as­sisted by Nyundo Ar­mitage (for­mer Zam­bia 7s cap­tain, for­mer African Leop­ards) and Neill Nortje (for­mer Golden Lions 7s head coach).

The Sup­port Coaches have a spe­cial man­date to pre­pare the play­ers con­di­tion, one on one skills, video re­views and more.

Vet­eran Coach Musa Zimba has of­fered his ser­vices to as­sist in over­see­ing the coaches and to pro­vide men­tor­ship to the coach­ing staff.

Prepa­ra­tions are al­ready in top gear to en­sure the 7s Team does won­ders at the Com­mon­wealth Games.

The team's first tour will be the Royal Bafo­keng 7s, Sun city in South Africa in the first week of March, 2018, that will be fol­lowed by the Vic­to­ria Falls 7s in Zim­babwe at the end of March be­fore fly­ing to April Com­mon­wealth Games.

In South Africa, Zam­bia is ex­pected to bat­tle it out against the likes of Italy, Uganda, Zim­babwe, Namibia and South Africa All Stars.

To boast both player’s morale and ex­cite fans, dur­ing the course of this month, Zam­bia 7s kit will be un­veiled. The spon­sors are work­ing with Fortress Sports Gear to dress the boys in the most mod­ern ma­te­ri­als used for 7s play­ers around the World.

Zam­bia Ruby 7s Na­tional Team

New Zealand Rugby Team the ‘All Blacks’

South Africa’s Spring­boks

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