Nedbank rugby challenge kicks off

By Lawrence Trusida

The Sables management committee is happy with the start of the Nedbank Rugby Challenge Cup which kicked off in Harare this Saturday, as it accords the national selectors a chance to look at the locally based players for the upcoming assignments.

After more than two years on inactivity, Fifteens rugby finally made a return this Saturday as players from local clubs and select provincial sides battled for a chance to impress the national selectors.

The national team is preparing to take part in the World cup qualifiers that are set for France in July, however before that the team will participate in the South African domestic competition, the Curries Cup under the name Goshawks as preparations for the July qualifiers.

The past two years the national team was made up entirely of foreign based players as there was no running league, however the Challenge cup has offered players a chance to impress the Sables coaches.

“We are excited about the prospects of looking at more players and these trials are the best opportunity. The clubs assembled players quickly and that has helped and we are hoping that after three rounds of matches, we would have picked up lots of players as we are working with an extended squad,” Sables team manager, Jason Maritz said.

In select matches played this Saturday at Old Georgians sports club in the capital, Harare Sports Club thumped Manicaland Select 66- 3 while similar fate was also witnessed in the match between Old Hararians and Southern City, as OH walloped City 58-00.

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