By Anashe Murombedzi
THE Zimbabwe Under-20 rugby team, the Cheetahs have left the country ahead of the Dubai Sevens Invitational tournament which will commence this Thursday.
Although the Cheetahs narrowly lost 19-17 to Germany in the Zambezi Challenge Cup, the team used the tournament as a major booster for the Dubai Sevens Invitational tournament set to run from Thursday to Saturday.
“The preparations for Dubai have gone well as we participated in the Zambezi Challenge Cup despite losing to Germany. We managed to pick a team that will represent us in Dubai with new faces and young players and we are excited to look at how they will handle the pressure and fill the gap in our numbers in our Cheetahs academy. The team is ready and we expect to test ourselves to good quality of International oppositions,” said Ricky Chirengende, Cheetahs assistant coach.
Tadius Dzandiwandira and Godfrey Magaramombe will be the skippers for the team under the watchful eye of coach, Graham Kaulback.
The Cheetahs are in Pool A alongside Ireland and French sides; Militaire and Fantastics.
The Sevens tournament will be played concurrently with the opening leg of the World Sevens Series, which features the world’s leading sevens sides.