Zimbabwe Gets Hong Kong Sevens Rugby Invite
Harare â€“ The Zimbabwe Sevens Rugby team has been invited for the first time to the prestigious Hong Kong tournament to be held in March.
The invite comes as a reward to Zimbabwe’s impressive showing at the 2009 World Cup in which the country reached the Bowl section final before losing 37-8 to Wales.
This is the first time that the Cheetahs have been invited to the biggest sevens rugby festival in the world having participated in events of less magnitude in Dubai and George in South Africa.
About 24 of the top sevens rugby playing nations in the world, among them, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Fiji and Wales will be part of the party as Zimbabwe fights to regain its status among the best in the world.
Team manager Bruce Hobson was delighted with the Hong Kong Invitation but added that a lot needed to be done if the Cheetahs were to stand their ground at the global rugby festival.
“We are happy to be invited to Hong Kong, the best on the rugby sevens tour. We need to prepare fully if we are going to make an impression,” said Hobson.
Hobson said the Hong Kong Tournament needed a large pool of players adding that they were going to consider selecting some of the players from Brighton Chivandire’s Under 19 squad that qualified for the World Cup.
The tournament will also provide the opportunity to confirm the much held view that Zimbabwe’s rugby is now on the resurgence after going through a period of gradual decline.
The country that qualified for 1987 and 1991 World Cup Finals has since then failed to make to the finals with that honour belonging to Morocco, Ivory Coast and later Namibia.