The Cheetahs are fighting to become one of the core of the IRB World Series that started in 2005. The World Series is an eight legged tournament played in different countries.
Currently the only African teams that are part of the core teams are South Africa and Kenya. The Zimbabwe Cheetahs are expecting to be invited for the New Zealand leg after beating one of the core teams in the Kenya in the Bowl final.
The New Zealand World Series will run from 4-5 February 2011.
According to the International Rugby Board, after the first two events in Dubai and South Africa, England lead the World Series with 44 points, New Zealand (40), Samoa (36) and Fiji (32) with South Africa lying fifth on 24.
As a result of their strong start – including winning the Cup title in Dubai and reaching the final in South Africa – England top the seeds in Wellington and start in Pool A with matches against Wales, USA and the Cook Islands.
New Zealand’s title defence in George has helped them to second in the standings and they top Pool B with matches against Argentina, Scotland and Papua New Guinea.