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Sables take a break


The locally-based rugby players, currently in camp for the Sables’ crucial semi-final in the Confederation of African Rugby, will take a break to allow players to participate in this weekend’s national rugby league semi-finals.

Zimbabwe, Morocco and hosts Senegal have already qualified for the semi-finals which will take place in Dakar from November 8-13.

However, the final qualifier will be decided when Namibia, Kenya, Uganda and the hosts Cameroon clash in a tournament set for Yaoundé from October 20-23.

Back home, District Dragons will host Old Hararians at Old Georgians while Harare Sports Club welcome Busters in the last four matches.

“The Sables have been training in two batches, with the Bulawayo-based players training with head coach Brendon Dawson while assistant coach Cyprian Mandenge has been working with the Harare-based players.

“We are hoping to have the players back after the weekend to play a friendly match with a local select side in preparation for the tough assignment in Senegal,” said team manager Noddy Kanyangarara.

Following Victoria Cup debacle in July in which the Sables finished winless in a three-team tournament involving Uganda and Kenya, the Sables will certainly hope to make amends in the West African country.

Zimbabwe are currently ranked a lowly 51st in the world, a position that doesn’t do justice to the level of rugby in the country.

Some of the players who have been preparing for the encounter include the league’s top try scorer Njabulo Ncube, Prayer Chitendero, Jacques Leitao, Tapiwa Mafi, Paul Jessub, Tichafara Makwanya, Fortune Chipendu and Scotty Jones.

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