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Spotlight on Spar schools rugby festival


The spotlight will today fall on young Sevens rugby players from around the country’s schools system when they converge at St John’s College for the Spar Interprovincial Under-16 and Under-19 Rugby Sevens tourney.

The one-day tourney, which is being used to select national representative Under-16 and
Under-19 teams, will feature teams from Masvingo, Mashonaland East and West, Bulawayo, Matabeleland South and hosts Harare.
The teams will clash in the round-robin phase where they were divided into two groups of four teams in each group.

In the Under-19 category, Pool A comprises of Harare North, Harare West, Matabeleland South and Bulawayo, while Masvingo, Harare South, Mashonaland West and Harare East will battle it out in Pool B.

In the Under-16 category, Pool A comprises of Harare South, East and West and Mashonaland West, while Pool B has only three teams form Harare North, Masvingo and Bulawayo.

Harare West and East get the programme underway in the Under-16 at 9am at Honey Field, before Bulawayo and Matabeleland South clash in the Under-19 category, 15 minutes later.

Meanwhile, young rugby players from St John’s College got a once- in-a-lifetime opportunity of rubbing shoulders with their role models following a visit by three South African rugby legends Percy Montgomery, Charl Marais, Pieter Muller and A J Venter on Saturday.

“We had a visit from four ex-Springbok Rugby players who ran a coaching clinic for our boys on Saturday. The boys had an exciting opportunity to meet Percy Montgomery, Charl Marais, Pieter Muller and A J Venter,” said the schools’ sports director Atherston Squire.

This was the second visit by Springboks legends to Zimbabwe in less than six months following a similar visit by Schalk Burger (Sr), (father to current Springboks star Schalk Burger), Muller, Marais, Carel du Plessis, Rob Louw, Danie Gerber, Ray Mordt and Venter.

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