Rugby schools

Dairibord rugby to feature primary schools

Fungai Muderere
THIS yeara��s third edition of the Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival will feature primary schools and will run concurrently with the World Rugby U20 Trophy under the theme a�?attracted to greatnessa�?.

The event is meant to promote community sport development and spread the game of rugby to the people.

Sixteen primary school teams will battle it out at Prince Edwarda��s Rhodes field on Sunday 27 April up to 30 April.

Festival director Tawanda Jimu said that some of the primary school teams would be coming from as far as Bindura and Guruve, the latter being a remote area. Dairibord Zimbabwe managing director, Tatenda Napate also pointed out that the turnout of teams was increasing every year which points to the fact that schools rugby was developing each passing year.

The annual week-long event, which has produced rugby greats that include Tendai a�?Beasta�? Mtawarira, Takudzwa Ngwenya and Tonderai Chavhanga, sees teams, players and match officials get awards in different categories.

Chavhanga is expected to grace this yeara��sA� fiestaA� which will also serve as an educational platform with a number of programmes that include observer programme, Judo for rugby, adolescence issues, mentorship programmes, sports and event management, coachingA� and refereeing clinics, career guidance and anti- doping education awareness programme lined up.

The festival still remains the largest school boy and school girl rugby event in the world with over 3 500 players representing over 100 schools from all over the country and foreign countries.

All participating teams will play three games each against opponents of matching strength over a period of seven days.