Matabeleland Tuskers players

Rugby fest for Bulawayo

Raymond Jaravaza
A RUGBY fest spread over three consecutive weekends awaits Bulawayo fans starting with two matches featuring local teams followed by an international friendly at the home of the local game, Hartsfields Rugby Ground, starting this Saturday.

First on the menu is a battle of the seniors versus juniors when the Matabeleland 15s seniors take on their younger counterparts at Hartsfields Rugby Ground.

On 10 September, the sevens version of the game takes centre stage with yet another clash between the Matabeleland seniors against the juniors at the same venue.

International rugby follows on 17 September with three games featuring Matabeleland Select sides taking on Botswana.

The Botswana visit was facilitated by Matabeleland Rugby Football Board (MRFB) fixtures secretary Simba Danga, who is also a rugby referee, when he was officiating at a tournament in the neighbouring country in July.

Development manager for the Botswana Rugby Union Zilwele Khumalo said a contingent of over 80 people was expected to travel to Bulawayo.

Three teams consisting of 15s, sevens, and a ladies side will take part in the international friendlies.

a�?We want to give a chance to young players to gain international exposure so a majority of our players will be youngsters drawn from teams in Francistown. We have applied for the players to be granted off days from their respective jobs and professional clubs to travel to Bulawayo and we are working on the logistics,a�? Khumalo told B-Metro Sport from Botswana.

The Botswana team will also travel with match officials.

MRFB boss Thulani Tabulawa said after playing host to the neighbouring teams, the Matabeleland Select sides would travel to Gaborone for return fixtures.

The Matabeleland Select teams will be drawn from the four local clubs Old Miltonians, Western Panthers, Matabeleland Warriors and Police Bulldogs.