SIX teams are set to clash in the Matabeleland Rugby Football Board (MRFB) organised Independence Cup at the Bulawayo home of rugby,A� Hartsfield Rugby Ground, on Saturday.
Each club is expected to bring a minimum of 20 players and pay a registration fee of $20.
Matches will be played 14 minutes each half with a two-minute break between the first and second stanza.
Matabeleland Referees Society officials will officiate the matches, according to MRFB chairman Theo Weale.
a�?We will give out prizes for outstanding players and the overall winning team. Ita��s important that we keep the rugby season busy not only for the development of the sport in the region but Zimbabwe as a whole.
The Matabeleland Referees Society has pledged to assist with match officials for all the matches,a�? said Weale.
The participating clubs are Old Miltonians, Western Panthers, Matabeleland Warriors, Police Bulldogs, Kwekwe Sports Club and a visiting team either from Gweru or Masvingo.
Meanwhile, the six team rugby Southern Region League kicked off last Saturday with one match played at Hartsfield Rugby Ground.
Matabeleland Warriors walloped the Police Bulldogs 67 a�� 0.
The league comprises four Bulawayo based teams Old Miltonians, Police Bulldogs, Western Panthers and Matabeleland Warriors.
Ancient City Rugby Club from Masvingo and Midlands State University from Gweru are also part of the league.
Last Saturday, the Old Miltonians and Midlands State University game was postponed due to the Zimbabwe University Sports Association games that were held in Gweru while the Western Panthers clash against Ancient City Rugby Club was also postponed after the Masvingo based team showed up late for the fixture.
Both matches will be rescheduled after the Independence Cup.