ZIMBABWEa��S U-18 rugby school girlsa�� team are lifting the countrya��s flag high in the annual South Africa National Girls week hosted by Jeppe High School in Johannesburg this week.
The tournament which commenced on Monday a�� as part of South Africa Rugby Youth week features the U-16 and U-18 age categories.
In their first fixture on Tuesday the girls beat Bluebulls from South Africa 24-5.
a�?The girlsa�� side has been a cut above the rest since its debut in 2015 in Durban and we are hoping that they continue with their fine form during this yeara��s tournament being held at Jeppe High School, in Joburg,a�? said the national U-18 girls rugby coach Nsikelelo a�?Sykesa�? Sibanda.
The U-16 Girls Week, which started in 2011, returns this year after last yeara��s edition featured only U-18 teams.
The four youth teams are sponsored by Old Mutual as part of their corporate social responsibility of giving aid to local schools rugby and covering development teams from disadvantaged communities.
a�?Technically we have a better side this year despite the majority of girls coming from rural and high density schools. Their ball handling skills are exceptional considering they are coming from Sahumani and St Columbua��s in Bulawayo, Vainona, Roosevelt and Goromonzi,a�? said Sibanda.
Both the U-16 and U-18 tournaments will conclude on Friday, 29 June, following a jam-packed day of rugby.
The teams participating in the National Girls U-18 week comprise of Blue Bulls, Boland, Border, Border Country Districts, Eastern Province,
The Leopards, Free State, Golden Lions, Griffons, Griquas, Kwazulu-Natal, Limpopo, The Pumas, South Western Districts, Western Province and Zimbabwe.