The Sunday News
Mehluli Sibanda-Senior Sports Reporter
LOCALLY-based rugby players have been given a chance to play for the country’s senior national fifteens team after getting invited to the Sables testing as well as fine-tuning sessions to be held in Harare.
The Sables coach, Brendan Dawson and his technical team extended an invitation to players that form part of the local league to take part in testing and training sessions to be done at the Hellenic Academy on 3 and 4 April as well as 10 and 11 April.
“All players wishing to attend these sessions must apply to their first team coaches who will review and submit their recommendation to the Sables team manager on email. All player recommendations must reach the manager on or before 29 March 2021 and logistical arrangements of when the recommended players will be required to attend will be announced,’’ read the invitation from the Zimbabwe Rugby Union.
Sables team manager, Jason Maritz said they always had plans to give a chance to locally-based players once they got the green light from the Sports and Recreation Commission to restart the games.
“This was our plan but needed to get approvals and figure out SRC clearance for that to happen. We will be testing all players (even if they already in the training squad) on international rugby requirements/ standards. We are obviously hoping to find a few players to add to squad,’’ Maritz said.
Maritz recently announced a Sables squad of 48 players that will report for camp in Harare on 16 May in preparation for matches in July. The Sables are preparing to face Tunisia and the repêchage winner in July as part of the qualification process for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France. — @Mdawini_29.