ZIMBABWE’S Lady Cheetahs are set to take part in the second annual Hermanus Women Rugby Sevens Tournament at Hermanus High School in South Africa.
The tourney that will be played on 22 February will see women’s rugby sevens teams from all over South Africa including Zimbabwe and Mozambique fighting for top honours.
Zimbabwe women’s sevens rugby team head coach Dereck Chiwara said they were excited about taking part in the Hermanus Sevens. The tournament is in its 2nd edition and they hope to take part in future editions.
“The good thing about this tournament is that it’s the first of the year and also the first time we are trying out a new squad. This squad was picked from the trials that were held in November and there is nothing better than giving the girls exposure at an international event.
“The ladies are definitely putting in the work and do understand the importance of us taking part in this tournament. We still do have some experience in Gladys Mukome and Faith Mhungira who will have the onus of guiding the young ladies,” said Chiwara.
Chiwara said the preparations had gone on well as they started with Sunday sessions since Week 1 in January.
“We are stepping it up, increasing the number of days and we will then get into camp six days before we travel. With a squad consisting mainly of debutants we will approach the tournament not as underdogs but as serious contenders.”
Last year, Zimbabwe got a silver medal, losing to South Africa in the final.
However, Chiwara said: “We will not use that awesome performance to measure ourselves. I am more interested in the girls getting exposure, gaining experience, understanding the value of wearing the jersey and representing their country with pride.”