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THE domestic rugby season kicks off tomorrow with no sponsor on board after Delta Beverages pulled out at the beginning of last year.



tica, sans-serif”>The championship will have a new format where the northern and southern regions play separately with the top four teams meeting in quarter-finals to decide the national winner.


The Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) is still battling to secure a sponsor for the two regional leagues.


Harare Rugby Board chairman and ZRU executive member Freddy Penias however said they could not wait any longer.


“We are just playing for the love of the game. Clubs have to look for their own sponsorship. As ZRU we will also come in to assist them,” Penias said.

A mobile telecommunication company has shown interest in sponsoring rugby and the company is believed to be still negotiating with the ZRU management.


In matches on tomorrow in the northern region, last season’s finalists University play Harare Sports Club at HSC, with both sides hoping to get over the loss of key players in the off-season.


Mashonaland Country Districts host Mabvuku at Old Georgians Sports Club. MCD say they want to use a younger team this season after fielding a side dominated by players aged over 30 last year.


The other match in the region between champions Old Hararians and newly promoted Police Defenders has been postponed because police officers are on duty in election proceedings.


Meanwhile, Harare schools Prince Edward and St John’s College lost all their three matches at the St John’s Easter Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, last weekend.


PE were trounced 70-5 by Hoerskool Outeniqua on the first day of the festival, with national Under-19 wing Ebenezer Simba scoring the only points for the Tigers with a brilliant try. They went on to lose 31-5 and 25-23 to Hoerskool Outeniqua and FNB Invitation XI respectively.


St John’s, with four national Under-19 players, lost to South African schools Affies, Parktown Boys High and Johannesburg’s St John’s.

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