Zim back in world sevens

ZIMBABWE’S sevens rugby side returns to top international competition after receiving an invitation to play in the second-round of the World Sevens Series in George, South Africa, in December.

However, the International Rugby Board has not yet drawn up the list of countries to participate in the first-round of the series in Dubai earlier in December.

The Zimbabwe Rugby Union received the George invitation from Mark Egan, the IRB head of rugby services, this week.

The World Sevens Series is the largest sevens tournament outside the sevens World Cup. The best sides from the first rounds proceed to compete in different cities around the world. The world tour takes the event to Wellington, Los Angles, Hong Kong, Singapore and London, before returning to Dubai for the finals in December next year.

The 2005/06 season has been described as the most eagerly anticipated in the history of sevens rugby. Last year’s event was televised by 29 international broadcasters in 10 different languages, in 130 countries.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s 15s side has bowed out of the Africa Cup after last weekend’s results in Pool B. The Sables had hoped to progress as best runner-up from the three pools, but were pipped by a single point by Madagascar, who despite losing to Namibia on Saturday had a better record than Zimbabwe.

Madagascar now take on South Africa’s Emerging Springboks in the semi-final in Johannesburg on November 5, with Morocco and Namibia clashing in the other semi-final in Casablanca on the same day. – Staff Writer.