Sevens players back to illuminate rugby scene

By Brain Murandu

NATIONAL sevens squad players who recently returned from Zambia are set to illuminate this weekend’s Zimbabwe Rugby Union premier league scene where five games are set for the 10-team league

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The return of the sevens team (Cheetahs) members from an unsuccessful campaign for qualification to the Hong Kong 2005 World Cup Rugby Sevens will be greatly appreciated especially by Bulawayo-based club Busters.


Busters, which hosts third-placed Harare Sports Club tomorrow at Hartsfield had become whipping boys in the absence of veterans Arnold Takawira and player-coach Gilbert Nyamutsamba who were in camp with the sevens team.


Busters lost 74-0 to reigning champions Old Hararians a fortnight ago and went on to succumb 62-6 to Old Miltonians last weekend.


Harare Sports Club, which beat Western Panthers 31-10 last weekend, also welcome Daniel Hondo, Zacks Tondoro and the towering Allan Mdehwa from the sevens side.


Log leaders Mashonaland Country District (MCD), with 27 points from six games, host weak Western Panthers at Old Georgians.


MCD’s Gary Hewitt was also in the Sevens camp. But it is Shabanie which visits Gweru Sports Club that will benefit immensely from the services of outstanding sevens player Augustine Mberi.


In other matches, University hosts Old Miltonians while Mabvuku play against Old Hararians at Milton Park.


Mabvuku failed to fulfil last week’s fixture against University amid concerns that its glue company sponsors, Henkel, have exhausted their sponsorship package.