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U-19 rugby World Cup qualifier takes off at last

Staff Writer

THE Zimbabwe Schools Under-19 rugby team will go into their long-awaited IRB World Cup qualifying final against Tunisia at St Georges College tomorrow inadequately prepared

after the match had been briefly cancelled this week as the visitors had not confirmed their availability.

The Zimbabwe team had not fully camped and almost stopped preparations after the Tunisians had requested for the postponement of the match from tomorrow. When the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) turned down the request, the Tunisians showed no commitment to travel for the encounter.

ZRU had as a result cancelled the match on advice from Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) secretary-general Cliffie Booysen.

The north Africans upset fancied neighbours Morocco in the semi-finals to book a final showdown with Zimbabwe, who edged Kenya 32-19 in the other semi-final played at St Johns College in September.

If they win, the Zimbabwe Schools team will make history by becoming the first side to qualify for a major youth international tournament. The current Under-19 team has exhibited a lot of potential and offered a ray of hope for the future of the sport.

Meanwhile, the International Rugby Board has moved the venue of the Under-19 World Cup finals from Wales to Durban, South Africa. The tournament was originally supposed to be played in France.

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