Zim in SA sevens plans

THE sevens rugby sides of South Africa and Zimbabwe could face each other more often in future.


This is the message from South African coach Paul Treu as his team prepares for the third leg of the International Rugby Board serie

s in Wellington on February 1 and 2.


“Yes, the idea is for us and Zimbabwe to play against each other more often. I am convinced both sides could benefit hugely from this effort,” he said.


Zimbabwe coach Liam Middleton has asked for more contact a year ago – and now his ambitions seem to materialise.


Treu is already planning a week-long training camp before the Hong Kong Sevens on March 28, 29 and 30 that could also see Zimbabwe participating.


Treu also confirmed the Shimlas have agreed to play against the Springboks at a schools rugby festival in Swellendam on March 15.


“We all know the type of rugby the Shimlas play and therefore I believe they could test us to the full. This is just the type of competition we need before going to Hong Kong,” he said


Treu also said he plans to accommodate Zimbabwe in Swellendam.


“Yes, it will be wonderful to have Zimbabwe there as well. It could turn out to be a great rugby feast.


“The SWD Eagles have already confirmed their participation and if I can succeed in getting Zimbabwe and Boland there as well it will be just brilliant.”


Treu also slammed his side’s critics who believe the Springboks are chokers.


“No, we are definitely not. We did not win the other tournaments so why single out George?” he asked.


“Failing to win the title in George remains a huge dissapointment for all of us, but with Marius Schoeman, Jonatham Mokuena, Mzwandile Stick and Thobela Madaka back for the Wellington event we should improve a lot.” — Super Rugby.