By Wellington Toni
Harare - Zimbabwe Sevens rugby coach, Gilbert Nyamutsamba,
relishes the chance to dance with the big rugby guns and believes the
inaugural World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series in Chile this weekend
provides such an opportunity to earn promotion.
Zimbabwe’s Cheetahs will join 15 other nations in the inaugural series -
a second tier competition to the more world renowned HSBC World Rugby
Sevens Series, and the gaffer says the tourney has been long in the
“We have been asking for this for some time, we lack game time compared
to the big teams in the World Rugby Sevens Series and for us this
presents an opportunity to earn promotion to the top tier.
“There is a huge gap between us and them (core teams) and with this kind
of chance, I think everybody is ready for the challenge,” Nyamutsamba
said in a brief interview ahead of departure for Chile on Tuesday.
Brazil, Chile, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Papua New
Guinea, Portugal, Tonga, Uganda, Uruguay and Zimbabwe will be joined by
three teams from the Americas - Mexico, Colombia and Paraguay - in the
The first leg begins on Saturday, ending the following day, in Vina del
Mar in Chile and the second leg will also run for two days in
Montevideo, Uruguay on February 22-23.
Zimbabwe will be skippered by Hilton Mudariki in the absence of injured
experienced trio of Tafadzwa Chitokwindo, Blithe Masevere and Godfrey
Speaking to a local Zimbabwean weekly, Sunday Mail, last week, Mudariki
said he was ready for the challenge and welcomed the introduction of the
“It’s a very welcome development especially for second tier teams like
us. We rarely get adequate game time during the course of the year.
“The Olympics remain the main target and these two legs guarantee us at
least two competitive tournaments. We will get three if we qualify for
Hong Kong at the end of the tournament. All this will be vital
preparations for the Repechage tournament later on this year,” the
Cheetahs man reckoned.
- CAJ News