The St John’s College rugby side, popularly known as the Rams will tour South Africa in March and April as they gear up for this year’s Super 9 Schools Rugby League.
The Zimbabwe schools rugby league which begins in May is now without a sponsor after Stanbic Bank withdrew their services to the rugby playing schools late last year. The financial institution pulled the plug on the deal as citing non-compliance from schools who failed to open bank accounts with the institution one of the requirements for league sponsorship. Despite the huge financial set back, bragging rights will be at stake when rugby giants Falcon College, Lomagundi, Peterhouse, Churchill, Prince Edward, St Georges’ and St Johns College clash for the Super 9 Schools Rugby League in second term.
The Rams who finished last year’s league a distant sixth with 76 points, behind eventual winners St Georges College who had 155 points, will be looking to better that standing this season. And one way to make sure their geared up for the test is to play against competitive sides from neighbouring South Africa.
The Justin Swan captained side will take part in the week-long Easter Rugby Festival in South Africa that will be hosted in Johannesburg beginning late March. During the festival St Johns will take on Johannesburg’s St John’s College. The Rams, sponsored by Health International team will round up their festival matches by taking on Namibia’s Windhoek Gymnasium. On tour, the side will be looking to emulate their United Kingdom tour last year in which they took on some of top rugby playing schools in the UK with a lot of degree of control.
Rukudzo Gona will be very instrumental in the Ram’s attack playing at the pivot. All Johanians will be hoping that he picks up from where he left last season. Gona kept the defences of such teams as Pretoria Boys High and SACS on their toes with his high ball and his spot-on place kicking in last year’s Bushman Rock Rugby Challenge. Question is, can he do the same in Johannesburg this Easter?