Zimbabwe Women’s Rugby with the support of the Zimbabwe Rugby Union is commemorating International Women’s Day this Sunday, March 8, with women’s sevens rugby tournaments to be held in both Harare and Bulawayo. Under the theme “Make It Happen” the tournaments will commence at 10am and end at 3pm at Old Hararians Sports Club and in Bulawayo at Hartsfield.
Women’s rugby is a growing sport, not only in Zimbabwe, but worldwide. The tournament is part of a wider effort to promote development of the sport in Zimbabwe among teenage girls. 72,000 girls and women play rugby in Africa, part of the 1.77 million female rugby players in 120 countries globally. The Zimbabwe Rugby Union shares a worldwide goal of increasing female participation in the sport of rugby and improve its standard of play in Zimbabwe.
The Harare tournament will include four clubs and the following twelve participating high schools: Dzivarasekwa, Girls High, George Stark, Goromonzi, Hatfield,Kuwadzana 2, Lord Malvern, Mbare, Royal, Roosevelt, Tafara 1 and Vainona.
In Bulawayo the tournament will include fifteen girls high schools teams from Amhlope, Emhakandeni, Entumbane, Evelyn Girls, Montrose, Mpopoma, Msiteli, Mzilikazi, Njube, Nkulumane, Northlea, Sukhulile, Sobukazi, St Bernard’s and Townsend.
SSN applauds this initiative and joins the Zimbabwe Rugby Union in celebrating International Women’s Day.