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Matabeleland Province gears for 7’s selection programme

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The Matabeleland rugby football board has set out to improve their game to ensure they contribute a huge number of the region’s players in the national team, the national broadcaster has reported.

The selection process will see all the country’s provinces being given an opportunity to host and play at least two senior seven’s tournaments before the 25th of February2017 with regional selects being set up during these meets.

This will be followed by a training camp for all selected players on the 4th of March where two teams of the possibles and the probables will play each other for selection to be part of the national camp that will also feature the current crop of Cheetahs players set to start from the 12th of March.

The final 12 players to make up the Zimbabwe Cheetahs side will then be chosen after a week-long camp in Harare and in Victoria Falls.

While confirming that lack of international exposure was affecting players in his constituency, Matabeleland rugby football board chairman Thulani Dubula Tabulawa expressed confidence his players possess the talent that can make part of the Cheetahs squad.

The move to cast the net wide has been roundly welcomed by most rugby analysts who believe such ventures have greater chances of unearthing raw talent lying idle. ZBC

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief www.sportbrief.co.zw. He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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