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THE Zimbabwe Sevens men’s committee is looking at the Cheetahs camping abroad ahead of their World Sevens Series core qualifier tournament set for Hong Kong at the end of the month.

Although the Cheetahs administration arm does not have a specific country in which they have confirmed their camp, revelations by the committee chairman Donald “Brasco” Mangenje are that they would like to prepare from outside the country’s borders.

The proposed camp would also give the Zimbabwe Sevens side some game time before going into battle in Hong Kong where core qualification status is at stake.

“We have not yet secured a specific venue as yet because we are in talks with a number of Unions to see if they can host us as we prepare for the tournament, but I am sure that by the end of the week we will have something concrete,” said the former Sables and Cheetahs scrumhalf.

Zimbabwe are expected to regroup this week, following the completion of the Sevens Summer Series that was won by Old Georgians as they defended their title.

Following their wins in all three successive legs of the Summer Series, the Dragons are expected to dominate the Cheetahs squad for Hong Kong given their powerful display in which they never lost a game in all three tournaments.

Scrummy Graham Kaulback, forward Jacques Leitao, Boyd Rouse, Fortunate Chipendu, and Stephan Hunduza are some of the players in the Old Georgians squad that were part of the Cheetahs squads recently.

Old Georgians Sports Club in a statement said they were pleased with the way events went over the last three weeks, which marked the beginning of the local rugby season and also thanked the event organisers.

“We had good results over the last three weekends of club Sevens and we were fortunate (enough) to make use of the opportunity to not only play rugby all day but to grow our squad and grow our culture.

“A big thank you must go out to the ZRU’s (Zimbabwe Rugby Union) Sifiso Made (general manager) for organising the tournaments, to Donald Mangenje and his team who relentlessly drive the game of Sevens and create this opportunity for us to play.

“And lastly to the referees who we all hate and disagree with on the pitch but honestly know the job you do is a thankless but necessary one. Thank you all. We are excited for the new season.”

The Dragons beat bitter rivals and former champions Harare Sports Club 38-12, while the Churchill Bulldogs also won all their three tournaments to win the schools edition with a 24-7 win over Mbare Academy.

However, Mangenje said, the schools Sevens tournaments will continue for the next three weeks.

“The schools are our first platform for player development and we see it important that they continue playing the Sevens tournament until the last weekend before schools close.

“There has not been much change in the Cheetahs squad in terms of player composition probably because we have a small player base and that is one thing we are aiming to change in future by developing these young players,” said Mangenje.

Source : The Herald

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