Zimbabwe Rugby Sevens coach Gilbert Nyamustsamba is grateful for the opportunity to compete against top tier teams at the inaugural World Rugby Sevens Challengers Series, according to local media.
Zimbabwe will be joining 15 other nations in a two round tournament, first of which to be held in Viña del Mar, Chile, and then Montevideo, Uruguay.
The top eight teams will be moving on to compete in the HSBC World Series Qualification Tournament at the Hong Kong Sevens.
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During a brief interview on Tuesday, Nyamutsamba said, “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,”
Captain of the Zimbabwe Sevens squad, Hilton Mudariki, said his team is looking forward to the tournament and readying the path to the Olympics and possibly Hong Kong, according to local news weekly Sunday Mail.
“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.”