HARARE – Police Defenders will this morning lead the campaign to bring back the national rugby team back to their former home Morris Depot when they host Harare League matches at their main ground.
Dubbed ‘Bringing back rugby to the home of ZimRugby’, the day will begin with the Police ladies team taking on Panthers at 11am after which Harare Sports Club and Old Johannians clash an hour later.
Defenders will then entertain Mutare Sports Club at 1340hrs leading into the match of the day, a clash of the top sides Old Hararians against Old Georgians.
Police Defenders rugby chairperson Gerald Chinyani said they noted with regret challenges faced by fans during Sables matches which include ground sitting constraints, parking space and security prompting them to embark on a drive to bring back rugby to its former home.
At the moment Zimbabwe Rugby Union is opting to use Prince Edward School Jubilee Filed but it is usually overwhelmed by the huge crowds which come through to watch the Sables in action.
“Morris Depot used to be the home ground to the national rugby team and after noticing some of the challenges faced by the fans we felt it worthwhile to bring back the games to where they belong,” Chinyani told the Daily News.
“Here the ground is big, we have enough parking space, security comes second to none. We have been in constant contact with the ZRU and currently their assessment of the ground is at almost 90 percent.
“A lot of renovations have been done and we have also acquired new goal posts that meet international standards required by World Rugby.”
Harare Rugby League representative Francorn Mutare said fans should look up to entertaining rugby as the three top sides will secure berths to participate in South Africa’s Golden Cup in September.
OGs lead the six-team table with 20 points from four matches while OH are in second with 19 points.
Harare Sports Club are in third place with 11 points while OJs (10), Mutare (2) and Defenders on zero points complete the standings.
“The games will decide who’s going to play who in the local qualifiers for the Gold Cup scheduled for South Africa in September,” Mutare said.
“Three clubs will qualify for the semi-finals with the top team playing number three while the second placed team travel to Bulawayo for a date with a local team there.
“What we are doing is only a matter of fulfilling something that was supposed to have been done before maybe simply because the idea did not cross their mind.
“In the past we only had two grounds, Morris Depot in Harare and Hartsfield in Bulawayo and the police said they want to go back to where it all began as a way of bringing the Sables back to where they belong.”