The Zimbabwe national rugby team, the Sables, have intensified preparations for the Rugby Africa Cup pool D matches against Burkina Faso which get underway this Sunday at Harare Sports Club.
The Sables have been in camp for more than two months and their participation in the Africa Cup looked in jeopardy when the trip to Tunisia was cancelled two weeks ago after the North African country entered into lockdown and pulled out of the tournament.
Rugby Africa then moved the tournament to Zimbabwe and the first of two matches will be played this weekend.
Sables Captain Hilton Mudariki hinted that the game could be quite a difficult one as they didn’t know much about Burkina Faso.
To be able to represent your country is huge especially at the times we are in the first match had to be cancelled but we are happy to get back on the park especially being in a bubble for a long time.Playing Burkina Faso is going to be tough, we don’t know much about them but we are prepared and we had a good test against Zambia that also prepared us well to face the West Africans,he said.
France-based Thabani ‘TJ’ Maguranyanga has joined the team in camp and is expected to win his first cap for Zimbabwe, while Blithe Mavesere has also recovered from a hand fracture.
Meanwhile, Burkina Faso is expected in Zimbabwe this Friday for the matches which will also be the first stage of the 2023 Rugby World Cup qualifiers.