Zimbabwe date Netherlands in a test match

By Lawrence Trusida, Sport Editor

THE Zimbabwe national rugby team, the Sables are gearing up for their first European test match in 30 years when they take on Netherlands in Amsterdam this Saturday.

The Sables have been in Europe for a week as they prepare for the Rugby Africa Cup that will also act as the World Cup Qualifiers, starting on the first of next month.

The team has been in France but shifted base to Amsterdam this Wednesday.

Zimbabwe last played a test match against a European nation in 1991 when they faced Scotland in the 1991 World Cup which coincidentally was Zimbabwe’s last appearance at the Rugby World Cup.

The technical team has named a 28-men squad to represent the nation and one man who is relishing the opportunity is 19-year-old Brendon Marume, who was called up to the national team after shining at the Under 20 Barthes Trophy.

Marume has settled well in the senior team after scoring a try on his senior debut which turned out to be the winning try of the game as the Sables won their first Currie Cup game against a South Africa provincial side when they overcame Border.

“That was a special moment for me and the opportunity to be able to lead the team to a win was more than great, now I am hoping I can continue to play well and help the team qualify” said Marume.

The Sables will return to France soon after the match against the Netherlands as they gear up for the encounter against Cote d’Ivoire set for the 1st of July with the winner facing Namibia four days later.

The eventual winner will progress to the final set for the 10th of July.