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Zimbabwe Cheetahs reveal squad for Challenger Series

Zimbabwe Rugby. Photo Courtesy/World Rugby.
Zimbabwe Rugby. Photo Courtesy/World Rugby.

Zimbabwe Cheetahs squad had been named ahead of the World 7s Series Challenger Series scheduled for Santiago, Chile on 12-14 August 2022.

The squad named by Coaches Graham Kaulback, and Ricky Chirengende has Kudzai Mashawi as the captain and it includes Shingie Katsvere, Kuda Chiwanza, Tadius Dzandiwanzira, Ryan Musumhi, Tapiwa Malenga, Godfrey Magaramombe, Munopa Moneta and Pride Nyameni.

Challenger Series Return 

The Challenger Series returns to the schedule following a one-year break due to the global pandemic. 12 women’s and 12 men’s teams qualified through regional qualifications and will compete over three days at Estadio Santa Laura, with the event champions gaining the highly desired core position on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2023.

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The competition structure is similar to the Olympic Games, with the 12 teams divided into three pools of four teams each. The top two teams from each pool, as well as the two best third-placed teams, will advance to the quarter-finals, before the semi-finals and final determine the champions, who will get promotion to the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

 

Challenger Series Pools announced. Photo Courtesy/World Rugby.

Challenger Series Pools announced. Photo Courtesy/World Rugby.

Zimbabwe Cheetahs in Pool B

In Pool A of the men’s pools, Chile are grouped alongside South Korea, Papua New Guinea, and Georgia. Hong Kong will compete in Pool B against Tonga, Jamaica, and Zimbabwe. While a strong Germany squad that performed admirably as an invited team on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in 2021 and 2022 is in pool C alongside Uruguay, Uganda, and Lithuania.

In the women’s competition, Chile will compete in pool D against China, Kenya, and South Africa, who competed as an invited team in the last event of the 2022 Series in Toulouse in May.

The World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series was launched in February 2020 to boost rugby sevens’ development across the globe. The competition acts as the promotion pathway for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series with the men’s and women’s Challenger Series winners becoming a core team on the World Series for the following season.

Zimbabwe Cheetahs squad for Challenger Series

Zimbabwe Cheetah’s squad for Challenger Series.

Zimbabwe Cheetahs: Vuyani Dhlomo, Kudzai Mashawi, Tapiwa Malenga, Godfrey Magaramombe, Munopa Moneta, Pride Nyameni, Kuda Chiwanza, Tadius Dzandiwanzira, Ryan Musumhi, Shingie Katsvere, Munesa Muneta, Nigel Tinarwo,

Technical Bench Graham Kaulback, Ricky Chirengende, Margie Gibson

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