Sevens manager retires


ONE of the country’s most respected sports administrators, Bruce Hobson, stepped down as the Zimbabwe Sevens (7s) Rugby manager after almost 10 years at the helm.


The Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) made the announcement yesterday, with the veteran rugby administrator adding that he had pledged to retire from the post after the IRB 7s Rugby World Cup held in Russia.

Hobson has been at the heart of 7s rugby revival in the country for more than a decade, transforming the national team, the Cheetahs, into a world-class outfit.

“It is said that every good thing comes to an end and Bruce Hobson’s reign as team manager of the Zimbabwe 7s rugby team is one such event,” ZRU said in a statement yesterday.

“Bruce has managed the Zim 7s rugby team, known affectionately as the Cheetahs, since 2003 and has recently decided to retire from this position.

“Having taken on the role, Bruce has moulded together a team that is very competitive on the international stage. The hard work invested into the Cheetahs by Bruce, his late wife Caroline and the rest of his family was driven by sheer passion for the sport and the determination for the sport to succeed.”