MATABELELAND Rugby Football Board (MRFB) in conjunction with Christian Brothers College will host the Power Sales Rugby Festival on April 3 and 4 at Hartsfield Rugby Ground in Bulawayo.
The Power Sales festival is the first pre-season event. It is run annually and formally sponsored by Power Sales, a Bulawayo-based leading clothing retailer.
Twenty five schools mainly the Under-16 and U-19 boys are expected to battle against each other with 10 teams coming from Harare and the remaining 15 from Bulawayo.
The tournament has over the years attracted schools from South Africa and Botswana hence they were invited along as guest teams.
The tournament director Adolf Soweto said this tournament would be used to prepare schools for the upcoming season.
“The idea of this tournament is to promote rugby and to help schools prepare for the forthcoming rugby season. A lot of teams go on tour and battle to find games in aid of preparations and hence this tournament,” Soweto said.
MRFB development officer Ruben Kumpasa said in years to come they wish to run the Power Sales Festival over a period of three days due to the rapid growth of rugby in schools.
“The number of teams is increasing, over the years we have played over a day. Now we are playing over two days. We are still inviting the public to support us as we aim to play over three days or even a week if it’s possible due to the growth of rugby in schools and the interest shown by schools participating in rugby,” Kumpasa said.
Kumpasa added that they will use the tournament to scout potential players for the Under-19 development side that will compete for the national selection later this year.