ZIMBABWE Rugby has introduced a Co-educational Schools Rugby League which will run parallel to the Super 8 Schools Rugby League when the schools second term commences in May.
Last season the Super 8 Schools rugby league ran under the banner Super 9 but has reverted back to its former name after Lomagundi College were drafted into the Co-educational Schools Rugby League. This could prove to be a blessing in disguise for Lomagundi as they were heavily outclassed and often struggled against the top rugby playing schools like St Georges, St Johns College and Prince Edward School. This was in part as result of the traditional boys’ schools having an excess of 600 boys in their system to choose from whilst Lomagundi only had about 200 boys in the school to select from. However the Chinhoyi based school will know all too well that their league will not be the easiest of leagues to navigate and if there are not careful they can end up being the weeping boys of the league.
The league features eight teams namely Hillcrest, Watershed, Gateway, Eaglesvale, Hellenic, Petra, Midlands Christian College and Lomagundi College. Though the teams at first glance look evenly matched, MCC will be hot favourites to top the league heading into the season following a season in which they finished unbeaten. Eaglesvale, Hillcrest and Hellenic Community Group of Schools are also not be underrated. In the Super 8, spills, thrills and fireworks will once again characterise the competition when the season gets underway in May. Traditional rugby perennial rivals Prince Edward, St Georges, Peterhouse, Churchill, St Johns, Falcon and Christian Brothers College make up the Super 8. The boys schools are joined by one co-educational school, Kyle College in what promises to be a thrilling season of schoolboy rugby.
We will be following all the action in the two super leagues on our dedicated rugby portal. Which teams do you think are going to come out tops? Let us know in the comments section below this post.