Fans of Sevens rugby in South Africa are this morning waking up to the news that South Africa will no longer be represented on the IBR’s Sevens World Series circuit.
After George’s contract as hosts of the South Africa Sevens ended last year, the SA Union opened up a bidding process and Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Metro and Sun City were believed to be seriaas frontrunners.
However, Series title sponsors HSCB has decided that the Africa-leg of the 8-city Series instead be moved to Zimbabwe.
Said Martin O’Gillingham, spokesman for the title-sponsors: “After the sterling performance by the Zimbabwe Cheetahs in last week’s Hong Kong Sevens, our board has decided to inform the IBR that they should instead spread the Series around so as to expose more people to the game.”
Zimbabwe’s Cheetahs won the Shield at the Dubai 7s in 2007
Zimbabwean President Bob Mugabe could not immediately be reached for comment as he is believed to be visiting his holiday home in Hong Kong. Reuteurs reports that the president was last seen in Hong Kong’s Mongkok shopping-district looking at the new Appel iPad2.
However, the government
medicine-men spin-doctors reported that Mugabe was over the moon that his country will now “get a regular opportunity to line up opposite the imperialist British sporting their ridiculous tequila playing strip.”
The government has also pledged a cash-injection of Zim$1,000,000,000 to fly the entire Hong Kong Sevens tournament staff over “in order to show the IBR and sponsors that moving the Sevens to Harare was not a mistake.”
SARU CEO Jurie Roux could not be reached for comment as he and Springbok coach Peter De Villiers are on their way to France to bring back Frans Steyn ahead of the World Cup.