THE MIDLANDS RUGBY BOARD 

The Midlands Province is found at the heart of the country and has for many years been the pulse of Zimbabwean Rugby with notably legends and greats of the game having hailed and  turned out for clubs in the Midlands Province such as the incumbent Zimbabwe National Cheetahs Head Coach Gilbert Nyamutsamba and speedster Kilvean ‘Guns’ Magunje, Emmanuel Munyoro. We also pride ourselves in having a good representation in the National Schools Age grade teams with players from Midlands Christian College, Goldridge and Kyle College making it into the age grade National teams. The Midlands Rugby board has the following as its board members whose mandate is to develop grow and coordinate rugby in the Midlands Province. They are;

Chairperson.        : Zwelonke Mloiswa 

Vice Chairperson: Tafadzwa Jesseniah 

Secretary.             :Danmore Mukuta 

Treasuer.               : Michael Mwale

Development        : Tafadzwa Mangoyi

Fund Raising        : Mark Carlsson 

The Provinces boasts of five male rugby clubs and one female rugby club. The province through its board member responsible for development Tafadzwa Mangoyi is seized with swelling the women’s ranks and ensuring that come 2021, each registered club has a women’s team and more girl children take up the sport right from the schools so we can contribute to the National Age grade teams and the Lady Sables and Cheetahs.  

Clubs Affiliated to the Midlands Rugby Board

  1. Gweru Sports Club
  2. Josiah Tungamirai Airforce Rugby Club
  3. MSU Midlands State University – Gweru
  4. Zvishavane Bulls
  5. MSU Midlands State University – Zvishavane
  6. MSU Midlands State University – Ladies

We currently do not have a Senior men’s or women’s Rugby League as a Province but we have continued to have a series of developmental tournaments and friendly games  for both the Sevens and Fifteens versions of the game. In pursuit of further exposure for our teams we have had teams take part in the Mid-Mat League (Midlands- Matabeleland). Our players have taken part in the national trials for sevens and fifteens and have gone on to represent the nation  

We are in the throes of setting up community teams such as Senga Rugby club and Mkoba Rugby Club for the players based in these localities. We were at the completion stage of the Fortnight League which was to feature Gweru Sports Club, Airforce and MSU teams before we have the COVID-19 outbreak. We have had Level One training of school masters and coaches in Officiating and Coaching by the World Rugby Educators. Of importance in the Midlands province is the Gweru Sports club rugby facility that has recently been in the spotlight for dereliction and abandonment. The  Midlands Rugby Board engaged the owners of the Facility , the Gweru City Council and other key stakeholders to ensure that the facility is improved and is maintained and we entered into smart partnerships with a local football club that plays in the Central Region League for the upgrade and upkeep of the facility and this has yielded positive results in the shortest possible turnaround time. The field at Gweru Sports club has been fenced off, a borehole sunk, terraces repaired, changing rooms refurbished, the flood light system is still being fixed and a dedicated ground curator employed to keep the field in a pristine state. We will be bidding to host  National Team games in Gweru in the near future 

Our plans for 2021 and beyond are 

  1. Accelerate the setting up of community rugby clubs in all suburbs and towns
  2. To have every town in our Province coming up with a rugby club such as Kwekwe rugby club, Shurugwi, etc. 
  3. to revive rugby in the former powerhouse schools such as Chaplin High which produced the Cheetahs manager Donald Mangenje, Thornhill High, Kwekwe High, Fletcher High among many other schools 
  4. completion of the rehabilitation of the Gweru Sports Club so we can Bid to host the Sables or Cheetahs at Gweru Sports Club 
  5. Capacitating our technical set up by holding Level One coaching course for all school masters and mistresses involved in rugby and a Two coaching course for our level coaches course 
  6. Set up a vibrant rugby referees society in the Midlands from the school boys and girls catching them young including some seniors
  7. Setting up and formation of a localized government school league to cut transport costs, setting a stage for the selection of a Provincial touring side
  8. Host the Old mutual primary 10s tournament, series of  Seniors sevens tournament, 1 seniors fifteens invitational tournament
  9. Have all our affiliates properly affiliated to the Board, and Sports and Recreation Commission 

The Midlands Rugby board has reinvigorated its structures recently to meet the local demands as dictated by the obtaining circumstances in the province. The development of the game needs resources to be in place and we have set up the sub committees that are pooling the resources together and the development sub committee that is utilizing the resources to reach all parts of the province and develop the game. We will soon be the leading light of Zimbabwe rugby. Midlands Rugby: The Pulse of Zimbabwe Rugby. 

Zwelonke Mloiswa

Gweru Sports Club social club
Gweru Sports Club