Zimbabwe Women’s National XV’s Rugby team is affectionately known as the Women Sables. Women’s rugby has been a part of the Zimbabwe rugby landscape since 2001, having started in the late 1990’s with various ladies playing mini rugby games. Zimbabwe Women’s Rugby (ZWR) is made up of eight administrative provinces in the country. The provinces serve the game of rugby in an operational and administrative capacity for all fixtures and development activities.
The Zimbabwe Women Sables team played many friendlies with Zambia Women’s Rugby and Botswana Womens Rugby before they finally played a fully recognized international competitive game on the 22nd of September 2007 against Zambia at Harare Sports Club, Harare. Since then the Zimbabwe Women Sables have played many official and unofficial games mainly curtain raising for the Senior Men’s national teams against Zambia and Botswana. Women’s rugby continues to grow in leaps in bounds as we now compete favorably in the Rugby Africa competitions
The Women’s Rugby season runs from March to late October. Over the course of the season the various clubs that feed the national team are seen by over 10 000 spectators ranging in ages from 8-65, and an estimate of 200 loyal administrators & officials of the Rugby Union community. The game of rugby also receives excellent radio coverage once a week that often includes live commentary as play is followed over the weekend games.