ZRU factional fights have affected the performance of the Sables, mourns Sports Minister Hlongwane 

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CONTINUED factional fights within the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) have rendered the institution completely dysfunctional, Sports Minister Makhosini Hlogwane said.
Hlongwane said the factional wars have even affected the performance of the country’s National Rugby Team, the Sables, which is continuing to fall to non-traditional rugby countries such as Kenya, Tunisia and Namibia.
Last month, the Sables recorded their biggest loss with a woeful performance against the visiting Kenya 42-22. It was the second defeat in a row after losing 31-26 to Namibia  
In a statement, Hlongwane said previous engagements and calls on the union to set aside differences and move forward till the end of the current electoral circle for the good of the rugby development have fallen on deaf ears.
“It is poignantly clear the Zimbabwe Rugby Union have allowed their differences to spill onto the field of play thereby affecting the performance of the national team,” he said.
“It is also clear that the Union failed to build and work as a team for the good of the development of rugby in Zimbabwe and apart from the recent string of loses.”
The Sports Minister added, “The handling of the Zambia National Team left a lot to be desired.”
Hlongwane advised the Sports and Recreation Commission to convene a meeting ZRU and deliberate on challenges affecting the smooth running of the sport and come up with measures to reverse the administrative and performance challenges and stop the downward slide of local rugby.
The Sables were the first African team to take part at the Rugby World Cup in Australia in 1987 and the World Cup in Britain in 1991.