Nigeria Rugby Football referees are currently undergoing training by Zimbabwean Referees Instructors as part of a bilateral relationship with the Zimbabwe Rugby Football Union through its Referees Society.
Two Zimbabwean Rugby Referee and World Rugby Referee Educators, Simbarashe Mandla and Abigail Govere, reportedly arrived Nigeria on Tuesday, 24 October, to conduct the World Rugby Referee Educator Course for 20 Nigerian Rugby Referees and Touch Judges (Assistant Referees) from Wednesday, October 25 to Friday, October 27, at both the Lagos SWAN Secretariat and the Main Bowl of the National Stadium, Lagos.
The Zimbabweans will also officiate at the Nigeria Rugby Football flagship event, the Independence Sevens Rugby Tournament, billed for this Saturday and Sunday at the Polo Club, Ikoyi, Lagos.
The event supported by the Lagos State Sports Commission will feature Male Rugby, Women Rugby, Schools Rugby and a Veterans Match with a United Nations team made up of diplomats from the United Kingdom, United States, South Africa and Australia.
As part of the bilateral relationship, a select team of Nigerian referees will in turn attend the Zimbabwe International Schools Tournament tagged Prince Edward Dairyboard International Schools Rugby Festival, early next year with about 80 Schools and over 180 games to be played in U14, U16 & U19 categories.
The partnership program was brokered through the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation Technical Director, Mr Ntiense Williams, who is a product of the Zimbabwean Rugby institution as a former player, coach, referee and administrator.