Zimbabwe team sleep rough in protest over hotel

Players from Zimbabwe’s national rugby union team have slept on the streets in Tunisia after complaining about the poor standard of hotel accommodation.

The team are in the North African country for a World Cup qualifier and the protest came after they had been held at immigration for six hours.

Rugby Africa, which is responsible for the fixture, has apologised for the “unfortunate situation”.

It added that suitable accommodation has now been found in Beja.

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Khaled Babbou, from the Tunisia Rugby Union, said there was “no intention to destabilise our opponents” before Saturday’s match in Beja, which is about 100km (60 miles) west of the capital, Tunis.

Tunisia are set to play the Sables in the latest round of Africa Rugby’s Gold Cup competition, the winner of which will automatically qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

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