World Rugby U20 Trophy 2016 Team Captains Photoshoot by  Charmaine Chitate/High On Talent at Mukuvisi Woodlands in Harare, Zimbabwe.

World Rugby U20 Trophy FINALS change of venue

The Zimbabwe Rugby Union announces that, following consultation with all stakeholders and with the endorsement of the Ministry of Sport and Recreation, the final round on Sunday 1st May of World Rugby U20 Trophy matches will be held at the Harare Sports Club and not at the National Stadium. The success of the first two rounds of matches and Wednesday’s last group matches at Harare Sports Club, as well as the logistical challenges of moving the tournament to another venue in such a short period of time resulted in this decision.

Zimbabwe Rugby Union, along with stakeholders in the Local Organising Committee who are tasked with hosting this tournament on behalf of World Rugby, are grateful for the support and assistance from the Zimbabwe corporate world and the Ministry of Sport and Recreation in ensuring that the delivery at venues and facilities meets the exacting standards set by World Rugby.
Zimbabwe Rugby are particularly grateful to Zimbabwe Cricket who have worked closely with them to ensure that the infrastructure required to stage such a tournament is provided.
Colleen de Jong, Zimbabwe Rugby Union Chief Executive remarked, “We are grateful to Zimbabwe Cricket for agreeing to a partnership between our two sporting associations and for their support. Without this we would not have been able to meet the requirements for hosting a tournament such as this and their co-operation in the spirit of national pride has been invaluable. Harare Sports Club and Harare Sports Club Rugby have also been integral to the preparations and presentation of this Tournament”.
World Trophy Tournament Director Simon Kibble said World Rugby appreciated and supported the ZRU’s decision. “We understand the reasons for this decision and fully support the Zimbabwe Rugby Union. Harare Sports Club has been a great venue across the first two rounds and with even more spectators expected for tomorrows last group game and Sunday’s final itself, the warm atmosphere is set to continue”.

Image Source (Credit: Charmaine Chitate): 8th man, Aiden Burnett breaking away to make Zimbabwe’s first try against Uruguay and one of the most momentous tries of the tournament.

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Prince Edward Tigers Tour to Namibia

The Prince Edward First team, famously known as The Tigers, is at the tail-end of its Namibia tour in preparation for the Dairibord Rugby Festival. The rugby festival will run concurrently with the World Rugby U20 Trophy 2016 this coming April. The Tigers Tour kit is sponsored by Baines InterCare who are “…proud to be associated with Prince Edward School.” Prince Edward School is one of many schools that have a player contribution to the Young Sables set to participate in the World Rugby U20 Trophy 2016.

NAMIBIA TOUR SQUAD
Ashley Makodza, Tinashe Chaza, Zvikomborero Chimoto, Tonderai Chiwambutsa, Godfrey Musanarwa, Sean Mupanemunda, Tinashe Murevi, VICE CAPTAIN Munashe Nyamweda, Michael Mhute, Adrian Zvarevashe, CAPTAIN Russell Dinha, Tinotenda Zvishiri, Tapiwa Marimira, Takudzwa Siyawamwaya, Tanaka Mutembeza, Tanaka Chikwariro, Zenzel Williams, Tadiwanashe Mberikwazwo, Colin Nyaoda, Malvin Nyakuwedzwa, Donell Winder, Tinashe Tapoka and, Harry Mamvuto

Head Coach Shaun De Souza
Manager Tawanda Jim

FIXTURE UPDATES

Game 1: PE vs WHS Windoek High School 12-12  -> TRIES: Russell Dinha (1), Adrian Zvarevashe (1) CONVERSIONS:  Adrian Zvarevashe (1)

Game 2: PE vs HTS Windoek Technical High School 10-3 -> TRIES: Tonderai Chiwambutsa (1), Tanaka Mutembeza (1)

Game 3: PE vs De Duine 31-0 -> TRIES: Godfrey Musanarwa (1), Munashe Nyamweda (1), Tapiwa Mirimira (1), Tanaka Mutembeza (1), Malvin Nyakuwedzwa (1) CONVERSIONS: Tinotenda Zvishiri (2), Adrian Zvarevashe (1)

Game 4: Final PE vs Windhoek High School 1st 0-26

Great final score doesn’t reflect how the boy’s played. The Refs calls allowed two try’s to Go WHS way giving the Prince Edward Tigers an even harder mountain to climb.The boys stood tall this will give us a good platform going to the next festival in Durban.” Shaun DeSouza (Coach)

GLENWOOD FIXTURES
U17 Prince Edward
Wednesday 12:30am vs Noordheuwel
Friday 12:30am vs Jim Fouche

TIGERS
Thursday 9:00am vs Noordheuwel
Saturday 1:00pm vs HTS Louis Botha

Cheetahs

Cheetahs in Camp

The Zimbabwe Cheetahs will be getting into camp today, Wednesday 30 March 2016, in a lead up to their participation at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Qualifiers next week.

Early last week, The Cheetahs welcomed two new sponsors: Impact ProWear and SupplementsHK

CHEETAHS CATHAY PACIFIC/HSBC HONG KONG SEVENS TRAINING CAMP SQUAD
Boyd Rouse, Jacques Leitao, Njabulo Ndlovu, Biselele Tshamala, Dave McWade, Manasah Sita, Tendai Dzongodza, Takudzwa Francisco, Kingsley Lang, Lucky Sithole, Shayne Makombe, Stephan Hunduza, Lenience Tambwera, Kuda Chiwanza, Riaan O’Niell, Kilvan Magunje, Tichafara Makwanya, Tafadzwa Chitokwindo, Tadius Dzandiwandira, Takudzwa Kumadiro and, Josh Rowe.

Click HERE to view the fixtures

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Young Sables face UJ

In preparation for their oncoming World Rugby U20 Trophy fixtures, the Zimbabwe U20 Young Sables are on their way to Johannesburg for a match against University of Johannesburg this Thursday. The team travels with Coach Brendon Brider and Bob Mahari standing in as Manager for Shaun DeSouza who is on the tail-end of a rugby tour with the Prince Edward Tigers.

U20 SQUAD (vs UJ)
Aiden  Burnett, Angus Bruce, Basil Maupah, Connor Pritchard, Daniel Nyamugama,Dean McRoberts, Ernest Mudzengerere, Farai Lioga, Godknows Mavara, Godwin Mangenje, Jeff Makoni, Jeremy Mututu, Justin Mendelsohn, Kudakwashe Ndoro, Kudzaishe Munangi, Kuziva Kazembe, Lebogang Ngwenya, Martin Shioma, Moses Gunda, Mudiwa Manhombo, Panashe Sora, Rodrick Mubaiwa, Sam Phiri, Shingi Katsvere, Stephen Bhasera, Tadiwa Gochera, Takudzwa Gamanya, Tamuka Pamire, Tapiwa Mangwana, Tarisai Mapfumo, Tatenda Zhoya, Tawanda Nkosi, Timothy Jaravani, Tinotenda Musasanura and, Tristan Moses.

We would like to thank Kyros Sports for their valued and continued support of the Zimbabwe Rugby Union through the facilitation of platforms that expose Zimbabwean talent to the broader African rugby community.

The starting line-up for the fixture will be announced on Thursday.

Cheetahs

Cheetahs Welcome New Sponsors

Ahead of the HSBC Hong Kong 7s, the Zimbabwe Rugby Union welcomes two new sponsors, Impact Prowear and SupplementsHK to the Cheetahs brand. The support ushered in by the two brands serves to endorse the commitment and passion the team has towards solidifying their participation in fixtured rugby sevens tournaments.

The partnership sees the Cheetahs running on to their first match, at the HSBC Hong Kong 7s scheduled for April this year, in a new jersey. Through the partnership, the Cheetahs brand will continue to command discipline and respect from all associated with it. Zimbabwe was drafted into POOL E with Germany, host Hong Kong and newcomer Cayman Islands

Zimbabwe Rugby Union thanks Impact Prowear and SupplementsHK for their support and encourage passionate rugby fans to purchase replicas of the new kit online.

Visit the ProWear website to view and purchase replicas HERE.

HSBC Hong Kong Sevens fixtures:

CATHAY PACIFIC/HSBC HONG KONG SEVENS

2:28 pm
CATHAY PACIFIC/HSBC HONG KONG SEVENS
2016

Zimbabwe vs Germany

2:50 pm
CATHAY PACIFIC/HSBC HONG KONG SEVENS
2016

Hong Kong vs Cayman Islands

4:40 pm
CATHAY PACIFIC/HSBC HONG KONG SEVENS
2016

Zimbabwe vs Cayman Islands

5:02 pm
CATHAY PACIFIC/HSBC HONG KONG SEVENS
2016

Hong Kong vs Germany

9:44 am
CATHAY PACIFIC/HSBC HONG KONG SEVENS
2016

Germany vs Cayman Islands

10:50 am
CATHAY PACIFIC/HSBC HONG KONG SEVENS
2016

Zimbabwe vs Hong Kong

 

 

important notice

AGM Deferred

**IMPORTANT NOTICE**
 
The Zimbabwe Rugby Union wishes to notify all stakeholders that the elective AGM scheduled for March 24th 2016 has been deferred on guidance from the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC).
 
This is to facilitate the smooth running of the April 2016 World Rugby U20 Trophy which Zimbabwe is hosting.
The Zimbabwe Rugby Union wishes to confirm the following persons will be standing for election to the presidium of ZRU.
–> A. Jani
–> J. Kawonza
–> V. Rakabopa
–> N. Sibanda
The new date of the AGM will be advised in due course.
 
ZIMBABWE RUGBY UNION
 
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Press Statement On Old Mutual Junior Rugby Sponsorship

Old Mutual is delighted to once again partner with the Zimbabwe Rugby Union in support of rugby development in Zimbabwe.

Rugby is deeply entrenched in Zimbabwe and is arguably one of the sporting disciplines where we hold a comparative advantage over most of the countries on the continent.

Historically, Zimbabwe has always enjoyed a strong schools’ base that naturally fed into the senior national teams, resulting in the Sables, as the national team is known, developing into a formidable force on the international scene.

The Zimbabwe team has participated in rugby activities since the late 19th century with international matches being played as early as 1910.

The national team had a long association with touring British Isles teams, who would regularly play matches against them in their tours of South Africa.

The earliest tour was in 1910 when Zimbabwe was known as Southern Rhodesia.

The side has also played New Zealand on several occasions, the first being in the late 1920s.

Worth noting is the 1960 match against New Zealand that was played on 2 July at Glamis Park, where the then Southern Rhodesia beat the All Blacks 29-14.

In 1970 Rhodesia played New Zealand for the last time on 27 July, losing 14 to 27.

The final record against the All Blacks was an impressive Played 5, won 1 drawn 1 and lost 3.

As you are aware, the All Blacks are considered the team to beat in international rugby and our history about them demonstrates the potential that is inherent among our players.

I have taken liberty to highlight what has been achieved before so that you may fully contextualise the motive behind Old Mutual’s investment in rugby.

Perhaps the dip in performance indicates that most of the black majority were previously excluded from rugby. Our sponsorship aims to therefore support the previously marginalised majority.

Old Mutual Zimbabwe’s relationship with rugby started in 2014, when, together with the Zimbabwe Rugby Union, we launched the Old Mutual Rugby Development Programme and the Old Mutual National Schools Select Rugby Sponsorship in 2014.

The Old Mutual Development Programme started at four centres in 2014 and expanded to nine centres and 16 communities in 2015, with over 50 schools participating.

An estimated 2,500 boys and girls participated in the programme in 2015, compared to 1,600 in 2014.

They were coached and trained by 14 dedicated coaches countrywide who among them conducted 7,300 training sessions last season.

The coaches all hold at least World Rugby Level 1, Rugby ready; Laws of the game and First Aid certificates and are paid monthly stipends through our funding to the program.

The Old Mutual Community Program funding also provides transport allowances, team and individual prizes for tournaments held, rugby balls, cones, ruck shields, tackling bags, and ball bags for all the centres in order for them to train and participate in Community and Inter-Community tournaments and festivals.

I am pleased to inform you that the number of communities this year will increase to 20, to include Chiredzi/Masvingo, Hwange, Chinhoyi and three more high density areas in and just outside Harare and Bulawayo.

Chiredzi alone has over 200 schools representing a potential 3,000 new rugby boys and girls.

Another exciting development this year is the inclusion of Tag Rugby in our sponsorship. This covers boys and girls in the six to 12 years old age group.

Prior to this development, our sponsorship catered for players in the 12-19 years age range.

Through our sponsorship in 2016, Tag rugby is expected to benefit an additional 4,000 boys and girls, 78 clubs or schools and will involve 78 volunteers.

The program, which is managed by the Tag Rugby Trust, has a national footprint covering the following centres: Harare, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls, Hwange, Matopos, Esigodini, Marondera, Hwedza, Mutare, Kwekwe, Gweru and Kariba.

Ladies and gentlemen, Old Mutual believes in investing in the future of our country, represented by the boys and girls covered by our sponsorship.

Earlier this year Old Mutual was an Associate Sponsor for the Super Rugby Tour by the Vodacom Bulls and Toyota Cheetahs.

During this tour, four coaching clinics were conducted by the Bulls in Victoria Falls and Harare, with the Cheetahs holding another in Victoria Falls after the historic match.

We believe the coaching clinics left a lasting impression among players and their coaches alike.

As a natural progression of our involvement in junior rugby, I’m pleased to inform you that Old Mutual will be the official sponsor of the Under 20 Junior Sables and the World Rugby Under 20 Trophy 2016 that is scheduled for Harare from 19 April to 1 May.

In addition to Zimbabwe, seven international teams will participate in this tournament. These are are:

  • Namibia
  • USA
  • Uruguay
  • Fiji
  • Spain
  • Hong Kong
  • Samoa

 

This is just an insight into what we are doing for rugby in Zimbabwe. We believe the future is bright and our commitment to the sport will open doors of opportunity to thousands of boys and girls.

Finally, I wish to thank Honourable Makhosini Hlongwane for his encouragement, support and enthusiasm. I also want to register our appreciation to the tremendous work being done by the Zimbabwe Rugby Union and Tag Rugby Trust in promoting rugby in Zimbabwe.

Together, we will do great things.

Issued at Harare on 25 February 2016 by Jonas Mushosho – Group Chief Executive Office, Old Mutual Zimbabwe

 

 

Makwanya

Sables off to Hong Kong Cup of Nations

Sables coach Cyprian Mandenge has included six uncapped players in the Zimbabwe national 15s rugby squad which left the country at midday (on Monday) for the inaugural Hong Kong Cup of Nations which starts on Friday.

The Hong Kong Cup of Nations is a new World Rugby-sanctioned competition which will feature
four national sides – Hong Kong, Portugal, Russia and Zimbabwe.The uncapped players in the Sables squad are lock David Kapuya, flyhalf Kuziva Kazembe, prop Gabriel Sipapati, centre Ngonidzashe Chibuwe, centre Malvern Maparura and eighth-man Alva Senderayi.

Back in the Sables fold after not featuring in the Africa Cup early this year are Spain based
towering lock Jan Ferreira, Harare Sports Club backliner Tafadzwa Mhende, Germany-based wing Manasah Sita, United States based versatile backliner Lungile Tshuma and lock Martin Wolfenden who plays for plays for English National League One rugby side Coventry RFC. The locally based players were expected to meet with the South African based players in Johannesburg before connecting to Hong Kong where they will link up with the European based players.

Mandenge also revealed that said four players namely Manasah Sita, Tafadzwa Chitokwindo,
Stephan Hunduza and Riaan O’Neil would join the team in Hong Kong after playing for the
national Sevens side, the Cheetahs, in the Rio Olympic qualifiers in South Africa on Saturday
and Sunday. This effectively rules them out for the Sables’ opening match of the Hong Kong Cup of Nations against the hosts on Friday. However the five players should be available for the Sables’ second match against Russia on November 17 and the last match against Portugal on 21 November.

Denford Mutamangira, will captain the Sables side which has a mixture of youth and experience
as Zimbabwe takes its first step towards rebuilding a squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifiers.

Russia, who beat Zimbabwe 23-15 in a 2015 Rugby World Cup répechage semifinal last year, is
the highest ranked team competing in the Cup of Nations, currently ranked 22nd in the World
Rugby standings. Hong Kong is ranked 24th while Zimbabwe, who lost in the final of the Africa Cup to Namibia remained in position 26 in the world which leaves Portugal who are ranked 28th as the lowest ranked team in the competition.

Sables squad
Forwards: Denford Mutamangira (captain), Tatenda Murwira, Farai Mudariki, Brian Makamure,
Gabriel Sipapati, Royal Mwale, Martin Wolfenden, Andrew Rose, Alva Senderayi, David Kapuya,
Jan Ferreira, Nico Nyemba, Biselele Tshamala, Sanele Sibanda

Backs: Tichafara Makwanya (vice-captain), Gerald Sibanda, Charles Jiji, Kuziva Kazembe,
Malvern Maparura, Ngonidzashe Chibuwe, Lungile Tshuma, Manasah Sita, Tafadzwa Mhende,
Manasah Sita, Riaan O’Neil, Stephan Hunduza, Tafadzwa Chitokwindo

Chitokwindo

Experienced Cheetahs Squad Named For Olympic Qualifiers

The Zimbabwe Rugby Union has named a strong Cheetahs squad of 16 players for the Africa 2016 Rio
Olympics qualifiers to be played the Barnard Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa from November14-15.

The most notable absentee in the squad is newly appointed Cheetahs skipper Hilton Mudariki, who has been ruled out of the Olympic qualifiers after picking up a hamstring injury at the Safari Sevens in Kenya last month.

His predecessor and one of the experienced players in local sevens, Jacques Leitao will skipper the country’s national sevens side in his absence.

Livewire wing Manasah Sita, who has been stand-out performer for his German club, TV Pforzheim
makes a welcome return to the Cheetahs squad after a three year absence. The other returnees are highly talented Western Province loose forward Tapiwa Tsomondo, lively backs Shayne Makombe, Riaan O’Neill and Lenience Tambwera as well as experienced forwards Njabulo Ndlovu and Biselele Tshamala.

The newcomer to the side is Australia-based Mkhululi Ndhlela, while young Takudzwa Francisco retains his place in the squad after featuring at the Safland Windhoek Sevens in Namibia and the Safari Sevens in Kenya in September.

The Cheetahs, as the national Sevens Rugby team is affectionately known will battle it out against Kenya, Uganda, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Zambia, Botswana, Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco for a place at the Olympics.

The top side at the qualifying tournament will join the top four teams from the 2014-2015 HSBC Sevens World Series, as well as Brazil, who qualify automatically as hosts.The runners up will head to a repechage tournament, due to take place before June 2016.

Cheetahs coach Danny Hondo has been using the domestic Sevens Summer Series to assess the fitness levels of the locally based players while a training camp at the High Perfomance Center (HPC) in Pretoria has also been organised for the team ahead of the qualifiers.

Cheetahs Squad
Jacques Leitao, Kuda Chiwanza, Njabulo Ndlovu, Kilvan Magunje, Tafadzwa Chitokwindo, Stephan
Hunduza, Graham Kaulback, Tapiwa Tsomondo, Manasah Sita, Mkhululi Ndhlela, Takudzwa Francisco,
Boyd Rouse, Lenience Tambwera, Shayne Makombe, Biselele Tshamala, Riaan O’Neill

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Busy Schedule Ahead For National Rugby Teams

Zimbabwe’s national rugby teams, the Sables and the Cheetahs face a busy schedule in November with two upcoming international assignments lined up in Hong Kong and South Africa respectively.

The national sevens rugby side, the Cheetahs will take part in the Africa 2016 Rio Olympics qualifiers from November 12-16 in Johannesburg, South Africa, while XVs rugby side, the Sables
will be hoping to end the year on a high note at the Hong Kong Cup of Nations slated for November 13-21.

With less than two weeks left before the two tournaments, both teams have been intensifying
their preparations as they aim to make the nation proud on both ends. The Cheetahs players have been working hard in training under the watchful eye on head coach Danny Hondo, who is expected to name his final squad after the conclusion of the domestic Sevens Summer Series.

A training camp at the High Performance Center (HPC) in Pretoria has been organised for the team by Zimbabwe Rugby Union ahead of the Rio Olympic Games qualifiers. Zimbabwe will be the favourites to progress from Group B where they have been drawn alongside Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia for the 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers.

Meanwhile in Group A, Kenya will tackle Madagascar, Senegal and Mauritius while Group C features Tunisia, Morocco, Namibia and Botswana.The winners will secure their ticket for the Rio Olympics alongside neighbours South Africa who had gained automatic qualification after finishing second in the 2014/2015 HSBC World Sevens Series.The runners-up head into a playoff against second placed teams from the qualifiers held in other continents.

Meanwhile Sables coach Cyprian Mandenge revealed that the locally-based players have been training twice a week as they prepare for the in inaugural Hong Kong Cup of Nations. The Sables will play against the hosts Hong Kong, Portugal and Russia in the World Rugby-sanctioned round-robin tournament.

The Hong Kong Cup of Nations Fixture list

13th Nov- Hong Kong vs Zimbabwe, Russia vs Portugal

17th Nov- Hong Kong vs Portugal, Russia vs Zimbabwe

21st Nov- Hong Kong vs Russia, Portugal vs Zimbabwe