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MUTAMANGIRA RETAINED AS SABLES SKIPPER

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VETERAN Harare Sports Club loosehead prop Denford Mutamangira has been retained as captain of Zimbabwe senior rugby team for their crucial Rugby Africa Gold Cup opening match against Senegal in Dakar on Saturday. BY DANIEL NHAKANISO The 32-year-old steely front rower, who has led the Sables since June 2015 will continue in the role for the third successive season and ...

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WORLD RUGBY STAR POCOCK RETURNS TO SCHOOL

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IT’S not often that a Zimbabwean schoolboy rugby player gets an opportunity to rub shoulders with one of the highest paid rugby players in the world. By Daniel Nhakaniso Well, that was the case for some lucky fledgling rugby players at Midlands Christian School (MCS) in Gweru last week when former Australian rugby captain David Pocock decided to take a ...

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LATE BLOOMER COCHRANE

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THERE is more to success in international sport than merely racking up caps and standing on the winner’s podium.BY TINASHE KUSEMA Sometimes just making the field can be a watershed moment in itself. Take the Zimbabwe Sables’ latest recruit Graham Cochrane for example. In the modern age of sport, Cochrane is something of a late bloomer. The Hooker, who also ...

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THE SABLES’ WEST AFRICAN MINEFIELD

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THE name Senegal evokes bad memories for Zimbabwean rugby ahead of the two nations’ showdown in Dakar next week. BY Enock Muchinjo Last time the two teams met in 2005, their first and only clash to date, the Senegalese brewed quite a shocker with the most unsportsmanlike and violent conduct you will ever see on an international rugby field. “They ...

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A BOY WHO LED MEN

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CLEOPAS Makotose was barely 23 years old when he led his troops onto the park against Madagascar in 2006. Enock Muchinjo He would become the youngest man to captain his country in rugby, a great honour and source of enormous pride for a player who had been capped just three times prior to being asked to lead the side. New ...

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DEPLETED SABLES SQUAD NAMED

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THE Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) yesterday released a 30-member national senior rugby training squad which is expected to go into camp next week ahead of their opening match in the expanded Rugby Africa Gold Cup against Senegal in Dakar on June 24. BY DANIEL NHAKANISO/KENNEDY NYAVAYA As has become the norm, several foreign-based players are unavailable for selection for the ...

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LOCALLY-BASED SABLES BRACE FOR ZAMBIA TEST

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ZIMBABWE senior rugby team coach Cyprian Mandenge has lamented the absence of foreign-based players in his squad which faces neighbours Zambia in an international friendly at Harare Sports Club today.  BY KENNEDY NYAVAYA Mandenge was hoping to use the encounter to prepare for the upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifiers which begin later this month, but will have to make ...

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ZIM RUGBY’S SEL-INFLICTED DAMAGE

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LAST week, we carried an interview with Blessing Chiutare, the new Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) chief executive. Sports Panorama with Enock Muchinjo Chiutare is a good rugby personality. Like a lot of people involved in this sport, he is extremely passionate about the game and always ready to make personal sacrifices if situations call. I was fortunate as a young ...

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NEW CE SEEKS TO UNIFY ZIM RUGBY

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BLESSING Chiutare already shows natural signs of tiredness one month into the job, but one can understand why. He has just landed one of the top posts in Zimbabwean sports, chief executive of the country’s third-biggest sport in terms of profile. By Enock Muchinjo Forty-two-year-old Chiutare is now the man in charge of the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU), a sport ...

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RAMS TRAMPLE EAGLESVALE

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ST JOHN’S College underlined their status as one of the top schools rugby teams at the ongoing Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival when they trounced Eaglesvale College, winning 43-7 in a one-sided encounter at Prince Edward School’s Jubilee Field yesterday.BY KENNEDY NYAVAYA   St John’s…………(26) 43 Eaglesvale………..(7) 7   The Rams, as St John’s rugby team is affectionately known, crossed the ...

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