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YOUNG SABLES LOSE TO KENYA

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THE Zimbabwe Under-20s’ dream of qualifying for this year’s World Rugby Under-20 Trophy to be held in Uruguay went up in smoke after succumbing to a disappointing 24-34 defeat to Kenya in the semi-finals of the Africa Under-20 Rugby Championships in Madagascar yesterday. BY SPORTS REPORTER The Young Sables went to the half-time break trailing 20-17 and despite starting the second ...

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MUMMY AND THE BEAST

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ZIMBABWEAN rugby export Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira weighed a hefty 5kg at birth and loved his food, his adoring mother Bertha reveals. Source : Ishemunyoro Chigwender Sunday Mai “. . . everyone was shocked (when he was born), some daring nurses said they had never seen a baby that big,” she laughs. “As he grew up he ate whatever we cooked ...

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GRAY NAMED YOUNG SABLES COACH

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Former Scotland rugby international Scott Gray has been named as the new Zimbabwe Under-18 team coach ahead of this year’s edition of the annual Coca-Cola Craven Week to be held at St Stithians College in Johannesburg, South Africa, in July.BY DANIEL NHAKANISO The 39-year-old Zimbabwe-born former Northampton Saints star’s appointment was confirmed by the Zimbabwe Rugby Union director of rugby, ...

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CHEETAHS COACH TO CAST NET WIDE

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ZIMBABWE Sevens rugby team coach Gilbert Nyamutsamba will cast his net wider by considering deserving players from all the country’s provinces as he bids to build a formidable squad capable of qualifying for next year’s Rugby World Cup Sevens in the US. BY SPORTS REPORTER According to a statement released by Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) last week, Nyamutsamba, who was ...

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KWESE PARTNERS ZRU FOR 7S TOURNEY

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THE Zimbabwe Rugby Union will today unveil a partnership with Econet Media’s pay-TV service Kwesé TV, which will see the country hosting a high-profile international sevens rugby tournament in the resort town of Victoria Falls next month. BY DANIEL NHAKANISO While the finer details of the international tournament will be announced at a Press briefing in the capital today, NewsDay ...

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STORMERS KEEN ON ZIM RETURN

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SOUTH African Super Rugby franchise, Stormers are keen on returning to Zimbabwe in future for their pre-season matches, having been satisfied with what they saw in their first visit to the country at the weekend. BY HENRY MHARA The Stormers ran seven tries to the Cheetahs’ one to secure to secure a 43-7 victory in their first warm-up game of ...

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WILLIAMS BACKED FOR BIG ENGLAND IMPACT

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ENGLAND rugby team coach Eddie Jones has backed Zimbabwe-born rugby star Mike Williams to make an impact in Test rugby when he makes his long-awaited debut for his adopted nation during this year’s RBS Six Nations campaign which begins next month. BY DANIEL NHAKANISO The 25-year-old Leicester Tigers second rower was one of the three uncapped players included in the ...

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RAMPAGING BULLS TRAMPLE LIONS

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SOUTH AFRICAN rugby side — the Vodacom Bulls — warmed up for this season’s Super Rugby campaign in style with a dominant 38-19 win over their rivals, the Emirates Lions in a high-profile Old Mutual Super Rugby Weekend pre-season clash at the National Sports Stadium yesterday. BY MUNYARADZI MADZOKERE VODACOM BULLS . . . . . . . . . ...

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APARTHY MARS RUGBY FIESTA

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THE second edition of the Old Mutual Super Rugby weekend was hit by a low turnout as Vodacom Bulls and the DHL Stormere romped to empathic victories yesterday. By Tinashe Kusema Less than a thousand fans were in attendance, at the National Sports Stadium, as compared to last year’s crowd which was estimated at 19 500. Kyros Sports director, Kisset ...

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IT’S TIME TO PLAY BALL

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THE Zimbabwe women’s senior basketball team is expected to convene today as preparations for the AfroBasket qualifiers finally begin. ByTinashe Kusema Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho and hosts Mozambique will battle it out for the sole ticket to the continental showcase from March 3-12. Zimbabwe have the odds heavily stacked against them, but coach Erinous Kasaruware is ...

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