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“SMALL SABLES NEED TO BE SMARTER”

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SABLES vice-captain Tichafara Makwanya says the national rugby team will have to play smart if they entertain hopes of doing well in the Gold Cup. Zimbabwe collected their first set of maximum points in the Gold Cup (formerly Africa Cup) in over a year courtesy of hard fought 28-16 win over Senegal at Ibar Mar Diop Stadium in Dakar on ...

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TIGERS DOMINATE CRAVEN, ACADEMY WEEK SQUARDS

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PRINCE Edward School’s rugby team has been rewarded for its impressive start to the season after contributing the highest number of players in the Old Mutual Zimbabwe squads for the Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week and Academy Week tournaments to be held at St Stithians College in Johannesburg, South Africa, from July 17 to 22. BY DANIEL NHAKANISO The Tigers, as ...

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GOOD START, BUT HARD WORK AWAITS: MANDENGE

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ZIMBABWE senior rugby team coach Cyprian Mandenge says he was pleased with his team’s character after they secured a crucial 28-16 win against Senegal in their opening match of the expanded Rugby Africa Gold Cup at the Ibar Mar Diop Stadium in Dakar on Saturday. BY DANIEL NHAKANISO The crucial away victory lifted the Sables one spot on the World ...

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SABLES GO FOR BROKE

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SABLES coach Cyprian Mandenge has named all the experienced players in his depleted squad in the starting line up in the hope of securing a winning start in the opening Rugby Africa God Cup encounter against Senegal today. BY DANIEL NHAKANISO The national senior rugby side is desperate to get off to a strong start in Dakar in their attempt ...

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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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