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YOUNG SABLES LOOK TO REVIVE FADING HOPES

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ZIMBABWE’S Under-20 rugby team will be looking to revive their fading hopes of a memorable World Rugby Under-20 Trophy campaign on home soil when they face Uruguay in a must-win encounter at Harare Sports Club this afternoon. BY KENNEDY NYAVAYA – NEWSDAY The Old Mutual-sponsored Junior Sables side got their campaign off to a losing start after going down 24-54 ...

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SAMOA DRUB ZIMBABWE IN UNDER 20 TROPHY

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Samoa and Fiji have made winning starts at the World Rugby Under 20 Trophy, setting up a potential winner-takes-all clash this weekend. Samoa crossed for eight tries in a 54-24 drubbing of host nation Zimbabwe in the other Pool A encounter. Head coach Ramsey Tomokino was pleased with the win but says there’s still plenty to work on. “Zimbabwe were ...

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ZIM RUGBY LOOKS TO THE FUTURE

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ZIMBABWE Rugby Union (ZRU) director of rugby Brighton Chivandire believes hosting the World Rugby Under-20 Trophy provides the country with an opportunity to build the core of the senior national side capable of qualifying for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. BY DANIEL NHAKANISO – The Standard Zimbabwe came agonisingly close to qualifying for their first World Cup in ...

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ZRU HAILS GOVERNMENT SUPPORT AHEAD OF WORLD RUGBY UNDER 20 CHAMPIONSHIPS

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ZIMBABWE Rugby Union (ZRU) president John Falkenberg has hailed Sports and Recreation minister Makhosini Hlongwane for the support he has given his association ahead of next week’s World Rugby Under-20 Trophy competition in Harare. BY DANIEL NHAKANISO – NEWSDAY Harare will host the prestigious eight-nation tournament, which runs from Monday to May 2, becoming only the second African nation to ...

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BHASERA BLOW FOR JUNIOR SABLES

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HARARE – Former Zimbabwe Under-18 captain Stephen Bhasera has become the latest high profile player to drop out of the Junior Sables ahead of this month’s Junior World Rugby Trophy. BY FARAYI MACHAMIRE The Golden Lions Under-19 forward joins UK’s Nottingham Academy’s centre Andy Musvaburi and scrumhalf Ngoni Zinyama, who have also excused themselves from the Zimbabwe Under-20 set up. ...

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CHITOKWINDO UPBEAT AHEAD OF HONG KONG SEVENS

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ZIMBABWE Sevens flyer Tafadzwa Chitokwindo believes the team’s heartbreaking near misses in the past will inspire them as they face a winner-takes-all weekend in the World Rugby Sevens Series Qualifier at the Hong Kong Sevens. BY DANIEL NHAKANISO Chitokwindo was part of the Cheetahs squad that narrowly lost in the final of the World Rugby Sevens Series qualifier to Russia ...

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MUDARIKI OUT OF HONG KONG SEVENS

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THE Zimbabwe Sevens rugby team will be without influential young skipper Hilton Mudariki ahead of their latest assault on core-status in the HSBC Sevens World Series at the Hong Kong Sevens next week. BY DANIEL NHAKANISO Mudariki was excluded from the Cheetahs’ 21-member training squad which started camp in Harare on Wednesday in preparation for the qualifying tournament slated for ...

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ZIM RUGBY SET TO LOSE SNYMAN

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HARARE – Zimbabwe rugby is on the verge of losing another talent to South Africa after former Junior Sables vice-captain Eli Snyman was called up for the Junior Springboks trial camp being held in Cape Town. By Farayi Machamire The towering lock has been in sublime form for Vodacom Blue Bulls’ Under-19 side and it is no surprise the Junior ...

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RUGBY UNION POLLS POSTPONED

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HARARE – Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) has postponed the board elections pencilled for today to pave way for the World Rugby Under-20 Trophy to be held in Harare next month. By Austin Karonga The tournament is scheduled to be hosted at Harare Sports Club from April 19 to May 1 featuring junior teams from Fiji, Hong Kong, Namibia, Samoa, Spain, ...

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CHEETAHS BID FOR WORLD SERIES CORE STATUS AGAIN

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A year after coming agonisingly close to snatching the all-important World Sevens Rugby core status ticket, the Zimbabwe Cheetahs visit Hong Kong again next month in a bid to finally come good and join the rugby sevens big league. By Munyaradzi Madzokere This year’s core status tournament has been slated for April 8-10 on the sidelines of the HSBC Hong ...

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