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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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MUDARIKI KNOCKS ON LUCRATIVE FRENCH TOP 14 LEAGUE DOORS

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FOR a player who only turned 21 last month, it’s remarkable that Farai Mudariki has already been capped seven times for the senior national 15s rugby team, the Sables as a tight-head prop, the most physically demanding position on the rugby pitch.BY DANIEL NHAKANISO Such has been the meteoric rise of the young star, that now sees him stand on ...

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BOOST FOR YOUNG SABLES

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THE Zimbabwe Under-20 rugby team received a sponsorship boost ahead of the World Rugby Under-20 Trophy qualifiers after Old Mutual Zimbabwe announced it will be the title and principal sponsors for both the global youth tournament and the Young Sables. By Daniel Nhakaniso The tournament that will be contested by Fiji, Namibia, US, Uruguay Hong Kong Soain and Samoa will ...

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YOUNG SABLES DRAWN IN GROUP OF DEATH FOR WR U-20 TROPHY

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HOSTS Zimbabwe were given a tough assignment for the pool stages of the World Rugby Under-20 Trophy competition after being drawn in the tougher of the two groups for the tournament to be held in the capital between April 19 to May 1.BY DANIEL NHAKANISO According to the draw, which was released by World Rugby (formerly International Rugby Board), the ...

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