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Re: Rugby in Zimbabwe

Postby getienne » Mon, 05 Jun 2017, 13:57

Any information about the match Zimbabwe v Zambia ?
Scorers or report available ?
Thanks.

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Re: Rugby in Zimbabwe

Postby SANE17 » Tue, 06 Jun 2017, 04:58

getienne wrote:Any information about the match Zimbabwe v Zambia ?
Scorers or report available ?
Thanks.


Zimbabwe smashed Zambia as expected:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201706050660.html

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Re: Rugby in Zimbabwe

Postby getienne » Wed, 07 Jun 2017, 11:26

Another Zimbabwe v Zambia record :
https://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/20 ... s-mandenge

And more articles about the situation of rugby in Zimbabwe:
https://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/20 ... 3-000-suit
https://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/20 ... b-slam-zru
https://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/20 ... nal-comedy

in addition to the article already reported by Neptune in this forum, in "General topic for African Rugby".

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Re: Rugby in Zimbabwe

Postby Neptune » Thu, 08 Jun 2017, 05:00

At this rate, can Zimbabwe truthfully say that they can host us on the 15th of July? Rugby Afrique should change the fixture so that we host them. In any case

the highest ranking team always hosts the lower ranking team in the Gold Cup. This was a case of pure favouritism by Rugby Afrique.

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Re: Rugby in Zimbabwe

Postby Vova12 » Thu, 08 Jun 2017, 17:58

Now im reading a very interesting book. "Rhodesia rugby" by Jonty Winch.

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I recommend. 8-)
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Re: Rugby in Zimbabwe

Postby Vova12 » Thu, 08 Jun 2017, 18:00

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Re: Rugby in Zimbabwe

Postby Sables4EVA » Sat, 24 Jun 2017, 16:44


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Re: Rugby in Zimbabwe

Postby Neptune » Tue, 27 Jun 2017, 05:25

Sables 4 EVA you didn't answer my question , Where are the Sables regular starters in Jacques Leitao, Tafadza chitokwindo, Sibanda, Tichafara Makwanya and Andrew Rose? Not forgetting 2nd row Conor Pritchard?

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Re: Rugby in Zimbabwe

Postby amz » Tue, 27 Jun 2017, 11:19


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Re: Rugby in Zimbabwe

Postby Sables4EVA » Tue, 27 Jun 2017, 14:15

Neptune wrote:Sables 4 EVA you didn't answer my question , Where are the Sables regular starters in Jacques Leitao, Tafadza chitokwindo, Sibanda, Tichafara Makwanya and Andrew Rose? Not forgetting 2nd row Conor Pritchard?


Jacques, didn't make the trip, Chitokwindo wasn't selected, Sibanda? T-MAk and Connor played and Andrew Rose is in the USA and was unavailable.

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Re: Rugby in Zimbabwe

Postby Sables4EVA » Mon, 15 Jan 2018, 07:20

There is a new President in Zimbabwe in government and in the ZRU. There is a huge swelling of optimism in the country over the possible improvement of the economy and this will help rugby in general.

The new ZRU presidium met with clubs in Harare last weekend and has made some assurances and promises for the state of the game. Skeptics will say the previous disgraced board said the same thing a year ago but nothing came of it so only time will tell. Aaron Jani is visiting all the other provinces this week to spread his message. One thing he emphasised was that clubs need to run more professionally and will be held accountable for transgressions.

Some big names have been thrown about to take over the Sables, Colin Osbourne is coming for a coaching visit from Harlequins in the UK so the thought is he may be in line for the role. Other names mentioned are John Mitchell and Peter De Villiers. With the Namibia game being played in Zimbabwe, the foreign contingent being approached seriously and the establishment of an independent Sables Trust to run the national team there is a growing hope that we are finally going in the right direction. Personally I feel the away game to Kenya is the hurdle we need to focus on, though all games in the Rugby Africa Gold Cup are tough now. The schedule for the Sables is rumoured to include at least 3 warm up games, opponents yet to be announced but most likely to be SA provincial sides and is only likely to be released once the coach has been announced.

The Cheetahs are pushing to improve in preparation for the World cup and the Hong Kong 7s. There has been an extensive program set up of training camps and competitions to hone the team before taking on the world.

The season has kicked off with the traditional U21 club games being held in Bulawayo with 4 teams. The Northern half of Zimbabwe will kick off their games on the 3rd of Feb with 14 teams. There is a possibility that Kwese will be covering the Harare competition, links to follow if that happens.

Zim South U21 results and fixtures:
Week 1 6th Jan
Old Miltonians U21 55-0 Bulldogs U21
Matabele Warriors U21 19-10 Highanders U21

Week 2 13th Jan
Highanders U21 61-0 Bulldogs U21
Matabele Warriors U21 22-8 Old Miltonians U21

Week 3 20th Jan
Old Miltonians U21 vs Highanders U21
Matabele Warriors U21 vs Bulldogs U21

Week 4 Jan 27th
Final and 3rd place play off

Harare U21 League
GROUP A
PITBULLS
OLD HARARIANS
XP HORNS
MBARE
UNIVERSITY OF ZIM
YADAH
CHITUNGWIZA

GROUP B
HARARE SPORTS CLUB
ALEX/OJS
OLD GEORGIANS
MUFAKOSE
MABVUKU
MUTARE
HATCLIFFE

Round 1 3rd Feb Venue Team 1 Team 2
GROUP A 15:00 OH OH YAD
13:50 OH UZ XP
12:40 OH CHI MBA

GROUP B 15:00 OGS OGS HSC
13:50 OGS ASC MUF
12:40 OGS MAB HAT

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Re: Rugby in Zimbabwe

Postby amz » Mon, 15 Jan 2018, 07:57

Good to hear this, hopefully we will see more than talks soon. Africa needs some competition for Namibia.

Any clue about players from abroad who are likely to be called to Sables ?

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Re: Rugby in Zimbabwe

Postby Sables4EVA » Mon, 15 Jan 2018, 15:09

There have not been any names mentioned but apparently there have been a lot of players in Europe and SA who have been contacted.

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Re: Rugby in Zimbabwe

Postby Armchair Fan » Tue, 16 Jan 2018, 17:15

Sables, do you know if there is any reasonable explanation why so many Zimbabwean players are coming to Spain recently?

We had Jan Ferreira in Burgos and Royal Mwale in Almería in previous seasons and in the last couple of months we've seen the arrival of Fortunate Chipendu (La Vila), Gabriel Sipapate (CAR Cáceres) and Matthew Mandioma (Liceo Francés).

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Re: Rugby in Zimbabwe

Postby Sables4EVA » Wed, 17 Jan 2018, 14:40

We have had a few players join the German and Romanian leagues too. I think it i just a stepping stone to full professional status. Also the amount of rugby played in Zimbabwe is probably not enough for them to build up decen portfolios.

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Re: Rugby in Zimbabwe

Postby Neptune » Thu, 18 Jan 2018, 17:39

Sables4EVA wrote:We have had a few players join the German and Romanian leagues too. I think it i just a stepping stone to full professional status. Also the amount of rugby played in Zimbabwe is probably not enough for them to build up decen portfolios.


Yeah, like Tafadza Tchitokwindo is shining in the German league. Zim rugby will definitely improve

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Re: Rugby in Zimbabwe

Postby Sables4EVA » Sun, 28 Jan 2018, 06:39

The Bulawayo U21 competition continued last weekend with the last group matches.

Highlanders U21 RUFC (18) vs (14) Old Miltonians U21 RUFC
Matabeleland Warriors U21 RUFC(75) v (00) Bulldogs U21 RUFC

Final Group Standings
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Still no news on who will be set as the next national team coach, the ZRU have been conducting interviews all week and the announcement will be made in the near future hopefully.

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Re: Rugby in Zimbabwe

Postby Sables4EVA » Sun, 28 Jan 2018, 09:25

Semi finals were played yesterday for the Bulawayo U21 competition.

Matabeleland Warriors U21 (22) v (03) Bulldogs U21 RUFC
Highlanders U21 RUFC (08) v (15) Old Miltonians U21 RUFC

Final to be played next weekend.

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Re: Rugby in Zimbabwe

Postby amz » Wed, 07 Feb 2018, 08:15

Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has been unveiled as the new head coach of the Zimbabwe national team.

https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/peter-d ... h-20180207

I think is a great thing for Zimbabwean rugby, I really liked PdV as coach of Springboks as well and shall they settle with players who play abroad and have some decent funding I think Zimbabwe will challenge WC qualification with much more success! Best of luck Peter de Villiers!

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Re: Rugby in Zimbabwe

Postby Bogdan_DC » Wed, 07 Feb 2018, 08:26

Probably you are the only one who liked him as Boks coach :)).

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Re: Rugby in Zimbabwe

Postby Osmanperalta » Wed, 07 Feb 2018, 18:25

Honestly i dont know how springboks fans can complain about de villiers, the guy had a very good winning percentage, a Lions series win, a almost 50-50 record against all blacks! Right now the springbok fans can only dream of winning the all blacks

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Re: Rugby in Zimbabwe

Postby 4N » Wed, 07 Feb 2018, 18:58

In hindsight he wasn't so bad since standards in SA have continued to fall. He also replaced a RWC winning coach in Jake White. But he's a big name for Zimbabwe, can hopefully help to attract some of the overseas contingent or unearth some new eligible players in SA.

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Re: Rugby in Zimbabwe

Postby eal22 » Thu, 08 Feb 2018, 05:33

PdV wasn't all bad. He was happy to call out SARU's crap when he saw it, and tried to bring a more expansive game plan to the Boks, something Coetzee was never going to be able to do.

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Re: Rugby in Zimbabwe

Postby Sables4EVA » Thu, 08 Feb 2018, 08:19

The rugby community here is very excited about this development, already there have been interest from overseas players who want to be a part of the new direction the country is going.

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Re: Rugby in Zimbabwe

Postby suofficer » Thu, 08 Feb 2018, 10:12

I don't rate him as a coach at all. But if he galvanises positivity in the game in Zim, then thats awesome.

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