Zim rugby starlet dazzles in SA

HARARE - Talented Takudzwa Chieza, is currently enjoying a rich vein of form with the Sharks Under-19, is quickly becoming one of the hottest properties in the Absa Currie Cup Junior Division.

Sables coach Brendan Dawson should consider capping him before he is ensnared by South Africa just like they did with prop Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira who ironically, is also at Sharks.

Chieza started playing the beautiful game of rugby when he was just eight years old at Lewisam Primary School in Harare.

His relationship with the game grew more in high school when he enrolled at Prince Edward School.

Chieza’s breakthrough came in 2009 when he broke into the first 15 while in Form Four at the popular Harare school.

His stock soared in 2010 when he made the Zimbabwe Schools Craven Week side for the first time.

As part of the Zimbabwe Craven Week side last year, his three tries in the resounding 68-3 victory over Border Country, deservedly made him the man of the match.

Chieza was vice captain of the Craven Week side where he was deputising fellow sharks teammate Gareth Meikles.

His performance at the Craven Week drew interest from a lot of sides in South Africa.

Chieza eventually followed his heart and settled for the Durban-based Sharks where he has made the number 12 jersey his own.

In his first start for the Sharks he inspired his team to a 27-25 win over bitter rivals Western Province Under 19.

The former Prince Edward schoolboy was instrumental in one of the two tries Sharks scored.

Chieza, whose role model is New Zealand explosive centre Ma’a Nonu, regards captaining the Young Sables in their last two games in this year’s Junior World Rugby Trophy in USA and playing for the Sharks Under-19 in this year’s Absa Currie cup, as the highlights in his career so far.

Though Chieza says he would not turn down a Sables call-up, his heart is set on joining the Springboks.

“My dream is to play for Sables but my main objective is to turn out for green and gold (Springboks),” he said. - Brian Matamba

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