Ziegler joins Zim Sevens camp

HARARE - Zimbabwe's highest-earning rugby star, Garth Ziegler, jetted into the country last night to link up with the Zimbabwean Sevens squad preparing for next week’s South African leg of the IRB World Sevens Series in Port Elizabeth.

The 25-year-old former Zimbabwe youth international turns out for Bayonne in the French Top 14, the richest domestic league in the world.

Ziegler, a utility back, last played representative Sevens rugby for Zimbabwe three years ago while he was playing his club rugby in Italy.

He is however, not capped at Sables level.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Sevens manager Bruce Hobson yesterday stressed the need to strike a balance between the Sables and the Cheetahs in the wake of two contrasting tours by the country’s two national teams.

The two brands have recently been at loggerheads over the availability of players, with several senior Sables players who are also key Sevens internationals opting for the Port Elizabeth tournament at the expense of the Sables’ trip to Dubai next month for the Emirates Airline Cup of Nations.

“We have been speaking to the Sables management for quite some time and we realised there was going to be a clash,” Hobson told the Daily News yesterday.

“Donald (Mangenje, Sevens chairperson) has been speaking to Zams (Sables Committee chairperson Bongai Zamchiya) so I am sure there will be players coming from us.

“Look, we have a core of senior Sevens players and we rely on those players. But people have been talking so that there won’t be a clash.

“Zams is head of Sables and Donald is head of the Cheetahs. They are talking so that both teams will not be compromised.”

CHEETAHS TRAINING SQUAD


Jacques Leitao (captain), Fortune Chipendo, Daniel Hondo, Gardner Nechironga, Wes Mbanje, Tangai Nemadire, Njabulo Ndlovu, Justin Coles, Johnathan McWade, Lucky Sithole, Kilvan Magunje, Tafadzwa Chitokwindo, Stephen Hunduza, Jafet Ndebele, Graham Kaulback, Tapiwa Tsomondo, Garth Ziegler.

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