Bwanya's Sables dream

HARARE - Former Sharks Academy lock Simbarashe Bwanya believes he is now ready for a Zimbabwe senior team call-up following an inspirational season for KwaZulu-Natal club rugby champions Jonsson College Rovers.

The former Prince Edward vice-captain has just come out of a highly successful 2012 season, where he helped College Rovers to two trophies in one of the biggest and toughest unions in South African rugby.

The 25-year-old Bwanya helped College Rovers win the 2012 South Africa Rugby Union National Club Championship as well as the Kwazulu-Natal Premier Division title with his jumping skills proving to be the difference on numerous occasions as he rarely lost a line out for the greater part of the season.

Speaking from his base in Durban yesterday, Bwanya said:

“I would love to represent my country, I have been unfortunate in the past with injuries when I have been called up. Injuries have prevented the dream."

The big second row, son of former CAPS United chairman Shepherd Bwanya, has only represented Zimbabwe at junior level. He was part of the Zimbabwe Schools side for the 2005 Craven Week in South Africa.

His top-notch Craven Week performance caught the eye of the Super Rugby franchise, who offered him a full bursary at the Sharks Academy.

He made an early impact in his first year, becoming a regular in the Under-19 Sharks, scooping the Most Improved Player award in 2006.

In 2007, he featured for the Sharks Under-21s in the Currie Cup junior league and was chosen as one of three lock forwards from the Sharks Academy to help out with a Springboks lineout session. - Brian Matamba

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