Murambiwa hails squad depth

HARARE - ZIMBABWE Schools rugby coach Godwin “Jaws” Murambiwa was pleased with the make-up of his Under-18 Craven Week squad, saying it will make an impression at this year’s tournament.

This year’s edition takes place in Polokwane, South Africa, from July 8 to 13.

“This side has potential to match the class of 2007, which won three of their games in Stellenbosch,” Murambiwa told the Daily News yesterday.

“Back then Danny Robertson, Dante Mama and Ranga Zembe were some of your talented backs that illuminated the Craven Week in Cape Town. Six years on, Brendon Mandivenga, Rukudzo Gonah and Jabulani Mutukwa are equally good youngsters we should look out for in 2013.”

Utility back Robertson has gone on to earn Zimbabwe international caps, at one stage being named vice-captain of the Sables, while lively wing Zembe also been capped at test level.  

Murambiwa, himself a former Sables coach, reckons this year’s squad will prove one of Zimbabwe’s best in recent years.

“I think this year’s team will be one of our better teams because it has at least 12 players with Craven Week experience, some played Under-14 Under-16 and Under-18 in the Craven Week.”

He was, however, disappointed that some players pulled out of trials due to financial constraints.

“Some boys pulled out due to the cost of the trial, boys needed to be accommodated, fed and clothed and sadly that cost money.”

SQUAD

Thabani Mujeni (St Georges College),  Bart Zwart (St Johns College), Tapiwa Murangani (Peterhouse) Tafadzwa Kufazvinei (St Georges College), Nicholas Burnett (St John's College), Ivan Bawden (St Georges College), Daniel Moolman, (Peterhouse), Tinashe Gonese (Hillcrest), Tinashe Gwisai (Midlands Christian College), Rukudzo Gonah (St Johns College) Jabulani Mutukwa (St Georges College),Munyaradzi Mashaya (St Georges College), Thomas Chadwick (St John's College),Brandon Boshi (St Georges College), Brendon Mandivenga (Peterhouse), Steven Bhasera (Falcon), Glynn Rorke (St John's College), Tanaka Chikwezhero (Prince Edward), Philangwezi Mudambanuki (Peterhouse), Andrew Dollar(Peterhouse), Justin Zietsman (Falcon), Tawanda Ngosi (Midlands Christian College).

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