Rose delighted with Premiership promotion

HARARE - Zimbabwe rugby international Andrew Rose has hailed his club Boroughmuir’s promotion into the Scottish Premiership as one of the highlights of his career.

The Boroughmuir captain, who also skippered his country once against Kenya in the Windhoek Draught Tri-Nations in November, led the club back in the top-flight just a season after dropping down to the second-tier RBS National League.

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC: Boroughmuir skipper Andrew Rose hoists the RBS National League trophy in the air after winning promotion into the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.

“We are very happy with the promotion,” Rose told the Daily News yesterday from Edinburgh.

“The club needs to be in the Premiership and we very disappointed when we were relegated at the end of last season. The boys have worked hard since July and have reaped the rewards and everything is now geared towards next season.”

The former Zimbabwe Under-20 captain added that playing in the Scottish Premiership will put him in better shape for the crucial Africa Zone 2015 World Cup qualification tournament in Madagascar in June and July.

“Looking forward to those. It's going to be tough but we can do it. Hopefully all the preparation go to plan,” he said.

The Sables flank was also excited at the prospect of facing his fellow countrymen in the Scottish top-flight.

Fellow loose forward Shingi Mpofu and prop Denford Mutamangira both turn out for Ay Rugby Club in the league while wing Gerald Sibanda is with Gala RFC.   

“There are a couple guys playing over here. I think it's brilliant as the World Cup is in England so this experience for them will stand them in good stead,” Rose said.