ZRU name squads for International 7s

HARARE - Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) has released the country’s squads for the annual International Sevens Tournament at Harare Sports Club this weekend.

Veteran Jacques Leitao captains the main national side, the Cheetahs, with upcoming England-based star Hilton Mudariki being chosen to skipper the second-string side, the Goshawks.

The Cheetahs squad contains players with experience at both the Fifteens and Sevens formats. 

Stalwarts Fortune Chipendo, Tangai Nemadire and Gardner Nechironga – alongside skipper Leitao – are the team’s most experienced men, having represented the country on the IRB World Sevens Series circuit for a number of years.

The newcomer to the side is Benjamin Nicholls, son of former Zimbabwe player and coach Alex Nicholls.

The Goshawks team is dominated by upcoming players, but the Bulawayo-based trio of Lucky Sithole, Jafet Ndebele and Lloyd Machanjaira have had some experience with the senior side.

Several international teams are expected to take part in the tournament, formerly sponsored by Spar.

Squads

Cheetahs: Jacques Leitao (capt), Biselele Tshamala, Njabulo Ndlovu, Stephan Hunduza, Lenience Tambwera, Tangai Nemadire, Tafadzwa Chitokwindo, Fortune Chipendu, Boyd Rouse, Kilvan Magunje, Ben Nicholls, Gardner Nechironga.

Goshawks: Hilton Mudariki (capt), Lucky Sithole, Farai Jijita, Takudzwa Kumadiro, Teddy Hwata, Kuda Makwasha, Brandon Boshi, Jafet Ndebele, Riaan O'Neill, Craig Elcombe, Lloyd Muchanjaira, Brian Dube.

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