Rugby icons visit Zim

HARARE - An illustrious cast of rugby icons is set to descend on Marondera’s Watershed College next month for the Dairibord Academy Week.

The coaching clinic runs from April 14 to 19 and will be facilitated by former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers, former All Black captain John Mitchell and former Sables flyhalf Kennedy Tsimba.

The trio will be ably complemented by ex-Springbok speedster Tonderai Chavhanga.

The former Prince Edward School winger’s six tries on debut for the Springboks still stands as the record for most tries on debut.

The facilitating team is expected to give aspiring rugby stars and local coaches an overview of what it takes to be in the full contact team sport.

They will hope to accomplish this through team building, speed tests, position specific coaching, skill development, nutrition and training amongst other facets of the game.

De Villiers will hope to impart his bags of experience having steered the Springboks from 2008 to 2011.

That he had a winning ratio of 64 percent and a 57 percent winning ratio against the All Blacks speaks volumes of his tactical astuteness at the very top of the ever changing game.

He is no stranger to working with Zimbabweans having once coached Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira, Brian Mujati and Chavhanga during his stint as Springbok coach.

The first-ever non-white Springbok coach, currently coaches Sables and Cheetahs forward Njabulo Ndlovu at the University of the Western Cape.

Tsimba who became a folk hero in Bloemfontein during his time at the Free State Cheetahs, earning the moniker King of Bloemfontein will add diverse perspective to the coaching clinic.

The former Sables fly-half was inducted in the IRB hall of fame in 2012.

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