Craven Week squad selected

BULAWAYO - The Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) successfully held trials at Falcon College to select the national Under-14 side that will take part in this year’s edition of the Coca-Cola Craven Week.

A squad of 22 players was selected for the rugby fiesta that will be held in Durban, South Africa from June 27 to July 4.

The trials were conducted as part of the ZRU’s recent partnership with Old Mutual that will see the investment and insurance concern pour $90 000 into the Young Sables activities for 2014.

Speaking on the side-lines of the trials at Falcon College, Margaret Vera, the Old Mutual regional manager, said they chose to sponsor rugby because the sports has potential and it needed corporate support.

“Rugby is a sport that is quite promising in the country and it has good potential for growth. As a corporate entity we decided to invest in school children for they are the future of the nation,” said Vera.

“Rugby is now a sport that has become popular and fast growing and besides sport has become a form of employment that pays big.

“Rugby is very much organised and we have all the confidence as far as schools is concerned. Our marriage with the schools rugby is set to go a long way, this is just the beginning more is coming.”

Vera added: “We want to build a community that allows every child regardless of their background an equal opportunity to showcase their talent, every deserving child must benefit. They will benefit physically, mentally and above all financially as they grow in the sport.”

Reginald Querl , the ZRU head in charge of schools rugby, who is also the headmaster at Falcon College thanked Old Mutual for their good gesture.

“We would like to thank Old Mutual for their support, this will go a long way in improving the sport in the country,” said Querl.

“As you have sponsored the juniors, you have actually built a foundation for a great rugby nation where clubs and national team will benefit immensely from the development of juniors. I promise you Zimbabwe will be a force to reckon with.”

Young Sables Squad: Cole Onorati , Lance Annadale, Jordan Crawley, Jordan Crawley, Patrick Plunket, Tadiwanshe Kadziyanike, Micheal Booth, Declan Ralphs, Rory Plunket, Frost Michael (St John’s College), Bradley Gambiza, Rukudzo Muyeza, (St Georges College), Anthony Hadebe (CBC), Simba Muzivi (Gateway), Nataizya Chinja, Thomukudza Chigumbu, Makoni Kudakwashe (Prince Edward), Tawanda Muyeye, Munashe Chaitezwi (Peterhouse), Tanaka Tachiwana (MCC), Simbarashe Chitaka, Sparrow Campbell (Falcon College)

Non Travelling Reserves: Mathew Pattenden (Helenic), Mayibengwe Mnaphi (Falcon College), Lionel Magesti (Peterhouse), Ethon Wilson (Milton)

Comments (2)

Biased selection once again .why not hold the trials during the Dairiboard Rugby festival????Becoz you know that you will be exposed for being discriminatory .

tee - 27 May 2014

This is scandalous! Prince Edward trounced all and sundry including St Johns at the Dairiboard Festival yet they only contribute 3 players whilst St Johns have 9.

Darren Price - 28 May 2014

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