Ex-Ireland star joins Sables

HARARE - Zimbabwe have moved to solve their scrumhalf worries ahead of the World Cup qualifiers by including former Ireland Under-20 number 9 Peter Du Toit, who is eligible for the Sables through his Zimbabwean father.

23-year-old Du Toit will be part of the Sables squad set to begin camp today in Harare for month-end’s qualification tournament in Madagascar, where they will be aiming to qualify for their first World Cup in more than 20 years.

Brendan Dawson’s men head to Madagascar for the qualifiers to face the hosts, Namibia and Kenya in a four-nation Africa Cup contest, whose winner automatically qualifies for next year’s World Cup in England.

Zimbabwe’s provisional squad announced last month had been criticised for lack of depth, with the number 9 position a major area of concern. 

Two-time capped Hilton Mudariki is the only specialist scrumhalf on the original list, and will now be joined by Du Toit, who is contracted to Ireland’s club giants Leinster.

“We have been working with him for some time but did not include him in the initial sqyuad because he had not yet been released by his club,” convenor of selectors and ZRU director of rugby Liam Middleton told the Daily News yesterday.

“He has a good skill set, great pass and kicking. He has good pace, a good running 9, which suits our play.”

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