HARARE - Former Zimbabwe Under-19 rugby captain Alva Jnr Senderayi’s has been rewarded for his high work rate following his selection to represent Western Province Under-21s this weekend against Border at City Park.
The former Falcon College loose forward will start on the bench as a replacement forward in a match his compatriot Tapiwa Tsomondo will start at the flank.
Senderayi is part of the WP rugby academy and has been part of the WP Under-21 training squad since the start of the Currie Cup.
However, a host of injuries hampering the WP Under-21 team’s build-up this week have opened the door for the 19-year-old to stake his claim in the Province setup.
Having led the Young Sables at the Junior World Rugby Trophy in Nelspruit last year, Senderayi will hope to make use of all his experience if coach John Dobson hands him a chance.
“He has worked extremely hard to get back on the field and enjoyed a great cameo performance off the bench when he played for the SA Academy Invitational XV against Italy in August,” WP said in a statement yesterday.
“At WP Rugby Academy ‘Where Dreams Are Realised’ Alva has shown through hard work and discipline that belief your goals can be achieved.
“We wish him all the best and are extremely thrilled as he is the first WP U21 representative from the Academy in 2014. All the best Alva.”
The DHL WP U-21s are currently in second place on the Absa Provincial Under-21 log standings.
They trail the Lions by just three points but do have a game in hand over their first-placed rivals.