De Villiers in line for ZRU

HARARE - Former Springboks coach Peter de Villiers headlines a list of illustrious rugby personalities who have expressed their desire to take over the vacant post of Technical Director at the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU), the Daily News has learnt.

The post became vacant after Liam Middleton resigned at the end of last month to take up the job of head coach of the Canada Sevens men’s rugby side ahead of the start of the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series.

Middleton’s departure has seen several top rated rugby personalities positioning themselves to take over the highest coaching job in Zimbabwe rugby.

De Villiers, who became the first non-white man to take charge of the South Africa, is one of the game’s most colourful figures, known for his lively quotes and strong views on affirmative action in the game.

He coached South Africa between 2008 and 2011.

The 57-year-old is the current Director of Rugby at the University of the Western Cape., where Zimbabwe star Njabulo Ndlovu is based.

Apart from de Villiers, former Sharks Academy director Hans Scriba has also applied for the vacant post.

Scriba was managing director of Sharks Academy from 2001 to 2013 in a period his administration churned out a host of top rugby stars including Zimbabwe-born Springbok prop Tendai Mtawarira.

Previously, Scriba was KwaZulu Natala Rugby Union development manager from 1992 to 2000.

Another possible candidate who has applied for the post is Bright Chivandire, who is believed to have the backing of the ZRU leaders.

The former Sables utility forward had a short stint as national XV coach in 2003.

He has had several coaching spells with the Young Sables his most notable being his recent tenure that saw him take the team to the Junior Rugby World Trophy as coach in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

ZRU spokesperson Godfrey Koti refused to comment on the matter referring all questions about the applications to the union’s top hierarchy.

Efforts to get a comment from ZRU president John Falkenburg yesterday also proved fruitless.

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