Hunduza joins Old Georgians

HARARE - Stephen Hunduza, one of Zimbabwe’s hottest rugby talents, has crossed the floor to join Old Georgians from city rivals Harare Sports Club ahead of the 2015 season.

A product of the striving Mbare Rugby Academy, the livewire winger developed as a player of great promise last year in Zimbabwe’s failed 2015 World Cup qualification campaign as well as the Hong Kong leg of the World Sevens Series – prompting the then Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) director of rugby Liam Middleton to liken him to legendary Welsh winger Shame Williams.

Middleton last year praised the diminutive former Churchill schoolboy for his enormous qualities and compared him to Wales’s record try scorer.

“He has good pace and good vision when carrying the ball, and his defence is outstanding for a guy of his height,” Middleton said in April. 

“…I will liken him to Shane Williams, the Welsh and British Lions winger, who is of the same height. His pace will only get better, and he defends brilliantly. To defend well and finish well as he do, for me that’s the hallmarks of a good international winger. He has potential to mimic Shane Williams.”

While at Sports Club, Hunduza – one of the newest red-hot rugby talents to emerge out of Harare’s high-density suburbs – was the Zimbabwean league’s top try-scorer in 2012 and 2013.  

OGs coach Grant Mitchell expressed his delight at the capture of the Zimbabwe speedster.

“As a club we are very excited to have Stavo on board,” Mitchell told the Daily News yesterday.

“He is the perfect team man and the players are really looking forward to working with him. As a coach it is a great opportunity to bring a new player in from whom we can all learn. He has great coachability which can only result in a healthy and progressive partnership. His energy, skill, professionalism and character will be exciting to watch as he progress through the season.”

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