Rugby icons to illuminate Vic Falls

HARARE - An illustrious cast of rugby icons are set to roll back the years when they descend on the resort town of Victoria Falls for a one-off match between Zimbabwe rugby legends and former Springbok stars.

The match will take place on March 28 with organisers expecting to draw a large crowd from Zambia, South Africa and Namibia.

Zimbabwe and South Africa share a rich history with a vast number of Zimbabwe-born players having gone on to represent Springboks, none more renowned than tight head prop Adrian Garvey.

Garvey is one of the few players to have competed at the Rugby World Cup for two different countries, having played for the Sables in 1991 and later the Springboks.

As for the March 28 tie, the pick of former Zimbabwe players that will be on show is Brighton Chivandire as well as former Sables captains Costa Dinha and David Walters.

However, the glaring omission of some of the big names in rugby who still live in Zimbabwe has put the sincerity of the organisers into question.

High on the list of those omitted is Victor Olonga, who played a decade-long league career in the UK and was once hailed by the British press as simply the fastest man in English rugby union.

Harare-based, Pete Kaulback, who was part of the trailblazing Zimbabwe national rugby side that debuted at the 1987 World Cup, somehow failed to make the team of 20.

Bulawayo-based former Sables coach Brendan Dawson, who starred for Zimbabwe at the 1991 Rugby World Cup, was also overlooked.

Meanwhile, event coordinator Robin Brown called on all Zimbabweans to support this event by attending the match and cheering on our Zimbabwe rugby legends and giving a warm welcome to the visiting South Africa rugby legends.

“The event itself will not only be the match itself, their visit will include various activities in the Victoria Falls such as conducting clinic for children from the local schools,” Brown said.

“The South African rugby legends visit is a notable event which will also go a long way in profiling the destination.”

Squads

Zimbabwe: Brett Holloway, Brighton Chivandire, Bryan Ray, Costa Dinha, David Walters, Emmanuel Manyoro, Gary Bowes, Greg Friend, Justin Buchanan, Juan Du Plessis, Mat Accorsi, Paul Staak, Rory Jackson, Sandile Sibanda, Sean Grant, Sean Robinson, Tapiwa Mangezi, Warren Wentzel, Zie Kumalo.

South Africa: Louis Louscher, Peter Dixon, Eugene Marx, Trevor Boynton, Werner Cronje, Jonno Brayley, Craig McIntosh, Jonathan Moekwena, Niel Cole, Henno Mentz, Grant Esterhuizen, Mac Masina, Trevor Halstead, Lawrence Sephaka, Doppies le Grange, Dave von Hoesslin, Wayne Munn, John Slade.

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