Mandenge, Brider head for France

HARARE - Zimbabwe national rugby teams’ coaches Cyprian Mandenge and Brendon Brider will head to France next month where they will go undergo various upskilling and high performance programmes.

The developmental initiative is in partnership with Rugby Africa and the French Rugby Federation.

In France, the duo will commence a World Rugby Level three Coaching certification — an extensive process which will be completed after twelve months.

Zimbabwe Rugby Union yesterday praised the partnership between Rugby Africa and French Rugby.

“This is a first in a series of collaborations to ensure the Zimbabwe Rugby Union’s vision that all National Coaches will hold Level three coaching certificates by the end of 2018,” ZRU said in a statement yesterday.

“The two Zimbabwe coaches will be in France from May 3 to 9 for the course that will be conducted and hosted at the French National Rugby Centre in Marcoussis, just outside Paris.

“This state of the art high performance training centre is home to the French National high performance teams.

“ZRU director of rugby Brighton Chivandire is the only locally-based Zimbabwean coach with a modern day World Rugby Level Three coaching certificate, the highest offered by the World Rugby governing body and one of less than a handful in Africa.

“All national head coaches at all levels currently hold a minimum of  World Rugby Level two qualification.

“Assistant coaches are either in possession of Level two or working towards such certification for the 2015 season.”

Speaking during the recently staged Power Sales Schools Rugby Festival at Hartsfield Rugby Ground in Bulawayo, Chivandire emphasised the need for more coaches to be upgraded to higher coaching qualifications.

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