Murambiwa remains optimistic

HARARE - Zimbabwe Under-18 coach Godwin "Jaws" Murambiwa is hopeful national selectors will extract a competitive side for the 2015 Craven Week that takes place in South Africa in June and July.

A host of schoolboy rugby’s emerging talent from across the country is set to converge at Falcon College in Esigodini this weekend for the national Under-17 and Under-18 rugby trials.

The inter-provincial sides that will strut it out include Harare A and B, Country Districts, Central Province, Presidents XV, Mashonaland A and Matabeleland B.

“Based on a large pool of players who have represented Zimbabwe at Under-17, who are still around, we should have a decent side,” said Murambiwa.

“There are eight or so players coming back from last year’s Under-17 side so that gives us a bigger perspective.”

Murambiwa was part of the selection panel that came up with the Mashonaland side over the weekend.

“As far as Harare province is concerned it was a fair selection,” he said. “We picked based on what was in front us.

“At the moment, the only hitch that was there was that teams had a mixture of both Under-19 and Under-18 player.

“Obviously those who had five or six Under-19’s were stronger and dominated the Under-18s teams. It’s the hitch that needs to be fixed.”

This year at the Craven Week, Murambiwa will be assisted by Cheetahs and Old Georgians scrum half Graham Kaulback, who replaced Brandon Brider, after he was named as the new Zimbabwe Under-19 and Under-20 coach early this year.

The Paul Roos Gymnasium will host this year’s Craven Week from July 13 to July 18 in Stellenbosch.

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