Munangi makes strides in KZN

HARARE - Ex-Mbare Academy speedy wing Kudzai Munangi hopes to leave a mark at the 2015 Coca-Cola Craven Week following his inclusion in the KwaZulu-Natal Under-18 squad last week.

The Coca-Cola Craven Week is set to be hosted at the Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch, South Africa in July.

The former St John’s College centre and wing is one of only two players selected from Maritzburg College, who made the grade into the 22-member KZN Under-18 squad.

Despite a groin injury that has threatened to derail his season, the explosive former Zimbabwe Sevens Under-16 captain is still be a formidable force in Maritzburg’s campaign thus far.

“It hasn't really been the prettiest start to a season because of injuries,” Munangi told the Daily News yesterday.

“I sat out for most of pre-season because of a groin injury and I also missed the tour because of a shoulder injury but it looks like I'm in a better space now and the past two games have been quite the highlight of my season.”

Munangi arrived at the Pietermaritzburg-based school in 2012 following his impressive outing at that year’s Middleburg Sevens for the Zimbabwe U-16 team where he caught the eye of Maritzburg Rugby Director Ryan Strudwick.

He made an immediate impact the following year as he went on to be named in the KwaZulu Natal Sharks Under-16 squad for the annual Grant Khomo Rugby Festival.

He followed that up with selection into the KZN Under-18 Academy team before making the Craven Week team last week.

Maritzburg College is traditionally the dominant school rugby force in KwaZulu-Natal.

Besides two players from Maritzburg, the KZN Craven Week side boasts of seven from Glenwood, six from Michaelhouse, two each from Hilton, Kearsney and Westville and one from Pionier of Vryheid.

Meanwhile, the Old Mutual High Density Schools Rugby Development Programme makes its next stop at Tafara 1 High School on June 25 with the Mabvuku Old Mutual Community XV’s cup.

The Community Cup will see Under-14, Under-16, Under-18 teams from Tafara 1 and 2 as well as Mabvuku High School taking part.

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