Mudariki, Pritchard in Gold Cup XVs

HARARE - It is not all gloom for the Sables following the inclusion of two their players — Hilton Mudariki and Connor Pritchard — in the best XV side at the just-ended 2017 Rugby Afrique Gold Cup campaign.

Scrumhalf Mudariki, who plays for Johannesburg side Stor-Age Pirates Rugby Club, and Australia-based open side flanker Pritchard, who turns out for Colleges Knights Rugby Club in Queensland were the shining light for a Zimbabwe side that finished in fifth place out of six teams.

Sables’ captain Denford Mutamangira paid tribute to the duo saying their selection was a sign that shows potential of the current side.

“It’s a step in the right direction having some of our players getting this recognition. It only serves to confirm that despite finishing just a place above the bottom, there’s something that we are doing right and for now we can only build towards the 2019 World Cup...we can see there’s hope for us making it to Japan,” Mutamangira told the Daily News.

“Our challenge remains on implementing the strength and conditioning culture for starters then we can work on improving every other aspect of the game getting into next year and it is key that we begin earlier to give ourselves enough time to prepare for the task at hand.”

Pritchard, who is also the youngest player in the side, relishes a long and fruitful run with the Sables following the coming on board of the Sables Trust that is being administered by law firm Titan Law.

“I got a call from the manager telling me that I have been called up for the Africa Gold Cup squad and told me that my flight and camping were all paid for and that I will have to pay no expenses,” he said.

“I’m grateful to Titan Law and all the sponsors...the vibe in the camp has been good with all the players coming together.”
Namibia, who successfully defended their title, dominate the Gold Cup XV with seven players in the team; Casper Viviers, Louis van der Westhuizen, Mahepisda Tjeriko, Ruan Ludick, Rohan Kitshoff, Cliven Loubser, David Philander and JC Greyling.

Uganda, who finished in third place, have three players in the side; Brian Odongo and brothers Michael and Philip Wokorach while runners-up Kenya contribute two players; Joshua Chisanga and Darwin Mukadza.

Gold Cup XVs Squad: 15. Philip Wokorach (Uganda), 14. Darwin Mukidza (Kenya), 13. Michael Wokorach (Uganda), 12. JC Greyling (Namibia), 11. David Philander (Namibia), 10. Cliven Loubser (Namibia), 9. Hilton Mudariki (Zimbabwe), 8. Joshua Chisanga (Kenya), 7. Connor Pritchard (Zimbabwe), 6. Rohan Kitshoff (Namibia), 5. Ruan Ludick (Namibia), 4.

Mahepisda Tjeriko (Namibia), 3. Brian Odongo (Uganda), 2. Louis van der Westhuizen (Namibia), 1. Casper Vivier (Namibia).Mudariki, Pritchard in Gold Cup XVs

Comments (1)

It shows we are now in the levels of Kenya. Namibia is way ahead of us, while Uganda is just a step ahead, hapana chekufarira apa

marizani - 17 August 2017

Post a comment

Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
- Editor

Your email address will not be shared.