Articles tagged 'zimbabwe rugby union'

Mandenge fires salvo 13 August 2017 HARARE - Sables coach Cyprian Mandenge has castigated former Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) director of rugby Liam Middleton. Following Zimbabwe’s dismal performance in the Rugby Afrique Gold Cup where they finished in fifth place out of six teams, Middleton put his hand up as a possible replaceme...
Rugby Union polls postponed 24 March 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) has postponed the board elections pencilled for today to pave way for the World Rugby Under-20 Trophy to be held in Harare next month. The tournament is scheduled to be hosted at Harare Sports Club from April 19 to May 1 featuring  junior teams from Fiji, Ho...
ZRU name Car Sevens squad 19 November 2014 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) has included four uncapped players in their 18-man training squad for the upcoming Confederation of African Rugby (Car) Sevens tournament at Prince Edward School month-end. Golden Lions loose forward Lambert Groenewald, who made his debut for the Zimbabw...
Whither Zimbabwean rugby? 7 November 2014 HARARE - A meeting of Zimbabwean rugby administrative arms was reportedly held last week to map the way forward for the sport here following the heartbreak of the country’s failure to qualify for next year’s Rugby World Cup in England. The Sables came so agonisingly close to qualify for their ...
I'm not the saviour - Chivandire 22 October 2014 HARARE - Bright Chivandire is under no illusion at the huge task on his hands to drive the development of the local game when he begins his new role as the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) Technical Director next month. The former Zimbabwe national team manager and coach begins his new role on Novem...
Middleton recommends local candidate 7 October 2014 HARARE - Ex-Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) Technical Director, Liam Middleton believes the perennial financial problems that surround the game require a ‘resourceful’ person with strong Zimbabwean links to replace him. Several top-rated rugby personalities have applied for the highest coaching job...
I feel at peace – Middleton 28 September 2014 HARARE - New Canada Rugby Sevens head coach Liam Middleton feels he leaves Zimbabwe rugby in a better state and it will be unfair to apportion the country’s shortcomings squarely on his shoulders. Middleton feels he gave “more than my all” to local rugby after returning to take up the role of ...
Parliament summons ZRU 9 July 2014 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) has been summoned to appear before a parliamentary portfolio   committee on Education, Sport, Arts and Culture to give oral evidence on their programmes to spread the game to other areas. The committee is chaired by Zanu PF MP for Hurungwe Temba Mliswa a...
Are we a hopeless sporting nation? 4 June 2014 HARARE - Walter Njowa, one of the country’s top rugby referees, posed a pertinent question after Zimbabwean football hit an all-time low on Sunday with the national side’s preliminary round exit from the African Nations Cup qualifiers. Posting on a Zimbabwean rugby forum following the Warriors...
Chivandire new Sables manager 29 April 2014 HARARE - Former Zimbabwe rugby coach Brighton Chivandire has been appointed national team manager, the ZRU announced this afternoon. Chivandire, who distinguished himself as a lock forward for Old Hararians Sports Club and Zimbabwe, is a well-respected figure in local rugby circles. He coac...
Race storm leaves Zim rugby counting losses 4 April 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe has been dealt a massive blow in the country’s quest to qualify for the 2015 World Cup after an unnamed European national team cancelled a three-match tour here following publication in the local press of alleged racism in the game. These claims were made this week by Zimbabw...
ZRU name squads for International 7s 11 March 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) has released the country’s squads for the annual International Sevens Tournament at Harare Sports Club this weekend. Veteran Jacques Leitao captains the main national side, the Cheetahs, with upcoming England-based star Hilton Mudariki being chosen to skippe...
Mtongwiza resigns from post 26 February 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe rugby team manager Losson Mtongwiza has resigned from his post over differences with the union’s leadership, which came to a head following publication of racism claims in the game levelled by the long-serving administrator. Mtongwiza’s tirade against the ZRU, contained in a ...
Losson, we expected better from you 21 February 2014 HARARE - I have known Losson Mtongwiza for more than a decade now, and I have to say I have the greatest respect for the chap. Losson is a rugby man through and through, and for him to assume the position of Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) vice-president as a sprightly 25-year-old, as he did back i...
ZRU denies racism allegations 21 February 2014 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) has denied allegations of racism levelled against the association by national team manager Losson Mtongwiza. In a letter addressed to ZRU president John Falkenburg and leaked to local media, Mtongwiza alleged that a cartel of white individuals within the...
ZRU breaks silence 14 February 2014 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) has responded to widespread criticism over the slow pace of 2015 World Cup qualifiers preparations by announcing the Sables will tour South Africa in June in addition to three proposed home tests against an unconfirmed European team. The Sables will play...
Silence is deafening at ZRU 7 February 2014 HARARE - Where is the Zimbabwe Rugby Union? Not a question you tend to hear too often, largely because nobody generally cares, so it seems. There is slowness and lethargy in the actions and progress of the ZRU in terms of their quest to qualify for the 2015 World Cup. With just four months ...
Zim hold fast to their RWC dream 4 December 2013 HARARE - For the past three years, all the talk in Zimbabwean rugby has centred around the dream to go to the Rugby World Cup for the first time in 22 years. Zimbabwe’s Sables last played in the World Cup back in 1991 in a tournament staged in five European counties. But a talent drain, couple...
Falkenberg promises major sponsorship deal 28 November 2013 HARARE - Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) president John Falkenberg says the union is on the verge of securing major sponsorship to fund the nation side's 2015 World Cup qualification bid. Falkenberg, whose administration has adopted an open-door policy with stakeholders of the local game, was respo...
Middleton talks up World Cup chances 15 November 2013 HARARE - Liam Middleton, the new Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) director of rugby, says the Sables can go all the way and qualify for their first World Cup in 21 years if they significantly improve their physical condition and technical awareness in the next six months. Zimbabwe are coming out of ...
Dawson delighted with squad composition 23 October 2013 HARARE – Zimbabwe rugby coach Brendan Dawson says he is “excited” by the availability of new overseas-based players for the Sables' tour of Namibia next month. Centre Sean Moan, scrumhalf Hilton Mudariki and loose forward Kingsley Lang, all plying their trade at clubs in England, were confirme...
Middleton to work with national teams 19 October 2013 HARARE – Liam Middleton says he will help out with coaching the country's major national teams in his newly created role as technical director of the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU). 35-year-old Middleton was unveiled by the ZRU at a press conference at the union's headquarters in Alexandra Park ye...
ZRU axe revolting players 4 July 2013 HARARE – The  Zimbabwe Rugby Union has refused to give in to a player power storm by sacking 10 players who revolted against national team manager Losson Mtongwiza on Wednesday, demanding his ouster. The 10, who include captain Costa Dinha, experienced centre Cleopas Makotose, flyhalf Tichafar...
Rugby agrees with Coltart: Murambiwa 15 January 2013 HARARE - Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) technical advisor Godwin Murambiwa says the union and the rugby community generally back Sports minister David Coltart s selection panel directive, which requires selectors to have played at the highest level of competition in the particular discipline. Murambi...
Sables face sternest test in two years 7 November 2012 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Rugby Union yesterday named a weakened squad for two Tests against Namibia and Spain, the Sables sternest challenge in two years. The Sables, who are unbeaten in seven Tests stretching over two years, take on hosts Namibia on Saturday in the opener of a Namibia Breweries-spo...