Zimbabwe Rugby has named an enlarged training squad for the Confederation of African Rugby 7s tournament to be held at Harare Sports Club on November 29 and 30. The squad will go into camp on November 24 at Innovate in Harare before being trimmed down in the run up to the tournament.
A panel three former players in John Ewing, Danny Hondo, Grant Mitchell and one current administrator Reuben Kumbasa were tasked with the selection of the Zimbabwe Sevens rugby team. Ewing is a former Harare Sports Club and Zimbabwe national rugby team centre whilst Hondo is a former Zimbabwe national rugby team captain.
Mitchell is the current director of Innovate High Performance Centre. The former Sables and Cheetahs flyhalf is currently the coach of Old Georgians.
The quartet conducted their selection during the course of the 7s Summer Series that ended at Old Georgians on Saturday.
Old Georgians won that Series after overcoming Harare Sports Club 24-15.
Zimbabwe Rugby Technical Director Brighton Chivandire feels the best personal possible picked the provisional Cheetahs side.
“Danny is a legend of the game. He is obviously a legend of Zimbabwe Sevens. He was captain for Sables for a very long time. He also holds an IRB Level Two coaching badge.
John Ewing is also another legend of Sevens. He is currently coaching Prince Edwards rugby academy,” he said.
“Reuben is our development officer in Bulawayo. He sees these players week in and week out. He is also currently the coach of Busters.”
Meanwhile, the selectors yesterday named a relatively side with the experience of players such as Gardner Nechironga, Jacques and exciting talent like Shayne Makombe and Lenience Tambwera.
The squad also includes uncapped Sevens players in the form of Harare sports clubs Tadius Whata.
Lions loose forward Lambert Groenewald, Sharks Academy’s utility Riaan O’Neil German based and the former Churchill high duo of Takudzwa Kumadiro and Mkulule Ndhlela also make up the side.
Squad: Jacques Leitao, Fortune Chipendu, Gardner Nechironga, Stephan Hunduza, Hilton Mudariki, Taku Kamudire, Taddy Hwata, Lenience Tambwera, Njabulo Ndlovu, Boyd Rouse, Mkulule Ndhlela, Tafadzwa Chitokwindo, Morgan Vangue, Graham Kaulback, Kuda Chiwanza, Lambert Groenewald, Riaan O’neill, Shayne Makombe