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Rugby Africa: Mudarikis out of Cranes clash

Zimbabwe are in Kampala for what should be their most important game this year as they try to salvage a chance to feature in the continent’s elite rugby tournament next year.

Amidst all preparations, Coach De Villiers will have to plan for the Rugby Cranes of Uganda with the Mudariki brothers far from his plans. Scrumhalf Hilton Mudariki moved to English Championship side Jersey Reds in June, a move whech saw him miss the Sevens Rugby World Cup in San Francisco so that he could settle down at the club.

Hilton’s younger brother Farai, has been an integral part of the Sables setup this year in the forwards but fresh club moves and commitments mean that he will not be available too for selection against Uganda. Farai was the 11th signing of English club, Worcester. His most likely replacement will be Lawrence Cleminson.

“Farai and Hilton have club commitments in England. Farai’s absence will be felt. However, his replacements have prepared fully and are ready and set to step into his shoes and fit them well,” reacted team manager Chiwara.

Zimbabwe’s new national rugby coach and former Springboks coach Peter de Villiers takes part in a training session on June 29, 2018 in Nairobi, ahead of a rugby match against Kenya during the 2018 Rugby African Gold Cup, which acts as qualifier for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. (Photo by SIMON MAINA / AFP) (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Zimbabwe are further without flanker Michael Botha whose probable release from club duties in South Africa was a futile effort. The Sables will be hoping that the pair of flyhalf Brendon Mandivenga and center Kudzai Mashawi who traveled with the squad to Kampala, but were nursing injuries from knocks received in the clash against Namibia would recover in time for Uganda.


Sables Squad in Kampala:

  1. Denford Mutamangira
  2. David Mukanda
  3. Lawrence Cleminson
  4. Brian Nyaude
  5. Fortunate Chipendo
  6. Takudzwa Mandiwanza
  7. Connor Pritchard
  8. Tapfuma Parirenyatwa
  9. Jeremiah Jaravaza
  10. Brendon Mandivenga
  11. Tafadzwa Chitokwindo
  12. Tafadzwa Mhende
  13. Kudzai Mashawi
  14. Shayne Makombe
  15. Shingirai Katsvere
  16. Mathew Mandioma
  17. Irvine Nduwa
  18. Cleopas Kundiona
  19. Antipas Kamkwindo
  20. Lucky Sithole
  21. Ernest Mudzengerere
  22. Lenience Tambwera
  23. Mathew McNab
  24. Kudakwashe Nyakufaringwa
  25. Takudzwa Kumadiro


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