World Rugby: Zimbabwe welcome San Francisco reinforcements ahead of Namibia clash

World Rugby: Zimbabwe welcome San Francisco reinforcements ahead of Namibia clash

The Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco may now be a thing of the past with the Gold Cup returning this weekend but Zimbabwe has added some American experience and spice into their squad ahead of their crunch tie against Namibia.

Shayne Makombe and Tafadzwa Chitokwindo have been added to the Sables backline with Connor Pritchard assuming flanker. Shayne and Chitonkwindo were responsible for the tries that opened Zimbabwe’s accounts in San Francisco in their Pre-Round of 16 clash against Wales. Amongst the additions is Antipas kamkwindo who replaces the injured Johannes Stander.

Zimbabwe’s new national rugby coach and former Springboks coach Peter de Villiers (C) watches his players after their defeat in the 2018 Rugby African Gold Cup match against Kenya in Nairobi on June 30, 2018, which acts a qualifier for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. – Kenya won 45-36. (Photo by SIMON MAINA / AFP) (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Zimbabwe lie second last on the log only above Uganda and have to avoid defeat in their remaining games to keep in the first tier of African rugby or risk demotion to Tier 1B to play Silver Cup next year.

On Sunday, the team were excused from camp to go and vote in the national presidential election.

Zimbabwe Sables Squad:

Denford Mutamangira, David Makanda, Farai Mudariki, Irvine Nduwa, Fortunate Chipendo, Takudzwa Mandiwanza, Connor Pritchard, Tapfuma parirenyatwa, Ernest Mudzengerere, Lenience Tambwera, Mathew McNab, Brandon Mandivenga, Kudzai Mashawi, Takudzwa Kumadiro, Shingirai Katsvere, Mathew Mandioma, Cleopas Kundiona, Lawrence Cleminson, Antipas Kamkwindo, Bryan Nyaude, Hilton Mudariki, Ziyanda Khupe, Shayne Makombe, Tafadzwa Mhende, Lucky Sithole and Tafadzwa Chitokwindo.

 

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