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Sita in French rugby trials


Zimbabwe international rugby player Manasah Sita continues to make waves in Europe and could open a new chapter to his career after he was invited for trials by two top French rugby clubs.

Sita, who has been a revelation for both the Sables and the Zimbabwe Sevens national, team the Cheetahs, has been invited for trials by French clubs, Bourgoin and Montpellier, who are both in the French Top 14.

The former Mbare High School student, who is currently playing for Sports Club Neuenheim in Germany, told NewsDay Sport that he would be at Bourgoin on June 1 and would spend the whole month playing pre-season matches for the team.

He said the opportunity had come at a convenient time for him as he would be off-season in June in the German league, which is entering its second half of the season before ending in May.

Sita said he would be leaving for the French giants Montpellier on July 1 where he would spend another month with the top rugby side.

He, however, said he would only sign for the team offering him a lucrative deal in the event he makes the grade at both clubs.

“In June and July I will be going for trials with two clubs in France and they play in the Top 14 league that is the same as FA Premiership if it’s soccer,” revealed Sita.

“After all this I will come back to Germany and wait for them to decide on my performance and let me know. I hope I will make it for either of the two teams; if not, I will be still playing with my club here in Germany but I’m more than ready. I know it’s going be hard but I will give everything and hopefully I will make it,” added the winger.

Sita said he was spotted by the top French sides during the recent IRB World Sevens Series in Dubai in December last year and felt honoured to be recognised by such big clubs.

“Getting this call-up for me was a big thing in terms of my rugby because this is all I have been praying and hoping for to make it into one of the big leagues. So I’m very happy. I think if I make it that will make me a better player and who knows I may be recognised as one of the best in the world, but only time will tell,” said Sita from his German base.

If Sita makes the grade, he will be the first Zimbabwean to play in the highly rated French Top 14 rugby league.

The 24-year-old Mbare-born player has been making waves in Germany and was voted Body Science Athlete of the Month in October 2009 in his debut season in the league.

Sita has made a gradual improvement to his career which began in the notorious high-density suburb of Mbare before joining the Old Hararians reserve side.

Equipped with pace and sheer power, he developed quickly to be promoted into the first team.

From Old Hararians, he crossed the floor to join city rivals Districts where he was voted Zimbabwe’s Rugby Player of the Year in 2008.

After his exploits during that season, he was snatched away by Sports Club Neuenheim as a utility back.

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