Rugby

Rugby

ZIMBABWE rugby international, Tapiwa Tsomondo was on Tuesday recognised for a stellar season in South Africa after being named Western Province Rugby Football Union’s (WPRFU) Club Rugby Player of the Year at a ceremony held in Cape Town. ...

Experienced flank Francois Louw and the uncapped Sharks duo of S’busiso Nkosi (wing) and Louis Schreuder (scrumhalf) were on Wednesday included in the Springbok squad for the two remaining home matches of the 2017 Rugby Championship. ...

— Rugby world champions All Blacks admitted yesterday to being uncomfortable with their patchy performances so far this year, but rejected talk of panic in the ranks. ...

Vodacom Bulls coach Nollis Marais named a number of young stars in his team to play the Toyota Cheetahs in Harare on Saturday at 3pm in a Super Rugby warm-up match. ...

THE National Sports Stadium, which last staged an international rugby match 17 years ago, has been confirmed as the venue for the high-profile Super Rugby pre-season friendly, pitting South African teams Vodacom Bulls and Toyota Cheetahs on February 6. ...

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has decided to walk away from the national coaching job. ...

THE Zimbabwe Under-20 rugby team selectors have cast their selection net wide after including several foreign-based players in their extended training squad of 54 players ahead of next year’s Junior World Rugby Trophy to be held in the capital from April 19 to May 1. ...

THE Zimbabwe Sevens gave their all, but it wasn’t enough as they lost out 17-19 to continental giants Kenya, in the dying seconds of an epic Rugby Africa Men’s Sevens Olympic qualifying final at the Barnard Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa yesterday. ...

ZIMBABWE’S national Sevens rugby team will hold a training camp at the High Perfomance Centre (HPC) in Pretoria, South Africa, ahead of their participation in the Africa 2016 Rio Olympics qualifiers ...

The Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) yesterday unveiled a partnership with Mother Touch Group of Schools in an initiative that will see the institution becoming one of the development centrer for World Rugby-sanctioned grassroots programme, Get into Rugby. ...

THE Old Mutual High-Density Schools Rugby Development Programme is expected to gather momentum, with over 200 emerging players from the previously non-traditional rugby playing schools expected to battle ...

SOUTH Africa-based Zimbabwe rugby team flyhalf Hilton Mudariki has been appointed captain of the Cheetahs side ahead of their participation at the Safari Sevens which gets underway on Friday in Nairobi, Kenya. ...

PowerTel were on Wednesday unveiled as the new partners for the national Sevens Rugby team, the Cheetahs, ahead of the start of their 2015-2016 season at the Safland Windhoek Sevens which gets underway in Namibia on Friday. ...

THE Matabeleland Rugby Football Board (MRFB) will host the Matabeleland Challenge Cup this weekend at Hartsfield Rugby Ground with nine teams set to participate in the last 15s tournament of the season. ...

LIFE has taught Precious Pazani to wear many different hats.As if playing for the national women’s rugby team and starring for a local basketball side Vixens, wasn’t enough, the 25-year-old recently made history after becoming only the second local female rugby referee to officiate in an international match. ...

ZIMBABWE’S Sevens rugby, the Cheetahs team looks set to have a busy schedule this season ahead of their participation in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers after receiving another invite to feature in Safari Sevens set for October 2-4 in Nairobi, Kenya. ...

THE Zimbabwe women’s Sevens rugby team will be looking to improve their current ranking on the continent when they take part in the Africa Women’s Olympic qualifier to be held at the Barnard Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, from September 26 to 27. ...

ZIMBABWE Rugby Union (ZRU) chief executive Colleen de Jong believes hosting next year’s World Rugby U20 Trophy might be just the catalyst the sport needed after the senior national team’s failure to qualify for next month’s Rugby World Cup. ...

The Zimbabwe Under-19 rugby team set up an Africa Cup final showdown with Namibia on Saturday after a hard fought semi-final victory over Kenya at St George’s College yesterday. ...

THE Zimbabwe Under-18 rugby team will look to complement their strong defensive effort from their last match with an improvement during set-piece time when they tackle Eastern Province ...

ZIMBABWE Under-18 rugby team co-captain Angus Bruce has been ruled out of the Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week to be held at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from July13 to 18 ...

ZIMBABWE rugby team captain Denford Mutamangira has been handed a dream chance to impress at top South African side Sharks. ...

THE Zimbabwe rugby team will step up preparations for their campaign in the Rugby Africa Division 1A Championship following the return of national team coach Cyprian Mandenge from the first phase of the World Rugby Level Three coaching certification process in Marcoussis, France. ...

ZIMBABWE Sevens rugby coach Danny Hondo has named two uncapped players in his 16-man Scotland team for the Hong Kong Sevens core team qualifier — his first selection since taking over the role as head coach. ...

ZIMBABWE’s main opponents in the upcoming CAR Sevens tournament have upped their preparations for the tournament which is slated for Harare at the end of this month. ...

PREPARATIONS for the 2014 Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) Sevens Africa Cup are starting to gather momentum with Namibia yesterday announcing their 12-man squad for the continental championships to be held in the capital at the end of the month. ...

THE ZIMBABWE Rugby Union look set to strike a sponsorship deal with global logistics giant DHL International for their grassroots development programmes. ...

ZIMBABWE’S flagship national rugby team, the Sables, will next year play international matches on home soil for the first time since 2012. ...

ZIMBABWE Rugby Union excecutive vice-president Colleen de Jong, fresh from a visit to SA, has hailed the good relations between the local governing body and the Confederation of African Rugby. ...

NATIONAL Rugby League clubs will have a chance to get some competitive match practice when they take part in the inaugural Chitungwiza Invitational Rugby Tournament on Saturday. ...