SOUTH Africa’s Coca-Cola Craven Week, the great annual incentive for Zimbabwean schools rugby players, begins in Johannesburg on Monday with the locals sending one of their best sides in years.
The Zimbabweans, who start th
e tournament on Monday against the Limpopo Blue Blues at the University of Johannesburg, named Peterhouse College flanker Andrew Rose as captain of the side at a function on Wednesday. The team leaves Harare today and will have a training camp at the university ahead of the talent showpiece, one of the biggest of its kind in the world.
Zimbabwe schools team manager Mzi Nyathi, the former Sables hooker, said yesterday that the team’s preparations were “as perfect as they could be”.
Some of the most talked-about players in Zimbabwe schools rugby likely to ignite the festival are the Prince Edward duo of slippery flyhalf Tichafa Makwanya and steely eighthman Keenan Marais as well as St George’s College open-side flanker Dan Nichols.
Prince Edward’s former national team mentor Godwin Murambiwa is coaching the schools side for the second year running. He is assisted by Falcon College headmaster Reg Querl, who is the head in charge of schools rugby in Zimbabwe. — Staff Writer.