THE Zimbabwe Schools team for this yearâ€™s edition of the Craven Week has been chosen following trials at Peterhouse College last weekend.
Peterhouse hooker Brendon Chapman, a survivor from last year, captains the side.
The tournament will be hosted by Blue Bulls province at Affies in Pretoria from July 6 to 12. Zimbabwe won all their three matches last year in Cape Town.
Some of the countryâ€™s top rugby players such as Springboks Brian Mujati and Tendai Mtawarira and several Zimbabwe national team players have represented Zimbabwe Schools at the Craven Week, one of the worldâ€™s largest schoolboy tournaments.
The players selected will also battle for selection into the Zimbabwe Under 19 team to take part in the Youth World Trophy qualifying tournament in Tunisia in August.
They will however face competition from fellow schoolboy players who did not make the Craven Week side because of age restriction, and school-leavers who are still Under 19s.
Forwards: Brendon Chapman (cpt), Tapiwa Rabwi, Marco Mama, Takudzwa Mandiwanza (all Peterhouse), Michael Gwinyai, Tawanda Nguni, Zerubabel Makomva, Takudzwa Mutataguta (all St Georges), Joshua Silcock, Michael Vickery (both St Johns), Mngobi Dhlamini, Enyioma Emwerem (both CBC).
Backs: Graham Kaulback, Jonathan McWade, Matthew Swales, Melusi Mlalazi (all St Johns), Manyi Simwinga, Conrad Tshuma (both Falcon), Garikayi Magwenzi, Charles Chijiji (both PE), Thomas Nelson (Peterhouse), Tafadzwa Chitokwindo (Kyle).
Coach- Godwin Murambiwa
Asst coach- Tunga Mashungu
Manager- Ryan Vickery
Head-of-delegation- Reg Querl
By Enock Muchinjo