Young Sables’ Burnett killed in car crash

LOCAL rugby has been robbed again after Young Sables’ Nicholas Burnet was killed in a road accident in Harare on Tuesday afternoon.

Kevin Mapasure

The St Johns High student was driving to school when his car overturned and rolled. Another rugby player, Slimfield Moyo, also died in a car accident this year.

Burnett was part of Zimbabwe’s 2011 All-Africa Games swimming team in Mozambique and has been representing Mashonaland on the local front.

Burnett did the nation proud at the Confederation Africaine De Natation Amateur (Cana) Zone 3 and 4 Swimming Championships that were held in Mozambique last year where he racked in 13 of the 27 medals Zimbabwe won.

The 18-year-old was an integral part of the Zimbabwe national rugby Under-18 side that played at the Craven week last week where they won two games and lost to Namibia in the last match on Saturday with Burnett lasting for only five minutes of the match owing to an injury.

Young Sables coach Goodwin Murambiwa told Independentsport Zimbabwe had been robbed of a player who had the potential to turn into a professional.

“In the Craven week squad he was one of those players who had the potential to turn pro and succeed at international level,” said Murambiwa. “He was such an integral part of our team that his injury is probably the reason why we lost to Namibia. He was the first line of defence and was very good. For me he was the man of the match in our first match but it was given to someone else. We have lost a good player.”

Burnett made his second appearance at Craven week after he played at the same tournament last year.