Muchena delights in big move to MLR outfit Chicago Hounds

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Former Zimbabwe rugby youth international Tinashe Muchena has expressed his delight after confirming his move to the Major League Rugby (MLR) side Chicago Hounds.

The 25-year-old number eight made his breakthrough last year when he was signed by the Houston SaberCats during the MLR Collegiate player draft.

Muchena played with the team’s academy team, Rugby HTX as he looked to get regular game time.

After recently becoming eligible to represent USA based on residency, Muchena featured for the USA Hawks, a USA Rugby and MLR funded rugby development side, which played a number of South American teams.

The big loose forward is now expected to get regular MLR action in Chicago this season.

“It’s been a long road but I’m blessed to announce that I have signed with the Chicago Hounds in the MLR,” Muchena announced to his followers on Instagram.

Harare-born Muchena was the first Zimbabwean ever selected in the MLR Collegiate draft.

He attended St. George’s College in Harare, where he starred in the school’s track and field team as an accomplished high number and played on the rugby team’s first XV.

He was the school’s headboy in his final year.

Muchena also played club rugby for the Old Hararians, where his father William continues to play for the team’s second teams into his 50s.

He played age-grade rugby for Zimbabwe, playing for the Sables U20s in 2017.

Tinashe received a rugby scholarship to Lindenwood-Belleville, before transferring to Lindenwood University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interactive Media and Web Design in 2021.

He also starred on rugby field and was the Most Valuable Forward in the Mid-South Conference, First Team All-Conference, a D1A National Champion, and a Collegiate All-American.

In 2021 he was nominated for the Rudy Scholz Award.

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