Zimbabwe name SA Rugby Youth Weeks squads

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Zimbabwe's Under-17 rugby squad and technical department pose for a group photograph after the selection trials at Lomagundi College last weekend

Zimbabwe has named their age group squads for the SA Rugby Youth Week tournaments which are set to make a return on the South African rugby calendar after a two-year absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The headmaster in charge of Zimbabwe Schools Rugby, Tungamirai Mashungu early this week announced the respective squads for the Under-14, Under-17 and Under-19 national age-group teams which will represent the country in South Africa this winter.

The squad were selected during the national selection trials held at Lomagundi College which hosted the Under-17 and Under-19 trials and Gateway High School.

Zimbabwe’s Under-14 will take part in the Under-13 SA Rugby Craven Week and Under-16 SA Rugby Grant Khomo Week which will be played from June 27 to July 1 at Diamantveld High School in Kimberley

The Zimbabwe Under-14 is coached by Brighton Chivandire, who is assisted by Ruben Kumpasa while Tan Dinhidza is the team manager.

Max Madziva heads the national Under-17 team’s technical department which also includes assistant coach Gordon Pangeti and team manager Gavin Nyawata.

The Marvin Chirume-coached Zimbabwe’s Under-19 squad will take part at the U18 SA Rugby Academy Week which will run concurrently with the Craven Week at Rondebosch Boys’ High School in Cape Town from 1-7 July.

Former Sables captain Costa Dinha is the assistant coach of the Under-19 squad while Simba Dangah is the team manager.

Arguably the best-organised schoolboy event in the world in any sport, the SA Rugby Youth Week tournaments feature elite South African age group provincial select sides and national teams from Zimbabwe and Namibia.

The Youth Weeks are making a return after not being held in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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