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VOLUME 4 December Issue, 2010 THE TACKLER Official ZRU Newsletter
VOLUME 4
December Issue, 2010
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The World Series

2010 THE TACKLER Official ZRU Newsletter The World Series HSBC have become the new Title Sponsor

HSBC have become the new Title Sponsor of the Sevens World Series which sees 16 countries compete in 8 tournaments around the globe between December and June of 2011. With the exception of the Hong Kong Sevens which is a 24 team, 3 day tournament, the rest are 2 day affairs.

Each team plays 2 Pool matches on Day 1 and then is ceded according to their results for the knockout stages on Day 2. A maximum of 6 matches can be played at any one tournament.

The tournaments are the pinnacle of every International Sevens Rugby Players competitive calendar. Months of preparation and planning culminate in minutes of action for these supremely fit and mentally tough athletes. Hours in the gym, endless field sessions, fitness tests and strict diets are all a part of this modern gladiators daily routine.

The Zimbabwe Sevens squad are no exception to this regime. Each players’ training program is monitored under the guidance of a strength coach and players are provided with a year round training base at the National Sevens Academy. Consistent strength and anaerobic fitness tests are conducted on the players to ensure that they are at the required level of competition, in conjunction with advised supplementation and dietary advice.

The first leg of the series is held on the 3rd and 4th December in Dubai at The 7evens. This facility was built especially for the

tournament and has a unique setting in the middle of the desert. Zimbabwe have found themselves in Pool B alongside Argentina (match time 09:10), New Zealand (match time 12:24) and USA (match time 13:16).

"It is important for our qualification for future tournaments that we play well in Dubai, but not only that, for our profile and our sponsors too," said coach Liam Middleton.

"We work really hard behind the scenes to get rugby in Zimbabwe to the standard we want, I think we have done that in previous years, and we have to continue to do that. But we are not looking to just maintain a level, we are looking to push on and keep competing with the bigger teams. But we have brought a younger side here and I think it is probably a more talented team, so it is just about getting them to gel and work together to get the performances that we want.”

"I think you will see some exciting rugby from us because there are some good, talented individuals.”

"Justin Coles has just come in, he is still a schoolboy but a phenomenal talent and he has the physical structure to back it up. Another young guy, Tafadzwa Chitokwindo, is very, very fast. Look out for those guys along with the more experienced guys in Wesley Mbanje and Fortunate Chipendu."

The second leg of the series takes place in George, South Africa a week later on the 10th and 11th of December. Zimbabwe will be facing Argentina (match time 14:11), South Africa (match time 16:55) and Portugal (match time 18:55) in Pool D.

Follow the news on www.facebook.com/zim7s or www.irbsevens.com

Inside this issue:

 

Masenda Scoops Top Award

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The Mbare Academy

2

Meet The Office

2

Cheerleaders in Rugby

3

ZRU Training Initiatives

3

Club Rugby Awards

4

Fundraiser

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U20’s On Track

This coming weekend Brighton Chivandires’ charges will be put through their paces at Harare Sports Club. The first of many

training camps will take the form of a trials match to indicate to the coaching staff who will be viable for squad selection early

next year.

The tournament is due to be held in May 2011 and a 5 month

preparation window will allow Coach Chivandire to improve on

programs of the past.

Continued strength and conditioning programs means the

players are aiming to be bigger and stronger than their predecessors.

Another training camp is set for early January to further test the players progress, assess squad dynamics and to hold trial matches once again.

The U20 management are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for Zimbabwe’s latest generation of National Players.

U20 management are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for Zimbabwe’s latest generation of National
U20 management are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for Zimbabwe’s latest generation of National
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Masenda Scoops Top Award

Age: 23

School: Lomagundi College

Hometown: Harare

Whistle Choice: ACME Thunderer

Favorite Match: St. Jonhs vs St. Georges and Harare Sports Club vs Busters

This years Referee of The Year Award was deservedly given to Gabriel Masenda. The former ‘foul committing flanker, turned foul preventing referee’ has shown the promise and dedication to refereeing that the Zimbabwe Rugby Referee Society has been searching for in it’s new recruits.

He first blew the whistle in 2007 for primary school matches when he was a school master. Masenda then signed up with the ZRRS in mid 2009.

The 2010 season has seen Masenda travel as a referee to the Amajuba School Boy festival in Mpumalanga, South Africa. He crossed the border again to referee at the Volkrust Festival before attending the International Schools Rugby Festival at

Falcon College in June. His Assistant Referee duties saw him run touch in the inaugural Victoria Cup clashes between Uganda and Kenya in Kampala, the return fixture in Nairobi and the home fixture between Zimbabwe and Kenya at the Harare Sports Club. In Kenya he was AR to the IRB number 2 ranked referee Mark Lawrence and in Harare he was AR to IRB number 3 ranked referee Craig Joubert.

Masenda believes that it’s these opportunities and the learning culture provided at these matches that allow him to learn, grow and practise what he does best. He maintains that it’s necessary to take constructive criticism form all those who share an interest in growing the game of rugby.

By not resting on his laurels and employing a hard work ethic Masenda is determined to achieve his dream of becoming a professional referee and having the opportunity to take centre stage at a Rugby World Cup.

The ZRRS acknowledged that once he had chosen between playing and refereeing Masenda turned out to be a referee with vast amounts of potential. It then becomes a case of investing and working with this potential and allowing him to referee as often as possible.

potential and allowing him to referee as often as possible. Masenda works as Mark Lawrences’ Assistant

Masenda works as Mark Lawrences’ Assistant Referee in Kenya

Try or no try
Try or no try

‘Keeping the children off the streets through sport and rugby in particular is our main aim at the Academy’ states Director of Rugby and Head Coach Victor Pekani. ‘This has been our aim sine the Academy inception some 3 years ago.’

‘We have over 75 children attending the Academy from schools within Mbare. Schools such as Gwinyai, Chitsere, St. Peters, Maria, Chirodzo, St. Micheals, Chiedza and Shingirai Primary Schools are all represented.’

‘Our competing age groups include the colts and U13 with our most senior side being the

U14’s.’

‘The Academy aims to enter as many tournaments a year as it can and this year saw the Colts win the Shield Final against Hartman House at the Catsicas Hellenic Tens Night Festival. Spar Zimbabwe were the funding force behind our involvement at this tournament.’

Mbare Rugby Academy

our involvement at this tournament.’ Mbare Rugby Academy The Cheetahs held a training session at Gary

The Cheetahs held a training session at Gary Stark School in Mbare with the Academy.

Pekani and his coaching team were elated when the U14 side recently won the Cup Final at the Lou Corbi tournament in Bulawayo. A massive achievement considering the nature of the opposition.

‘Our main sponsors are Timber Connectors and we are extremely grateful for their input and contributions behind the scenes to allow the Academy to grow and produce future Cheetahs and Sables,’ added Pekani.

Zimbabwe Rugby is fortunate to have the likes of the Mbare Rugby Academy, and it will only be a matter of time that the next Njabulo Ndlovu or Manasah Sita are discovered and nurtured in Mbare. This could be the breeding ground of the country’s next generation.

Meet The ZRU Office

of the country’s next generation. Meet The ZRU Office Page 2 There are always people that
of the country’s next generation. Meet The ZRU Office Page 2 There are always people that

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There are always people that work behind the scenes of any organisation to ensure that it runs accordingly. Zimbabwe Rugby is no exception and the rugby community appreciates the efforts of the Union staff.

Yeukai Gandawa fills the role of Office Administrator and has been with the ZRU for 5 years . She is often single handily responsible for the large majority of the Union’s administration. For the most part it’s a thankless but necessary task, one that she enjoys and performs with enthusiasm.

Modreck Makatose heads the Unions Rugby Development program as the Development Manager. Five years of service has seen Modreck implement numerous programs around the country. Much will be expected of him as the game continues to grow.

Senior Development Officer Cheks Vurayayi is not short of experience, having been with the Union for 19 years. Maybe rugby is in his blood? Checks’ new project is the infusion of sevens rugby into the girls senior schools. He plans to

create a competitive league amongst the girls schools so as to grow the player base in time for the 2016 Olympics.

Although Edson Sandako is the biggest Dynamos fan in town, he assures you that he also supports the Harare Sports Club and District Dragons teams in the National Rugby League. Edsons’ loyalty to the ZRU has seen him serve five years as the Union Messenger.

Zimbabwe Rugby thanks The Team behind The Teams.

loyalty to the ZRU has seen him serve five years as the Union Messenger. Zimbabwe Rugby
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Cheerleaders in Rugby

Pompoms, bright colours, cute skirts - does this strike a chord? Well, I am sure it does! Because these are what characterise a very popular activity and that is none other than cheery cheerleading! That is one reason why some of the guys go out there to watch games! Who would want to miss it?

Cheerleading is a physical activity, sometimes a competitive sport, using organized routines, usually ranging from one to three minutes, which contain the components of tumbling, dance, jumps, cheers, and stunting to direct spectators of events to cheer on sports teams at games or to participate in competitions.

Cheerleading originated in the United States, and remains a predominantly American activity, with an estimated 1.5 million participants in all-star cheerleading. The growing presentation of the sport to a global audience has been led by the 1997 start of broadcasts of cheerleading competition by ESPN International and the worldwide release of the 2000 film Bring it On.

and the worldwide release of the 2000 film Bring it On. Cheerleaders are awesome. Beautiful women
and the worldwide release of the 2000 film Bring it On. Cheerleaders are awesome. Beautiful women
and the worldwide release of the 2000 film Bring it On. Cheerleaders are awesome. Beautiful women

Cheerleaders are awesome. Beautiful women who dress in suggestive outfits and dance around to fire up the crowd. We love cheerleaders from the NFL , Sharks, Bulls and Stormers and they all have one thing in commoncrowd pleasing value.

‘Zimcheer’ are looking to emulate such programs as they begin to create a brand of their own in Zimbabwe. As the team prepares for the Cheerleading World Championships in the USA mid next year, they have undertaken to train at local sporting events. This saw them demonstrate and cheer at this years home Victoria Cup test match between Zimbabwe and Kenya.

Lets hope their wardrobe does not malfunction!

ZRU Training Initiatives

Zimbabwe’s Wes Mbane has too much pace for the Northern Region cover defence

Regional IRB Trainers based in Southern Africa believe that 2011 will be a big year for Coach Development and Education in Zimbabwe. They have identified Zimbabwe as the latest ‘hotbed’ of IRB Educator and Coach talent. This can only result in improved player performances and an improved game of rugby in Zimbabwe.

The product of the IRB is the game of rugby itself and through the use of IRB Educators within each member union, IRB accredited courses are conducted to ensure that coaches are up to speed and qualified.

In Zimbabwe alone, the team of Educators cover all necessary Training brackets. XV’s / Sevens / Strength and Conditioning / Referees and Match Officials. This allows for all those actively involved in the game to

become qualified and to up-skill and develop their own programs.

It is important that once coaches are accredited that they continue to grow and source programs and courses to keep pace with the modern game.

The ZRU advises all coaches at all levels to become qualified in their respective code (XVs / 7s) and qualify themselves with the soon to be launched IRB Strength and Conditioning courses. This will allow them to have an understanding of coaching programs in their entirety.

The game of rugby is moving and developing on a seasonal basis and it’s imperative that Zimbabwe Rugby is on par with all the latest trends and resources.

Rugby is on par with all the latest trends and resources. Fan Focus If you enjoy
Rugby is on par with all the latest trends and resources. Fan Focus If you enjoy
Rugby is on par with all the latest trends and resources. Fan Focus If you enjoy

Fan Focus

on par with all the latest trends and resources. Fan Focus If you enjoy the game

If you enjoy the game of rugby in Zimbabwe be it at schools, clubs or national level then consider yourself a Fan. The Zimbabwe Rugby Community is a passionate one and the players that take to the field every weekend appreciate your enthusiasm and support.

Zimbabwe Rugby hopes to showcase this talent on a regular basis and trusts that you The Fan enjoy the whole experience. Be sure to follow this column each week as we seek to grow the game and it’s following throughout Zimbabwe.

Congratulations to the November winner, Brian Makamure.

CAPTION CONTEST

Submit your ‘Caption’ to: Grant rugby2@mweb.co.zw

The winning caption will be published in the January edition. The best caption will win a prize.

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rugby2@mweb.co.zw The winning caption will be published in the January edition. The best caption will win
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Club Rugby Awards

The month of November saw the National Rugby League Clubs hosting their own Awards Evenings. Players who produced the goods for their respective Clubs were duly rewarded with peer acknowledgement and handed the appropriate silverware with their names engraved . Much will be expected of these players by their Clubs during the 2011 season.

HARARE SPORTS CLUB:

Upcoming Player: Tafadzwa Bepura Top Try Scorer: Ruramai Kudenga Top Points Scorer: Rangarirai ZImbowa Most Disciplined: Samson Makuku Best Back: Danny Hondo Best Forward: Shingai Mpofu Special Award: Taffy Mhende Captains Award: Shingai Mpofu Player of The Year: Shingai Mpofu

OLD HARARIANS:

U21 Player: Tatenda Karuru Rookie of The Year: Tafadzwa Chitokwindo Best Back: Victor Zimbawo Best Forward: Brian Makamure Players Player of The Year: Brian Makamure Player of The Year: Brian Makamure

MANYAME AIRFORCE BASE:

Top Try Scorer: Larry Chikukura Most Disciplined: Newton Sibanda Most Improved Player: Clive Velani Player of The Year: Slimfield Moyo

DISTRICT DRAGONS:

U21 Player: Dimitri Zavadinos Most Improved Player: Sam Eager Most Dedicated Player: Dzingai Samora Best Senior: Prayer Chitenderu Top Try Scorer: Njabulo Ndlovu Top Points Scorer: Grant Mitchell Best Back: Danny Robertson Best Forward: Njabulo Ndlovu Coaches Award: Jacques Leitao Player of The Year: Jacques Leitao

Award: Jacques Leitao Player of The Year: Jacques Leitao Dragons 8th Man Njabulo Ndlovu awarded Top
Award: Jacques Leitao Player of The Year: Jacques Leitao Dragons 8th Man Njabulo Ndlovu awarded Top

Dragons 8th Man Njabulo Ndlovu awarded Top Try Scorer and Best Forward

Sables Fundraiser

The Zimbabwe Rugby union in conjunction with the Sables are in the process of raising funds for the National Team.

Funding has always been a stumbling block but the desire to compete cannot be held back.

With an increasingly competitive National Calendar for 2011, the Sables will be playing 10 Test Matches. This is a major step forward in the progress and development of the National Team.

Should you wish to buy a raffle ticket for $50.00 or sell a booklet on the Teams behalf, please contact the Union Offices. You will stand the chance of winning a brand new Nissan NP200 which will be drawn on Friday 28th January,

2011.

Your support and assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Your support and assistance will be greatly appreciated. CONTACT DETAILS: ZIMBABWE RUGBY UNION Harare Sports Club

CONTACT DETAILS:

ZIMBABWE RUGBY UNION

Harare Sports Club

Cnr Josiah Tongogara / 5th St

Tel: +263 4 700 283

E-Mail: rugby2@mweb.co.zw

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