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VOLUME 5 January Issue, 2011 THE TACKLER Official ZRU Newsletter
VOLUME 5
January Issue, 2011
THE TACKLER
Official ZRU Newsletter

2010 At a Glance

2011 THE TACKLER Official ZRU Newsletter 2010 At a Glance Zimbabwe Sevens - George HSBC World

Zimbabwe Sevens - George HSBC World Series Shield Final Champions

Rugby had it’s richest rewards in 2010, more so than in any other year this past decade. An expanded calendar and a resurgence in the participation and interest in this wonderful game meant the talent was being showcased to a wider audience.

The Sables finally had a National Calendar which saw them host and win their Africa Cup Pool C, thus qualifying for the

Inside this issue:

 

The Muppets

2

ANSA Awards

2

Player Profile

2

Lost Icons Return

3

2011 Calendar

4

Sables Fundraiser

4

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Sables Fundraiser 4 Advertise in The Tackler 4 Zimbabwe Women’s Sevens - Zimbabwe Invitational Cup Final

Zimbabwe Women’s Sevens - Zimbabwe Invitational Cup Final Champions

Finals. The inaugural Victoria Cup also meant additional matches as they took on past enemies in Uganda and Kenya. This tournament has been granted official IRB Test Match status and will take place every year form 2010. With an expanded season the Team has a platform from which to grow and establish itself back on the International map. Much will be expected of Brendan Dawson and his charges in 2011.

The Cheetahs continued to fly the flag high as they participated in the IRB World Series, IRB Satellite and Regional Tournaments. With the aim of blooding new recruits to expand the player base, whilst being competitive, the team was able to achieve this. They

equalled the record of most Cup Final wins of 4 (consecutive) by a single team at the 2010 Castle Sevens

in Zambia, and they narrowly lost out to a Commonwealth Games bound Springbok 7s Team in the Cup Final of the Platinum International Sevens in South

Africa. The George and Dubai legs of the HSBC World series allowed the team to beat 4 professional teams in Scotland, Argentina, USA and at last, Kenya. The win

against Kenya gave them the title of Shield Champions.

The National Women’s Rugby team added more

tournaments to their season. This saw them participate in the Castle Sevens in Zambia, the Middleburg sevens in South Africa and host their own successful Banc ABC

Invitational Tournament which they won. The win over arch rivals Zambia was their first ever win over a team that has been a dominant force for some years.

over a team that has been a dominant force for some years. Zimbabwe U19 – Confederation

Zimbabwe U19Confederation of African Rugby Champions

An ever improving U20 team went to Russia to play in the Junior World Rugby Trophy. A final win against Papua New Guinea after narrow losses to Japan, Russia and Canada showed resilience and fight. Subsequent to this tournament the next group who competed as the U19’s won the Confederation of African Rugby tournament after beating Namibia for a second successive year. This has qualified them for the U20 JWRT in Georgia this coming May.

The Craven Week teams from the U14 and U18 age groups were as always competitive in South Africa. Schools rugby as a whole is the most competitive of Zimbabwe Rugby’s local structure and the 20 000 strong crowd at the Cottco Schools Rugby Festival is evident of the strength and popularity of the junior talent. The Cottco festival is officially recognised as the biggest schools rugby tournament in the world.

Local Club Rugby under the National Rugby League was once again a competitive environment. Local power houses District Dragons, Harare Sports Club and Old Hararians were the perennial front runners, with a revived Busters outfit proving their worth with a strong challenge.

a revived Busters outfit proving their worth with a strong challenge. “2011 will be a big
“2011 will be a big year for Zimbabwe Rugby”

“2011 will be a big year for Zimbabwe Rugby”

“2011 will be a big year for Zimbabwe Rugby”
a revived Busters outfit proving their worth with a strong challenge. “2011 will be a big
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The Muppets

With an average age of 79 years and 3 months and a combined 175 years of involvement with Zimbabwe Rugby, Eric Caldecourt, Allan Donald and Mike Whiley are widely considered the longest serving members to any Rugby Union in the World.

Despite their age, they can see and hear and are regulars at the Mashonaland Rugby Referees Society (MRRS) meetings whereby they assist with administrative causes, functions, coaching and assessing of new

recruits

they

endeavour to look wise whilst

doing it!

‘Wishbone’ Caldecourt first joined the Gweru Rugby Club in 1953 as the teams premier choice hooker before moving to Harare where he joined the MRRS and has been a member continuously for 53 years! Over these years he has been Club Chairman, Secretary, Referee Selector and is now an Honorary

President. He also served as President of the Zimbabwe Rugby Referees Society and sat on the Mashonaland Rugby Board from 1986-91.

‘Spike’ Whiley’s initiation into Zimbabwe Rugby was as a player in Manicaland for the then Old Borderers Club from 1955-63. In 1986 he joined the Manicaland Referees Society before being transferred to Harare and joining the MRRS. Bar his absence in the years 1984-93 as Plumtree School Headmaster, Spike has been a loyal MRRS since his induction. On return to the MRRS he was duly awarded his Refereeing Colours and subsequently took up the post of ZRRS Chairman where he was responsible for initiating the Overseas Exchange Program which allows local referees to officiate in Regional Fixtures. Spike is now an Honorary Member of both the Matabeleland and Mashonaland Rugby Boards and now devotes his time to coaching senior and junior level referees in Zimbabwe.

to coaching senior and junior level referees in Zimbabwe. Eric ‘Wishbone’ Caldecourt, Jonathan Kaplan, Allan

Eric ‘Wishbone’ Caldecourt, Jonathan Kaplan, Allan Donald and Mike ‘Spike’ Whiley

In 1949 Allan Donald played for Technical against Chaplin as the curtain raiser to the Rhodesian 10-8 win over The All Blacks at Hartsfield . The following year he joined Harare Sports Club before transferring to Alexander Club to be with his mates. Some 30 years later he was still donning the cork togs for the odd game. In 1976 he joined the MRRS and amazingly only stopped refereeing once he had turned 70! Due to his loyal commitments to the MRRS, Allan was last year awarded with a commemorative tankard on his 8oth birthday.

Zimbabwe Rugby pays tribute to ‘The Muppets’ to what is surely the most commendable life of service to our game, and perhaps unparalleled in the history of African Rugby and comparable anywhere else in the world.

of African Rugby and comparable anywhere else in the world. National Sevens Captain Jacques Leitao and
of African Rugby and comparable anywhere else in the world. National Sevens Captain Jacques Leitao and

National Sevens Captain Jacques Leitao and U20 representative Charles Jiji accepting their Team of The Year Awards

ANSA and Rugby

The 16th of December saw Zimbabwe Rugby stake it’s claim for the third consecutive year as the premier team sport in Zimbabwe. The U20 team won the Zimbabwean Team of The Year with the National Sevens Team taking third place. The U20’s won this accolade in 2009 and the Sevens Team in 2008.

The success of both teams, as a brand and with results not only on a regional scale, but a global one bears testament to the strength of rugby within the Zimbabwean Sporting Community. Both The Cheetahs and the U20’s have continued to map the way forward for Zimbabwe Rugby and the rewards are justified.

No rugby player would ever contest for Sportsman and Sportsperson of the year award at the Annual National Sports Awards for the simple reason that an

individual in a team sport stands out as a result of the effort and success of the team as a whole.

U20’s Coach Brighton Chivandire was again a nominee for Coach of The Year but lost out to the Zimbabwe ‘A’ Cricket Coach. Chivandire’s success this year has surpassed his previous achievements. He recently qualified as an IRB Level 3 Coach and took the local Club side District Dragons to their second Club Championship Title.

His U19 Team were for the second successive year crowned African Champions after denying Namibia yet another opportunity. The U20’s, under Chivandire, who competed in the 2010 Junior World Trophy in Russia will now take part in the 2011 tournament in Georgia in May.

will now take part in the 2011 tournament in Georgia in May. Player Profile — Daniel

Player ProfileDaniel Hondo

Age: 28 School: Churchill High School Hometown: Harare Club Team: Harare Sports Club Weight: 94kg Height: 180 cm Teams Represented: Zim U19,Zim Sables, Zim Cheetahs Position 7’s: Play Maker/ Centre Position XV’s: Centre Favorite Food: Chinese Favourite Venue: Hong Kong Stadium

You played for Churchill High School in Harare. Was rugby your passion then? I was actually scared of the game so I did not want to step onto a rugby field. I was more a cricket player or footballer. I was

field. I was more a cricket player or footballer. I was Page 2 forced to play

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forced to play the game by my cricket coach, the late Mr P Sharples and my Headmaster, the late Mr D Mutsekwa. They wrote a letter to my parents saying that I was to start playing rugby because my hand-eye co-ordination was good. That’s how I started.

Are you planning to stay involved in rugby when your career is over? Definitely, rugby is part of my life. I would love to give back to rugby, I have learned a lot so far in my career and I think I could be of benefit to those aspiring to play the game. I recently qualified as an IRB Educator for Strength and Conditioning and am currently the Zimbabwe Women’s Rugby ‘A’ Coach.

You’ve scored tries on the IRB Sevens World Series. Which one stands out? The one I scored in the Hong Kong leg of the 2008 Sevens World Series against Australia. I thought it was a good solo effort. I actually shocked myself.

Who do you rate as your toughest opponent in Sevens and in XV's? In 7s it would be Wales. We’re always up for the game but they always seem to beat us not sure what happens. In XV’s I would say Madagascar. You know it’s going to be a dirty game but really hard rugby.

You’ve worked with many coaches, which ones stand out for you? I would have to say my Sevens coach Liam Middleton, he always has something

say my Sevens coach Liam Middleton, he always has something fresh and new when in training

fresh and new when in training so you are always learning.

How are your personal preparations going for the coming season? I’ve played so much rugby this year that after the club finals I took a break before resuming training for the HSBC World Series. Currently I’m in a rest phase and will try to be injury free going into 2011 so that I’m strong and able to perform to the best of my ability.

phase and will try to be injury free going into 2011 so that I’ m strong
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VOLUME 5

Lost Icons Returning

Truth is, Zimbabwe Rugby’s greatest challenge is retaining it’s own talent. It’s in our own backyard but other nations are benefiting from our resources, our manpower, our natural rugby goldmine. Had we the opportunities to provide sound nurturing grounds for them Zimbabwe Rugby would be posing a far greater threat on the global stage at all representative levels. Our Nations own history had it’s destructive sporting intervention. Far too often have we seen another National Age Group representative take to the field adorning foreign armour. Why not the Star and Bird? It’s become too common of late.

Churchill, Prince Edward, Peterhouse, Midlands Christian School, St. Johns, Vainona High, Marondera, Bulawayo, Gweru, Harare have all contributed. This language is Zimbabwean and shouldn’t be used or understood by Australians, South Africans, Americans and the United

Kingdom alike. These players are local

considered refined talent beyond the Zambezi.

home

grown

but

now

Four ex-Peterhouse scholars alone have gone on to represent other countries. Scott Gray and David Denton for Scotland and ‘The Beast’ alongside Brian Mujati for the Springboks. Only this past season has Scott Gray retired from professional rugby but the others remain fully involved at the highest level. Every player pictured right is currently or has played professional rugby in the past 4 years. Players such as Mtawarira, Mujati, Denton, Gray and Chavhanga represented Zimbabwe Schools with Mujati playing for the Zimbabwe U21 XV’s team soon after. Current Bayonne player in the French Top 14, Ziegler recently represented the Zimbabwe Goshawks 7’s team in 2008 before moving to Europe and Italy in particular. Only Kenny Tsimba went on to represent Zimbabwe, captaining both the 7’s and Xv’s during his reign as the countries premier stand off. This ‘team’, bar the absence of a foreign scrum-half (WOW!), would threaten many Nations on the field, but the reality is a mutated one, and it hurts.

Is the future nothing but a European rain cloud, Zimbabwe Rugby can respond with an emphatic no! In recent weeks players like Tonderai Chavhanga and Kenny Tsimba have made contact with Zimbabwe Rugby to become more involved in the game. Former Zimbabwean National team mates Douglas Trivella and John Ewing are currently

proposing their involvement in assisting with the growth of the game. Springbok icon Adrian Garvey has played his part this year in developing the game through Garvz Academy, lets hope his aims are to reach more than a handful and that home grown remains just

that

of a Bulawayo based rugby academy, and the return of Scott Gray as Sports Director at Peterhouse is testament to the adage of ‘life is a

circle’

home

they

grown. Gary Teichman has vested interests in the proposal

are coming home.

With the rise of the National U20 Team in recent years, the bridge between schools and senior rugby is closing. This competitive age group has provided the missing piece to the gap between junior and senior rugby that has existed for the majority of the last decade. It allows aspiring national players to continue representing their country as opposed to getting lost in the system of another Union. This is often the case of young players hoping to make it somewhere else.

the case of young players hoping to make it somewhere else. Tendai Mtawarira - The Sharks

Tendai Mtawarira - The Sharks and South Africa (Prop)

else. Tendai Mtawarira - The Sharks and South Africa (Prop) David Denton - Edinburgh and Scotland

David Denton - Edinburgh and Scotland Sevens (Lock)

(Prop) David Denton - Edinburgh and Scotland Sevens (Lock) Scott Gray - Northampton and Scotland (Flank)

Scott Gray - Northampton and Scotland (Flank)

Sevens (Lock) Scott Gray - Northampton and Scotland (Flank) Kenny Tsimba - The Cheetah, Cats and

Kenny Tsimba - The Cheetah, Cats and Bulls (Flyhalf)

(Flank) Kenny Tsimba - The Cheetah, Cats and Bulls (Flyhalf) Peter Dixon - Bath and Barbarians
(Flank) Kenny Tsimba - The Cheetah, Cats and Bulls (Flyhalf) Peter Dixon - Bath and Barbarians

Peter Dixon - Bath and Barbarians (Hooker)

Bulls (Flyhalf) Peter Dixon - Bath and Barbarians (Hooker) Brian Mujati - Northampton and South Africa

Brian Mujati - Northampton and South Africa (Prop)

(Hooker) Brian Mujati - Northampton and South Africa (Prop) David Ewers - Exeter Chiefs (Lock) David

David Ewers - Exeter Chiefs (Lock)

David Pocock - Western Force and Australia (Flank)

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(Lock) David Pocock - Western Force and Australia (Flank) ? Bob Skinstad - The Sharks and

Bob Skinstad - The Sharks and South Africa (8th Man)

? Bob Skinstad - The Sharks and South Africa (8th Man) Tonderai Chavhanga - The Lions

Tonderai Chavhanga - The Lions and South Africa (Wing)

Scrumhalf

Chavhanga - The Lions and South Africa (Wing) Scrumhalf Nils Mordt - England Sevens (Centre) Recent

Nils Mordt - England Sevens (Centre)

Recent U20 players and now Zimbabwe National Sevens graduates Tafadzwa Chitokwindo and Justin Coles have made a stance as talented junior players and Zimbabwe Rugby knows that many like them will follow suit in choosing to play for Zimbabwe. Their commitment to Zimbabwe Rugby will go a long way in recruiting the future, the future that will represent Zimbabwe on the International Stage and at the 2016 Olympic Games.

on the International Stage and at the 2016 Olympic Games. Page 3 Garth Ziegler - Bayonne
on the International Stage and at the 2016 Olympic Games. Page 3 Garth Ziegler - Bayonne

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International Stage and at the 2016 Olympic Games. Page 3 Garth Ziegler - Bayonne (Centre) Takudzwa

Garth Ziegler - Bayonne (Centre)

2016 Olympic Games. Page 3 Garth Ziegler - Bayonne (Centre) Takudzwa Ngwenya - Biarritz and USA

Takudzwa Ngwenya - Biarritz and USA (Wing)

- Bayonne (Centre) Takudzwa Ngwenya - Biarritz and USA (Wing) Thom Evans - Glasgow Warriors and

Thom Evans - Glasgow Warriors and Scotland (Fullback)

- Bayonne (Centre) Takudzwa Ngwenya - Biarritz and USA (Wing) Thom Evans - Glasgow Warriors and
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The 2011 Calendar

All dates are provisional:

SCHOOLS

St. Johns 7s 1 - 2 April

Cottco 2 - 7 May

National Trials 27 - 28 May

U19

CAR U19 Tournament 13 - 20 August (Zimbabwe)

WOMEN’S RUGBY

Castle Sevens 6 - 7 August (Zambia)

Middleburg Sevens 16 - 17 September (SA)

Zimbabwe Invitational 15 October

CAR South Region Tournament 29 - 30 October

 

(Botswana)

U20

Junior World Trophy 25 May (Georgia)

NATIONAL SEVENS

CLUB RUGBY

Sevens Summer Series 28 February, 5 / 12 March

National Rugby League starts 1 April

Challenge Cup starts 4 June

HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 25 - 27 March (HK)

Castle Sevens 6 - 7 August (Zambia)

Middleburg Sevens 16 - 17 September (SA)

Rustenburg Sevens 1 - 2 October (SA)

Nelspruit Sevens 2 - 9 October (SA)

Zimbabwe International Sevens 11 - 12 November

Safaricom Sevens 16 - 17 November (Kenya)

HSBC Dubai Sevens 2 - 3 Decmber (UAE)

HSBC George Sevens 9 - 10 December (SA)

NATIONAL XV’S

Africa Cup Division One 6 - 13 June (Uganda)

Victoria Cup June - July

One 6 - 13 June (Uganda)  Victoria Cup June - July The Zimbabwe Rugby union
One 6 - 13 June (Uganda)  Victoria Cup June - July The Zimbabwe Rugby union

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. Sables Fundraiser CONTACT DETAILS: ZIMBABWE RUGBY UNION

Sables Fundraiser

assistance will be greatly appreciated. Sables Fundraiser CONTACT DETAILS: ZIMBABWE RUGBY UNION Harare Sports Club Cnr

CONTACT DETAILS:

ZIMBABWE RUGBY UNION

Harare Sports Club

Cnr Josiah Tongogara / 5th St

Tel: +263 4 700 283

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