Zimbabwe’s Young Sables Ready for Tunisia

Various changes have been made to the Young Sables’ starting line-up that won against Kenya on Saturday ahead of the Zimbabwe-Tunisia match on Wednesday in the ongoing CAR U19 Rugby Tournament.

Tight-head prop, Clive Musasiwa joins Rees Surtees and Thabani Ndaba upfront .Tinashe Gwenzi who came off the bench against Kenya will start at lock along with the skipper, Joshua Smallbones. Lazarus Chisaya also came off the bench against Kenya but he will join Tapiwa Tsomondo and Daniel Rorke to form the starting loose trio against the Tunisians.

Three changes have also been made in the back line with Ian Surtees coming in at scrum-half. Mister Everywhere, Luke Masasire starts at outside half while Tarisai Musakanda who slotted in two penalties against the East Africans moves to fullback. Masasire joined the squad late last week as he was on national duty at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Australia.

The coach says all changes are purely tactical. The vast number of unforced changes depict the coming of age of Zimbabwean rugby. Six unforced changes ahead of the second match day depict the coaches’ confidence in the entire squad of twenty-four. This is truly amazing, if you consider that the Zimbabwe Rugby Union also put together a Harare Select team only three days before the tournament kicked off. The Harare Select U19s did well in their first match, winning 27-14 against Zambia.

Wednesday 29 August

Zimbabwe play Tunisia at 14:30 and Harare Select will face off with Morocco at 16.00. Earlier in the day Kenya would have clashed with Namibia in the first match of the day before the Zambia – Madagascar encounter at 13.00. Kenyan coach, Paul Murunga is upbeat and fancies their chances against Namibia. “This time we will play until the last whistle, that way I’m sure we will do well.” said Murunga in an interview with frontrow.co.zw.

Zimbabwe 1XV vs Tunisia

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01)Thabani Ndaba
02)Rees Surtees
03)Clive Musasiwa
04)Joshua Smallbones(C)
05)Tinashe Gwenzi
06)Lazarus Chisaya
07)Daniel Rorke
08)Tapiwa Tsomondo
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09)Ian Surtees
10)Luke Masasire
11)Lance Chikodzi
12)Kudzai Mashawi
13)Richard Chigumba
14)Takudzwa Kumadiro
15)Tarisai Musakanda