St George’s rugby head coach Brendon Brider was yesterday appointed head coach for the U20 Young Sables rugby side.
Brider has been tasked to take Zimbabwe back to the Word Rugby U20 Trophy (formerly IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy, a tournament that the country has been absent from since 2012. The St George’s coach has a lot of international experience under his belt. He was an assistant for the team he is now heading in 2012 as well as for the U18 Craven Week sides in 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
In his school going years, Brider played for the U18(2004) in and U20(2005) Young Sables sides before turning out for the senior Cheetahs(2006) and Sables(2007-2008).
Brider takes over from Nsikelelo “Sykes” Sibanda who was in charge of the U20 Young Sables since 2013. The Sables also received a new head coach yesterday in the form of Eaglesvale School Sports Director, Cyprian Mandenge.
There hasn’t been any talk on the U18 Young Sables coach appointments from the Zimbabwe Rugby Union. The U18 Young Sables team which takes part in South Africa Rugby Union‘s annual Coca Cola Youth Weeks were being coached by Godwin “Jaws” Murambiwa assisted by Brendon Brider. SSN has yet to ascertain if Brider will keep this post as assistant given his new appointment.
Your thoughts on the new appointments? What will it take for Brider to steer his team back to the World Rugby U20 tournament?