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Under 20 Ladies Rugby Coach Aims High

Six months into the job, national Under 20 ladies rugby coach is aiming to improve the standard of rugby in the country.

In an interview with Nhau, the Chitungwiza born and bred rugby coach, Tangisayi Chidhakwa said that his main objective is to get the girls to play more games locally and abroad so that they become competitive.

“Playing more games strengthens them mentally and physically. The games they play at club level or at school are few so if approved and funds permitting I would like a scenario where select sides from each province play each other every month in a league format,” said Chidhakwa.

Chidhakwa penned a four-year contract last year and is yet to take charge of the team in a competitive match.

However, the Junior Sables are set to face South Africa in a return match after losing both matches last year.

“In June we will be visiting our neighbours down south. We should have started preparations for that tour, but due to the lockdown regulations we are waiting for an approval from the relevant authorities to commence training,” explained Chidhakwa.

Chidhakwa added: “South Africa is above us in terms of competitiveness so my aim is to reduce the margin and to score more tries, a win will be a bonus for us. Funds permitting, I would like to play other international matches versus regional sides like Zambia, Malawi, Madagascar and Namibia before year-end.”

The Chitungwiza-based coach is a holder of XVs Level 1 world rugby accreditation, 7s Level 1 world rugby accreditation, strength and conditioning Level 1 and a Get Into Rugby certificate.

“I started coaching in 2008 and some of the big names that I have produced include Cheetahs player Absolom Makoni as well as the lady Sables duo of Cynthia Mawunga and Erkya Mack.

The former Southern City coach played for Harare Sports Club and now defunct Chitungwiza Tigers in his professional career.

Chidhakwa added that he was introduced to rugby by veteran coach Checks Vurayayi, who is currently Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) development manager for the Northern Region. Nhau/Indaba

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