Young Sables big mission

HARARE - The national Under-20 rugby teams management and coaching staff are planning for a big success in the USA when the Zimbabwean youngsters join other nations in seeking honours in the 2011 Junior World Trophy.

A strategic path has been mapped out to ensure that no stone is left unturned in Zimbabwes quest for dominance and recognition at the age group show piece. The Young Sables head coach Brighton Chivandire confirmed that regular training camps, testing and evaluations of the players will be carried out over a period of 5 months so as to stringently select the best possible touring group.

For many of the up and coming national players, this will be their first taste of the professional approach to playing rugby. But young and talented stars like captain Marco Mama, Justin Coles, Corey Van Rensburg and Charles Jiji will all play massive roles as leaders as they use their experience to bring confidence in the other new players who will be making their international debut.

Most of the current group experienced the highs and lows of preparation and participation in the 2010 edition of the Junior World Trophy, in Moscow, last May. The experience they gained is highly rated as valuable to the teams success.

A big emphasis on this teams preparation will be their strength and conditioning, and their willingness to compete with a professional mindset. But their biggest challenge will be to impress their selectors for a place in the national team.

Meanwhile, the national sevens team, the Cheetahs, will be expected to put up a brave show in their tricky Dubai assignment next month.

They are pooled alongside heavyweights New Zealand, Argentina and USA. In the past the Cheetahs have proved a competitive side to reckon with on the international scene and Wesley Mbanje applauded head coach, Liam Middleton.

He (Middleton) is passionate about what he does and at times I glance at him before we run on and notice his eagerness and determination. I get the feeling he might put on a pair of boots and join us. As a coach hes got fresh ideas, hes prepared and challenges us as players. He has rareness in his coaching abilities and I see some of those qualities in Gilbert Nyamutsamba, he said.

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