Nduwa, Lupuwana join Sables

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

MATA­BELE­LAND War­riors’ duo of prop Irvine Nduwa and hooker Sandile Lupuwana are part of the 26 Sables play­ers that will rep­re­sent the coun­try at the Cup of Na­tions Rugby Tour­na­ment set for Hong Kong next week.

The na­tional rugby team is ex­pected to leave the coun­try next week for the end of year com­pe­ti­tion to be played from Novem­ber 11-19.

Nduwa (23) and Lupuwana (24) made it into the Sables squad after im­press­ing coach Cyprian Man­genge dur­ing the na­tional team camp that started last week in Harare.

The duo also im­pressed at last month’s na­tional team tri­als held at Harts­field Ground where they fea­tured for the South­ern Se­lect side, which beat North­ern Se­lect 15-12.

South­ern Se­lect man­ager Simba Dan­gah said the na­tional team door is still open for more Mata­bele­land­based play­ers.

“To have two of our guys mak­ing it into the na­tional squad, which has 15 in­ter­na­tional play­ers and 11 lo­cally­based guys is good for our game.

“We hope to have more guys from the South­ern Re­gion mak­ing it into na­tional teams be­cause the guys from the Sables have told us the doors are still open for our play­ers and all they need to do is keep work­ing hard,” said Dan­gah.

The Sables, who lost all their fix­tures at last year’s Cup of Na­tions Rugby Tour­na­ment to Hong Kong, Por­tu­gal and Rus­sia, will be hop­ing that in­ter­na­tional play­ers such as South African-based flanker Bise­lele Tshamala, the France-based duo of prop Farai Mu­dariki and Michael Pas­si­por­tis in­spire the side to strong per­for­mances.

Sandile Lupuwana

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