Sables make squad changes ahead of Hong Kong match

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Mehluli Sibanda Se­nior Sports Re­porter

THE Zimbabwe national rugby team has made three changes to the side that lost to Rus­sia for their next game against Hong Kong in the Re­gal Ho­tels Cup of Na­tions at King Park Sta­dium to­day.

Skip­per Den­ford Mu­ta­man­gira leads the team at loose head prop and makes up the front row with Tol­er­ance Zishe at hooker and tight head prop Lawrence Clemin­son.

Zishe re­places Matthew Man­dioma, who drops to the bench, while Clemin­son takes Brian Maka­mure’s place. Maka­mure is among the re­serves for to­day’s en­counter.

Wit­ness Man­dizha and Michael Pas­s­apor­tis have been re­tained as the sec­ond row pair­ing and have the task of lock­ing the scrum.

The other ad­just­ment to the start­ing 15 sees former Un­der-20 cap­tain Con­nor Pritchard re­plac­ing the in­jured Njabulo Ndlovu and slots in at open side flank with Bise­lele Tshamala at blind­side, while An­drew Rose shifts to num­ber eight.

Kuzi­wak­washe Kazembe will fea­ture as scrumhalf and makes up the half­back pair­ing with Le­nience Tamb­w­era at fly­half, Stephan Hun­duza and Tafadzwa Chi­tok­windo on the wings.

Ri­aan O’Neil is the first cen­tre, with Kudzai Mashawi on his out­side and Lungile Tshuma as the last man in de­fence at full­back.

The Sables were beaten 15-19 by Rus­sia in their open­ing match of four-na­tion com­pe­ti­tion. On the same day, Hong Kong clob­bered Pa­pua New Guinea 51-5, a re­sult which sees the host na­tion top­ping the log stand­ings with five points.

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