TWO Prince Edward School rugby players will taste what it takes to become a top-level rugby player.
Fly half Tarisai Musakanda and hooker Sean Dlamini this month embarked on a four-month exchange programme with Shropshire league defending champions Oswestry High School. The duo arrives at Oswestry expected to perform after the exploits of their former Tigers teammates wing Kudzai Zhou and prop Thabani Ndaba . Zhou and Ndaba played out some blinders helping Oswestry to their first league championship in 75 years.
Ironically the current headmaster of Oswestry, Douglas Robb coached the Tigers in 1995. This will however have very little effect on the way that Musakanda and Dlamini will be welcomed as their performance on the pitch will merit their ability to get game time.Zhou and Ndaba who were also on exchange from Prince Edward School were later invited to Sale Sharks Academy, one of UK’s leading rugby union clubs. They played against the North of England U18 Schoolboy team and received full contract training and coaching from professional coaches from Sale Sharks. The boys were given expert feedback on their progress and given advice on how to continue their development and work on many aspects of their game which need strengthening.
Consequently that experience went onto show in Tigers colours as both Zhou and Ndaba became integral part of the Harare school’s rugby side. Whilst Zhou failed to finish the season owing to a broken arm, it came as no surprise when Ndaba was selected into the Zimbabwe Under-19 rugby side that took part in the Confederation of Africa Rugby Under-19 African Championships. Even though Zhou failed to finish the season, he was still good enough to be voted Tigers player of the year.
Meanwhile Peterhouse fly half Brendon Mandivenga returned home this month from an attachment stint with England’s Leicester Academy. The experience of the Zimbabwe Under-18 player will be instrumental in helping the Kings ambitions this upcoming schools rugby season.