The Zimbabwe Rugby Union and Sables Trust launch the Sables Rugby World Cup 2023 campaign at a glamorous event held at ParkView at the Mashonaland Turf Club in Borrowdale. The launch was graced by Zimbabwe Sables and Springbok legend Adrian Garvey (Rugby World Cup (1987 & 1991) and Zimbabwean born Springboks Star winger Tonderai Chavhanga who were the guests of Honour. They were joined in a televised solidarity message by Australian Wallabies and a member of the Elite League of distinguished Rugby players of the Decade 2010-2019 David Pocock. They spoke of the pride of donning the Hooped Green and white jersey and what it means to represent your country and sing your national anthem on the grandstand. The guests of Honour became the Sables Ambassadors worldwide. The new and reinvigorated Sables logo was unveiled with Sables players skipper Hilton Mudariki, Cleopas Jr Kundiona and Aiden Burnett showing off the rebranded Zimbabwe Sables kit.

Sables Legends Brendon Dawson and Adrian Garvey

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Brendon Dawson and Adrian Garvey

The Zimbabwe Rugby Union and the Sables Trust launched the Sables 2023 campaign at a glamorous event held at Park at the Mashonaland Turf Club in Borrowdale, Harare. The event was graced by Ministry of Sports officials led by Chief Director of Youth,Sports, Arts and Recreation Dr Benson Dube, the Sports and Recreation Commission Board Chairperson Mr Gerald Mlotshwa, the Sports and Recreation Commission Commissioner and chairperson of the Sables Trust Mrs Colleen DeJong, the Acting SRC Director General Mr Sebastain Garikai, the two ZRU Vice Presidents Mr Losson Mtongwiza, Mr Martin Shone, business executives from the section of corporates in Zimbabwe, former Sables players, coaches and administrators, Head Coaches of the Zimbabwe Young Sables Mr Shaun DeSouza, Mr Gordon Pangeti, the ZRU CEO Mr Sifiso Tendai Made, members of the Press corps, friends of Zimbabwe Rugby, the Sables Technical team led by Head Coach Brendon Ori Dawson, Assistant Coaches Liam Middleton, Daniel Tendayi Hondo, Graham Knoop, Alice Randall and the Sables Manager Jason Maritz.

The Sables Head Coach Brendon Dawson spoke passionately about the Sables jersey and what it means for the team to be backed by all and sundry. He made a passionate appeal to the corporates to support the Sables in their player centred approach as they move the players from being amateurs to semi and professional players. The head coach firmly believes that with a happy group of professional players , Zimbabwe Sables can achieve a whole lot more and the players can give of their very best for this our beloved Homeland Zimbabwe. ‘ To achieve our desired goals of France RWC 2023 we need the financial and material backing of all Zimbabweans…’ said Dawson. Adrian Garvey weighed in to encourage the corporate world to help the Sables achieve this milestone goal of playing in the rugby World Cup. He remembered fondly when Zimbabwe Sables defeated Morocco to qualify for the Rugby World Cup in 1991 and remembers the tears of joy with the team as it suddenlydawned on them that they were going to the World Cup and he wished that moment he shared with Brendon Dawson and the Sables class of 1991 for The Hilton Mudariki led Current custodians of the Sables jersey.

The Sables Rugby network was launched live and the merchandise shop also floated that will have the 1987 and 1991 rugby jerseys on sale. The Sables logo was rebranded to signify the majesty of the Sable.

The launch also spoke into the plans and preparations for the new trajectory the Sables are taking and how these will manifest themselves in the next 18 months. The resonating and clarion call throughout the evening was the return to the successful retro sables ways in the modern day rugby game.

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