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Sables

The Zimbabwe National Rugby union team, nicknamed the Sables, represents the African nation of Zimbabwe in international competition, and is administered by the Zimbabwe Rugby Union.

History of the  Zimbabwe Sables

The Zimbabwean Rugby Union was founded in 1895 as the Rhodesia Rugby Football Union 

World Rugby Affiliation: 1987

World Cup Appearances: Two (1987 and 1991)

First International as Southern Rhodesia 30 July 1910 

Southern Rhodesia (11 v 24 British Lions)

First Test as Zimbabwe: 23 May 1981 v Kenya

Zimbabwe Sables (34 v 24 Kenya)

World Rugby Category: Tier 3 Development One. 

World Rugby Ranking : 34 (Current ‘ 50.71 points) 

Highest Ranking : 25 (2015)

Lowest Ranking : 57 (2008)

Biggest win: 9 September 1996 v Botswana

(Zimbabwe Sables 130-10 Botswana) (H)

Biggest Defeat: 15 August 2015 v Namibia (A)

Zimbabwe Sables (06 v 80) Namibia. 

Memorable Historical Moment: Being the only non-Tier 1 nation to defeat the All Blacks in 1947  

Trophy Chest

  1. Africa Cup 2012 Winners
  2. Africa Cup 2013, 2014, 2015 Runners Up
  3. Victoria Cup 2019

Rugby Luminaries from Zimbabwe 

  1. Ray Mordt – former Springbok winger
  2. Gary Teichmann – former Springbok Captain & eighthman
  3. Brian Mujati – former Springbok, Sale Sharks, Racing, Stormers & Lions prop
  4. Adrian Garvey – former Springbok prop, also represented Zimbabwe
  5. Tendai Mtawarira – former Springbok & Sharks and World Cup winning prop 
  6. Bobby Skinstad – former Springbok Captain & eighthman
  7. Tonderai Chavanga – former Springbok, Stormers, Sharks, Lions & Dragons winger. Scored a record 6 tries on international debut for South Africa
  8. David Pocock – former Wallaby, Western Force & Brumbies flanker/eighthman
  9. Kyle Godwin – Wallaby, Western Force, Brumbies & Connacht centre
  10. Don Armand – England & Exeter Chiefs flanker
  11. David Curtis – former Ireland centre
  12. Scott Gray – former Scotland, Bath & Northampton flanker
  13. David Denton – former Scotland, Bath, Worcester & Leicester Ligers flanker/eighthman
  14. Andy Marinos – former Wales centre & CEO of SANZAAR
  15. Takudzwa Ngwenya – former USA & Biarritz winger, who famously scored the try of the 2007 Rugby World Cu p, rounding Bryan Habana in the process
  16. Sebastian Negri – Italy & Benetton Treviso flanker
  17. Kai Horstmann – former England 7’s, Worcester, Harlequins & Exeter Chiefs flanker/eighthman
  18. Many other Zimbabwe-born players are playing at top levels in New Zealand, South Africa, Wales, England, Scotland, Ireland and across Europe.

Current Technical Team  

The Sables 2021
The Sables 2021

Head Coach: Brendon Dawson

Assistant Coach: Liam Middleton

Assistant Coach : Daniel Hondo

Assistant Coach : Graham Knoop 

Manager: Jason Maritz

Captain: Hilton Mudariki

Coaching Staff

Head Coach

Brendan Ori Dawson

(Nationality : Zimbabwe)
Assistant Coach

Daniel Hondo

(Nationality : Zimbabwe)
Assistant Coach

Liam Middleton

(Nationality : Zimbabwe)
Physiotherapist

Alice Randall

(Nationality : England)
Manager

Jason Maritz

(Nationality : Zimbabwe)