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ZRU Announces Two New Coaching Appointments

The Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) has appointed Philimon Machisa and Derek Chiwara as coaches for the Women’s National 15s and sevens team respectively.

Machisa is the Harare Sport Club women’s head coach and has coached Lord Malvern High School Girls team.

Chiwara has coached several junior national teams and has enjoyed domestic championships with Old Hararians Sports Club, Harare Sports Club and is currently with the Old Georgians Dragons.

“I am very happy to have the chance to work with the ladies, coaches before me have done very well drilling foundational and technical skills in all of them.”

“The future of women’s rugby and women’s sport is ripe within this generation and my team and will do everything within our means to make sure we get good results. I appeal to every hand that can help our cause to be raised and we begin this journey together,” said Chiwara.

Meanwhile, Machisa’s first task will be to salvage a win against Zambia on 14 September in Lusaka, having lost 19-18 at Harare Sports Club.

“It is an honour to serve my country leading the women’s team, we have a group of disciplined, passionate and determined players that are capable to drive the team to the next level and it excites me to think of everything we can achieve.”

“Our first hurdle is obviously the return match against Zambia and the hard work begins now and we will do this as a team,” said Machisa.

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