Springboks Legends arrive

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A 24-member South Africa Springboks Legends delegation was due to arrive in the country yesterday and will play the Zimbabwe Rugby Legends in Victoria Falls tomorrow.

FORTUNE MBELE
SPORTS REPORTER

Robin Brown, from the organisers of the tour, Cansaf, yesterday confirmed the South African rugby legends tour.

“The emphasis of legends rugby is to encourage Rugby development in areas around Southern Africa with an emphasis on schools and youth,” Brown said.

“This specific tour will be focussed on the fact that Victoria Falls has so much potential as a sports tour destination and in general as one of the best travel places in Africa with so many activities, accommodation options and sights to see.”

The Springboks Legends are expected to be in the resort town until Sunday and they will hold a training session at Victoria Falls Primary School this morning before holding some training sessions for children.

They will play the local rugby legends tomorrow afternoon.

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The locals include the Zimbabwe Rugby Union director of rugby and Sables’ great Brighton Chivandire, former Sables captain Costa Dinha, Paul Staark and Justin Buchanan.

Other members of the Zimbabwean team include the Matabeleland Rugby Football Board chairman Tapiwa Mangezi and his deputy Sean Robinson.

The South Africans, will be led by Ian McIntosh, who has spent most of his life in rugby, with over 50 years’ experience in the sport.

Besides playing and coaching rugby in Victoria Falls, the Springboks Legends will be involved in a number of activities before flying back to South Africa on Sunday afternoon.

It’s not the first time the legends have been in the country as they were in Bulawayo in 2013 when Hartsfield Rugby Ground celebrated its 75th anniversary.

This year’s tour is being sponsored by Victoria Falls Safari Lodge as well as African Sun and Wild Horizons.

Zimbabwe will have Brett Holloway, Chivandire, Bryan Ray, Dinha, Graig Riley, David Walters, Emmanuel Munyoro, Gary Bowes, Greg Friend, Justin Buchanan, Juan De Plessis, Matt Accorsi, Staark, Rory Jackson, Sanele Sibanda, Sean Grant, Robinson, Mangezi, Warren Wentzel, Mzingaye Khumalo South Africa Louis Ronald Loubser, Kennedy Chiedza Tsimba, Sello John Mametsa, Eugene Marx, Werner Cronje,

Craig Ian McIntosh, Hendrik Mentz, Grant Esterhuizen, MacDonald Muzi Masina, Lawrence Sephaka, Gideon Andries La Grange, David John Brooke von Hoesslin, Gert Andries van der Merwe, Jonathan Mokuena, Pieter Jeremy Dixon, Neil Dennis Cole, Trevor Michael Halstead, Wayne Munn, Phillipus Rudolph Uys, Jonathan David Brayley, Ian Brian McIntosh, Carl Stefan Terblanche, Howard Andrew Cleland, Terence Hilton Chapman to select from.