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Peter de Villiers gets assistants

by Staff reporter
12 Apr 2018 at 07:00hrs | Views
IT keeps getting better for the Sables with the Zimbabwe senior rugby side yesterday getting two more key members to coach Peter de Villiers's technical crew as they step up their preparations for the World Cup qualifiers.

Former South African Western Province coach Stanley Raubenheimer and enterprising Sports marketing expert Kudakwashe "Kisset'' Chiringinde have been roped in as assistant coach and team manager. Zimbabwe are preparing to face Morocco at home in June in their opening 2019 World Cup qualifier and De Villiers wants the Sables to make up for the little time they have to adequately prepare for the assignment.

De Villiers will get down to his first assignment since being appointed Zimbabwe coach two months ago when he takes charge of an invitational side — the Zambezi Steelers — in the Old Mutual Legends Cup showdown with the Vodacom Blue Bulls at Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

The former Springboks coach will use the bulk of the players he is assessing for Sables duty dither with those that have been invited for this special international encounter such as Tonderai Chavhanga and Rodney So'oialo.

Speedy winger Chavhanga has previously featured for the Springboks while So'oialo has been capped 66 times by New Zealand's All Blacks

De Villiers now has another assistant and team manager to complement his technical crew that has former national captain and coach Brendon Dawson as his Number Two.

Raubenheimer, who will work on a part time basis, will be the backline coach, while Chiringinde's experience both as a former Zimbabwe Under-21 international and a sports marketing expert will come in handy.

Kisset as Chiringinde is popularly known in the rugby fraternity is the director and founder of Kyros Sports and is the brains behind the coming of the Vodacom Blue Bulls. Raubenheimer, who has previously worked with De Villiers, is expected to bring his experience in the game to the Sables backline as Zimbabwe aim to secure qualification for the 2019 Rugby World Cup final.

"I think one of the biggest things from me from a backline perspective is the skills acquisition of players and I am very tough on those things.

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