PE appoint Sables greats

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HARARE – Zimbabwe schoolboy rugby giants Prince Edward have moved to arrest their worrying slump of recent seasons by appointing two former Zimbabwe internationals as first XV coaches for the next two years.

Former Sables lock forward Robbie Du Rand will take over as head coach while another ex-Zimbabwe international, the legendary Andy Ferreira, comes in as one of his assistants.

Three-time capped Sable Du Rand was educated at Dale College in Durban, South Africa, where he teamed up with ex-All Blacks front-rower Greg Somerville.

Ferreira represented Zimbabwe as a scrumhalf several times and is regarded as one of the country’s most accomplished players of all time. 

The diminutive Ferreira was a member of the last Zimbabwe team to play in the World Cup, appearing in all matches for the Sables as the first-choice scrummie in Britain back in 1991.

Ex-Sables winger Shaun De Souza has been retained from the previous technical bench and will serve in the same capacity as assistant coach.

The former PE livewire back is also in the national age-group coaching structures.

Sebastian Garikayi, who coached the Tigers this year, becomes team manager in a new set up expected to revive the Tigers’ fortunes.

Prince Edward finished a disappointing sixth in the Super Eight competition this year, prompting school authorities to strengthen the team’s coaching department.

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