HARARE – Former Sables captain Cleopas Makotose has been appointed African continental agent for rising rugby apparel and equipment manufacturer Rhino.
Makotose, who earlier this year spent five months on voluntary basis with Huddersfield Rugby Club in England, was unveiled last weekend by Rhino partner Albert Pestana, who flew in from Johannesburg for the occasion.
Pestana is responsible for the South African and Namibian markets while Makotose comes in to take care for the rest of Africa.
Rhino manufactures and sells rugby balls, hit shields, tackle bags and suits, scrum machines, training and match equipment and rugby leisure clothing.
The Somerset-based company are the official suppliers to England, Wales, the Springboks, Japan, USA Rugby and the USA Sevens, the Hong Kong Rugby Union and Hong Kong Sevens, France and many other leading professional sides globally.
Their patented equipment is well-known in the area of the breakdown where it is transforming the game.
Rhino are also making inroads in football, cricket, hockey and netball equipment products.
Next year, Rhino will for the third time since 2009 be the official equipment sponsor of the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.
These are exciting times for the former Sables captain, as he has also began his new role as assistant coach of Gateway High School in Harare.
The Mt Pleasant-based institution has set sights on reclaiming their status as a first-tier rugby playing school in the country under new headmaster Tungamirai Mashungu.
The former Young Sables team manager has roped in Makotose, who has over 50 Sables test caps under his name, to help steer the project.
“I applied for the job and I was accepted,” Makotose, who has a World Rugby level one coaching qualification, told the Daily News yesterday.
“(Gateway rugby head coach) Marvin Chirume got me to assist with his first team.”
“We have a good coaching team with . . . Mashungu also involved. There is a lot that needs to be done; its work in progress and we face many challenges.
“The players are responding and in time we can be a more competitive outfit.”
The experienced Zimbabwe centre last played for the Sables during the Africa Cup home win over Kenya last year.