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THE national Under-18 schools rugby trials are set to take place this weekend at St John’s College and the selected squad will immediately get down to business with their first training session slotted for Sunday.Provincial trials were held across the country at different venues last weekend where provincial teams were selected.

This part of the selection process for players who will represent Zimbabwe at the Craven Week Festival in South Africa in July.

Coach Godwin “Jaws” Murambiwa yesterday indicated his first training session with the youth squad is set for St George’s College on Sunday.

This year a different format will be used to select the Craven Week side as players will not play in their provincial sides but feature in a number of different teams with different players.

“For example, on day one of the selection trials, the selectors will get, perhaps, forwards from Mashonaland A to play as a team with a backline from the Matabeleland while the forwards from Harare A pair with Central Region backline,” said Murambiwa.

“On day two of selection (Saturday) the selectors are going to further break down the team combinations and at most three players from the same province will be in each of the drafted final day team.”

However, there are a number of players who were not available for selection over the weekend as they were part of the Zimbabwe Under-18 Sevens that won bronze at the Youth Games in Botswana over the weekend.

The side was dominated by Prince Edward who fielded six players for the tournament – Shingi Katsvere, Kudakwashe Ndoro, Jeff Tanatswa, Tristan Moses, Tatenda Matoramusha and Ernest Mudzengerere.

Murambiwa said these players should get a chance for selection into the national team. Others also include Connor Pritchard from Falcon, the St John’s College duo of Sean Snater and Munyaradzi Mazambani, Churchill’s Charles Gambiza and Adam Theofilatos from Hellenic.

While the Under-18 side will be named at the end of the week, the Zimbabwe Under-14 side has been named with St John’s College dominating as they have provided nine players while Prince Edward have the second highest number with three.

Source : The Herald