FOR the third year running, a Falcon College boy has been appointed to lead the Old Mutual sponsored Zimbabwe Under-18 rugby at this yeara��s Coca-Cola Craven Week at Kearsney College in KwaZulu Natal with loose forward Stuart Dodington being named as captain.
Dodington, a member of last yeara��s team which returned home without a win from Stellenbosch was entrusted with the leadership role by coach Godwin Jaws Murambiwa at the conclusion of the teama��s camp at Gateway School in Harare last Sunday.
Flyhalf Benjamin Meredith also from the Esigodini private school is the captain in charge of the backline. In 2014, the Junior Sables had prop Stephen Bhasera as their captain while last year hooker Brian Muntanga was the team leader.
Murambiwa emphasised the need to focus on their defence which has been their weak link in their last two editions of the tournament.
The coach who has been in charge of the juniors for a decade pointed out that Zimbabwe had proved that they could attack but they had been exposed at the back, something they had to rectify if they are to record their first win at the competition since 2013.A� Zimbabwea��s last victory at the Under-18 Craven Week came on 10 July 2013 when they hammered Limpopo Blue Bulls 43-5 in Limpopo. The Junior Sables will hold their final training camp in Harare from 7 July ahead of their departure for South Africa on 10 July for the tournament which runs from 11 July through to 16 July.
Zimbabwe will play the first match of this yeara��s Under-18 Craven Week where they will meet Griquas Country Districts. The Junior Sables are for a third year running sponsored by Old Mutual who are providing playing kit and air tickets for all the national teams heading to the yearly Youth Weeks in South Africa.