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Rugby Legends tip Zambian youths

HUMPHREY LOMBE, Ndola
MORE than 100 youths attended a coaching clinic conducted by South Africa’s rugby Legends at Ndola’s Simba School recently ahead of the World Cup to be staged in England this month.
Kabwe Green Eagles, Diggers of Kitwe, Chibuluma, Roan Antelope and Ndola Wanderers rugby clubs sent representatives including coaching staff responsible for the youth training programme at these respective clubs, who also benefited by interacting with the Legends and received coaching tips.
The ex-Springbok internationals are considered among the greatest players of their time, said Philip Dongo, who coordinated the coaching clinic on behalf sponsors, First Quantum Minerals Limited – FQML and Michelangelo Restaurant.
The touring party comprised Brad Macleod-Henderson, Rob Louw, Chester Williams, Pieter Muller, Egon Seconds, Marius Joubert, Johan Kapp.
The rest are Mac Masina, Henno Mentz, Donavan van Vuuren, Gerrie Germishuys, Piet Joubert, Marc Watson and Adriaan Richter.
Restricted to under 12’s and 16’s age group, the youths were excited and charmed as they went through the game’s basics.
The children that took part in training are predominantly from a rugby playing background as a progeny of the Tag Trust Programme of the UK. Most of them have graduated and play contact rugby at various rugby clubs on the Copperbelt.
Seconds, a former South African Rugby Sevens and Western Province Currie Cup player, who is a South African Rugby Union (SARU) referee, gave a talk to budding Zambia Rugby Referees Society – ZRRS recruits, which ZRRS representatives, Reuben Mkandawire and Tom Chaloba, attended.
And Dongo said the Legends trip was timely as the sporting world awaits the start of the Rugby World.
“The children were very happy to be coached by Legends, more so when they rubbed shoulders with former Springbok black players like Chester Williams, Mac Masina and Seconds.”
‘Springbok’ is an acronym used when referring to the South African rugby national team, currently placed fourth on world rankings, with the New Zealand ‘All Blacks’ occupying the number one spot, followed by Ireland and Australia.
Branded 14 rugby balls bearing the insignia of the Legends were presented as mementos while each participant received a complimentary T-shirt.