RUGBY. Pocock, Mtawarira… those Zimbabwean born players who went on to become world famous

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In truth, as you can imagine, the idea of ​​this somewhat wacky article was revived by Australian center Kyle Godwin’s approach to LOU. The Force player may have known the Wallabies at one time, but he was actually born in Zimbabwe in 1992. One day, during a conversation, one of our former colleagues asked how many professional players were born in the so-called Rhodesia. Therefore, to surf the news, answer his question and nourish his rugby culture, today we are going to answer him that of course there was the legendary David Pocock, 84 selections with Australia.

WTF - David Pocock's incredible stats with the Wallabies!WTF – David Pocock’s incredible stats with the Wallabies!

If the flanker became one of the best gold and green players in history, nothing predestined him to be, since he too was born in Zimbabwe, in Gweru, in the late 80s, after going through the drops of the kind of civil war associated with of the – for too long – Mugabe dictatorship, Pocock and his family did not escape the agrarian reform aimed at dispossessing (and then expelling) white landowners in the early 2000s. They gave up their farm and in 2001 took the direction of the island continent. Wherever “Bam-Bam” made his life, he followed rugby by then and became the top tackle-scratcher in the world. Now retired, Pocock dedicates most of his time to humanitarian work and conservation. Especially in Zimbabwe, a country he often returns to…

A former BO winger

Then there is perhaps the most famous in France: Takudzwa Ngwenya. You remember ? The former winger with the unpronounceable name arrives in Biarritz at the end of the 2007 World Cup after being noticed for having deposed Bryan Habana. “Zee” must be a rocket, a real one, advertised at 10.25 seconds at 100 meters. He also scored 52 top-14 tries and a few other memorable tries during his decade on the Basque coast, notably in the European Cup. However, the one who also went through Brive was missing a bit of “rugby”, as the saying goes. And with good reason, he only discovered this very late, after initially doing track and field in the USA. Besides, he would certainly never have met him if he had stayed in his native Zimbabwe. Whom he left as a teenager to escape horror and seek a better future…

Ten years ago, Ngwenya made fun of the osprey with a legendary attempt [VIDEO]Ten years ago, Ngwenya made fun of the osprey with a legendary attempt [VIDEO]

The one who deposed Sivivatu and Rokocoko like no one

Speaking of missiles, let’s stay in Harare, the capital where one of the fastest players in history was born, Tonderai Chavhanga. Him ? It was the very image of Ngwenya: dour on defense to compensate for an apparent lack of technique, but above all a real speedster with great support, capable of bringing down any opponent in his path. It must be said that “Tondi” did not have many equivalents in supersonic radius with a record of 10.27 seconds at 100 meters. Everyone remembers the ease with which he left former All Black Sitiveni Sivivatu in his retro’ during a Super 14 game in the 2000s or his 6 tries against Uruguay in 2005 in the Springboks jersey. When he then chained the clubs without ever really catching on over time, Chavhanga remains a memorable name, particularly among Zimbabwe-borns.

And then, in the category of those who also thrived in South Africa, evidently Tendai Mtawarira peaks, the result of apparent geographic proximity. As a reminder, The Beast is probably the greatest left column of modern times, with its 117 selections, 3 World Cups played for a title in 2019. And above all, a “mouth” that everyone knows thanks to his wear shorts, his ball-in-hand dynamics and his pruning-style tackles. Overall, how many players can claim to have caused the public to rumble with each catch? You can count them on the fingers of one hand…

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Finally, for the elder, we can mention Bobby Skinstad, who was born in Bulawayo but will have 42 caps with the Boks. Birthplace also of Brian Mujati who was revealed in South Africa but spent most of his career in Europe, at Northampton and then at Racing 92. Let’s also mention those who have experienced the joys of other international selections such as naturalized Scot David Denton , who retired early after suffering numerous concussions and is particularly known for his heavy loads with the ball in hand. Or former Exeter captain Don Armand, who has two selections with England and will retire at the end of the season. And finally Dave Ewers, the only international on the list so far and yet one of the most impressive. At 31, the Harare native has known it all at Exeter and is still THE spearhead of one of the strongest teams in Europe. It must be said that being 1m93 for 125kg helps…

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