Rugby star Mavesere bounces back

By Lawrence Trusida, Sports Editor

Zimbabwean Rugby international Tinotenda Blithe Mavesere is on the road to recovery after a career threatening injury.

The forward has been named in top South African side, Sharks’ 50-man squad for the Vodacom United Rugby Championship campaign which gets underway this weekend.

The 23-year-old Zimbabwean forward is recovering from knee ligament injury that forced him to miss the Sables’ World Cup qualification campaign earlier this year.

Mavesere has, however, been named in South African franchise Sharks’ 50-man squad for the 2022-2023 Vodacom United Rugby Championship.

He is however set to miss the first tour which includes matches against Zebre, Dragons and Leinster.

Affectionately known as “Driller”, the former Churchill High School prodigy is widely regarded as one of Zimbabwe’s brightest prospects in South African rugby and will be hoping to show his prowess on the grand stage after signing a two-year contract last year.

After his breakthrough campaign during Zimbabwe’s debut season in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge in 2019, Mavesere went on to enjoy a memorable season with the University of Western Cape in the 2021 Varsity Cup campaign.

His superb exploits saw him being named “Forward that Rocks” at the end of the Varsity Cup season where he was also the runner up for the overall Player of the Tournament award.