Varsity Cup rugby star inks Sharks contract

By Sports Reporter

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) rugby team’s loose forward, Tinotenda Blithe Mavesere has signed a two year professional contract with the Kwazulu Natal based, Sharks.

Mavesere has had stellar performances in the 2021 Varsity Cup campaign which saw him being voted as the best forward in the Varsity Cup.

His teammates, scrumhalf Branden de Kock and Andre Manuel have also signed professional contracts.

De Kock is moving to Bloemfontein to join the Cheetahs on a 12-month contract; and centre André Manuel will be on the books of the Boland provincial side.

 UWC head coach Paul Treu congratulated the three players, and said their promotions gel what the University rugby team has been trying to achieve.

“This is great news for us and it recognises our programme and what we are trying to achieve. And obviously their studies are going to be important and we will see how they are going to accommodate that. Those players, together with a few others, really deserve to get call-ups to play in the Currie Cup or to be part of provincial teams. And we are excited to see them play at those levels this year.”

Mavesere was part of the Zimbabwe Sables team that demolished Zambia this past weekend.

The Zimbabwean international was voted the 2021 Varsity Cup Forward that Rocks and runner-up in the Overall Player that Rocks.

He started in seven of UWC’s nine matches in the Varsity Cup – scoring seven tries and taking home a couple of Player that Rocks awards.

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