Zimbabwe has put faith in 12 of its players who helped beat Kenya last year as they welcome the East Africans in an Africa Cup rugby clash in Harare on Saturday.
The Sables ran out 28-10 winners over Kenya Simbas last time out, a defeat that denied the latter a chance to clinch a 2015 Rugby World Cup berth.
Kenya coach, Jerome Paarwater, named his 22-man squad who will depart for Harare on Thursday, June 11 with only two men, Lawrence Buyachi and Davis Chenge being included in the squad that beat Portugal 41-15 in a Test match last month. The two loose forwards replaced Martin Owillah and Emmanuel Mavala.
Zimbabwe coach Cyprian Madenge on the other hand has named a larger 35-man squad with a mix of experience and new faces. Madenge who took permanent charge of the Sables earlier this year, has included in his squad some top talents plying their trade in foreign leagues in England, South Africa and Ireland.
Backs: Kelvin Magunje, Andrea Banda, McLean Muhambi, Kuda Chiwanza, Daniel Capsopoulos, Cleophas Makotose, Malvern Maparura, Lungile Tshuma, Gardner Nechironga, Boyd Rouse, Tichafara Makwanya, Taddy Whata, Charles Jiji, Tangai Nemandire (Old Hararians), Tafadzwa Chitokwindo (Old Hararians), Steven Hunduza (Harare SC), Rian O’Neill (Natal Sharks, SA), Lenience Tambwera (Valke, SA)
Forwards: Denford Mutamangira (captain), Tatenda Murwira, Farai Mudariki (Old Georgians), Pieter Joubert (Old Georgians), Lawrence Cleminson (Steinhoff Ondersterpoort, SA), Royal Mwale, Kudzai Muzorewa, Jan Ferreira (Matabeleland Busters), Martin Wolfenden, Sanele Sibanda (Matabeleland Busters), Biselele Tshamala, Tadiwa Parirenyatwa, Graeme Lawler (Cork Constitution, Ireland), Andrew Rose, Fortune Chibendu, Kingsley Lang (Jersey RFC, England), Shingai Mpofu