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MacMillan Mudara living his dream at Varsity College

FNB Varsity College outside centre MacMillan Mudara has racked up a string of impressive performances for his side despite the 2024 FNB Varsity Shield being their debut season.  

Affectionately dubbed ‘The Winter Soldier’ by his teammates, the Harare-grown talent admits he is currently living out his dream and relishes making his position his own. 


“Growing up in Harare, the idea of playing rugby in South Africa seemed like a distant dream. Attending Lomagundi College, I was inspired by rugby icons like Tonderai Chavanga and Tendai Mtawarira, who paved their way to the Springboks. Their journeys motivated me to aspire to that level of play. 


“I take great pride in my role as a 13. It's a role I relish, contributing to the team's success while constantly striving to elevate my game. I am immensely grateful for the platform it provides me to develop and showcase my skills.” 


The Northwood Old Boy also praised his old mentors for his rugby prowess, while simultaneously acknowledging the influence of Varsity College coach Jeremy McLaren. 

“Transitioning to Northwood Boys High School in South Africa (from Zimbabwe) provided me with the platform to hone my skills further. Under the guidance of coaches Grant Bashford and Dick Muir, I gained invaluable knowledge and understanding of the game. 


“The belief instilled in us by coach Jeremy McLaren and his team has truly fortified our resolve as a team, reminding us that we are mighty men of valour, capable of overcoming any obstacle.” 


With a place in the semi-final looming, Mudara says his team will remain grounded on a strong foundation.  


“Each game in this competitive campaign has presented unique challenges and tests, and these tests have strengthened the bond that unites us. Every game holds significance for us. Our foundation is strong, and we trust that by staying true to our values and efforts, the results will follow suit.” 



by Mpendulo Letsoalo  

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