Tshuma competes for team Zimbabwe

D1A Rugby: Tshuma competes for team Zimbabwe

Lindenwood’s Lunaile Tshuma recently competed for his home country of Zimbabwe at the Cup of Nations at the Hong Kong Football Club in Hong Kong, China.  The 15s rugby tournament brought together four international sides in round-robin competition over nine days.

The Lindenwood senior fullback and his team faced Hong Kong, Portugal, and Russia.  While Zimbabwe went 0-3 in those matches, Tshuma was happy with the experience.

“It was an honor to represent my country and play for millions of people,” he said.  “Because everyone we were playing against is the best at what they do in their country, I learned much about the sport and myself because I was really tested.  It was also rewarding on a personal level, getting to travel and see new places and cultures, remembering that you’re an ambassador for so many people.”

Tshuma had been eyed by the national team for quite some time, but he had to pass a fitness test and a physical in order to play for his country.  Ultimately, Russia was crowned the 2015 champion at the event, followed by Hong Kong, Portugal, and Zimbabwe.