UAE rugby profile: McMillan Chiwawa (Abu Dhabi Harlequins)

Matt Jones - Editor 12:00 16/03/2015
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McMillan Chiwawa evades a defender during a recent Gulf Top Six game in Abu Dhabi.

This week we profile McMillan Chiwawa, winger of Abu Dhabi Harlequins.

Team: Abu Dhabi Harlequins

Height: 6’1 / 1.85m

Weight: 90kgs / 14st 2lbs

Position: Wing/Full-back

Age: 20

Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe

Years in UAE: Five

Honours: UAE U18’s, UAE Rugby League, UAE Touch

Favourite childhood memory of rugby: Grade 7 unbeaten season at Springvale House Junior School back home in Zimbabwe, with Brendon Mandivenga.

Carlos Spencer holds 35 caps for the All Blacks.

Favourite player growing up: Big Carlos Spencer

Rugby team you support: Peterhouse Rugby. I don’t really support a club team but I support Peterhouse in Zimbabwe, it’s the secondary school I attended. Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira also went to school there Best international

Player at the moment and why: Leigh Halfpenny, because he will punish you for every penalty you give inside 50 metres

Law you would change and why: The no shoulder barging rule, they should allow it. Makes the game more physical, everybody loves big shoulder hits

Best game you ever saw: Jonny Wilkinson’s performance against Australia in the 2003 Rugby World Cup final

Toughest opponent in UAE: Ian Overton, who plays for Jebel Ali Dragons

Jonny Wilkinson kicks a drop goal while Wallaby captain and scrumhalf George Gregan (C) looks on during the Rugby World Cup final in 2003.

Funniest moment in your career: Watching Izzy (Foa’i, Quins teammate) make amazing line breaks but somehow always getting caught metres before the try-line

Greatest achievement in any sport: Playing against the national Fiji 7’s team and playing alongside Adel Al Hendi, Clendon Pene, Iziq Foa’i, Hamad Al Ameri, Xavier Bauwmans and the Bolger brothers in our unbeaten Harlequins Rugby League season If you could be a professional in any other sport what it would be and why? MMA, because it is the toughest sport out there

Favourite meal: Homemade Sadza, traditional African meal and salmon

Favourite place in the UAE: JBR Dubai, The Marine Hotel

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