Tsimba Kennedy

by Rusell Gibbs and Geoff Pillinger

Kennedy Chiedza Tsimba

Position: Fly Half

Born: 23rd July 1974 in Makoni, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)

Height:5ft 11ins




Honours: Zimbabwe (29 caps)

Debut game: 14th October 1997 v Oxford University (rep – scored two tries)

Competitive Debut: 1st November 1997 v Richmond (replacement for Adedayo Adebayo – scored one try)

Final game: 28th February 1998 v Harlequins

Number of Appearances: 4

Career details:

Kennedy Tsimba was a relative unknown when he arrived at Bath Rugby for the 1997/1998 season, and he played only four matches for the club, starting one and coming on as a replacement in the other three. Hailing from Harare in Zimbabwe, Kennedy was staying in England and studying at Slough University when he made his debut for the club in a 60pts-15pts win over Oxford University at the Recreation Ground in October 1997. He came on for Richard Butland in that match and made a sparkling impression, crossing for two tries. His effervescent performances in training saw him included in the squad for the league match with Richmond and he duly made his debut as a replacement for Adedayo Adebayo, crossing for another try in the 47pts-31pts victory.  Kennedy made his first full start in the match against the touring Tonga side and despite the loss excelled again, crossing for another brace of tries. Unfortunately, given his relative lack of experience and the inclusion of Mike Catt in the side in the fly half role, Kennedy never imposed himself on the side. He did replace Catt in a home win over Harlequins in February 1998, but that was the last time he played for the 1st XV. He went back to South Africa, where he played for the Free State Presidents Shield side, Free State and Western Province. A truly exciting talent.

Kennedy was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2012. He was named Currie Cup Player of the Year in 2003.

Bath Rugby Appearances: 1997/1998: 1(3)

Bath Rugby Points: 25 – 5t

Zimbabwe Record: 29 caps

K. Tsimba





25 – 5t



25 – 5t

Signed From: Harare (Zimbabwe)

Transferred To: Vodacom Cheetahs (South Africa)

Also Played For: Slough University, Free State Presidents Shield ‘A’ (South Africa), Free State (South Africa), Western Province (South Africa), The Cats (South Africa)

This page was added on 31/12/2014.

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