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Chatting to Sharks speedster Tonderai Chavhanga


Written by Benedict Chanakira (bchanakira2)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 5 Sep 2014 at 09:05
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Born in Masvingo, Zimbabwe and arguably the fastest Springbok of all time. Having been clocked at 10,27sec. He also has the record for most tries in a single Test match against Uruguay scoring six. BENEDICT CHANAKIRA spoke to Tonderai Chavhanga who now has a new lease of life in the Shark Tank.

Q:Tell us about your time from a young Prince Edward (one of Zimbabwe’s top rugby schools) Tiger to roaming in Cape Town to Wales?

A:After watching the historic World Cup final in ’95 and seeing rugby icons like Chester Williams and Jonah Lomu play I was truly inspired. I was also in awe of the major role that President Mandela used rugby in uniting a nation. When I started playing for the Prince Edward Tigers I knew I was on the path to achieving my eventual goal, which was to play for the Springboks. Being coached by a former Springbok, Ian Robertson also had a huge impact.

I received a bursary to University Of Free State and I would prove to be the break that I needed.

I was fortunate enough to have received support and backing from all my coaches, Jake especially because he selected me for SA Under 21 and then Chester Williams selected me for SA 7′s and as they say ‘the rest is history’

Q: How do you compare the Pro12 with Super Rugby or Currie Cup?

A: Pro12 is played in hideous weather conditions and Super Rugby isn’t (chuckles). Pro12 is a great competition but the pace and physicality of Super Rugby is second only to Test rugby.

Q: What where you up to before your current adventure with the Sharks?

A: Well after my two years at the Newport Dragons I came back to South Africa looking for an opportunity to play Super Rugby and I signed a Currie Cup contract with the Cheetahs but unfortunately due to my knee injury I did not take part in any of the Currie Cup games

Q: Back to rugby and you don’t look a shade rusty! How did Jake’s first call to you go like? When you started your journey, what was the toughest challenge you faced?

A: Being given a chance by Jake was such an answer to my petitions to God. My toughest challenge was getting over my injury because for almost a year my knee wouldn’t come right but with the support of my wife and prayers I got back on the pitch. I am really enjoying playing again and working hard on improving my performance each and every week

Q: What was the most memorable try you ever scored?

A: I think my try against the Chiefs in 2008 was pretty special but the 6 against Uruguay will always have a special spot in my rugby memory bank.

Q: Tell us about your time at the Sharks now? How is it being at the best team in South Africa?

A: My time at the Sharks has been rejuvenating. I feel blessed to be part of such an organisation that boast Springboks on the field and in the boardroom. Best way to describe the environment at the Sharks is that there is an infectious winning culture

Q: With the IRB-Olympic international window open for a nation switch, Would you consider playing for Zimbabwe again?

A: I have already received a call from John Falkenburg and told him that I would love to if given a chance however a lot would depend on how much game time I would have had with the Sharks!

Thanks to Tondie and the Sharks for the opportunity to have this chat.



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