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Tondie calls time

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 14 Oct 2015 at 16:04
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Sharks and Springbok winger Tonderai Chavhanga announced his retirement from the game towards the end of last week.

Using his Instagram account to share a collage of some of his favourite rugby memories, Chavhanga’s statement read as follows:

The wise King Solomon said “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”. My season on the rugby field has come to an end and it is now time to embark on a new journey that I am anxiously excited about.

I would first and foremost like to thank my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for blessing me with athletic ability to play rugby. Rugby has taken me from my rural, humble beginnings, put me through school, provided a life that I could only dream of and has inspired me to strive for greater than my social circumstances. Rugby has also given me a platform to help and motivate others to dream bigger, work harder and not allow themselves to be a statistic. Throughout my 12 years of playing rugby, I have been privileged to do what I love as a career, meet amazing people, play for outstanding unions, travel the world, work alongside legends of the game, and these are endless memories that I will forever cherish.

The highs and lows that come with being a rugby player were much easier to handle because of beautiful wife, my ride or die who has been my shoulder to lean on through it all. Thank you for your limitless love, support and sacrifice. Thank you to my two most precious angels, my kids who have blessed me with so much love, happiness and fulfillment, I live and work hard to make you proud of me. Thank you to my family who have supported and believed in me since day one.

I would like to thank all the coaches I have been involved with especially Themba Mliswa and Gerald Maguranyanga who introduced me to this amazing sport, the late Springbok Ian Robertson and Patrick Gumunyu who were my coaches at Prince Edward School. Rassie Erasmas who believed in me so much that he used his own money to pay my salary when I was a junior player and most importantly Jake White who afforded me the honour of becoming a Springbok and who has shown me incredible support throughout my career.

We may not have seen Tondie at his peak in a Sharks jersey, but I’m glad that the black and white has managed to play at least a small part in his amazing rugby journey. Let’s wish him all the best as he embarks on his next chapter.


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