Chavhanga hopes for regular Sharks spot

2013-11-28 00:00

TONDERAI Chavhanga, Springbok rugby’s forgotten wing, is now practising with the Sharks and hopes to become a regular in the franchise’s Super Rugby squad for next year.

The former Stormer, who scored a record individual six tries when he made his Springbok debut against Uruguay in East London, is seeking a move away from the Free State Cheetahs.

As a result of an injury he did not play for the Cheetahs in this year’s Currie Cup, but is hopeful that at the age of 29 he could still impress his former coach Jake White enough to play Super Rugby again.

If Chavangha can convince White of his fitness, he might even be considered as a fullback — a position where the Sharks may lack some depth at the start of the season.

The excellent young fullback SP Marais, who greatly impressed during the Currie Cup season, underwent a shoulder operation yesterday that will keep him off the field for three months.

As a result he will miss the first part of the Super Rugby season, which starts on February 15 for the Sharks with a home game against the Bulls.

As Louis Ludik now plays rugby in France and Riaan Viljoen has moved to Japan, White will have to look somewhere else for someone to wear the number 15 jersey.

Jaco van Tonder used the single opportunity he got to play Currie Cup rugby well, while former Griffon Hansie Graaff will also look to show that the he can mix it up with the best.

White insisted that Patrick Lambie will solely be considered as flyhalf, and although he would like to see Frans Steyn as an inside centre, he could also be considered as fullback.

The same applies to Odwa Ndungane.

Meanwhile, Jannie du Plessis has revealed that his father’s serious illness is the reason why he and brother Bismarck turned down an offer to play for the French club Toulon.

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