Ntuthuko Mchunu's rapid rise unsurprising to some: 'He was destined to play for the Springboks'

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Sharks prop Ntuthuko Mchunu
Sharks prop Ntuthuko Mchunu
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Ntuthuko Mchunu, with his height, build, and the conversion from No 8 to prop, will always invite comparisons to Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira.

After all, they share the similarity of making their Test debuts at home against Wales and with 15 years apart, retreaded loosehead props of immense ability.

Maritzburg College teacher and first-team rugby coach Tim Orchard has had a ground-level view of Mchunu's development since his arrival at the esteemed uMgungundlovu school.

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