Thursday, June 05, 2008
Zimbabwean born speed merchant Tonderai Chavhanga will make a welcome return to the Springbok jersey this weekend, against the Welsh in Bloemfontein.
Chavhanga, who last played for the Springboks in 2005, had an excellent Super 14 season this year, before unfortunately succumbing to injury once again, a torn hamstring against the Hurricanes in week 10.
If it were not for his unlucky string of injury setbacks in the past, theres no doubt the speedster, possibly the quickest in world rugby, would have achieved far more international caps.
His frequent injury problems were mainly quad and hamstring injuries, and it was later discovered that they stemmed from his one leg being slightly shorter than the other.
Hes been described as a prize race horse, as anyone whos seen him in full flight will testify to, and he should therefore be managed as such.
He made a miraculous start to his Springbok career back in 2005 against Uruguay in East London. The Boks were as good as the opposition was poor, but regardless, to score six tries on debut is no mean feat and its just another example of Chavhanga in action, something that RD visitors have been nagging for since seeing other snippets of him in action on here.
For the sake of world rugby, lets hope he stays injury free and goes on to show us more displays of his fine running ability in action. Its a sight to behold, and with Bryan Habana on the left wing and now Tonderai Chavhanga on the right, South Africa find themselves in a situation where they have absolute speed to burn out wide, and the fans will be demanding they see Habana and Chavhanga get their fair share of ball. And with Chavhanga up against Shane Williams this weekend, we're in for a great match up.
Note: Ignore Kobus Wiese's comment about seven tries in the interview afterwards. The big guy was obviously just a little excited and got carried away with the moment.