Clayton(PJLD)

No deal from WP so Chavhanga looks elsewhere


Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Lions, Stormers, Super 14 on 22 Sep 2009 at 08:13

Springbok wing Tonderai Chavhanga won’t be playing for the Stormers in 2010 after he signed a two-year contract with the Lions on Monday.

His manager, Neil Minnaar, confirmed Chavhanga’s move – on the same day the Western Province wing became a father for the first time when his wife gave birth to a baby girl.

Chavhanga’s WP contract expires at the end of October but, according to Minnaar, they have not yet come forward with a new deal.

“Tonderai is going to the Lions. He has signed a two-year contract,” said Minnaar.”I asked Western Province at the end of the Super 14 what Tondie’s situation was as his contract ends on October 31. But nothing has been forthcoming.

“So I put his name out in the market and there was lots of interest all over the world. We only heard from WP recently. We met with Rassie Erasmus on September 8 and he said that there would be something from WP by September 14. But there has still been nothing. So Tondie decided to sign for the Lions.”

Chavhanga has been in good form for WP in the Currie Cup. His career has been plagued by injury and poor management from coaches but his talent is undoubted. He was again sidelined at the Stormers in 2009 as Erasmus opted to turn loose forward Nick Koster into a wing.

With Fijian Sireli Naqelevuki also preferred on the other wing, Chavhanga did not get much game time.

The fact that he will probably be fourth in the wing queue at the Stormers in 2010 behind Naqelevuki, Koster and Springbok star Bryan Habana must have prompted Chavhanga to head to the Lions. Stormers fans will thus miss out on a potentially lethal back three of Habana, Chavhanga and Conrad Jantjes.

Minnaar said the Zimbabwean-born speedster still harboured Springbok ambitions.

“Teams in France and the UK wanted to sign him, but I advised Tondie to rather stay in South Africa,” he said. “He definitely still wants to play Test rugby, so it would be better for him to play in South Africa.

“He is only 26. Maybe he can be part of a big turnaround at the Lions in 2010.”

This article was posted on www.iol.co.za



12 Comments

  • This kinda sucks because he has been playing very well.

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.09.09 08:16:42 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • Thats a bit sheity from administration to say they will have something by a date and then just dont do it. Have at least the decency to say we are not extending your contract..

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.09.09 08:25:02 by SuperGirl Ice Babe(Wingat because I CAN!) Reply
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  • @SuperGirl Ice Babe(Wingat because I CAN!) (Comment 2) : Its WP :roll:

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.09.09 08:29:16 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • wp plonkers! It’s the erasmii!

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.09.09 08:53:12 by quota Reply

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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 1) : Yea it does, but lets be honest Tondi will cripple himself in the first game and we will be wondering why we have a 20 year old loose forward on the wing.

    Its been fun TOndi but you never delivered on your promise

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.09.09 09:17:30 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • The lions have actually bought well so far, pity for them that they lost pretty much their whole team

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.09.09 09:40:45 by war1 Reply
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  • hehe lucky WP – I do not think they will mis him toooo much.

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.09.09 09:58:16 by rekinek Reply
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  • @SuperGirl Ice Babe(Wingat because I CAN!) (Comment 2) : they tried to break it to him gently. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.09.09 09:59:29 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 8) :

    :twisted: :lol:

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.09.09 10:30:35 by SuperGirl Ice Babe(Wingat because I CAN!) Reply
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  • It will be a travesty if Sir Eli gets a contract and Chavanga doesn’t.
    I mentiones it last week that I think he has been playing better rugby now than when he played for the Boks.

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.09.09 11:21:29 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 10) :

    Sir Eli.. :mrgreen:

    My thought exactly…def Chavanga before the Sir Eli

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.09.09 11:36:08 by SuperGirl Ice Babe(Wingat because I CAN!) Reply
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  • Dissapointing, but such is life.

    Hopefully he can assist the Lions in the winning ways.

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.09.09 12:36:16 by McLovin Reply

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