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Enkosi, Ta Odwa!


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 9 Oct 2017 at 17:21
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The Sharks have announced that Saturday’s Currie Cup game against Western Province will serve as a tribute to faithful servant Odwa Ndungane, likely to start for the 249th (and last) time in a Sharks jersey.

35-year-old Odwa Nzuzo Ndungane was born in Mthata in 1981 and attended Hudson Park High School in East London, where he played first team rugby as a centre alongside twin brother Akona. Odwa’s journey as a professional rugby player started in the colours of Border as an under 19 in 1999 and he remained with the Bulldogs until 2003, with the highlight being SA under 21 selection in 2002. In 2004, he spent a year with the Bulls in Pretoria before finding his rugby home in Durban at the start of 2005.

Over the course of 18 seasons, Ndungane has been unwavering in his commitment to the Sharks and has proved a stalwart and reliable performer over the years, achieving a rare double of centurion status across both Currie Cup and Super Rugby. He has also represented South Africa nine times in test matches.

Ndungane will play his 105th Currie Cup game for the Sharks on Saturday, which when added to 135 Super Rugby appearances and nine games for the Sharks XV across various competitions means an incredible feat of 249 career appearances for the side. On behalf of a generation of Sharks fans who have grown up with old faithful “Odders” and his trademark dreadlocks in the number 14 jersey, I can only extend warmest congratulations on a stellar career and extent heartfelt appreciation for the many special, brave and loyal acts that this man has performed in Sharks colours.

Thank you Odwa – we will miss you.



32 Comments

  • Thank you Odwa! Sharks Rugby and even SA Rugby can do with servants like yourself. Respect Odders! Good luck with your journey ahead and thanks for all the memories.

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.10.17 21:42:49 by VanWilder Reply
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  • After all you have been through from the start to now I congratulate you for all you have done for us. All the best

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.10.17 22:24:43 by Dunx Reply
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  • Odwaaaaa!!
    Hear, hear…I can wholeheartedly echo Rob’s comments. Thanks Odwa and everything of the best…

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.10.17 22:58:58 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Best moment? Try in the corner to win against the Crusaders in…what was it? A decade ago?

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.10.17 23:00:28 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 4) : Anyone have a clip of that try or know where it can be found?

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.10.17 23:01:08 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Why not just make it an even 250 and give him a spot in the finalsas well. When we win he will have ended on a cup victory.

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.10.17 06:46:25 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Ndungane in the corner against the Crusaders was the caue of one hell of a hangover. That and i remember being on the way to the stadium with about 40min to kickoff and Odwa flew past in his car full of his family on the way to the stadium. A lot of youngstrs can learn a lot from Odwa not only about being a professional rugby player but also about being a bladdy good guy.

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.10.17 07:57:00 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 5) : You could message the guy who runs the youtube channel Real Rugby, he has a crazy amount of archive footage. (He might even put together an Odwa tribute, if you ask him nicely).

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.10.17 08:56:55 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • What a legend! Any idea what his future plans are Rob?

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.10.17 10:25:59 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 9) : starting a construction company

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.10.17 10:29:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well done Odwa and you will be missed!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.10.17 10:50:44 by JD Reply
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  • @The Great Couch Shark (Comment 8) : Ah thanks, I think I’ll do that…

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.10.17 10:55:31 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Ja he is a true shark. I hope there is a hall of fame somewhere in sharks setup that he gets inducted into.

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.10.17 11:36:27 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 5) : I saw this comment “Anyone have a clip of that try or know where it can be found?” before your earlier one and just knew what try you were talking about.

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.10.17 11:45:01 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 4) : @SheldonK (Comment 7) : and it was scored as the hooter for full time was going off (if memory serves me correctly)

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.10.17 11:46:29 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Does that mean he’s aiming to eventually become Sharks CEO?

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.10.17 11:46:36 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 16) : Sneaky….

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.10.17 11:47:58 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 17) : Only if his company outperforms Teichmann’s.

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.10.17 11:49:38 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 18) : If he ropes in Akona he could literally be in two places at once

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.10.17 12:06:25 by vanmartin Reply
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  • What a legend of Sharks rugby. Pity the Sharks aren’t using him in some capacity.

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.10.17 12:14:36 by StevieS Reply
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  • He could still get a 250th cap in the playoff games!!!

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.10.17 14:26:58 by JD Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 4) : My favourite memory as well

    We forget how good he was in his prime, just because his stuck with us all this time instead of taking a indian-summer contract in europe or Japan we have witnessed his abilities lower and we dont remember his past achievements.

    These are one of the times I regret not living in durbs, who wouldn’t want to be there on Odwa’s send off ceremony game (though if god forbid injuries hit he may make a appearance off the bench). I hope too see many people holding poster with thank you messages on them chanting “thank you odwa!!” on tv this weekend.

    I’ve been critical of his selection over the past year, but his truly a unique figure in all of sa rugby.

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.10.17 14:49:00 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • Thanks Odwa!

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.10.17 15:25:53 by Pokkel Reply
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  • The stat I’d most like to see for Odwa is just how many times he’s been the player making the try-scoring pass, rather than necessarily scoring the try himself. I’ve always felt that as far as positional play and work rate is concerned, you’d have to go a loooooooong way to top him.

    Cheers Odwa, and thanks a million!

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.10.17 16:59:13 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 21) : Or in a final. Now that would be a great send off especially when we win.

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.10.17 18:27:06 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 25) : Jeez there would be some weary old heads the morning after that one!

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.10.17 19:47:07 by Karl Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 15) : Yup…one of those moments. My friends remind me that I also promised I would kiss Ruan Pienaar if he kicked the conversion over to win the game…I haven’t made good on that yet! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.10.17 20:07:22 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 25) : @Karl (Comment 26) : yes could happen!!!

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.10.17 20:37:35 by JD Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 24) : As I recall, Odwa played right wing in a Bok match against Aus with Jongi Nokwe on the left wing. Nokwe scored four tries in that match, and as I recall, Odwa made the last pass to Nokwe on 3 of the 4 tries, coming across from the right wing to feed the left wing for a try scoring run down the left touchline. I could not agree more with you, he is superb at positional play, and I think the best wing to play in SA when it comes to looking for work.

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.10.17 21:33:48 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 29) :
    here goes

    http://en.espn.co.uk/statsguru/rugby/story/81745.html

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.10.17 01:13:34 by fyndraai Reply
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  • Go well you LEGEND!

    Nice to see the Sharks parting ways with Odwa in a dignified manner – it didn’t seem to be heading this way a few years back, and shows the culture that is being rebuilt at the Union.

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.10.17 15:00:22 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 31) : yes awesome way to part ways with a true servant of Sharks rugby!

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.10.17 17:07:09 by JD Reply
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