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‘Tondie’ relishing Habana partnership

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 27 May 2008 at 14:17

Stormers and Springbok speedster Tonderai Chavhanga is excited at the prospect of potentially playing alongside fellow flier Bryan Habana for the Boks this year.

Steve Farrell writes for Rugby 365 that the Stormers wing – who scored four tries in his eight appearances this season in the Super 14, before injuring his troublesome hamstring – has played himself back into the Bok mix and barring injury, could play a significant role this year.

‘Tondie’, as he is known to his teammates, is back on the training field and could be fit for De Villiers’s first Test as Bok coach against Wales on Saturday, June 7.

The Zimbabwean-born wing spoke exclusively to rugby365.com at their training base in Somerset West and revealed his excitement as being part of the Bok set-up again.

“That’s why we play in the first place,” said Chavhanga of his call-up.

He made his debut against Uruguay in 2005 in sensational fashion, scoring six tries in the Boks’ 134-3 romp, but has since played only once in the Green and Gold jersey – a brief 10-minute appearance against the All Blacks in last year’s Tri-Nations.

“Being selected for any Bok squad is always special,” said Chavhanga. “I’m looking forward to hopefully getting an opportunity and getting out there and playing,” added the wing.

The likeable Chavhanga was relieved at having been injury-free for the majority of the season, after suffering a bout of serious leg injuries that threatened his burgeoning career.

“It was very nice for me to have a long run after a stint of bad injuries,” he noted.

“This year I was able to play eight games and I don’t remember missing a single session since last year, so that was a pretty big achievement for me,” added the 24-year-old.

Chavhanga tore his troublesome hamstring against the Hurricanes in Week 10 of the Super 14, but is confident of getting back to full fitness “within a week or so”.

“The main priority is to get myself back on the field and be available for selection,” he said.

“I’ve been running for the last two weeks, so it’s just a matter of progressing the running. The hamstring has recovered a lot quicker than it has before, but you’ve got to take it day by day, depending on how the leg is feeling. I think it’s [the leg] almost there,” he added.

Chavhanga’s main asset is his blistering pace, so it comes as no surprise that he is relishing the opportunity of playing alongside the 2007 World Player of the Year, Bryan Habana.

“Bryan Habana is a phenomenal athlete,” he said of his teammate.

“He’s very quick and we’ve both got respect for what we do. But it’s good that we can combine. I think that’s the great thing. We’re not from the Stormers or the Bulls anymore, but we’re part of the Boks,” added the Stormers star.

Chavhanga is not the only Stormers backline player in Peter de Villiers’s squad. Jean de Villiers, Peter Grant, Conrad Jantjes, Gcobani Bobo and Ricky Januarie are all part of the training camp in Somerset West.

Chavhanga sees this as a big advantage.

“Guys like Connie [Jantjies], I’ve played with for a while now and I know exactly how he plays and he knows how I play,” said Chavhanga.

“At times on the field communication doesn’t need to be verbal. You just get a feel of what he’s going to do.

“And obviously with Jean [de Villiers], I’ve worked with him since 2004, and Peter Grant; I know his running lines and he knows where I like to pop up. So the more you play with players the more you get to know their reactions. I’m hoping we’ll get a chance to play together.”

Looking at the June Tests, the fact that the Springboks will revert back to the old laws after playing under the Experimental Law Variations (ELVs) for the Super 14 does not worry the speedster either.

Chavhanga reckons the supreme fitness of the Springboks will stand them in good stead for the two Tests against Wales in June.

“I think it’s an advantage and disadvantage,” he said.

“I don’t see it as a disadvantage for us. I see it as an advantage for them as they have been playing the old rules for a while. But we’ve got the advantage of having played the new rules and probably running a lot more.

“So I think either way you look at it it’s going to be beneficial to both teams. It’s just a matter of us adapting to the old rules. But I think that the amount of fitness and skill that we have developed in the past few months, we definitely should be able to take that into the Welsh game,” concluded Chavhanga.


  • I think this guy and Haban could become a formidable pair if they stay injury free and Chavhanga continues his early S14 form.

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.05.08 14:19:03 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Agree. A frightening prospect

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.05.08 14:25:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • Let’s hope we can give them plenty of ball & plenty of space.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.05.08 14:48:28 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • @racheltjiedebeer (Comment 3) : so no Steyn at 12, then? 😉

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.05.08 14:50:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.05.08 15:01:24 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • Tondie, Connie – mmmmm Keo’s article is maybe starting to make sense now. ❓

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.05.08 15:27:48 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 6) : whoops 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.05.08 15:44:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • Question for you bm’s. How do you update the log on your site? Manually?

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.05.08 16:29:57 by molly Reply
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  • no BM’s here,just a crazy dutchie goat 😈

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.05.08 16:46:51 by PJLD Reply
  • I’d like to see Odwa given a chance; his game has improved immeasurably over the past 2 seasons. He’s safe under the high ball, his kicking is pretty good when he uses it, he’s gained a couple of yards of pace & he runs great support lines.

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.05.08 16:54:21 by Flashman Reply

  • can the crazy dutchie goat help?

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.05.08 17:00:08 by molly Reply
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  • @Flashman (Comment 10) :
    So true

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.05.08 17:00:19 by PJLD Reply
  • If he were present,i think between the goat and the rockspider they have an app running that updates the logs a bit.i speak under correction.

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.05.08 17:02:10 by PJLD Reply
  • Tondie played really well…

    If he plays anything like he has this season and Habana like he had in the WC then we are going to have 2 of the Worlds best finishers…

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.05.08 17:03:10 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 14) :

    And that outside players like Jean and Jaques….

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.05.08 17:03:38 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Flashman (Comment 10) :

    I will play Odwa off the bench….he can cover for fullback as well…

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.05.08 17:04:33 by Hmmm Reply

  • Thanks PJLD
    Hopefully one of them will be online at some stage to let me know.
    It must be because I didn’t pick a sharks thread hey?

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.05.08 17:13:15 by molly Reply
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  • 😆 molly,that may just be it

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.05.08 17:18:14 by PJLD Reply
  • If Butch and Jantjes start against Wales then i think Steyn will be on the bench along with Ruan and Grant. Not too shabby…

    A bench of Bismarck, Mujati, Bekker, Spies, Ruan, Grant and Steyn.

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.05.08 17:18:20 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
  • MR WPW!!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.05.08 17:21:22 by PJLD Reply
  • WPW,
    That would be a mighty nice bench.

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.05.08 17:25:27 by molly Reply
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  • @wpw (YNWA) (Comment 19) : Good bench but why wouldn’t you start Steyn at fullback?

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.05.08 17:29:12 by Flashman Reply

  • Hoesit PJLD?

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.05.08 17:41:11 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
  • Flashman

    He doesn’t deserve to start for the Sharks nevermind the Boks.

    Once he decides to play for the team he will get back into the team.

    Jantjes has also played himself into the team, especially since Percy won’t be available for the tests against Wales.

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.05.08 17:43:08 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
  • My team for Wales:


    Bench: Bismarck, Mujati, Bekker, Spies, Ruan, Steyn and Grant

    Am i good or am i good?

    I doubt Jacobs would start at 13 though.

    Maybe Grant can play 12 with JDV at 13???

    No other great 13’s out there… Marius Joubert would’ve been awesome!!!

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.05.08 17:47:25 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
  • wpw,

    you still on your bench 😛

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.05.08 17:53:12 by Cru-El Reply

  • @wpw (YNWA) (Comment 25) : Looks like a solid team although perhaps not representative enough. Which brings up another question: will the powers that be accept our Zimbabwean triumvirate as ‘representative’?

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.05.08 18:01:07 by Flashman Reply

  • @molly (Comment 11) :

    The Log updates semi-automatically.

    Rob has written a program that just requires one of us to specify the home and away team from a drop down list. Then enter the relevant score and number of tries and update.

    The Log then auto arranges according to preset criteria with points being the 1st criteria and PD being next and so on.

    So it is sort of Semi -Auto but not fully manual.

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.05.08 20:21:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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