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Ndungane calls it a day

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Sharks wing Odwa Ndungane has decided to close the curtain on his illustrious career at the end of the 2017 season, reports Sport24

Ndungane, 36, will be honoured in a ‘tribute’ match when the Sharks take on Western Province in Saturday’s final pool game of the Currie Cup tournament in Durban.

The former Springbok joined the Sharks in 2005 from the Blue Bulls, and since then he has become an integral part of the team playing over 100 Super Rugby and Currie Cup games for the Sharks.

“Odwa Ndungane epitomises what it means to be a professional rugby player and over the years his dedication, loyalty and contribution to the team remained unwavering,” Sharks coach Robert du Preez told the franchise’s official website.

“It is fitting that we honour a player that has given so much to the game and those around him with a tribute match that will highlight his tremendous career.

“We encourage our fans to come through to Kings Park on Saturday to celebrate and acknowledge the massive impact he has made during his distinguished career,” said Du Preez.

Ndungane has played nine Tests for the Springboks and was part of the 2011 World Cup squad where he featured in a pool encounter against Fiji.

The Sharks are currently on top of the Currie Cup standings and are favoured to go all the way as a home semi-final victory would secure a final at Kings Park.

Kick-off on Saturday is at 15:00.

Picture by: (Getty)

 

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  1. I cannot believe this character is STILL playing… he is like the ultimate dray horse quota player. Maybe an excellent wing in his day but watching in SR Jaco Kriel haul him in after he intercepted a pass shold maybe have alerted people his time is over. The fact that he kept players like Sbu Nkosi out of the team is crying shame and damning indictment of the Sharks.

  2. A definite servant of the game and top bloke… but jeez did it not take him quite a few seasons to become the `steady-Eddie` that he was in his prime and more mature years. The amount of `baited breath` moments at crucial moments in those early games either on attack or under the high ball. For mine Akona was the more talented of the twins but as a Sharks fan I don me hat.

  3. Kudos to Odwa! A true survivor ala Stefan Terblanche ( or Keith Richards lol).
    Now please Odwa…..go get yourself a good meal or 3! You’re but skin & bones lol

  4. @Americano:

    Haha the closest they have old Keith Richards is Victor Matfield. I saw him walk past the commentators box during the NZ game and the guy (other than a bit of grey in the mane) has not aged one bit. Still looking as fit and sprightly as ever. IT must be said that a few Sokkie Jols and a couple brandies are not quite the same as the debauchery Keithy-boy probably still puts himself through lol!

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