Chavhanga on comeback trail

HARARE - Ex-Springbok Tonderai Chavhanga has continued on the comeback trail after the Zimbabwean-born wing made the starting line-up for Sharks XV’s Vodacom Cup match against Free State in Bloemfontein this afternoon.

The record-breaking speedster, whose career has been plagued by injury, received a lifeline after being signed by new Sharks coach Jake White following a three-year stint with Welsh club Newport Gwent Dragons.

The four-Test Bok wing, who scored six tries against Uruguay in 2005, left South Africa in 2011 to join Dragons before deciding to return to South Africa to re-launch his career at the age of 30. He has not played any rugby in a year.

At Sharks, Chavhanga has found himself down the Super Rugby pecking order with Springboks JP Pietersen and Lwazi Mvovo the preferred choice on the wings for the Super 15 favourites.

Former Bok boss White, a big fan of Chavhanga, will however follow with keen interest the progress of the former Prince Edward ace in South Africa’s third-tier rugby competition with the hoping of adding him as back-up during the long Super 15 season.

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