Chavhanga, Mujati could revive SA careers

HARARE - Ex-Springbok wing Tonderai Chavhanga failed to travel to his homeland yesterday for a series of lectures and coaching clinic after reportedly being called up to train with Sharks’ Super Rugby squad ahead of their clash against the Cheetahs at the weekend.

The record-breaking Zimbabwean-born speedster, whose career has been plagued by injury, received a lifeline from the in-form South African franchise at the beginning of the season after ex-Bok coach Jake White signed him up following a three-year stint with Welsh club Newport Gwent Dragons.

White is an admirer of the 30-year-old former Prince Edward flyer, having coached him at South Africa Under-21 and senior Bok levels.

Upon his return to South Africa, Chavhanga has had to start from the bottom, only making a couple of appearances in the Vodacom Cup so far this season.

Explaining why Chavhanga failed to arrive in Harare yesterday for the Dairibord Kyros Rugby Week Academy, one of the event organisers said the former Stormers wing had apologised for his no-show and informed them of his call-up to train with Sharks’ Super 15 squad ahead of Saturday’s clash with Cheetahs at Kings Park.

It remains to be seen whether Chavhanga will make the match day squad on Saturday, but the injury to Odwa Ndungane during last week’s win over Lions might nudge White to go for experience as cove at wing, should Ndungane fails to recover in time. Sharks’ other recognised back-up wing, Sizo Maseko, is yet to play Super Rugby.

Lwazi Mvovo, who could slot in for Ndungane, has been preferred by White at fullback in the last two weeks. 

Meanwhile, Die Burger reports that the Eastern Province Kings are chasing the signature of Springbok prop Brian Mujati ahead of the start of the Currie Cup.

According to Die Burger's website, the Kings are looking for an experienced prop with Zimbabwean-born Mujati reportedly being pursued. The Kings also tried to lure Mujati to Port Elizabeth two years ago, but their attempt proved unsuccessful.

Mujati played 12 Tests for the Springboks before taking up a contract with Northampton Saints in 2009. He currently plays for French club Racing Metro.

The outspoken Mujati slammed the South African rugby system of "institutionalised racism" after settling in Europe, making his possible return to the country much more interesting.

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