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Chavhanga leaves Dragons for Cheetahs

26th July 2013 10:04


Tonderai Chavhanga Dragons 2011

Tonderai Chavhanga: Returns to SA

Former Springbok wing Tonderai Chavhanga is set to return to South Africa where he will join the Cheetahs, according to South African media reports.

Die Burger newspaper reports that Chavhanga, who has been playing for the Dragons since 2011, will become the second former Springbok to join the Bloemfontein-based side for the 2013 Currie Cup campaign, after they announced prop Wian du Preez returned in June from Munster.

The 29-year-old started his career in the Cheetahs' age group ranks but moved to Cape Town where he represented the Stormers and Western Province from 2004 to 2009.

He also played for the Lions in 2010 and 2011 before moving to the Dragons where he was plagued by injuries during the past couple of seasons.

Cheetahs boss Naka Drotske believes Chavhanga's versatility - he can also play at full-back - will add to his side's depth during their Currie Cup campaign.

"We are a bit thin in the wing position," Drotske revealed.

"There is also the chance that Raymond (Rhule) could be called up for the Springboks, and Tonderai can also cover at full-back if Hennie Daniller is injured."

Willie le Roux and Nico Scheepers will play for Griquas in the Currie Cup, which means Rhule and Rayno Benjamin are the only other wings at Drotske's disposal.

Chavhanga hit the headlines on his Test debut against Uruguay in 2005. He scored six tries in the Springboks' 134-3 victory and now holds the South African record for the number of tries scored in one game.

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