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Ndungane on verge of Sharks century

09th April 2014 18:12

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Sharks boss Jake White has paid tribute to wing Odwa Ndungane ahead of his 100th appearance this weekend in Super Rugby.

Ndungane has won nine caps for South Africa with the 33-year-old spending his entire career in South Africa, joining the Sharks from the Bulls back in 2004-2005.

"He's been a fantastic campaigner for the Sharks," said White.

"He's a Springbok, he's been around the block and he's a great role-model to the young guys here.

"I'm very proud, I've been here for 10 years and a lot of guys don't get to play for one union for that long, so I feel fortunate," said Ndungane.

"Playing my 100th game this weekend is something very special and I'm very excited.

"My brother [Akona] is also in his 10th year - playing for the Bulls - so it's not only an honour for us individually but for the whole family and I'm dedicating this game to my father."

Ndungane's father recently passed away, with both he and his brother Akona granted compassionate leave.

Asked why he has stayed with the Sharks for so long, Ndungane credited the spirit of the club and how well he had been treated in Durban as key reasons behind his decision.

"First things first, you have to be well looked after at your Union, and then outside of rugby, you have to be happy," added Ndungane.

"Not only the players, but the backroom staff, the medical team, the management, stadium staff. There is a very happy environment at The Sharks. Durban's a nice, easy-going place.

"Bismarck du Plessis, Jacques Botes and I have been here the longest, we've been very happy here and I think that's why players like to come to the Sharks.

"I've spoken to players who have come here on loan and that wanted to stay, they enjoy it here; that just shows you what kind of place Durban and the Sharks are."

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