A Legend, A Mentor, A Leader an inspiration to his peers and Induna as some of his Sharks teammates call him.
Odwa Ndungane was born in Mthatha in 1981, he matriculated at Hudson Park High School in East London. He then went on to play for the Border Bulldogs from the year 2000 – 2003, after that he moved up north to the Blue Bulls where he spent a year at the Union. In 2005 he moved back to the coast but this time, it was KZN where he was contracted by the Sharks Rugby Union. His Sharks debut was against the Stormers at Kings Park in the same year.
Odwa Ndungane has been with the Sharks for 12 years, so far in his rugby career he has scored 61 tries both provincial and franchise levels respectively. He made his Springbok Debut in 2008 against Italy at Newlands. He played under former Bok coach Pieter De Villiers where he made 9 appearances between 2008 and 2011 and dotting down twice in the green and gold.
This is what Gcobani Bobo had to say about Odwa, “A consummate professional, i’ve known Odwa since St Patricks JSS Gxulu District days, i was there when he made his debut for the Sharks and my last test at Newlands in 2008. The staying power of the man constantly reinventing himself to hold out for 249 professional first class games is nothing to be taken for granted. Him and Akhona have been the beacon of light for the example theyve set for us. we will cherish the moments we had, for ever graceful of his companionship. LEGEND LIVES ON”
This weekend Odwa Ndungane will make his 250th appearance in first class rugby against Western Province in Durban. Odwa has also announced that he will retire at the end of this seasons Currie Cup.
At Gritsports, we wish all the best for this weekend and for the future.