Takudzwa Ngwenya

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Takudzwa Ngwenya
Takudzwa Ngwenya Churchill Cup 2010 vs Russia.jpg
Date of birth (1985-07-22) 22 July 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Harare, Zimbabwe
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg)
School Vainona High School
University Brookhaven College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2007-present Biarritz Olympique 200 (350) 70t
correct as of 9 September 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2007-present  United States 27 (50) 10t
correct as of 6 February 2014.
Sevens national teams
Years Club / team Comps
2006–2009  United States 5 (0)

Takudzwa Ngwenya (born 22 July 1985 in Harare, Zimbabwe) is a rugby union player who plays on the wing for the United States national rugby union team and French power Biarritz. He made his mark in the 2007 Rugby World Cup with scintillating tries against South Africa[1] and Samoa.

Early career[edit]

The oldest of three boys, Ngwenya first played rugby in Zimbabwe for the Mashonaland Club and for Vainona High School, from which he graduated in 2003. After moving to the USA, he played for the Plano Rugby Club in Plano, Texas and went on to play for the Dallas Athletic Rugby Club for a few years. He was clocked at 10.5 [1] hand time for the 100 m dash. DARC Rugby sent him to play for the Texas Select Side and the USA Under 19 national team, then the national Sevens team that came first in Bangkok and the 2007 North America 4.

Professional career[edit]

Ngwenya was offered a one-month trial at Saracens in England's Guinness Premiership by new coach Eddie Jones. However, he got a considerably better offer from Biarritz in France's Top 14, signing a two-year contract with them on 6 November 2007.[2] Since 2007 Ngwenya has been a constant presence on the wing for Biarritz. Ngwenya scored 2 tries in the 2007-08 Heineken Cup. In the 2009–10 Heineken Cup he helped the club make their first final since the 2006, finishing tied for second in tries scored with 6.[3] Ngwenya also had a stellar year in the 2009–10 Top 14 season, starting in 21 games and bagging 7 tries.[3] In the 2010-11 Heineken Cup Ngwenya scored 5 tries, again tying for second. During the 2011-12 Top 14 season Ngwenya bagged five tries in the Top 14 and added 4 more in the Heineken Cup[4] Ngwenya crossed the whitewash for Biarritz seven times in all competitions during both the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rugby World Cup Match Report, South Africa 64 USA 15. BBC News online, 30 September 2007.
  2. ^ "Takudzwa Ngwenya pour deux ans à Biarritz" (in French). Biarritz Olympique. 6 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-15. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b http://www.itsrugby.co.uk/joueur_10159.html
  4. ^ "Eagles Abroad: Season in Review, Part One". 
  5. ^ "Taku Nwenya". http://www.itsrugby.fr/joueur_10159.html. itsrugby. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 

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