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 204 (350) 70t
correct as of 16 December 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2007-present  United States 29 (60) 12t
correct as of 23 November 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 team 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]

International Tries[edit]

Takudzwa Ngwenya's International Tries [6]
Try Opposing Team City/Country Venue Competition Year
[1]  Samoa Saint-Etienne, France Stade Geoffroy-Guichard 2007 Rugby World Cup 2007
[2]  South Africa Montpellier, France Stade de la Mosson 2007 Rugby World Cup 2007
[3]  Uruguay Sandy, Utah, USA Rio Tinto Stadium Test Match 2008
[4]  Japan Nagoya, Japan Mizuho Rugby Stadium Test Match 2008
[5]  Japan Tokyo, Japan Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium Test Match 2008
[6]  Russia Glendale, Colorado, USA Infinity Park 2010 Churchill Cup 2010
[7]  Portugal Lisbon, Portugal Estádio Universitário de Lisboa Test Match 2010
[8]  Canada Toronto, Canada BMO Field Test Match 2011
[9]  Romania Bucharest, Romania Stadionul Arcul de Triumf Test Match 2012
[10]  Canada Toronto, Canada BMO Field 2015 Rugby World Cup Qualifier 2013
[11]  Romania Bucharest, Romania| Stadionul Arcul de Triumf Test Match 2014
[12]  Fiji Vannes, France Stade de la Rabine Test Match 2014


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