24 December 1983 |
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||86 kg (13 st 8 lb)|
|School(s) attended||Prince Edward School, Harare|
|University||University of the Free State|
|Current club||Free State Cheetahs|
|2002–03||Free State Cheetahs|
|2011–13||Newport Gwent Dragons||28||(50)|
|2013||Free State Cheetahs||0||(0)|
|2003||South Africa U21||()|
|* Senior club appearances and points correct as of 26 July 2014.
† Appearances (Points).
Chavhanga made his international debut for the Springboks as a 21-year-old on 11 June 2005 on the right wing, in a home game against Uruguay at the Basil Kenyon Stadium in East London. The Springboks notched up a large victory, winning 134 points to three. Chavhanga scored six tries in the match and now holds the South African record for the most number of tries scored in one game. He missed the end of year touring matches, because of a quad muscle injury.
He was selected as part of the Springboks squad to tour New Zealand and Australia. He was on the bench for the game against the All Blacks in Christchurch.
He could run the 100 meters in 10.27 seconds, possibly making him the fastest rugby player in South African history.
He was raised by his mother, who had a strong influence on his religious views. His mother worked in construction and built the house in which he grew up. Although poor his mother supported him financially and was the biggest influence on him. His father played very little role in his life, as he remarried and was uninvolved in his up bringing. Chavhanga attended Prince Edward High School in Zimbabwe on a scholarship. He was the youngest player in the history of the school to play for the school's first team.
He made a strong statement against xenophobia when he addressed media, in his capacity as a Springbok on the 2008 xenophobic attacks. He also clearly stated that he was a Shona, a Zimbabwean ethnic tribe.
He played rugby for the first time in Grade 5, at Harare's government-owned Blakiston Primary School. Even at such a tender age, Tonderai's speed qualities were very evident as he was much quicker than his peers. He made first team rugby for three consecutive years at primary school and made the Harare Schools Representative team for three straight years playing fullback.
- Lions profile
- Tonderai Chavhanga on Springbok Rugby Hall of Fame
- Tonderai Chavhanga on SARugby.com
- Tonderai Pace Explosion Witness the express pace on Youtube.com
- Tondie transfers to Lions
- Newport Gwent Dragons squad