Akona Ndungane

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Akona Ndungane
Akona Ndungane 2007.jpg
Personal information
Full name Akona Zilindlovu Ndungane
Born (1981-02-20) 20 February 1981 (age 36)
Mthatha, South Africa
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 93 kg (14 st 9 lb)
School(s) attended Hudson Park High School, East London
University Eastern Cape Technikon
Relatives Odwa Ndungane (twin brother)
Club information
Playing position Wing
Youth career
1999 Border Bulldogs
2002 Mighty Elephants
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Pts)
2003 Mighty Elephants 13 (30)
2004–2005 Border Bulldogs 17 (70)
2005–2015 Blue Bulls 75 (150)
2006–2015 Bulls 108 (165)
2003–2015 Total 213 (415)
Representative team(s)
2004 South Africa Sevens ()
2004 South Africa 'A' 1 (15)
2006–2007 South Africa (test) 11 (5)
2007 South Africa (tour) 2 (0)

* Senior club appearances and points correct as of 24 May 2015.
† Appearances (Points).

‡ Representative team caps and points correct as of 24 May 2015.

Akona Zilindlovu Ndungane (born (1981-02-20)20 February 1981 in Mthatha, South Africa) is a former South African rugby union player whose usual position was on the wing, although he also played as the centre.

He started his career in the Eastern Cape, playing for the Mighty Elephants in 2003 and for the Border Bulldogs in 2004 and 2005, before he was loaned out to the Blue Bulls for two seasons and eventually bought outright by the Pretoria-based side. However, he spent the bulk of his career in Pretoria, where he played for the Bulls in the international Super Rugby competition as well as the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup competition. In 2005, he made his Super 12 debut for the Bulls against the Cats.

In 2004, he was included in the South Africa Sevens side that competed at the IRB Sevens World Series in Bordeaux and London. He also represented the Springboks in 2006 and 2007, and was part of the victorious 2007 Rugby World Cup squad.[1]

He announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2015 Super Rugby season, having made in excess of hundred appearances for the Bulls in Super Rugby and a similar amount in domestic rugby with the Blue Bulls, Border Bulldogs and Mighty Elephants.[2]

He is the twin brother of winger Odwa Ndungane, who spent most of his career in Durban with the Sharks.


  1. ^ "Skinstad makes SA World Cup squad". BBC. 21 July 2007. Retrieved 29 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Blue Bulls Company say goodbye to a number of stalwarts" (Press release). Bulls. 12 June 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 

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