Tonderai Chavhanga joined the Dragons in October 2011 from South African provincial side Golden Lions.
The Springbok wing was born in Zimbabwe and is known for his pace and prolific scoring ability. He currently holds the South African record for the number of tries scored in one game after crossing the line 6 times against Uruguay on his international debut back in 2005.
There's definitely a sporting gene in Tondi’s family with his mother and uncles involved in athletics. His uncle Franco Kawaza was involved in strong man competitions and was the gladiator Warrior in the South African version of the popular TV show.
Tondi started his rugby career playing school-boy rugby in Zimbabwe before getting picked up by scouts in South Africa to sign for the Cheetahs. From the Cheetahs he got picked for the Springboks Sevens then the South Africa Under-21s.
In 2004 Tondi joined the Western Province side in the Currie Cup and the Stormers in Super Rugby, playing there for about 7 seasons before moving to the Golden Lions in 2010.
During his time at Western Province Stormers Chavhanga played against the Dragons in the Emirates Duel in the Desert in Dubai in 2005. The Stormers won on that day 47-17 having been 17-7 down after 30 minutes with Tondi scoring 2 tries.
Chavhanga made the Tri Nations squad in 2007 and earned his second South Africa cap against New Zealand, coming off the bench for the match in Christchurch.
Tondi played in both tests against Wales when they toured South Africa in the summer of 2008, the third and fourth caps of his 4 cap Springbok career.
He also started for Western Province against the British & Irish Lions in 2009, pushing the Lions all the way and narrowly losing 23-26 at Newlands.
Chavhanga came to the Dragons having missed out on selection for the Springboks squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup but made an immediate impression for the Welsh region. Thought by many to be the fastest man in world rugby, Chavhanga brought a fantastic turn of pace with his try against Bath in just his second match for the region.
Read March 2012's interview with Tondi here
Season P W D L T C P Dg Pts
2011/2012 18 6 1 11 7 0 0 0 35
Matches Played In 2011/2012
|29/10/2011||Benetton Rugby Treviso||WI||2||0||0||0||10|
|12/11/2011||RC I Cavalieri Prato||WI||1||0||0||0||5|
|13/04/2012||Benetton Rugby Treviso||WI||0||0||0||0||0|
2012/2013 10 3 0 7 3 0 0 0 15
Matches Played In 2012/2013
|01/12/2012||Benetton Rugby Treviso||WI||0||0||0||0||0|
Total 28 9 1 18 10 0 0 0 50
- Chavhanga gets into a space 1/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Chavhanga scores try for the Dragons 2/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Chavhanga races in to score try 3/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Chavhanga is stopped by Northamptons Waldouck 4/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tonderai Chavhanga takes on Ospreys 5/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Open Training Session April 2012 6/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tonderai Chavhanga dives in for the try 7/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tonderai Chavhanga dives in for the try 8/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tonderai Chavhanga dives in for the try 9/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tonderai Chavhanga wins the race to score the try 10/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tonderai Chavhanga wins the race to score the try 11/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tonderai Chavhanga is tackled 12/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tonderai Chavhanga is tackled 13/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tonderai Chavhanga is tackled 14/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tonderai Chavhanga fends off a tackler 15/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tonderai Chavhanga looks to collect the ball 16/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tonderai Chavhanga is tackled 17/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Laulala is tackled by Tonderai Chavhangha 18/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Laulala is tackled by Tonderai Chavhangha 19/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tonderai Chavhangha beats Cuthbert to the high bal 20/20 ©Huw Evans Images