Durban, 9th October 2017: After more than a decade of dedication and service in the black and white jersey, Cell C Sharks wing Odwa Ndungane will close the curtain on his illustrious career at the end of the 2017 rugby season.
Having arrived in Durban in 2005, he soon became an integral part of the team and over the years words such as “Mr. Dependable”, mentor and stalwart have been used to describe this legend of Sharks rugby.
His strong leadership qualities and the positive influence that he has had on the young players around him are commendable. There is no greater tribute than one given by your teammates, opposition and by the fans and Odwa is deserving of all the praise and acknowledgement.
This Saturday, the Cell C Sharks will play their final pool game of the Currie Cup tournament against Western Province at Growthpoint KINGS PARK, ahead of the semi-final taking place next week. The match on Saturday will be a tribute match to Odwa in celebration of his career and his invaluable contribution to Sharks rugby.
Commenting on the decision to honour Odwa, The Sharks Head Coach, Robert du Preez said: “Odwa Ndungane epitomises what it means to be a professional rugby player and over the years his dedication, loyalty and contribution to the team remained unwavering.
“It is fitting that we honour a player that has given so much to the game and those around him with a tribute match that will highlight his tremendous career.
“We encourage our fans to come through to Growthpoint KINGS PARK on Saturday to celebrate and acknowledge the massive impact he has made during his distinguished career.”
Additional notes about Odwa Ndungane:
- He joined The Sharks from the Blue Bulls in 2005;
- Part of an elite group of players to have played 100 Vodacom Super Rugby and Currie Cup games for the Cell C Sharks;
- We will be running with #Odwa249* for this week to celebrate the number of professional games he has played for the Cell C Sharks in his career. This number includes the game against the Western Province on Saturday;
- He has 9 Springbok caps to his name.
Cell C Sharks Stats – Odwa Ndungane
Vodacom Super Rugby caps – 134
Currie Cup caps – 101
Cell C Sharks XV caps – 9
Springbok caps – 9
Tries – 70
Total Points – 352