Springbok winger leaves Stormers for Lions



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Springbok wing Tonderai Chavhanga will not feature for the Stormers in the 2010 Super Rugby after the winger signed for the Lions earlier this week.

The winger’s manager Neil Minnaar confirmed the move and said that the Stormers did not offer Chavanga a new deal which would have kept him at WP after his contract expires at the end of October.

“Tonderai is going to the Lions. He has signed a two-year contract,” Minnaar told the Cape Times.

“I asked Western Province at the end of the Super 14 what Tondie’s situation was as his contract ends on October 31. But nothing has been forthcoming.

“So I put his name out in the market and there was lots of interest all over the world. We only heard from WP recently. “

“We met with Rassie Erasmus on September 8 and he said that there would be something from WP by September 14. But there has still been nothing. So Tondie decided to sign for the Lions.”

Chavhanga has been in good form for WP in the Currie Cup but his career has been plagued by injury and was was again sidelined by the Stormers in 2009 as Erasmus opted to turn loose forward Nick Koster into a wing.

With Fijian Sireli Naqelevuki also preferred on the other wing, Chavhanga did not get much game time. Now with Bryan Habana having signed for the Stormers and WP Chavhanga will get even less time.

Minnaar said the Zimbabwean-born speedster still had Springbok ambitions.

“Teams in France and the UK wanted to sign him, but I advised Tondie to rather stay in South Africa,” he said.

“He definitely still wants to play Test rugby, so it would be better for him to play in South Africa.

“He is only 26. Maybe he can be part of a big turnaround at the Lions in 2010.”

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