Tonderai Chavhanga can't wait for Parade Euro showdown

DANGER MAN: Tonderai Chavhanga in action for Newport in Saturday’s British & Irish Cup win over Connacht Eagles

DANGER MAN: Tonderai Chavhanga in action for Newport in Saturday’s British & Irish Cup win over Connacht Eagles

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DRAGONS v BAYONNE (Saturday, KO 8.10)

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons star Tonderai Chavhanga is raring to go as he prepares to make his long-awaited return for the region in this weekend’s home Amlin Challenge Cup clash with Bayonne.

The speedster played his first match in six months on Saturday, starring for Newport in their 18-14 British & Irish Cup win over Connacht Eagles.

The South Africa international wing needed surgery after badly hurting his knee in the Dragons’ heavy defeat away to the Ospreys in April.

Chavhanga, 28, played 22 minutes for the Black and Ambers last weekend to give him some much-needed game time.

The lightning fast Zimbabwe-born danger man, a hugely popular figure at Rodney Parade, said his comeback match was badly needed and he can’t wait to get back into action for the Dragons: “I’m glad I got through it – I didn’t get to do much and I could have gone on a bit longer.

“And I’ve got a 100 per cent record with Newport now! The lungs and legs were feeling a bit heavy but I’m feeling good and I was glad to be out there.”

Chavhanga, who won four caps for the Springboks, said he feels in great shape: “Hopefully I will be ready for the weekend. It did me a lot of good getting a few minutes before I hit the big time.

“I’ve done a lot of training with my rehabilitation and the conditioning but nothing beats game time.”

He has endured a tough time away from the game: “I’ve never had an injury like this one before. For just over two weeks I was in a long cast from my hip to the ankle and I couldn’t really move.

“I was bedridden for a little while which was really frustrating.

“It’s probably been the biggest injury I’ve ever had but the medical staff have really managed me well.”

Chavhanga added: “The more I play, the more confident I will get. You just need to get over the little battles – that first tackle and that first run.”

If the Dragons don’t beat French Top 14 strugglers Bayonne, their European campaign will be up in smoke after last Saturday’s 38-25 defeat away to Wasps.

Bayonne beat Italian no-hopers Mogliano 71-7 in their first match last Friday.

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12:02pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Euwan Usami says...

Good luck Tondi, genuinely nice guy as well as a class act, who deserves a bit of luck. And some decent ball too.
Good luck Tondi, genuinely nice guy as well as a class act, who deserves a bit of luck. And some decent ball too. Euwan Usami
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2:40pm Wed 17 Oct 12

SWBorderer says...

Can he wear a special hat with a flag on it so the rest of the team know where he is, they had great difficulty finding him last year.

Great thinking from DE, put a match winner on the wing then don't give him the ball.

On another note, are they hoping to develop Amos as a tight head?????
Can he wear a special hat with a flag on it so the rest of the team know where he is, they had great difficulty finding him last year. Great thinking from DE, put a match winner on the wing then don't give him the ball. On another note, are they hoping to develop Amos as a tight head????? SWBorderer
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6:22pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Euwan Usami says...

SWBorderer wrote:
Can he wear a special hat with a flag on it so the rest of the team know where he is, they had great difficulty finding him last year.

Great thinking from DE, put a match winner on the wing then don't give him the ball.

On another note, are they hoping to develop Amos as a tight head?????
Yeah I heard that too, apparently Wil Harries at lose with Johnathon Evans at hooker because he knows how to throw a pass they tell me. Tondi is being supplied with a selection of magazines for the match but, to his credit, has said he would rather help out Nathan Buck at full back.
[quote][p][bold]SWBorderer[/bold] wrote: Can he wear a special hat with a flag on it so the rest of the team know where he is, they had great difficulty finding him last year. Great thinking from DE, put a match winner on the wing then don't give him the ball. On another note, are they hoping to develop Amos as a tight head?????[/p][/quote]Yeah I heard that too, apparently Wil Harries at lose with Johnathon Evans at hooker because he knows how to throw a pass they tell me. Tondi is being supplied with a selection of magazines for the match but, to his credit, has said he would rather help out Nathan Buck at full back. Euwan Usami
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8:34pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Robert Shillabeer says...

Euwan Usami wrote:
SWBorderer wrote:
Can he wear a special hat with a flag on it so the rest of the team know where he is, they had great difficulty finding him last year.

Great thinking from DE, put a match winner on the wing then don't give him the ball.

On another note, are they hoping to develop Amos as a tight head?????
Yeah I heard that too, apparently Wil Harries at lose with Johnathon Evans at hooker because he knows how to throw a pass they tell me. Tondi is being supplied with a selection of magazines for the match but, to his credit, has said he would rather help out Nathan Buck at full back.
Will Harries checks in at 111kg, but has not played there before I don't think and Johnathan Evans is the only scrum half available so can't really see that panning out.
[quote][p][bold]Euwan Usami[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SWBorderer[/bold] wrote: Can he wear a special hat with a flag on it so the rest of the team know where he is, they had great difficulty finding him last year. Great thinking from DE, put a match winner on the wing then don't give him the ball. On another note, are they hoping to develop Amos as a tight head?????[/p][/quote]Yeah I heard that too, apparently Wil Harries at lose with Johnathon Evans at hooker because he knows how to throw a pass they tell me. Tondi is being supplied with a selection of magazines for the match but, to his credit, has said he would rather help out Nathan Buck at full back.[/p][/quote]Will Harries checks in at 111kg, but has not played there before I don't think and Johnathan Evans is the only scrum half available so can't really see that panning out. Robert Shillabeer
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9:59pm Wed 17 Oct 12

SWBorderer says...

Robert Shillabeer wrote:
Euwan Usami wrote:
SWBorderer wrote:
Can he wear a special hat with a flag on it so the rest of the team know where he is, they had great difficulty finding him last year.

Great thinking from DE, put a match winner on the wing then don't give him the ball.

On another note, are they hoping to develop Amos as a tight head?????
Yeah I heard that too, apparently Wil Harries at lose with Johnathon Evans at hooker because he knows how to throw a pass they tell me. Tondi is being supplied with a selection of magazines for the match but, to his credit, has said he would rather help out Nathan Buck at full back.
Will Harries checks in at 111kg, but has not played there before I don't think and Johnathan Evans is the only scrum half available so can't really see that panning out.
I thought you had sources at the top table Robert, didn't you know this is all part of Darren's master plan. I've even heard Dai Watkins has been seen on the training pitch, could he be the added muscle we're looking for, after all he did once punch Colin Meads.
[quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Euwan Usami[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SWBorderer[/bold] wrote: Can he wear a special hat with a flag on it so the rest of the team know where he is, they had great difficulty finding him last year. Great thinking from DE, put a match winner on the wing then don't give him the ball. On another note, are they hoping to develop Amos as a tight head?????[/p][/quote]Yeah I heard that too, apparently Wil Harries at lose with Johnathon Evans at hooker because he knows how to throw a pass they tell me. Tondi is being supplied with a selection of magazines for the match but, to his credit, has said he would rather help out Nathan Buck at full back.[/p][/quote]Will Harries checks in at 111kg, but has not played there before I don't think and Johnathan Evans is the only scrum half available so can't really see that panning out.[/p][/quote]I thought you had sources at the top table Robert, didn't you know this is all part of Darren's master plan. I've even heard Dai Watkins has been seen on the training pitch, could he be the added muscle we're looking for, after all he did once punch Colin Meads. SWBorderer
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10:01pm Wed 17 Oct 12

SWBorderer says...

No, I think it was Colin Meads who punched him, but he did claim self defence.
No, I think it was Colin Meads who punched him, but he did claim self defence. SWBorderer
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6:52am Thu 18 Oct 12

CaptainB says...

Is Colin Meads the secret new signing to bolster the pack, we know he's coming to Rodney in November?
Is Colin Meads the secret new signing to bolster the pack, we know he's coming to Rodney in November? CaptainB
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5:38pm Thu 18 Oct 12

Robert Shillabeer says...

SWBorderer wrote:
Robert Shillabeer wrote:
Euwan Usami wrote:
SWBorderer wrote:
Can he wear a special hat with a flag on it so the rest of the team know where he is, they had great difficulty finding him last year.

Great thinking from DE, put a match winner on the wing then don't give him the ball.

On another note, are they hoping to develop Amos as a tight head?????
Yeah I heard that too, apparently Wil Harries at lose with Johnathon Evans at hooker because he knows how to throw a pass they tell me. Tondi is being supplied with a selection of magazines for the match but, to his credit, has said he would rather help out Nathan Buck at full back.
Will Harries checks in at 111kg, but has not played there before I don't think and Johnathan Evans is the only scrum half available so can't really see that panning out.
I thought you had sources at the top table Robert, didn't you know this is all part of Darren's master plan. I've even heard Dai Watkins has been seen on the training pitch, could he be the added muscle we're looking for, after all he did once punch Colin Meads.
No not at the top table, only did that at my daughters' weddings and don't hob nob that well.
[quote][p][bold]SWBorderer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Euwan Usami[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SWBorderer[/bold] wrote: Can he wear a special hat with a flag on it so the rest of the team know where he is, they had great difficulty finding him last year. Great thinking from DE, put a match winner on the wing then don't give him the ball. On another note, are they hoping to develop Amos as a tight head?????[/p][/quote]Yeah I heard that too, apparently Wil Harries at lose with Johnathon Evans at hooker because he knows how to throw a pass they tell me. Tondi is being supplied with a selection of magazines for the match but, to his credit, has said he would rather help out Nathan Buck at full back.[/p][/quote]Will Harries checks in at 111kg, but has not played there before I don't think and Johnathan Evans is the only scrum half available so can't really see that panning out.[/p][/quote]I thought you had sources at the top table Robert, didn't you know this is all part of Darren's master plan. I've even heard Dai Watkins has been seen on the training pitch, could he be the added muscle we're looking for, after all he did once punch Colin Meads.[/p][/quote]No not at the top table, only did that at my daughters' weddings and don't hob nob that well. Robert Shillabeer
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