Thulani Ngidi

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Thulani Ngidi
Full nameThulani Siphamandla Ngidi
Date of birth (1986-01-11) 11 January 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth Durban, South Africa
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
SchoolNhlanhlayethu High School
Occupation(s)Valke and Sweidan
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Youth career
2007 Sharks
Amateur team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
2006 Jaguars ()
2013 College Rovers 2 (0)
Senior career
YearsTeamApps(Points)
2010–2011 Falcons 23 (0)
2014–2015 Falcons 34 (0)
Correct as of 4 October 2015

Thulani Siphamandla Ngidi (born 11 January 1986 in Durban, South Africa) is a South African rugby union player, who most recently played with the Falcons. [1] His regular position is tighthead prop.

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Career

Youth and amateur rugby

After representing amateur side Jaguars at the National Club Championships in 2006, he played for the Sharks U21 side in the 2007 Under-21 Provincial Championship.

Falcons

His first experience of first class rugby was in 2010. He moved to the East Rand to join the Falcons and was included in their squad for the 2010 Currie Cup First Division competition. He made his debut by starting their first match of the season against the Griffons in Welkom. [2] He started their first seven matches of the season and played off the bench in three more matches as the Falcons finished in last position in the competition.

He made a further eight appearances for the side during the 2011 Vodacom Cup competition (seven of those as a substitute) and just three appearances in the 2011 Currie Cup First Division.

College Rovers

Ngidi then returned to KwaZulu-Natal where he was a member of the College Rovers side that finished runners-up at the inaugural edition of the amateur club competition, the SARU Community Cup in 2013. He made one start during the pool stages of the competition and came on as a substitute in their semi-final match against Brakpan, [3] but was not used in the final as College Rovers suffered a 26–24 defeat to Despatch. [4]

Return to Falcons

He returned to provincial rugby in 2014 to play for Falcons again. He made six starts in the 2014 Vodacom Cup competition, started their first four matches in the 2014 Currie Cup qualification tournament and appeared as a replacement in all seven of their matches in the 2014 Currie Cup First Division, including the 31–24 semi-final victory over the Leopards [5] and their 21–23 defeat to the Griffons in the final. [6]

He remained with the Falcons for the 2015 season, making a total of seventeen first class appearances in the Vodacom Cup, Currie Cup qualification and Currie Cup First Division competitions.

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References

  1. "SA Rugby Player Profile – Thulani Ngidi". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. "SA Rugby Match Centre – Griffons 43-8 Valke". South African Rugby Union. 17 July 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  3. "SA Rugby Match Centre – East Rand Cranes Brakpan (Valke) 25-29 Jonsson College Rovers (KZN)". South African Rugby Union. 30 March 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  4. "SA Rugby Match Centre – Jonsson College Rovers (KZN) 24-26 GAP Despatch (EP)". South African Rugby Union. 1 April 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  5. "SA Rugby Match Centre – Leopards 24-31 Valke". South African Rugby Union. 3 October 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  6. "SA Rugby Match Centre – Down Touch Griffons 23-21 Valke". South African Rugby Union. 17 October 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2016.