Bongi Mbonambi reveals off-field reason behind Sharks switch
Hooker Bongi Mbonambi has revealed one of the reasons he quit the Stormers in order to join the Sharks was because he felt he’d be ’empowered for life after rugby’.
Hooker Bongi Mbonambi has revealed one of the main reasons he quit the Stormers in order to join the Sharks was because he felt he’d be ’empowered for life after rugby’.
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Bongi Mbonambi started his professional career at the Bulls before moving to Western Province and the Stormers in 2015.
However, this week it was confirmed that the 30-year-old had elected to leave the Cape and follow former team-mate Siya Kolisi to the KwaZulu-Natal side from November 2021 onwards.
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The Sharks have been financially boosted after MVM Holdings took a majority stake in the Durban-based franchise while WP Rugby has faced financial woes for longer than anyone cares to remember.
Mbonambi, like Kolisi, is on the books of rapper Jay-Z-owned sports management company Roc Nation.
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Bongi Mbonambi said his decision to join the Sharks was not one he had taken lightly.
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‘I have a family to provide for,’ Mbonambi told Netwerk24.
‘Life after rugby is important. I’ve been blessed to start my own business in Durban with my agent as my partner. We worked well together.
‘As we get older, players start thinking about life after their playing career. So one of the most important reasons why I joined the Sharks is because they empower and equip their players for life after rugby.
‘I realise I’ll be in Durban to play rugby first and foremost, but I also want to make the best of this business venture.’
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Mbonambi added that he had received several lucrative offers from foreign clubs, but believes his decision to stay in South Africa proves his loyalty to the country and the Springboks.
Bongi Mbonambi, who was part of the 2019 Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok squad, is expected to battle Malcolm Marx for the starting spot in the Springboks’ front row against the touring British & Irish Lions next month.
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Stormers coach John Dobson confirmed that the union had done everything in its power to keep Mbonambi in the Cape