16 November 2011

Kenya: Adongo Almost a Springbok

Kenya giant Daniel Adongo made another step towards achieving his dream of playing for South Africa's Springboks after signing with Blue Bulls this week.

The South African Super Rugby side confirmed ensnaring the winger-turned-utility forward from the Natal Sharks until October 2013.

"This is a very significant move for me," the 1.97-metre-tall, 110kg Adongo said on phone from Pretoria. "I expect to make the initial 30-man squad for the season and I am looking forward to it. It will take a lot of hard work.

"The expectations of playing in Super Rugby are to eventually play for the Springboks. This is an opportunity for me. I would have loved to play for my motherland Kenya but when I started playing rugby I always wanted to play at the very highest level and making the South African team would be a dream come true."

Super Rugby tourney

Adongo, however, wished Kenyan rugby well, particularly the sevens team that also features his elder brother Leon.

The 22-year-old former Kenya Harlequins junior player is a product of the Sharks Academy and represented the club at the Under-19, U-21 and Vodacom Cup level, playing in all 10 of the Sharks XV's matches in 2011 where he scored three tries.

He also played for them in a Super Rugby pre-season tournament against the Stormers and Lions in Cape Town this year.

"Dan offers a lot to any team with his size and pace," the head of Blue Bulls rugby, Heyneke Meyer, said of the multi-talented Adongo, who made the Strathmore High School football, basketball, rugby and athletics teams and first made an impression on the national scene in 2006, also made the Kenya Under-18 and U-21 teams and played for Nairobi in the schools category of the Safari Sevens.

Nairobi won the title riding on the back of his tournament-leading tries.

Adongo's exploits at the 2006 Safari Sevens attracted Sharks scouts, in Nairobi for the tournament, and, encouraged by his father, he took up the club's offer in 2007 to study rugby at the Sharks Academy while studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.

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