RIP - Teddy Kondile
February 06, 2018
SA Rugby president, Mr Mark Alexander, expressed his condolences to the family of Teddy Kondile, who passed away this month.

"He was well-known in rugby circles and will always be remembered for his hard work and dedication on the training field, helping him to become a better player," said Mr Alexander.

Kondile hailed from a famous sporting family and was the son of 1957 African Springbok, Dumile, was a member of the Eastern Rugby Football Club in the Eastern Cape Province.

‘Easterns’ as the club is known amongst its fans, were a former affiliate member of the Port Elizabeth African Rugby Board (PEARB) and the SA African Rugby Football Board (SAARFB) and competed in the union’s Pilbro and Morgan Trophy competitions.

Kondile, a storming loose forward and lock, together with his brother Sizwe formed an integral of the club’s first XV and in 1978, contributed greatly to the club’s capturing of both trophies.

Following a breakaway from the PEARB/SAARFB, Easterns [together with eight other clubs] became a founding member of the Kwazakhele Rugby Union (KWARU), which affiliated with the non-racial and strong anti-apartheid SA Rugby Union.

KWARU upon their joining of the SA Cup competition, established themselves as a formidable force and players like Kondile contributed to the team’s ever-growing reputation. Indeed KWARU made an appearance in at least six finals, including winning the trophy in 1975, 1976 and 1979.

Following a string of excellent performance, Kondile [with two of his provincial teammates Bruno Mbula and George Lamani] made his debut for the SARU national team against a President’s XV on 28 September 1984 at the second SACOS Festival at the Athlone Stadium in Cape Town.

Despite contributing to his team success in their victory of 43-21, he lost his place amongst the top players of SARU. In his absence, players such as Gary Boshoff, Kalile Arnold, Makaya Jack and Peter Jooste established themselves on the national scene.

Through sheer hard work and dedication and undoubtedly aided by the consistent performances of a resurgent KWARU provincial team, he regained his position in the national team exactly six years after his debut.

This match, which was played against an Eastern Cape Zonal team consisting of the best players of the Victoria East, Central Karoo, Border, Frontier and South Eastern Districts rugby unions at the Independence Stadium in Bisho, proved a highlight for Kondile.

The match report in the publication 112 Years of Springbok Rugby: Tests and Heroes fittingly recounted: “After the break the SARU forwards took command and the gap opened up. Tall lock Teddy Kondile scored the first try after a scrum close to the Border Zonal line.”

This try, Kondile's only in two national appearances, assisted the team to win the test by 37-4.

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