Club: University of the Free State
Position: Loose forward/ back row
Born: 27 March 2000
Nationality: South African
Passport: South African
As a former schoolboy centre, Thabo Ndimande has unbelievable speed for a loose forward. He is a strong ball-carrier and creative with ball in hand, but regards his defence as the biggest strength of his game.
Ndimande played for the Valke at the U16 Grant Khomo Week and the U18 Craven Week, as well as for the Valke U17 Sevens team. He represented the Valke U19s in the A Rugby U19 Championship while still at school.
Ndimande toured the UK with South Africa U20 (Junior Springboks) at the end of 2019 but was denied the chance to wear the green and gold again in 2020 due to Covid-19. He did, however, get to play for the Golden Lions U21 team in the SA Rugby U21 Championship.
Ndimande is now looking to make a big impact for the University of the Free State (Shimlas) in the 2021 Varsity Cup.
2021: University of the Free State (Varsity Cup tournament)
2020: Golden Lions U21 (SA Rugby U21 Championship)
2019-20: South Africa U20 (Junior Springboks’ tour of UK)