Meet Zinhle Ndawonde: Firefighter by day, rugby player by weekend

Meet Zinhle Ndawonde: Firefighter by day, rugby player by weekend

- Zinhle Ndawonde works as a firefighter during the week

- On weekends, she is a star rugby player for the women's Sharks and Springboks teams

- She is inspiring many South Africans on social media

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Zinhle Ndawonde is a star player for the women's Springboks and Sharks rugby teams while doubling up as a firefighter.

The 28-year-old KwaZulu-Natal native made her Test debut during the women's Springboks duel with Wales in Cardiff, UK, over the weekend.

Zinhle is also the vice-captain of the women's Springboks team. She plays in both the 15s and 7s sides, Briefly.co.za gathered.

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As a firefighter, she is stationed at King Shaka International Airport in Durban. Her Facebook profile reveals that she holds a BTech degree in Sports Management from Durban University of Technology.

In a recent interview, Zinhle said women rugby players are often overlooked. Most people don't believe that women can play rugby, she added.

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Zinhle explained:

There are perceptions that if you're a woman and you play rugby, you're a boy, which is not the case.
It's something we deal with every day. It's just a matter of you being the person that you are and just playing rugby, because it's all about passion.

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Zinhle's passion for rugby is inspiring many South Africans on social media. Many of them wished her well.

Some said women players shouldn't have to hold regular jobs in addition to their professional careers.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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