Real reason why Mbonambi left Stormers
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Springbok hooker Bongi Mbonambi’s exit from the Stormers was another transfer that raised a couple of eyebrows.
The 30-year-old has been linked with a move from the Cape Town-based franchise for over a month and last week it was confirmed he will join the Sharks.
The Springbok will join Siya Kolisi, who signed with the Sharks in February after an 11-year journey with WP Rugby.
Mbonambi, like Kolisi, is on the books of rapper Jay-Z-owned sports management company Roc Nation.
Mbonambi has been with the Stormers since 2015.
Before that, he was with the Bulls between 2012 and 2014.
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In an interview with Netwerk24, the Springbok, who was also linked with a move to Bulls, revealed the reason why he decided to join the Sharks.
“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,”
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.