SA Rugby has paid tribute to former rugby player and beloved commentator Kaunda Ntunja.
CAPE TOWN – Former South African rugby player and beloved commentator Kaunda Ntunja has died, his sister Tando confirmed on social media on Monday.
“It is with deep sadness I confirm the passing of our beloved brother Kaunda Ntunja, earlier today in East London, Eastern Cape,” Tando Ntunja wrote.
“As you can imagine, we still trying to make sense of this tragic news and we ask for your love, care and discretion as we prepare to lay my big brother to rest.”
Ntunja was 38.
Ntunja was born in East London and attended Dale College. He played for Border in the Craven Week in 2000 and was appointed captain of the SA Schools the in the same year. He also captained the SA U19 side in 2001.
After playing junior rugby for the Sharks, Ntunja represented the Cheetahs, Southern Kings and Lions at senior level, before hanging up his boots in 2008.
Ntunja became a Xhosa rugby commentator for SuperSport during the 2009 British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa.
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Since then he has become one of South Africa’s most-loved broadcasters, with his monologues and energy behind the microphone resonating with fans over the world.