|Date of birth||24 December 1983|
|Place of birth||Masvingo, Zimbabwe|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||86 kg (13 st 8 lb; 190 lb)|
|School||Prince Edward School, Harare|
|University||University of the Free State|
|Rugby union career|
Chavhanga was born in Masvingo, Zimbabwe. He was raised by his mother, who had a strong influence on his religious views. His mother worked in construction and built the house in which he grew up. Although poor his mother supported him financially and was the biggest influence on him. His father played very little role in his life, as he remarried and was uninvolved in his up bringing.
Chavhanga played rugby for the first time in Grade 5, at Harare's government-owned Blakiston Primary School. Even at a young age, Tonderai's speed qualities were evident as he was much quicker than his peers. He made first team rugby for three consecutive years at primary school and made the Harare Schools Representative team for three straight years playing fullback. Chavhanga attended Prince Edward School in Zimbabwe on a scholarship. He was the youngest player in the history of the school to play for the school's first team.
Chavhanga made his international debut for the Springboks as a 21-year-old on 11 June 2005 on the right wing, in a home game against Uruguay at the Basil Kenyon Stadium in East London. The Springboks notched up a large victory, winning 134–3. Chavhanga scored six tries in the match and now holds the South African record for the most number of tries scored in one game. He missed the end of year touring matches, because of a quad muscle injury.
He was selected as part of the Springboks squad to tour New Zealand and Australia. He was on the bench for the game against the All Blacks in Christchurch. He could run the 100 meters in 10.27 seconds, possibly making him the fastest rugby player in South African history.
|No.||Opponents||Results (RSA 1st)||Position||Tries||Dates||Venue|
|1.||Uruguay||134–3||Wing||6||11 June 2005||Basil Kenyon Stadium, East London|
|2.||New Zealand||6–33||Replacement||14 July 2007||AMI Stadium, Christchurch|
|3.||Wales||43–17||Wing||7 June 2008||Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein|
|4.||Wales||37–21||Wing||14 June 2008||Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria|
He made a strong statement against xenophobia when he addressed media, in his capacity as a Springbok on the 2008 xenophobic attacks. He also clearly stated that he was a Shona, a Zimbabwean ethnic tribe.
- List of South Africa national rugby union players – Springbok no. 768
- "Tonderai Chavhanga". ESPN scrum. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
- Chavhanga joins Dragons
- "SA Rugby Squad – Toyota Free State Cheetahs : 2013 Absa Currie Cup Premier Division". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 3 June 2016.