Thando Manana was the third Black African player to don a Springbok jersey. From his humble beginnings in Port Elizabeth, Thando grew to become one of the grittiest loose forwards of South African rugby. Within two years of picking up a rugby ball, he represented Eastern Province at Craven Week, and made his Springbok debut in 2000 in a tour game against Argentina A. .
Post his rugby playing days, Thando became a rugby commentator, pundit and member of the infamous Room Dividers team on Metro FM and played a massive role as General Manager at the Eastern Province Rugby Union.
Widely known for his passion for the game of rugby, the former Vodacom Bulls and Springbok player recently joined the Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd as Special Projects Manager.