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Mon, 31 Dec 2012 12:00
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Kenyan export Daniel Adongo has admitted he is pondering whether to pursue an All Black cap or continue chasing his Springbok dream.

Kenyan export Daniel Adongo has admitted he is pondering whether to pursue and All Black cap or continue chasing his Springbok dream.

Adongo will realise his dream of playing Super Rugby when he joins up with the Southern Kings in January.

Adonga confirmed to Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper that he has signed to play with the Port Elizabeth-based Super Rugby newcomers, but will return to New Zealand in July.

"I am so delighted that I should realise my dream of playing in Super Rugby, after having only played for Bulls in the build up [pre-season] ahead of the 2012 Super Rugby," Adongo told the newspaper.

The former Kenyan age-group star, who was lured to South Africa by Sharks scouts, is in Kenya on a holiday break and will join up with the Kings in PE on Wednesday.

Adongo described his relocation to New Zealand from South Africa as "an effective campaign" and "a good decision" and is now is now looking into a bright rugby future.

"My first season with the Counties has been superb and eventful, having been part of the team that won the Championship [New Zealand's second-tier provincial competition]," Adongo told the Daily Nation.

"I went to New Zealand with high expectations and for sure it has been fulfilled," said Adonga - who added that since moving to New Zealand he has learnt a new style of playing quick rugby, along with developing more skills.

The 23-year-old utility forward - he is equally at home at lock and loose forward - started his junior career as a wing, but was converted to loose forward by Sharks General Manager Rudolph Straeuli, whom Adonga described as his "mentor".

Adonga, who played for Strathmore School and the Kenya Harlequins junior team, was spotted by scouts at the 2006 Safari Sevens tournament, playing in the schools category.

The next year he moved to the Sharks academy, making his senior debut in the 2011 Vodacom Cup. At the end of 2011 he was signed by the Bulls, but was released from his contract after just six months to join Counties Manukau in New Zealand.

"I was looking for an opportunity to play and showcase my skills and I definitely got that in New Zealand and that has benefited me as a player and going forward," said Adongo.

Adongo, who stands 1.98m tall and weigh 115 kilogrammes, explained that what is unique with New Zealand compared to South Africa from a forward's perspective is that their game is less direct hence the ball is in play longer.

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