The evergreen winger will play receive his 100th Super Rugby cap, mere weeks after twin Akona achieved the same feat with the Bulls.
What is pretty startling about the brothers’ accolades is that they’ve been earned via the same virtues.
Neither are blessed with the highest pace, meaning they’ve relied on exemplary work ethic and guile.
Whilst Akona continues to be a cornerstone for the Bulls, Odwa’s plight is complicated by the fact that he’s now part of a setup under White brimming with class.
As a result, he differs from Akona because his battle to remain relevant is far more pronounced.
At 33, he’s doing it with absolute aplomb.
“I’m very proud, I’ve been here for 10 years and a lot of guys don’t get to play for one union for that long, so I feel fortunate,” said Ndungane.
“There’s a very happy environment at the Sharks. Durban’s a nice, easy-going place. Bismarck du Plessis, Jacques Botes and I have been here the longest, we’ve been very happy here and I think that’s why players like to come here.
“I’ve spoken to players who have come here on loan and who wanted to stay, they enjoy it here.”
But sentiment can’t cloud things too much, especially for a squad expected to be reinvigorated after a bye.
“The Lions’ forward pack has really been outstanding and then they have a lot of pace in the backline and a lot of skills,” noted White.