Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira has call it a day on his Springbok career which includes 117 test caps and lifting the World Cup to end it all.
One of the most powerful men that we have seen on the world stage as the ‘Beast’ demolish most of his opponents throughout the years.
He made his senior debut for the Cell C Sharks in 2006 and pulled the Springbok jumper over his head for the first time in 2008.
He is the most-capped prop in our history and third most in Springbok rugby behind Victor Matfield and Bryan Habana.
During his time with the Springboks ‘Beast’ played 159 Super Rugby matches won the Tr-Nations in 2009, won the Rugby Championship in 2019, won three Currie Cup trophies with the Sharks in 2008,2010 and 2013.
He also form part of the Springbok side that won the British & Irish Lions Series in 2009.
Many players around the world will be happy to see the end of ‘Beast’ as he showed in the World Cup that he is still as strong as he was when he started.
“I’ve been privileged to play this great game and achieve many career goals over the last 12 years of playing senior rugby,” said Mtawarira.
“I’ve been blessed to have been part of teams that achieved so much success over the years, and I have many memories to cherish forever, but I can honestly say that winning the Rugby World Cup is the perfect ending and cherry on top.
“I am grateful for the opportunities afforded to me by many top coaches at the Springboks and the Sharks, and grateful to my numerous team mates in green and gold, and black and white, over the years.
“But most of all, to my wife Kuziva, and our two beautiful children, Talumba and Wangu, for sacrificing so much to allow me to chase my dreams. I really appreciate it immensely.
“I would also like to thank my parents, other family and friends for their support over the years – I could not have done this without you.”
Mr Mark Alexander, President of SA Rugby, paid tribute to Mtawarira
“’Beast is someone who never complained, always put in the hard work and simply got on with his job in his typically unassuming way,” said Mr Alexander.
“When he first got an opportunity at the Sharks, he rode a bicycle to training, which perfectly sums up not only his humbleness, but his desire to make it to the top. He worked very hard to achieve what he has and we’re all very proud of him.
“’Beast’, thank you for what you’ve done for South African rugby, to show that Springboks can indeed be gentle giants, and for never putting your own interests above that of the team. We salute you and will miss you in green and gold.”
He will go down as one fo the Legends of not just the game but as a Legendary Springbok as well.