Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira, the legendary Zimbabwe-born rugby player who fought as SA’s Springbok prop, has announced his retirement from the team and from the international rugby in general.
The 34-year-old who secured a number of scrum penalties on the loose-head side as South Africa dominated the set-piece to lay the platform for their third World Cup title has left the pack as the most capped prop.
“I am grateful for the opportunities afforded to me by many top coaches at the Springboks and the Sharks, and grateful to my numerous teammates in green and gold, and black and white, over the years,” the veteran said.
The top-level player had made his Springbok debut against Wales in Pretoria 11 years ago and through his career won Tri-Nations (2009), Rugby Championship (2019), a series against the British & Irish Lions (2009), and the Currie Cup (2008, 2010, and 2013).
“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.”