Streaming issues? Report here
Africa Melane 2019 1500 BW Africa Melane 2019 1500 BW
Early Breakfast with Africa Melane
04:00 - 06:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: Breakfast with Refilwe Moloto
See full line-up
Early Breakfast with Africa Melane
04:00 - 06:00
Home
arrow_forward
Sport
fiber_manual_record
Local

Springboks' Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira retires from international rugby

6 November 2019 5:39 PM
by
Tags:
Springboks
Tendai Mtawarira
Rugby World Cup 2019

Beast started the final against England, which South Africa won 32-12, before being replaced by Steven Kirchoff soon after half-time in a pre-arranged move.

JOHANNESBURG - Springbok legend Tendai 'The Beast' Mtawarira announced Wednesday his retirement from international rugby, four days after helping South Africa win the Rugby World Cup.

It was his third appearance at the global showpiece and after quarter-final (2011) and semi-final (2015) losses, he achieved his greatest ambition in Japan last Saturday.

He started the final against England, which South Africa won 32-12, before being replaced by Steven Kirchoff soon after half-time in a pre-arranged move.

Coach Rassie Erasmus included six forwards among his eight replacements in key World Cup matches, which allowed him to bring on virtually a new, fresh pack during the second half.

Zimbabwe-born Mtawarira, 34, has been a fixture at loosehead prop since debuting in 2008 and he is the third most capped Springbok with 117 after retired duo Victor Mayfield and Bryan Habana.

He combined powerful scrumming with loose-play surges that triggered chants of "Beast, Beast, Beast" from excited South African supporters.

While many footballers in South Africa have nicknames, the 'Beast' is the only top-level rugby player to have one.

"I have been privileged to play this great game and achieve many career goals over the last 12 years of playing senior rugby," said Mtawarira in a statement issued by SA Rugby.

WATCH: Boks return victorious to SA

'PERFECT ENDING'

"I have 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 over the years."

SA Rugby president Mark Alexander hailed Mtawarira, who made his Springbok debut against Wales in Pretoria 11 years ago.

"'The Beast' is someone who never complained, always put in the hard work and simply got on with his job in his typically unassuming way," he said.

"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.

"'Beast', thank you for what you have done for South African rugby, to show that Springboks can indeed be gentle giants, and for never putting your own interests above those of the team.

"We salute you and will miss you in the green and gold."


This article first appeared on EWN : Springboks' Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira retires from international rugby


6 November 2019 5:39 PM
by
Tags:
Springboks
Tendai Mtawarira
Rugby World Cup 2019

Recommended

More from Sport

Lungi Ngidi

Jeremy Fredericks: Nothing will change if we don't confront racism in cricket

15 July 2020 6:38 PM

Is it too much to ask for cricket players to have equal opportunities in 2020? Cricket commentator Jeremy Fredericks speaks his mind.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

redskinsjpg

Washington Redskins to ditch 'grotesquely' offensive name and logo

14 July 2020 1:41 PM

Amid the Black Lives Matter movement, a number of the team's sponsors called on the Redskins to change the team's name.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Lungi Ngidi

'People like Pat Symcox are completely oblivious to issues of structural racism'

10 July 2020 1:48 PM

"Was I surprised by Graeme Smith’s lukewarm response? Probably not," says freelance journalist Niren Tolsi.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

siya-kolisijpg

Are the Stormers - who selflessly put themselves in harm’s way - in quarantine?

9 July 2020 1:29 PM

"The Stormers are all getting tested," says John Goliath. "It’s fantastic that they do it, but there’s a risk involved."

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

greg-chalmerspng

[WATCH] Golfer David Poulter caught farting on mic, and his hilarious response

6 July 2020 11:28 AM

Golfer Ian Poulter 'let one rip' as they say just after opponent Greg Chalmers was teeing off at the Travelers Championship.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

rugby-world-cup-masksjpg

RWC masks launched for 25th anniversary of '95 win - Morné du Plessis

21 June 2020 11:14 AM

SA's 3 World Cup-winning teams dedicate the anniversary of the '95 victory to the Springbok charity supporting injured players.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

raven-klaasen-insta-picpng

SA doubles star Raven Klaasen gearing up for US Open

19 June 2020 11:19 AM

South African doubles star Raven Klaasen says he's training in preparation for this year's US Open while some of his peers will sit the tournament out.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

191023sa-vs-indgif

Attending select number of boys' schools still key to cricketing success in SA

13 June 2020 1:21 PM

Dr Habib Noorbhai details the findings of his research into the role the school you attend plays in making it into the Proteas.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

gym-exercise-fitness-treadmill-equipment-health-club-weights-running-run-123rf

12 changes Virgin Active SA will implement when its club doors open again

9 June 2020 11:45 AM

It's not clear when gyms will reopen in SA, but Virgin Active is readying its clubs for when it gets the green light from the government.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

newlands-rugbypng

WP Rugby's Newlands development deal in jeopardy as Marais stalls on paperwork

5 June 2020 7:23 PM

It's reported that Western Province Rugby boss Zelt Marais did not sign the final documents handing over Newlands development rights to Investec.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

More from Local

Lungi Ngidi

Jeremy Fredericks: Nothing will change if we don't confront racism in cricket

15 July 2020 6:38 PM

Is it too much to ask for cricket players to have equal opportunities in 2020? Cricket commentator Jeremy Fredericks speaks his mind.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

car-key-driverjpg

10 affordable locksmiths that repair or replace car keys in Cape Town

15 July 2020 4:50 PM

Replacing faulty car keys can cost a fortune. Cape Town motorists have suggested 10 locksmith companies that won't break the bank.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Koketso Sachane

'We just cannot keep asking white people to just start with an acknowledgment'

15 July 2020 4:27 PM

Former CapeTalk presenter Koketso Sachane made an emotional call-in to the John Maytham Show on Wednesday afternoon...

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

cecil-rhodes-statue-twitter-croppedpng

Police investigating after Cecil John Rhodes statue decapitated in Cape Town

15 July 2020 2:33 PM

A criminal case has been opened after the statue of Cecil Rhodes was found beheaded at a monument on the slopes of Table Mountain.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

zoeyjpg

My Transgender Life: Trans activist Zoey Black uses YouTube to tell her story

15 July 2020 2:05 PM

Cape Town-based trans rights activist Zoey Black is using YouTube to take viewers on a remarkably personal journey of transition.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

seaboard-can-facebookjpg

Issue of Cape Town's homeless 'deeply politicised', says Seaboard councillor

15 July 2020 1:39 PM

Councillor Nicola Jowell has responded to complaints that the City of Cape Town isn't doing enough to address the plight of the homeless in the Sea Point area.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

school-classroom-class-desk-education-learning-pupils-teachers-teaching-123rf

DA call for student teachers to help under-capacitated schools comes 'too late'

15 July 2020 1:23 PM

Education expert Sara Black speaks to Lester Kiewit about the DA's call for teaching students to help under-pressure schools.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

beach-holiday-travel-relaxjpg

SA hotel occupancy drops from 60% to 17% since March - BDO SA

15 July 2020 12:36 PM

Christelle Grohmann doesn't believe industry can survive many more months and there are 1.5 million jobs in the tourism sector.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Light bulb against dark background, electricity, load shedding. Image: Pexels.

Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

15 July 2020 12:36 PM

Schedules and load shedding status for your area.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

180302ismailmomoniatjpg

Covid-19 tax relief measures could be extended beyond July - Treasury

15 July 2020 12:20 PM

Treasury deputy director-general Ismail Momoniat says there is a possibility of an extension of the Covid-19 tax relief measures.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward