On Wednesday, the South African Rugby official website released an announcement that one of the main players had decided to finish the career of the national team player after the enchanting victory in the Saturday battle against England for the World Cup.
Saturday’s game became the last game for the national team for Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok legend Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarirato. The 34-year-old rugby veteran announced his retirement after the game.
The spectacular performance of the ‘gentle giant’ on Saturday crowned his incredible rugby player career which had begun with an impressive takeoff in 2006. Mtawarira made his senior provincial debut for the Cell C Sharks in 2006 and won his first Springbok cap in 2008, setting records on the way.
‘Beast’ became the third most-capped Springbok (behind Victor Matfield and Bryan Habana), the most capped prop, made the most appearances for a South African Vodacom Super Rugby team (159) and won the Rugby World Cup (2019), Tri-Nations (2009), Castle Lager Rugby Championship (2019), a series against the British & Irish Lions (2009) and the Currie Cup (2008, 2010 and 2013).
“I’ve been privileged to play this great game and achieve many career goals over the last 12 years of playing senior rugby,” Mtawarira stated. “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,” he concluded.