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80 up for Beast


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship on 26 Aug 2016 at 09:55
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Big congratulations to one of Natal rugby’s favourite sons, big Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira. When he runs out onto the pitch in Salta on Saturday, wearing his familiar number 1 jersey for the Springboks, Beast will become the joint most-capped prop ever for the national team.

The 80-cap club, which Beast joins on Saturday, is a pretty exclusive one when we’re talking props. The only other member is Os du Randt, who retired immediately after his 80th test at the age of 35. That game was a rather significant one, being the World Cup Final in Paris in 2007.

Beast is a little younger than that, of course and with some luck going his way could well go on to become the first Springbok prop to play 100 tests. All the same, it’s a phenomenal achievement for the young man from Zimbabwe who has made the East Coast his home.

In winning his 80th cap, Beast will move ahead of Bismarck du Plessis (with whom he currently shares 11th place) to share joint 10th position on the all-time most-capped Springbok list. Bryan Habana earns an 119th cap to cement his position as number 2 on the list, but has some way to go to eclipse Victor Matfield’s record of 127 appearances.



10 Comments

  • Fantastic achievement by Beast. Lets hope his80th will inspire him to become more involved. I get the feeling his is playing within himself these days. I want to see that old Beast fire…

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.08.16 10:06:03 by SheldonK Reply
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  • Beast has lost his running game but he is still a great scrummager and that’s what I want from my prop. Can’t remember the last time Beast was dominated by the opposition other than the 1 off scrum here and there.

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.08.16 10:37:00 by Hulk Reply
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  • Congrats to the Beast on 80 caps. Remarkable.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.08.16 10:52:23 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Congrats, big guy.

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.08.16 11:19:38 by Ben Reply
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  • Awesome achievement!

    Make it a big one Beast!

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.08.16 11:31:34 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Big congratulations to the big humble man!!! Congrats Beast and hope you get to 100 caps!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.08.16 11:47:53 by JD Reply
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  • Awesome, I will always remember that utter demolition of the B&I Lions scrum in 2009 that he, Bissie, and Smit were able to manufacture. And a Sharks man through and through, the Sharks Academy gave him (a player from Zim) the opportunity and solid grounding that he needed (and facilitated his move to loosehead prop, and it is clear he feels he owes the Sharks for this opportunity and is expressing that through his commitment to the union. You can be sure many Euro teams are knocking on his door, but he remains committed to the Sharks and Boks. A class act.

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.08.16 15:16:55 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 7) : for sure and it’s not only Euro teams other local teams also tried but failed!!! Like you say class act!!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.08.16 15:33:53 by JD Reply
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  • Could have been closer to 100, save for his ineligibility in 2007.

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.08.16 16:12:45 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • I’ll always respect and like him. True shark!

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.08.16 18:39:38 by coolfusion Reply

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