Sharks clarify Beast situation

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 29 Feb 2012 at 07:00
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After a fair bit of mild panic was generated yesterday, once the story of Beast Mtawarira’s hospitalisation broke, the Sharks have issued a press release to clarify the situation.

In short, the heart condition for which Beast was treated in Cape Town is not serious and far from threatening to either his career or, far more importantly, his life. The only thing keeping Beast off the rugby field right now is his broken ankle and since he’s going through some enforced time away from the game anyway, the time seemed right to get his benign heart complication seen to.

The full Sharks release follows. Please stop worrying… there’s nothing wrong with Beast. Well, other than the ankle, that is!

As a national rugby icon, Shark and Springbok loosehead prop Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira attracts a lot of attention. As such, a visit to a Cape Town hospital has led to rumours about his current state of health and The Sharks (Pty) Ltd would like to outline the facts.
According to Sharks Team Doctor Ewoudt van der Linde, Mtawarira suffers from mild heart palpitations which is a very common condition prevalent in a large number of the general public. As such, it is in no way rugby-related but is simply a general medical condition.

“It is not serious, not life threatening and will definitely not have an influence on his rugby career in any way,” he explains. “It does not, and will not affect his ability nor the longevity of his career.”

Mtawarira has undergone treatment in Cape Town. The hospital offers the only medical unit in South Africa where they can do the particular procedure (which is very new) to try and cure his palpitations.

This medical information related to his current condition is given out on the basis of accuracy and to ensure the rugby-loving public that it is not considered serious. Although he is a Shark and Springbok rugby player and is constantly in the spotlight, it is requested that people respect his privacy and patient confidentiality.

“This was just something small that was bugging me, but it is all resolved and nothing serious to worry about at all,” explains Mtawarira. “I am home and doing my rehab at The Sharks Medical Centre for my ankle, which is going well and is all on track.”

The decision to treat this condition at the present time was taken because his absence from rugby due to this current ankle injury afforded the opportunity to undertake the treatment.

His ankle is doing very well and he should be up and running within the next few months.


  • Good luck to the Beast, hopefully we see him on the field sooner rather than later. BBBEEEAAAST!!!!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.02.12 07:11:13 by RuckingFun Reply
  • Wish you luck big guy. You are already a legend of the game and it’s just not the same watching a game without chants of “Beeeaaaaaassssstttt!” ringing around the stadium. Good luck and God Bless.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.02.12 08:20:21 by StevieS Reply
  • The Sharks clarified it from the start, its the hacks creating story mongering to get instant hits – and before we realize its become a phenom… Irresponsible SA media love sensation…

    More importantly; we miss you Beasty!

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.02.12 09:09:14 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • I’m pretty sure somebody from that hospital is in big shit for leaking this story. The Sharks and the Beast obviously didn’t want the whole world to know.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.02.12 09:12:35 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 2) : yep; Spieeeeeeeeeees and Coenieeeeeeeeeeeeeee just don’t cut it – bunch of frauds… The guys at Loftus have the nerve to say they started it… Ja ja – maybe the Shark fans shouting Beast at Loftus. Tools.

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.02.12 09:13:49 by DarkDestroyer Reply


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