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Get to know your team – Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira

Written by Scott Bevan (The Hobbit)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 26 Jul 2013 at 13:23
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Tendai, affectionately known as “Beast” due to his physical approach to the game and gets roared by spectators and fans of the Sharks whenever Mtawarira attains possession of the ball or makes a big tackle. This not only echoes around our beloved Shark’s tank but in stadiums across world making him a crowd favourite wherever he plays.

Image courtesy Times Live
Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Mtawarira has made his name playing for Natal and the Sharks After a fantastic 2008 Super 14 season with the Sharks it was apparent that he had fantastic potential. Due to this he was rewarded with a springbok call-up in 2008 and made his debut in the 37-21 victory over Wales in Pretoria. His second cap came the following weekend against Italy in Cape Town where he scored his first international try on his way to the man of the match honour.

Despite the fact he has qualified for South Africa by completing the three year residency criteria, Mtawarira remains a Zimbabwean national. And that fact caused huge controversy in 2009 when the South African sports ministry claimed that Mtawarira was not actually qualified to represent the Springboks due to the fact he was not citizen of the country. SA Rugby defended his selection insisting he had been granted an “exceptional skills” visa and continued to select him during the Springboks’ end of year tour of Europe but the debate surrounding his selection continued into 2010.

A hereditary heart condition (now under control) caused the beast to miss three Tests in November 2012 because. He suffers from irregular heart palpitations and underwent surgery in Cape Town to rectify the condition.

He has represented the Sharks in Super Rugby 88 times, scoring 10 points in the process via two tries. He also has 35 Currie Cup caps and 15 points in total in that competition.

SURNAME Mtawarira
HEIGHT 183 cm
BIRTH DATE 01 August 1985
FAVOURITE FILM Friday Night Lights
PRIMARY SCHOOL Prospect Primary
SECONDARY SCHOOL Peterhouse, Zimbabwe

(info was gathered from , and Wikipedia)


  • I love the Beast, what a awesome ambassador for Rugby. He is one of the most loved Boks by kids…we had a event about a year ago about heroes like super heroes superman batman, most Stellenbosch kids said there hero is Beast…loved it!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.07.13 13:33:08 by BoerSeun Reply
  • BEEEEEAAAAAST!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.07.13 13:36:10 by JarsonX Reply
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  • The oak is a champ, always has a smile

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.07.13 13:40:18 by Tintin Reply

  • Top player. Top guy. One of my favourite rugby players. Go Beast! Thanks for setting an example for younger kids.

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.07.13 14:08:23 by DBOY Reply

  • Great player. And seems an even greater human being.

    One of my all-time favourites.

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.07.13 14:47:16 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • Seems a helluva nice guy, good players and form crowd favourite.

    But, lets be honest, he’s no Brok Harris…

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.07.13 15:16:46 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 6) : Thank God!

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.07.13 15:47:39 by Bump Reply

  • @Tintin (Comment 3) : That or a growl when he annihilates the opposition scrum.

    du Plessis brothers next?

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.07.13 16:06:37 by David12246 Reply

  • Pure class player

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.07.13 10:07:26 by benji Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
  • Brok who? Come on!

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.07.13 10:09:37 by benji Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
  • Wonderfull player good man

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.07.13 20:11:15 by Snake Reply

  • Good player and all round nice guy – Beast is Boss :mrgreen: 😉

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.07.13 08:47:17 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • Beast weighs 121kg’s these days

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.07.13 13:45:58 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 13) : Thanks I will make note of that. I can only find info stating he is between 115kg and 118kg

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.07.13 14:41:18 by The Hobbit Reply
    The Hobbit
  • @The Hobbit (Comment 14) : That’s the weight given when the Boks played their home tests earlier this year

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.07.13 22:39:53 by Saffex Reply


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