Four days after winning the Rugby World Cup along with his (South Africa’s) Springboks teammates, Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira announced his retirement from international rugby on Wednesday.
One of the most capped test players with 117 tests, Mtawarira (34) announced his decision a day after returning to South Africa from Yokohama, japan where his team beat England 32-12 in the rugby world cup finals.
The Zimbabwean born Mtawarira said he was privileged to be part of the South African rugby team.
“I’ve been privileged to play this great game and achieve many career goals over the last 12 years of playing senior rugby. 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,” said Mtawarira.
“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.”