Ken Borland
Sports Journalist
7 minute read
7 Nov 2019
7:06 pm

Tribute to a Beast of a legend

Ken Borland

Winning the World Cup with the Springboks was Tendai Mtawarira's last bit of unfinished business here, topping off a magnificent career.

Tendai Mtawarira during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Champions Tour on November 07, 2019 in Gauteng, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

When Tendai Mtawarira slipped into the traditional Springbok post-match celebratory tub in the Yokohama dressing rooms following their World Cup triumph over England, the veteran prop probably reflected on how his international career had come full circle. The Beast first became a Springbok in 2008, playing against Wales in the mid-year Tests, but he properly announced himself on the international stage a year later, putting one of the biggest dents in a legendary prop’s career when he dismantled veteran Phil Vickery at Kings Park in the first Test against the British and Irish Lions in 2009. [caption id="attachment_2201873" align="aligncenter" width="768"]...