Tune you what, Bullet and the Beast are like punk and gospel


Tune you what, Bullet and the Beast are like punk and gospel

The biographies of the two World Cup-winning Boks differ in tone and flavour as much as their life choices

Archie Henderson

About all that James Dalton and Tendai Mtawarira have in common is that both inhabited the front row of the Springbok team – though years apart.

Even the writing of their biographies is a contrast. Bullet: The James Dalton Story by Mark Keohane is full of robust, crash-ball verbs and startling revelations; Beast: Tendai Mtawarira with Andy Capostagno is more subtle and at times even gentle. Keohane’s prose is Damian de Allende at full tilt; Capostagno’s more like Cheslin Kolbe slipping tackles.

There have been other contrasting characters in Springbok rugby, but never as stark in print as these two. The Beast is God-fearing, self-effacing and with a love of hip-hop, R&B and gospel. The Bullet is none of that – more sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll...

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