Simply the Beast: Tendai Mtawarira tells how he defied the odds

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Simply the Beast: Tendai Mtawarira tells how he defied the odds

‘I want to inspire the kid with nothing,’ says Beast of the legacy he wants to leave after SA’s World Cup triumph

Ben Coles

Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira is halfway through responding to a question about how he wants to be remembered when his voice begins to tail off. The man who took Dan Cole to pieces in the Rugby World Cup final is reflecting not only on the most glorious of finishes to his international career, but his 11-year association with the Springboks as a whole.

“I want to be remembered as a guy who defied the odds. I came in as a young kid from Zimbabwe with nothing. Nobody knew me. I had to earn my place, firstly with the Sharks and then from there I kept on working hard. I never rested on my laurels ...”

Mtawarira’s eyes well up. He takes a moment, sitting back in his chair, composing himself. “Oof, I’m getting a little bit emotional here,” he admits – followed by a booming laugh...

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