Tendai is a 34 year old Zimbabwean-born South African rugby player who grew up in Harare. He attended and developed his rugby career at Churchill School and later Peterhouse Boy’s High School.
As the World celebrates the Beast as a hero of the South African game today, it is important to note that he was almost denied his Test career by politics in the country.
In 2010 – two years after his debut, and 12 months after tearing the British & Irish Lions front row to shreds – the government tried to have Mtawarira deported back to his native Zimbabwe. They only wanted SA nationals to play for the Springboks, and since he was born and raised in Harare, they wanted him out.
As a black man picked by the team that has been desperate to rid itself of its Apartheid past, he joined the likes of Bongi Mbonambi, Makazole Mapimpi, Lukanyo Am, and Sbu Nkosi.
He has been a cornerstone of the Bok pack since 2008. The highlight of Mtawarira’s career to date came in the 2009 massive series victory over the British & Irish Lions.
Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira is the most-capped member of the current squad. He is the first black South African to reach 100 caps. In 2016, he overtook Os du Randt as the most-capped Springbok prop.
One of the popularly known stunts he leaves on a memory lane includes his unbelievable lifting: Super Rugby 2012 R.14 Sharks vs Stormers in the picture below:
He once confessed he never liked Rugby- ‘I was just a primary school kid in Zimbabwe back in 1995, I didn’t like or watch rugby then. I was playing soccer,’ he once said.
He stays in Durban Dolphine Coast with his wife, Kuzivakwashe and has two kids; Talumba and Wangu
By mid-2018, he weighed at 190kgs.