Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tendai "the beast" Mtawarira (born 1 August 1985 in Harare, Zimbabwe) is a Zimbabwean-born South African rugby union player for theSharks in the Super 14 competition. Tendai Mtawarira plays as a prop. Mtawarira is fondly known by friends and fans as "The Beast". Roars of "Beast" are shouted by spectators and fans of the Natal Sharks team whenever Mtawarira attains possession of the ball or makes a big tackle. Mtawarira was selected as part of the South African National Rugby Union team and made his debut playing against Wales in a test match on the 14th of June 2008. The following week, on the 21st of June 2008, Mtawarira scored a try against Italy as well as winning the 'Man of the Match' award. He went to Peterhouse Group of Boarding Schools in Marondera in Zimbabwe, along withStormers and newly capped Springbok Brian Mujati,he also went to churchill boys high school for 5 years before being given a full scholarship to peterhouse.While at Churchill at the age of 15 he was identified by legendary Zimbabwean Coach Joey Muwadzuri who invited him to join the Under 19 side at the National Schools Festival.Later that year Coach Joey invited him to be part of Cats and Dogs rugby Academy Team that won the National Seniors 7s tournament.He played with Stars Dan Hondo,Pete Benade,Tonderai Kawaza Chivanga, among many others.Despite his young age he used his strength and will to learn to tread with the bigger boys.He also represented Zimbabwe in the under 19 age group in rugbyThe Beast growsAfter a fantastic 2008 Media:super 14 season with the Sharks it was apparent that he had fantastic potential and his speed would be beneficial with the new rules (ELV's).He was then selected in the Springbok squad and at first received limited game time. Later on he had the opportunity to be a reserve during the test against the Wallabies in Perth. Once he came on his impact was significant and had two long distance runs with the ball. He went on to be a part of the starting lineup in all the subsequent Tri-nations tests.

Tendai Mtawarira
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Personal information
Full nameTendai Mtawarira
Date of birth1 August 1985 (age 23)
Place of birthHarareZimbabwe
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight115 kg (18 st 2 lb)
NicknameThe Beast
SchoolPeterhouse Group of Boarding SchoolsMarondera
Occupation(s) Professional rugby player
Rugby union career
Playing career
Provincial/State sidesCaps(points)
2007-presentNatal Sharks13
Super Rugby  
National team(s)  
2008-present South Africa7(5)

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