Beast eyeing stint abroad
REACTION: Retired Springbok prop Tendai Mtawarira is considering a stint abroad.
The 34-year-old, capped 117 times by his country, announced this week that he has quit international rugby.
On Thursday he added that he has also quit the domestic game in South Africa, but left the door open for a stint abroad.
“I have had a fairytale ending to my playing career in South Africa and could not have asked for anything more as a player,” the prop said.
“I haven’t ruled out the possibility of playing overseas, but at this stage I want to absorb everything that’s going on right now and make a final decision at the end of November after the Barbarians game.
“It has been my absolute honour to wear the black and white jersey and I am eternally grateful to the Sharks for giving me the opportunity many years ago, and laying the foundation for my professional career.”
The Sharks bid farewell to the icon on Thursday.
“Throughout his 13-year career at the Sharks, he has been a true ambassador for the game, who has shown incredible loyalty and dedication to the Sharks brand,” Sharks CEO Eduard Coetzee said.
“His impact on the game is impossible to capture in a few words and his legacy will live on for many years.
“He bows out with wonderful memories, knowing that he has impacted the young as well as senior players around him and a legion of fans. He has certainly inspired a generation.
“The Sharks will be honouring his undeniable contribution to the game and plans around this will be communicated in due course.
“We take this opportunity to thank Beast for what he has done for Sharks rugby and wish him and his young family the very best for the next chapter.”
Having made his Currie Cup debut in 2006 and Super Rugby debut in 2007, he has since been an integral part of both the Sharks and South African rugby.