Springbok prop Tendai Mtawarira reflects on his bond with the Du Plessis brothers and the popular “beast” chant. He’s also enjoying family life.
Since making his senior Sharks debut in 2007 and Springbok debut in 2008, Mtawarira has played alongside hooker Bismarck du Plessis and tighthead prop Jannie du Plessis regularly in the Currie Cup, Super Rugby and at Test level.
That has allowed the front-row trio to build a close bond on and off the field.
Another favourite memory has also been the famous “beast” crowd chants, that has become a popular call wherever he plays.
“I first noticed the chants when I started playing for the senior team. It definitely motivated me to make a big impact,” Mtawarira tells MyPlayers. “And it’s been awesome to see how many rugby fans have adopted the call, including those supporting the other team! I hear supporters call my name even when I played outside of South Africa. I’ll only probably realise how special this has been when I eventually hang up my boots.
“Playing alongside Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis has also been a privelege,” he continued. “We’ve played together for many years for the Sharks and Springboks. This has created a tight brotherhood between us. We’re very close on and off the field.”
Away from rugby, Mtawarira is enjoying life as a family man, which consists of his wife, daughter (three) and son (one).
“My family has given my life the perfect balance. They provide a great support base, giving me that extra boost of motivation,” he explained. “We spend a lot of time together whenever we can, especially in recent weeks as I’ve been injured.
“We go on many family getaways. Mauritius is definitely our favourite destination. We’ve also started cycling as a family, which has been really special.”