The life of Brian Mujati

HARARE - There is more to Brian Mujati than just playing rugby. 

He loves the limelight and revels in it.

The outspoken former Springbok – who hails from Zimbabwe and ever fiercely proud of his roots – has posted a You Tube video on Twitter announcing his plan to launch a TV channel to promote his beer brewing company, which he runs away from his commitments with French Top 14 club Racing Metro.

The channel, or TV programme, is called “The Life of Brian.”

Bulawayo-born and Peterhouse-educated Mujati earned 12 caps for South Africa back in 2008.

But upon leaving for England to join Northamptonshire in 2009, the powerfully-built prop blasted the South African rugby system, accusing selectors of systematic racism before directing his vitriol on the South African media for engineering his Bok exit by claiming his father had “grabbed a farm” during Zimbabwe’s chaotic land redistribution programme.

Now settled in Paris with his wife and young child, Mujati appears at peace with himself again. Smiling throughout the You Tube shoot in-between swigs of his beer, he speaks about his beer brewing venture and life in the French capital.

“The beer is quite new,” a slightly overweight Mujati says.

“Tastes pretty good. I brewed it three to four months ago. It’s 10 percent alcohol, 19 percent malt, 10 percent wheat and a lot of water. I feel it’s brutal, I feel it’s pretty harsh. But it’s a good Sunday-drinking beer.”

Speaking of the channel, he says: “This is what this channel is all about, me brewing beer, me lifting weights and me walking my dog.”

Mujati has also been trying to shed off some weight and has been hitting the gym a lot lately ahead of the new European domestic season.

“The original plan was to get down to under 110kgs by my 30th birthday (on September 24). So I’m a little bit ahead of schedule. I’m feeling good. I don’t feel like I’ve lost a lot of gains, lost a lot of strengths. I’m gonna keep cutting and see just where I can go, going a kilo a week. I haven’t been below 110 for about 12 years, so I’m pretty excited to see if I can get there, to see how I feel at that stage.”

"Mooooooooj, as he became known to adoring Northampton fans during his English Premiership stint, also speaks about living in Paris, and language problems.

“I’ve been living in Paris for 14 months now,” he says. “I hardly still speak any French, but I get away with it most of the times, so I’m pretty happy with that.

“My wife says I have a funny accent. So I need to sort out my accent, I need to start talking like a proper Zimbabwean. (Puts on fake accent) Which is not to say the Zimbabwean accent is a bad accent! But you know, you don’t wanna sound like you are some Ponzi American, what’s f…..g wrong with you! You see, that’s a better accent!”

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