I wanted to be an accountant - Mtawarira

HARARE - Zimbabwean-born prop Tendai Mtawarira says his dream while growing up was to be an account and he never thought he would be a rugby international with the Springboks.

The 29-year-old was in Zimbabwe for a week long rest from Super Rugby action with the Cell C Sharks and revealed a lot of things about his young days during an interview with ZiFM radio.

“I wanted to be an accountant. I know a lot of people won’t believe that. Geez, I really must say I wanted to pursue that career but I have no regrets,” Mtawarira said.

“I made the best decision for me. I’m blessed in what I am doing. I love what I’m doing and I enjoy the game.”

After starting out his rugby career at Churchill Boys High in Harare, Mtawarira was given a full scholarship to attend Marondera-based Peterhouse College, where he again excelled before moving to South Africa after finishing his studies.

After starring for the Sharks, Mtawarira eventually qualified to play for South Africa according to World Rugby regulations and made his debut against Wales in Pretoria in 2008.

He has gone on to earn 64 Springbok caps for his adopted country.   

Cries of “Beeeaaaasssttt” have become a signature to which Mtawarira is known around the rugby world whenever he is in possession.

It is a moniker Mtawarira received from a primary school friend because he was kind of a “big bully” in the play ground.

“A great mate of mine back in primary school called Kudakwashe gave me that nickname. He actually called me a few years back asking me for his royalties,” Mtawarira teasingly remarked.

“I was big back in primary school and I was a big bully so the name ‘Beast’ didn’t come because of my good nature.”

Mtawarira earned his 100th Super Rugby cap last year, a moment he still holds with high esteem.

“I have been very fortunate, very blessed to play rugby for many years now professionally for the Sharks and Springboks,” he said.

“I have played my 100th game for the Sharks which was a massive, massive achievement last year against the Crusaders in Christchurch (New Zealand) and we beat them with 14 men.”

Currently, the Cell C Sharks are not having a good season. If anything they have been a shadow of their true potential lagging behind for conference honours with three defeats in their last three outings.

“It hasn’t been a good season for the Sharks,” admits Beast who is part of a 27-man squad named for a four-game Australasian Super Rugby tour this week.

“It’s been a poor start to the season by our standards it hasn’t been good enough. I think we have had discipline issues in our camp. Change of coach is something that has also affected us. But we are a positive bunch.

“We know we can turn it around. Everyone is obviously writing us off right now but we still have six more games and anything can happen in Super Rugby.”

Mtawarira’s dream is to earn a 2015 Rugby World Cup selection for the Springboks and hopefully lift the William Webb Ellis Cup at the end of rugby’s biggest showpiece.

“My body is feeling good. I want to peak at the right time and make sure I am picked for the Springboks come World Cup time.”

Comments (1)

career pathing is of paramount importance so if u dnt put dat into consideration u will regret ur decisions in di future so m glad u did di ryt thng or made di ryt choice mi bro by pursuing dat Rugby career of yoz well done di Beast

ninja governor - 27 April 2015

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