The RWC Champions returned home on Tuesday to an amazing and heart warming welcome from their supporters. Some knowing that this may be a their last chance to get a glimpse of the legendary “Beast” in green and gold. Although the champions arrived on 3 different flights, their supporters waited eagerly to welcome their heroes and congratulate the Boks on bringing the RWC trophy home.
Captain Siya Kolisi said they were “Humbled and over-awed” by the reception they received at the airport.
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The Boks will be beginning their trophy tour on Thursday 7 November starting in Pretoria, then heading to Johannesburg and Soweto. Friday will see the team visiting Durban. On Saturday the trophy will be displayed through the streets of East London. Sunday will see the Boks visiting Port Elizabeth with the tour coming to a conclusion in Cape Town on Monday.
This tour will unfortunately be the last for Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira who has announced his retirement from international rugby after playing in the seniors for the past 12 years. Beast leaves the Springbok team with a string of monumental accomplishments throughout the span of his career :
- The most capped Prop
- The third most capped Spring Bok Player
- 3 Currie Cup Victories (2008, 2010, 2013)
- Tri-Nations (2009)
- Series against British & Irish Lions (2009)
- Castle Lager Rugby Championship (2019)
- Rugby World Cup (2019)
Throughout his Springbok career, Beast has always been a force to be reckoned with, playing a pivotal role in the Springbok forward line.
You shall be missed but never forgotten. Thank you for your years of dedication and commitment, but as the sun sets on the African escarpment, we say good-bye as we release the one and only “Beast”.