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Tendai Mtawarira
South Africa
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Full name Tendai Mtawarira
Born August 1, 1985, Harare
Current age 28 years 358 days
Major teams Barbarians, Natal Sharks, Sharks, South Africa
Position Prop
Height 6 ft 2 in
Weight 255 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 2008-2014 55 48 7 10 2 0 0 0 39 14 2 72.72
IRB Rugby World Cup 2011-2011 4 2 2 5 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 100.00
The Rugby Championship 2008-2013 24 22 2 0 0 0 0 0 13 10 1 56.25

Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v Wales at Pretoria, Jun 14, 2008 match details
Last Test South Africa v Wales at Nelspruit, Jun 21, 2014 match details
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Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Mtawarira made his name playing for Natal and the Sharks earning the nickname 'The Beast' due to his physical approach to the game.

He was rewarded with an international call-up in 2008 and made his Springboks debut in the 37-21 victory over Wales in Pretoria. His second cap came the following weekend against Italy in Cape Town where he scored his first international try on his way to the man of the match honour.

He enjoyed his best game in Springboks colours in the first Test of the British & Irish Lions tour the following year when his powerful scrummaging forced his experienced opposing prop Phil Vickery to be substituted after 45 minutes. He started all three Tests as the Springboks won the series 2-1.

Despite the fact he has qualified for South Africa by completing the three year residency criteria, Mtawarira remains a Zimbabwean national. And that fact caused controversy in 2009 when the South African sports ministry claimed that Mtawarira was not actually qualified to represent the Springboks due to the fact he was not citizen of the country.

SA Rugby defended his selection insisting he had been granted an "exceptional skills" visa and continued to select him during the Springboks' end of year tour of Europe but the debate surrounding his selection continued into 2010.

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Sharks end season with 10-try romp (Jul 13, 2013) Weakened Sharks lose Beast (Apr 22, 2013) Super Rugby round four, team of the week (Mar 11, 2013) Beast flies home - Malherbe gets call up (Nov 12, 2012) Mtawarira taken to hospital (Nov 10, 2012) Tendai Mtawarira news and articles (29) »
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May 17, 2014
The Sharks' Tendai Mtawarira, Jake White and Bismarck du Plessis celebrate victory
The Sharks' Tendai Mtawarira, Jake White and Bismarck du Plessis celebrate victory
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May 17, 2014
The Sharks' Tendai Mtawarira celebrates victory
The Sharks' Tendai Mtawarira celebrates victory
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Nov 15, 2013
South Africa's Tendai Mtawarira and Bryan Habana try out a spot of football
South Africa's Tendai Mtawarira and Bryan Habana try out a spot of football
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Sep 14, 2013
South Africa's Tendai Mtawawira tackles Liam Messam
South Africa's Tendai Mtawawira tackles Liam Messam
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