‘I’ll put my body on the line for the Boks’

2011-09-10 18:08

Springbok prop Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira says the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand is a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity for him and he is going to do everything in his power to help the Boks bring home the trophy.

“The atmosphere here has been electric since my arrival. I am extremely excited and I am going to put my body on the line for the ultimate cause of winning the World Cup,” the 120kg gentle giant said at the Springbok hotel on Friday.

“My wife and my two-month-old daughter are not here with me, but they are always with me in spirit. I am definitely missing them, but it is all part of the job. It’s the beginning of the tournament and it’s time to focus on the task at hand. They will be joining up with me later in the tournament,” he said.

The 26-year old Sharks prop has been included in the starting line-up ahead of the impressive Bulls loose head prop Gurthrö Steenkamp for today’s World Cup opener against Wales at Westpac Stadium.

He is aware that he has to go hammer and tongs and give it everything he’s got because he has Steenkamp breathing down his neck.

“It’s great to have cover like that on the bench. When you know the other man coming on is just as good a player, it just makes you more determined to go out and not hold anything back.”

“The Beast”, as he is fondly known, demolished the British and Irish Lions scrum in 2009 that had many Welsh players in their side. Although it gives him a psychological advantage, he believes it is in the past now and that he has moved on to another level.

The Zimbabwean-born player, who has represented his adopted country in 28 tests, says he is a South African at heart.

“I love this country. It has become my home. It is everything to me. Wearing the green and gold of the Springboks is a huge honour for me. That jersey is part of me. The green and gold flows in my blood. I feel just as much pride as any other guy in the team,” said the confident player.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.