Where is iconic Springbok Beast Mtawarira now?

There are very few Springboks who are more iconic, universally loved and world renowned than household name Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira.

The Zimbabwe-born prop made the move to South Africa as a youngster after discovering an incredible love and talent for rugby, and would go on to forge one of the most illustrious careers of any Springbok.

Mtawarira featured in 117 Tests for the Springboks (the fourth most of all time), and remarkably started in almost all of them. During a career of incredible accomplishments, he first truly burst onto the test scene with an incredible display of scrumming power in a victorious series against the British & Irish Lions in 2009.

The powerful prop’s career effectively kickstarted on that winning note, while he would eventually retire after producing a similarly dominant set-piece performance in the 2019 World Cup final against England.

Mtawarira was also an incredibly loyal servant to the Sharks, featuring only for that one local franchise throughout his career, ultimately racking up over 150 appearances for the coastal team across all competitions.

He did have a brief stint with Major League Rugby’s Old Glory DC, but this was largely in a mentorship role, with the arrival of the pandemic ultimately also cutting his stint in the US short.

Springbok Beast Mtawarira has been hugely successful ever since retiring

In many ways, Mtawarira is a prime role model for any sports people when it comes to ensuring he has continued to succeed away from the rugby field.

As part of his successful transition into the business world, Mtawarira is a shareholder in a major security company, has his own international wine business, sits on the Sharks’ board and is involved in various other other commercial work.

He is an ambassador for a host of leading brands, and is a sought-after guest speaker

The Mtawarira 38-year-old is also involved in a number of philanthropic endeavours, having established The Beast Foundation, a community organisation that empowers young people through sports training, education, and skills development.

As part of the foundation’s work, he has overseen numerous coaching boot camps with young rugby players.

In 2022, Mtawarira was also appointed by UNICEF as a Regional Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa, and he has undertaken numerous outreach ventures in this role.

Global superstar

As a result of his global status and various business and commercial roles, Mtawarira is a true globetrotter, regularly sharing his travels on social media – ranging from major US sports games to the Monaco Grand Prix to the glamorous Roc Nation brunch.

It may be hard to believe, but Mtawaria – who is also a devoted husband and doting father – has unequivocally proven to be as much of a success off the field as he was when dominating opponent as one of the greatest Springboks of all time.