Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira

Flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit was named World Rugby player of the year at a glitzy ceremony in Tokyo, with Coach Rassie Erasmus claiming the coaches’ award and the Springboks taking the team accolade also. Duit Toit was big for the Springboks during the World Cup and dominated the breakdown during the final win over England, helping South Africa secure seven turnovers and proving a menace for the English throughout the match. He said it  is probably one of the best moments of his life, crowned the best player in the world. For Coach Erasmus, who will be stepping down as South Africa coach to return to his role as the country’s director of rugby, not only secured the Springboks third World Cup title but also led them to a first Rugby Championship win since 2009. Under him, South Africa have only lost once in 2019, in the pool stages to old rivals New Zealand.

Another key player this year for the Boks, Zimbabwe born Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira has advised he will make a decision on his future in the next few days with many feeling he will retire after their triumph in Japan. Mtawarira said he will make an announcement soon. The Beast was instrumental in the RWC Final win over England, his main task, dismantling the English scrum and he did so, England had no answer to his formidable power. On the field for just 44 minutes on Saturday, he gave a big star performance.