Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira retires from international rugby

File: Tendai 'Beast' Mtawarira. 

File: Tendai 'Beast' Mtawarira, retired from the international game after lifting the Webb Ellis trophy with the Springboks in November.

Gallo Images / Lee Warren

JOHANNESBURG - Rugby World Cup winning Springbok Tendai Mtawarira also known as Beast, announced his retirement from international rugby on Wednesday.

READ: Boks to celebrate World Cup victory with parades

Mtawarira (34) who played 117 Testsconfirmed his decision after Saturday's 32-12, victory over England in the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan.


Mtawarira made his senior provincial debut for the Cell C Sharks in 2006 and won his first Springbok cap in 2008.

IN PICTURES: World champions Springboks return home

‘Beast’ is the third most-capped Springbok behind Victor Matfield and Bryan Habana.