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Springbok Legend 'The Beast' Set To Make History Against England

Springbok Legend 'The Beast' Set To Make History Against England
By Arthur James O'Dea

A win this evening in Bloemfontein would guarantee South Africa and Rassie Erasmus a series win against Eddie Jones' England. The former Munster head coaches' first series in charge of the Springboks, it will be a memorable moment for Tendai Mtawarira whatever happens.

Known affectionately - by South Africa's fans, anyway - as 'the Beast', Mtawarira is set to become the first black Springbok to reach 100 international caps for his country.

If England felt the emotional pull of last weekend's tie, when Siya Kolisi became the first black player to captain South Africa, things are sure to be equally ecstatic in Bloemfontein as they were in Johannesburg.

With huge credit going toward the former Munster coach Erasmus for the selection of Kolisi particularly, The Times reported that one respected South African sportswriter credited Erasmus with "doing more to change the course of Springbok rugby history" in ten days, "than any coach has done since unification in 1992."

The occasion of Mtawarira's 100th cap will chime nicely with this palpable sense of change and advancement toward greater equality in the South African game.

Not known as 'the Beast' for nothing, on the day of his 100th cap, relive some of the moments that verify the adequate nature of this nickname.



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