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Zimbabwean schools Peterhouse and Churchill High School have been basking in the glory of their most famous sporting alumni Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira after his heroics delivered a third Rugby World Cup title for South Africa.
Mtawarira retired from Test rugby on Wednesday, three days after inspiring South Africa’s latest World Cup triumph following their dominant 32-12 win over England in last Saturday’s final in Japan.
Even though he was on the field of play for just 44 minutes against England, Mtawarira made his presence felt with some powerful scrummaging to force some penalties against the Red Roses and in the process played a huge part in South Africa’s triumph.
Back home in his country of birth Mtawarira maintains cult hero status despite the fact that he chose to represent South Africa.
He is even more revered at his former schools, which both contributed in his rise to become one of the modern game’s most revered figures.
Ahead of South Africa’s final against England last Saturday fledgling rugby players at Peterhouse sent him and the Springboks a message of support in a video, which went viral online.
In return the Beast, who has maintained a close connection with his Zimbabwean roots, took the time to record a thank you video soon after the final, where he encouraged his Alma Mata students to keep working hard to chase their dreams.
Peterhouse Group of Schools rector Howard Blackett told The Sports Hub in an exclusive interview that Mtawarira continues to be an inspiration to students at the school due to his exploits in South Africa.
“Tendai’s long standing association with the Springboks has been and continues to be a huge inspiration to the boys at Peterhouse, not least because he remains in touch with his old school — he is not a distant figure but very much part of the place, albeit from a distance,” Blackett said.
He added: “The boys put a wonderful video clip together to wish Tendai luck and success for the World Cup final and he responded, following South Africa’s victory, with a message for them. “Given all that must have been going on after the match, it’s a measure of just what a great man h
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