Beast lost to Springbok rugby?

2010-05-26 22:37

Gerdie Karstens

Kimberley – Sharks loosehead prop Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira may be lost to Springbok rugby.

Mtawarira, who has played 22 Tests for South Africa, was omitted from the Bok side to play Wales in Cardiff on June 5.

His omission follows the insistence by the South African government that no overseas players may be included in national teams.

This is in spite of Mtawarira living in South Africa for longer than five years and that he has met the International Rugby Board’s (IRB) criteria. However, he apparently does not have a South African passport.

The concern around the 25-year-old’s inclusion was raised for the first time in November when Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile tried to stop him from touring France, Ireland and Italy with the Boks.

Stofile even went as far as placing advertisements in local media to protest Mtawarira’s inclusion. This after the player had already made his debut for South Africa in 2008.

SARU offered Mtawarira a contract in February with the hope that his application for citizenship would be speedily resolved. However, it is still dragging on for unknown reasons.

The issue also raised questions why other Zimbabweans such as Tonderai Chavhanga and Brian Mujati were allowed to play for the Boks by the South African government.

Sharks commercial manager Rudolf Straeuli confirmed to Sport24 on Wednesday that the Durbanites had followed all the regulations to get Mtawarira as a player.

“The Sharks followed all the correct procedures on Beast. We took all the legal steps. Beast joined our academy and is still with us,” said Straeuli.

Mtawarira may look to continue his rugby career elsewhere because of his treatment by the South African government.

On Wednesday he expressed his worry about the current situation on Twitter.

“To be left out of the Bok team for the first Test because of citizenship is really bad. I cherish that Bok jersey more than anything. I hope the problem can be resolved as soon as possible,” he said.

Rugby365 reports that SARU’s manager of national teams, Andy Marinos, confirmed that Mtawarira would need the government’s permission before he could play for the Boks again.


  • BafanaBanana - 2010-05-26 22:49

    What about Parreira??? He should not be allowed to coach Bafana if this is the viewpoint of the SA Government!

  • Ash - 2010-05-26 22:58

    Looks like the wan kers want to put something like a malema in the team instead of going with a player that has earned his place

  • Chris - 2010-05-26 23:09

    Is it my imagination or is this "goverment" stuffing our country up in as many ways as they can find? For crying out loud, there are not many better props than Beast, but he become an idol to millions of South Africans that have been "deprived" of schooling, food, water, electricity, sewerage, tarred roads, houses and justice (just to name a few).

  • Keith - 2010-05-26 23:10

    whilst we gave refugage to Haiti's criminal ex president. Beast get a ANC/ZANU PF membership and you in. What a bloody shame, Stofile and Buti are both arseholes.What's next? Someone should take this matter up with HRC (human rights commision), denying citizenship in breach of international rules. SHARKS FOR LIFE.

  • Jaco - 2010-05-26 23:22

    Dit is 'n gatslag vir die Bokke! Why has the Sharks or Bok management not assist him to obtain SA citizenship/pasport? How difficult can that be?

  • ANDRE - 2010-05-26 23:22

    Watch this space. Chiliboy is not included in the touring squad for nothing. He wil be playing prop !!!

  • ralph - 2010-05-26 23:27

    i feel that south africa is making a big mistake if they don't include the beast. he is one of south africa's best loosehead props. bring back the beast to the south african team

  • Disgusted - 2010-05-26 23:28

    "Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another." - Nelson Mandela. Guess that only applies when you have passed std 2 and can read or understand. Beast has put everything into SA. This is disgusting. Nothing more nothing less than plain disgusting zenophobia

  • bulawayo-based-bok - 2010-05-26 23:39

    i'm guessing no one of these Political losers have seen the England cricket team recently, and it's not like Beast is from iceland!! he was born in Southern Africa!!!the SA government are living in the past, they are killing the Springbok! will we even have a rugby team in 10/20 years time! I'm surprised Stofile is going into all this trouble with a player of colour as well, we all know what his plan is for SA rugby(Jake White's book)!! Go Beast!!! leave these shores, go somewhere where people will respect you for the AMAZING rugby player you are! and i'd advise all young rugby players in SA to join him!!

  • robdylan - 2010-05-26 23:47

    This seems hugely speculative. Where does the bit about Beast wanting to continue his career elsewhere come from? Did this come from the player or his agent, or is it just rampant speculation on the part of the journalist?

  • Deonic - 2010-05-26 23:50

    One of a few (ethnic) (sic) black Bok players who has really earned his place, and what does our government do? I am amazed. Every day, millions of foreign nationals use our health care and education system, most of them illegal immigrants. This is why I hate Stofile - he is brain dead, and his ideas are ...... welll, I dont think he has an idea..... Few things are nicer than to hear the BEEAAASSSTTTT roar at any stadium. Beast is not just an ordinary player, he is a phenomenon, and we really like the guy for the player that he is.....

  • - 2010-05-27 01:04

    @Bafanabanana moet nou nie jou volkstaat k@k hier uithaal nie asb. Beast should contact Julius Malema seeing that he is big mates with the Zim’s and the SA Government is also afraid of him. Why doesn’t he just buy a SA Passport...surely it’s for free and available to anyone seeing that there are no border controls anymore. Fkn stupid (LOL like a dr@l) SA Government and useless SARU.Suck up to the ANC...Bunch of w@nkers! Apply at the Lions Beast they need real players and heroes like you and will pay good money. Even better go to Rassie. We would love to have a great player like you in Cape Town.

  • Slimey - 2010-05-27 03:36

    Yep... if you Ain't CONNECTED.... you AIN'T PROTECTED!!!!

  • Gazza - 2010-05-27 04:26

    @Disgusted - excellent quote Mate. Well-said. The current South African government is nothing more thhan a hypocryphal disgrace. They shame us all.

  • Brian - 2010-05-27 04:45

    Disgusting, is it Home Affairs dragging their feet ?(we know how efficient they are lol). I think stofile just does not like the beast who gets more media attention they he does. And every thing the government touches turns to dust.

  • Hank - 2010-05-27 04:52

    Beast is over-rated. Get BJ Botha back. He's much better than that Zimbo.

  • Brian - 2010-05-27 05:03

    If only Magabe got the treatment that the beast is getting. The beast is doing the springbok jersey proud and it seems that stofile has got a personal vandetta against him.

  • stuart thom - 2010-05-27 05:33

    All the soccer teams are allowed non SA coaches the national team included because it is not a sport followed by the majority of white people. Rugby is so it is a target for these fools. I cannot understand how they can be so peoud of having rights to protect the majority in this country are they so !@#$%ing useless?

  • Francois - 2010-05-27 06:03

    I think there is a simple explanation. When last did you try to renew your passport and how long did it take you, never mind applying for citizenship? 4months, 6 months, a year??

  • David - 2010-05-27 06:41

    Disgusting. Any rugby playing nation would be proud to have him in their national side. His contribution to our country should be welcomed with open arms.

  • Mike - 2010-05-27 06:45

    Stofile should stick to what he knows best - nothing. Why do our Sports administrators always put egg on our faces? Athletics, soccer, rugby, etc. They a joke - must we as South Africans always have to settle for useless incompentent officials appointed by the goverment?

  • Mandy - 2010-05-27 07:08

    Keep bloody politics out of our sports!! He was good enough to play 22 tests for us, putting his body and heart into every single game, but thanks to overinflated bloody egos he is now no longer elligible to play?? did it take these morons 5 years to figure his status out?? "Stofile even went as far as placing advertisements in local media to protest Mtawarira’s inclusion." this is clearly abuse of his power and obviously there is more to this than meets the eye. It is not how well you play, but how well you kiss @ss!

  • Sambok - 2010-05-27 07:09

    Beast is not "local" enough. Jake White was too white. Pieter de Villiers will not be "black" enough to represent the team soon... Politics have no place in sport. We are proud of you Beast. Thanks for uniting the whole country. You made us not see white or black, but green and gold. You are a true Springbok.

  • Joe - 2010-05-27 07:12

    Stofile is most probably a bloody agent!!!!!

  • Benoexpat - 2010-05-27 07:14

    Good ridance! He doesn't deserve the accolades. His immediate family is heavily involved in farm seizures in Zimbabwe.He should go back and leave opportunities to real South Africans.

  • DG - 2010-05-27 07:15

    Whats the big issue here. Just buy a damn passport and get over it.

  • skoozy - 2010-05-27 07:15

    Xenophobia comes in many different forms................need i say more??????? Don't lose heart Beast!!!!

  • GKM - 2010-05-27 07:18

    This is surely not a government's fault in the 1st instance. The sharks say they have followed the right channels so that assumes the player has the right to reside and work in RSA. Thereafter the player requires the right to become a citizen. There are conditions attached thereto and the fault here is with SARU who, chose to give the player a cap without ensuring that he was a citizen. Then, and before he was capped, SARU should have sorted the citizenship thing and more than likely it would have been painless and without press. Now the government has every right to ensure that non-citizens do not represent the country, what a wonderful stick SARU handed the Minister.

  • Pieto - 2010-05-27 07:19

    Stoffie !!! youre a real clown you know that my boy? hmmm

  • Pieto - 2010-05-27 07:19

    Stoffie !!! youre a real clown you know that my boy? hmmm

  • Burgiesburnin - 2010-05-27 07:30

    the boks have obviously cheated when Beast has played. The results of the 22 tests that he played should be reviewed. The SA born cricketers get slated on this site and they qualify to play for ENGLAND. This guy does not qualify yet you all protect him because it suits you. Come on, whats it to be? Stop being so South African about this issue.

  • Albert Einstein - 2010-05-27 07:34

    @ all of you................He should be a South African. Finish and klaar........

  • Johan - 2010-05-27 07:35

    How pathetical. To lose a player like Beast will be a great loss to SA rugby. The person/s orchastrated this, is clueless.

  • Danman - 2010-05-27 07:37

    in all fairness ... maybe they think he's a counterrevolutionary and a bloody agent

  • Proudly_SA - 2010-05-27 07:44

    Home affairs is home affairs. Why should someone, not even a South African be granted with citizenship just because he plays for the national side and partly to make-up for the quota system??? As a white SA I'm sick and tired that we pay lip service to the upliftment and equal oppertunaty for everybody. By making a Zimbabwian or Nigerian part of management or the national team for that matter does ZIP, NOTHING, F ALL for my fellow black South Africans.

  • Andrew - 2010-05-27 08:01

    PATHETIC!!! I just wish Stofile would make love to his own backside...What a plank!! I guess the fact that we have a Brazilian coaching our soccer team is irrelevant though..This government amazes me...

  • report this - 2010-05-27 08:14

    its time we start report what this government is doing to sport in this country, no government is suppose to influence and use disciminative policies in sport..we should report this to the world sporting body and if they sanction sport against us because of government pushing their agendas then so be it because we had enough of this k@k, stofile is a black racist and we luv guys like beast, mujati and chavanga and they deserve their sports as black rugby players in the sport, but these a$$holes of saru and the government try to screw everything up just so that they could get their fingers in the pie. Its time we report this k@k.

  • Sello "Two-Two" Jelle - 2010-05-27 08:30

    After all he is a citizen of Zimbabwe - why did he play for South Africa in the first place - what a shame... This is why South Africans get angry with Foreigners and government calls it Xenophobia! There are far too many South Africans who also play the Sport and are left out - as a result they do the same as he did. They play in Portugal and nobody even cares about their progress!

  • Wally - 2010-05-27 08:34

    Stofile and the Government are .... POEPHOLLE!!!

  • Wally - 2010-05-27 08:38

    Stofile - You must be colourblind - can't you see Mtawarira is BLACK!!! Do you have something against Blacks? You remain a POEPHOL!!!!

  • Mike - 2010-05-27 08:51

    I have no problem with the insistence that SA team members carry an SA passport, regardless of what the ruling world body for their sport may allow. Just would like to be reassured that ALL sports are treated the same whether it be rugby, cricket, golf, ice hockey or what. Will we be assured that all Bafana Bafana players picked for the SWC are SA pasport carrying South Africans ?? It all smacks of selective scrutiny by Stofile

  • lancer - 2010-05-27 08:56

    sounds like Xenophobia to me

  • Ryno - 2010-05-27 09:08

    I am all for only a citizen of a country can play for his country, but then only a citizen of a country can coach his country's national team. If you really think about it, the coach and the players are both actually employees of the ruling body. So why should it be different? The IRR was not so blind as one might think. They saw the problem before-hand. The only reason why the IRR put limits on players is to make sure that players don't jump around too much and make a farce about the pride of playing for one's country. Makhenkesi Stofile is fat and lazy. How can a Minister of Sport be such a showcase of unhealthiness? He probably can't even walk a flight of stairs without having a heart attack.

  • GJ - 2010-05-27 09:40

    Aren't you amazed at how fat goverment officials, faces buried like pigs in a feeding frenzy at the trough of public money, when the manage to pick their heads up and try do something, they FCK it up. Well I am not... I am more amazed at how people keep reacting to it. Isn't it easier to just accept that we are a 3rd world country, with a corrupt 3rd world government leading us down the path the rest of africa took.

  • Pire - 2010-05-27 09:50

    The government is ashamed that something in SA is the best in the world and it does not fit in with the rest of SA, so they need to break it down to an laughable situation, otherwise its not up to their standards. How dare the Springboks put the best team together???!! Dont they know they make all the other sports look crap? hahahaha.

  • Sambok @Ryno - 2010-05-27 10:02

    @Ryno 5/27/2010 9:08 AM: I'm with you on Stofile. How about getting a true athlete to represent our athletes. How about getting Baby Jake for the position?

  • jon - 2010-05-27 10:12

    What a load of k@k Stofile and SA home affairs!!! They just love putting us in an embarrising situation, what a bunch of chads!!! Beast, you deserve way more respect from unqualified officials like ours... So F#ing sad!

  • So Funny - 2010-05-27 10:38

    Who actually cares about this article? Since when is one player the only solution to our problems? Funny that certain ex-coaches who stuffed up the Boks with Staaldraad is still the commercial manager with the Sharks. Although I believe this is a political issue, it is just funny that every year the Sharks has millions to buy players but do not have money to develop talent in KZN. Are you telling me that there is no Beast in SA who is just as good? And if you want to moan on Twitter about it, you are a twit and a coward. If you have a case take them to court. Every year there is issues with contract and that make me wonder if the legal dept of SARU are up to scratch. Stop blaming only politics

  • Megabull - 2010-05-27 11:38

    Give the man a passssssssport. He is a great player!

  • Gabba - 2010-05-27 11:41

    Ja I agree. What about Parreira? Leave Beast alone and let im play.