Beast's Bok career finished?

2010-06-05 16:38

Johannesburg - The Springbok selectors have been instructed by SARU not to select Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira – or any other non-South African passport holder - for the national team, following communication from the department of Sport and Recreation.

SARU received a letter on Friday from deputy sports minister, Gert Oosthuizen, reaffirming the government’s position that no foreign player can be selected to represent a national team.

The Zimbabwean-born Mtawarira has played 22 Tests for the Springboks since his debut in 2008.

He is legally resident and employed in South Africa and was selected to play for the Springboks having fulfilled the eligibility criteria of the International Rugby Board.

“We have had extensive and robust conversations with government on this issue,” said Oregan Hoskins, president of SARU.

“But we respect the authority of the Ministry and have instructed our selectors in that regard.” 

Hoskins added that Mtawarira wished to become a South African citizen as soon as possible and SARU had been assisting him in fulfilling the necessary criteria.

The South African Rugby Union will be making no further comment on the matter.


  • darkwing - 2010-06-05 17:06

    This is indeed a sad day.

  • JAF - 2010-06-05 17:07

    Hope to see Beast play again for the Boks oneday. :)

  • Muriel - 2010-06-05 17:09

    Why oh why don't the Government stop intefering with sport in this country.

  • Benzo - 2010-06-05 17:09


  • Taryn Retief - 2010-06-05 17:16

    I mean w.t.f who gives a toss whether he is south african or not half of the people in south africa are illegal immigrants. This man is an asset to our country give him citizenship. This is our national team we are talking about leave the Beast alone, go worry about something constructive like ummmmm the crime

  • Fred - 2010-06-05 17:21

    Just because a former Zimbabwean does well the xenophobic nature of our leaders comes to the fore again. Naturally if he was white, it would be a racism issue, but black-v-black sounds so much nicer with an unpronouncible name. When will we just be able to look forward to a team being picked on merit - probably never in this country again - no wonder we lose so many of our top players.

  • Vaatjie - 2010-06-05 17:27

    Thanks government! Bloody idiots have just destroyed a wonderful player's rugby career.

  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-06-05 17:28

    Fantastic decision!!! I agree, let Beast go and play for Zimbabwe!!!

  • BLOUBUL - 2010-06-05 17:29

    what a farce, this ZIMBABWEAN, yes he is not South African, should never have been selected.

  • SA Supporter - 2010-06-05 17:32

    Honestly, what a load of rubbish. Beast, despite not holding an SA passport, has done more for South Africa than many of the politicians who make these decisions.

  • jurie - 2010-06-05 17:35

    Sorry my friend (if I am allowed to call you that). How come after 22 tests they make the decision now. Is it worth the while to get citizenship from a country that treat you like this? Thank you for all the pleasure you gave me watching you, but thank you more for the guts you showed for getting to the rugby top from the position where you started from. If we meet one day I will shake your hand and it will be an honour for me.

  • mike - 2010-06-05 17:36

    No matter what goodwill gestures are made, such as the recent coming together of rugby fans in Soweto for the Super 14 final, the peanut brained ANC will continue to see do its best to destroy the sport of rugby. All the best Tendai, sorry for this behavior by our government.

  • Benny - 2010-06-05 17:37

    ONCE AGAIN government interference in sport. In this instance the Beast cannot be selected even though he is eligible in terms of international rugby rules. But for whatever reason best known only to themselves the gov NOW (after he has played 22 tests for SA) decide that he should not be selected..... WHY??

  • FitMike - 2010-06-05 17:38

    What a joke. I asume ChillyBoy is freinds with the miniter and that is why they doing this, so Beast wont make him look bad as a black person who actually belongs in the bok team!

  • jannie - 2010-06-05 17:41

    This is absolutely ridiculous!!! The short sightedness of government is mindblowing! This is the professional sport era. What does it matter where you are from. Foreign doctors from Cuba can work in South Africa, keeping SA doctors out of the profession, but different standards are applied to sport. Why?

  • Charles - 2010-06-05 17:41

    Here we go again. Springbok rugby must go dwn to the level of Bafana - Bafana. Only way to achieve this is by political intervention to prevent the selection of the strongest team

  • Kevin - 2010-06-05 17:42

    If you aren't eligible for the passport; you shouldn't play fot the national team. Makes sense, surprised he played in the first place. Hope Beast will be a full Saffa in time represent the country again! Great player and a great character for the game.

  • Charles - 2010-06-05 17:45

    That was close. Hopefully we have discovered that overseas playera are not in the same league as the locals. Pienaar is not a flyhalf. Smit not a backline player and somone should teach some Bulls players to catch a high ball. Well done Bokke

  • Reinardt Bronkhorst - 2010-06-05 17:48

    This is proof that the ANC government is not just responsible but liable fot eh death's of foreigners. How do you expect the stupid masses to repsect others when the government targets them? Beast I hope you find a wonderful career elsewhere and become even more successful and loved in another country! Good luck old chap! Good luck!

  • taxpayer - 2010-06-05 17:48

    No foreigners for rugby, but goverment departments are full of foreign advisors, consultants, personal assistants ,etc. Go and ask the minister of Defence. In this country, what is good for the goose, is not good for the gander. Shame on you Double Standards

  • Theo - 2010-06-05 17:49

    What absolute hypocrisy. There are literally millions of foreign nationals in South Africa who enjoy the benefits of being South African courtesy of a R400 payment to corrupt Home Affairs officials. Maybe Beast should have climbed over the border fence and paid the R400 like everybody else. Forget Orlando Stadium and the Bulls. Government wants to punish rugby. Butana Khompela will not stop. Perhaps government should have a commission of enquiry into why not one single football development clinic has been held at an Afrikaner school and why no Afrikaner has ever represented Bafana Bafana at football. This is not on.

  • EMT - 2010-06-05 17:51

    Why Oh Why? Why must he be kicked down after doing so much for SA rugby?

  • CapeWaterSolutions - 2010-06-05 17:51

    Beast is more patriotic then thousands of SA passport holders. May the best player be in the squad!

  • Chris - 2010-06-05 17:54


  • TT - 2010-06-05 17:55

    What is new, the ANC preach one thing ALWAYS do the he was good enough to rep SA in 22 games yet now...must be because he is not a BLACK South African.

  • Guy - 2010-06-05 17:56

    It a sad day,I mean look at England,they can selected a Sa 2nd team if they liked to play for England and they dont complain.

  • Will - 2010-06-05 17:56

    Stupid Government. Stupid Player, Stupid Country. World Class Stupidity all round.

  • nmumbi - 2010-06-05 17:59

    A joke.... NEWS 24 why don't you help us and launch a campaign to get The Beast a passport?

  • rey - 2010-06-05 18:07

    I named my race horse The Beast for a reason.

  • Johan - 2010-06-05 18:08

    What about Bafana Bafana the trainer of the National Soccer team is a non-South African passport holder

  • Fail - 2010-06-05 18:13

    This is such bull****. Seriously

  • Angie - 2010-06-05 18:14

    Sad day indeed!! Why take so long to make this decision and why why why does government have to continually mess with everything that 'works' and is popular with the majority of fans...

  • Colin - 2010-06-05 18:17

    one would think that they would be happy to see an african in the engine room of the greatest rugby maschine on earth! But no... I guess chilliboy will just have to beef up to play prop, because he is a really kak hooker. Number 3 at the Bulls and he still gets a test cap today. What a joke.

  • norman - 2010-06-05 18:22

    In the words of oue esteemed ex president Thabo Mbeki - Xenaphobia,what xenaphobia!

  • ChrisD - 2010-06-05 18:25

    This ANC goverment does have so many agenda's that it is unreal. The ANC & goverment is quick to claim fame and call for transformation but what is sad is that the Beast was good enough to help them to a number of victories but get spit out due to somebody in the ANC goverment that all of a sudden has direa. I just wonder why this goverment dont apply the same rules to export the hundreds of Zimbaweans back to Zim who puts not only strain on our own eccomony but taking crutual working operturnities away from our own people? Same on these idiots who make these discisions.

  • Jimmy - 2010-06-05 18:31

    This is ridiculous. What hypocrites this government are. After 22 tests? Their motives have nothing to do with rugby but all about their power to mess with peoples lives. We need a new government badly. Not even blacks are safe from their vindictiveness. Other teams all over the world have no problem with using other nationals.

  • Mike - 2010-06-05 18:37

    For many years, maybe a 100, people from that country played in all SA inter-provincial competitions and have been elegible for SA teams, in all sports. A Springbok blazer had as much honour there as it has here. The beast will do fine in Europe - lets hope our guys don't have to scrum against him, or face up to the Beast on the charge..

  • RP - 2010-06-05 18:46

    let Beast play for England like all those other good descisions the cricket polititians have made for us

  • Mandi - 2010-06-05 19:01

    It isn't perhaps 1st April by any chance ?? Very sad, wish the supporters had a say !! Go Beeeeeeaaaaaassssttttt, you'll always be a Springbok in our eyes !!!!!

  • Jakes - 2010-06-05 19:19

    Another ANC stupid decision. Focus on the nepotism, corruption, no service delivery, incompetence, then you can talk about Beast. A sad day for rugby and SA.

  • Scotman - 2010-06-05 19:26

    The REAL question is - now that SARU have treated the Beast like a total outsider, does the IRB allow him to play for another country?? These rules are totally f&&*ed up. Who's ego are we entertaining this time??

  • Jim Beam - 2010-06-05 19:27

    And who ever dared suggest that South Afrians are in any way whatsoever Xenophobic. How dare they say such things. This is the most pathetic and detramental decision not only to our Rugby but to our contry as well and as much as anything the signal it sends to the rest of the country. Pathetic amd misguided is the best that one can say about a decision like this. It is sad that our politicians are this badly misguided as we seem to employ people from Zimbabwe in senior government positions whwen it suits us and we cow tow around Mugabe like he is a god but they can not play sport even when the man meeets the international criteria. Rugby fans everywhere in SA should start a trust fund and challenge this in court all the way up to the constitutional court if neccesary and not only for the sake of rugby but just for the sake of fairness and decency. This is sad day for South Africa(another one) and and absolute endightment on the people who made the decision. Next time people are running around murdering foreigners in the street we should remember decisions like this and ask what the actual agenda is here because there has to be one.

  • Carlos Manuel Veloso - 2010-06-05 19:43

    Beast you more than welcome to play for the LOBOS of Portugal, we will not let you down my friend.

  • Doug - 2010-06-05 19:44

    The IRB should do something about this. FIFA wont tolerate this kind of political interference in football so why should the ANC get away with it in rugby !! If he is playing within IRB rules then he should be left alone by small minded politicians.

  • esra - 2010-06-05 19:50

    this is pure vindictiveness on the part of the mninister of sport as he cannot get his hands on the money involved in rugby and will use any means to cause division in a sport that is run on ability and not cronyism

  • Alison - 2010-06-05 19:53

    Beast, you are an awesome Springbok. Sorry they mix politics and sport.

  • George - 2010-06-05 19:54

    What a sad story.

  • AB - 2010-06-05 20:19

    TYPICAL ANC! Beast you are an amazing player and true Springbok, no matter what any ANC fatcats say. The people who passed this ruling are a lot of nepotistic, useless, fat, overpaid, interfering, un-united fools. How do they think interfering with world champion sport teams is somehow beneficial to the country? We are told to be united, and not divided by the past, but this is a clear contradiction. What an absolute outrage! This, in fact, is quite xenophobic. We have better things to worry about, i.e. the disturbing amount of crime in South Africa, than an excellent rugby player who is irrelevantly Zimbabwean. I`m sure there will be public outrage, and hopefully, this wrong will be righted.

  • Dissapointed - 2010-06-05 20:23

    Incredible. How can the government stick up for their comrade-in-blood mugabe and turn Mtwarira down? I'm just SO glad they don't control more than they do...

  • Steve - 2010-06-05 20:27

    Want The Beast was daar op meriete, ANC soek kwotaspelers!