Cape Town - Just a day after announcing his international retirement, Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira bid farewell to the Sharks as well.

"Beast" made his Currie Cup debut for the franchise in 2006 before moving onto his first Super Rugby start a year later.

He formed an integral part of the Sharks' setup, making the loosehead prop berth his own and representing the franchise 159 times in Super Rugby, a South African record.

“I have had a fairytale ending to my playing career in South Africa and could not have asked for anything more as a player.  I haven’t ruled out the possibility of playing overseas, but at this stage I want to absorb everything that’s going on right now and make a final decision at the end of November after the Barbarians game.”

“It has been my absolute honour to wear the black and white jersey and I am eternally grateful to the Sharks for giving me the opportunity many years ago, and laying the foundation for my professional career.”

Eduard Coetzee, CEO of the Sharks had nothing but praise for Mtawarira. 

“Throughout his 13-year career at the Sharks, he has been a true ambassador for the game, who has shown incredible loyalty and dedication to the Sharks brand.  His impact on the game is impossible to capture in a few words and his legacy will live on for many years.

“He bows out with wonderful memories, knowing that he has impacted the young as well as senior players around him and a legion of fans. He has certainly inspired a generation. The Sharks will be honouring his undeniable contribution to the game and plans around this will be communicated in due course.  We take this opportunity to thank Beast for what he has done for Sharks rugby and wish him and his young family the very best for the next chapter,” said Coetzee.

Mtawarira is currently with the Springbok squad as they tour the country after winning the Rugby World Cup.

- Sharks