Cape Town - The international retirement of Tendai Mtawarira may have shocked many Springbok supporters but they took to Twitter to remember a legend of South African rugby. 

The man known to his legions of fans as "Beast" decided to hang up his international boots after the euphoria of South Africa's Rugby World Cup victory over England on Saturday.

Mtawarira played an integral part in that victory with his strong scrummaging proving to be a menance for not one, but two English tighthead props.

He leaves the game having pulled on the Green and Gold on 117 occasions in which he scored two tries.

Here's how Twitter reacted to his retirement.