Cape Town - Retiring Springbok legend Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira has taken to social media to express his astonishment at the crowds that have assembled for their Champions Tour of the country.

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The Springboks have taken the Webb Ellis Cup to Gauteng and Durban and will visit East London on Saturday and Port Elizabeth on Sunday before wrapping up their trip in Cape Town on Monday.

Crowd support has been staggering, with fans - in their tens of thousands - clamouring to catch a glimpse of their 2019 Rugby World Cup-winning heroes.

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Mtawarira, who was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, announced his retirement from international rugby - as well as the Sharks - during the week.

Mtawarira played 117 Tests for the Springboks - the fifth-most by any prop and is the third-highest capped Springbok of all time behind Victor Matfield (127) and Bryan Habana (124).

The 34-year-old also played 159 Super Rugby matches for the KwaZulu-Natal-based Sharks.

Late on Friday Mtawarira took to his Twitter account to write: I never thought I would witness such scenes in my lifetime wow wow wow#strongertogether#bokke

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- Compiled by Garrin Lambley