Beast decides on next career move, heads to USA
Cape Town - World Cup winning prop, Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira has revealed the next step in his illustrious career as he joins Old Glory DC, a team based in Washington and set to contest the Major Rugby League (MRL) in the United States in 2021.
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According to The Guardian, Mtawarira has signed a one-year deal with the club.
The third most capped Springbok of all time, Mtawarira played 117 times for South Africa, making his debut in 2008.
A stalwart at the Sharks, Mtawarira took to Facebook to announce his new club.
"Delighted to confirm that I’ve signed with Major League Rugby’s Old Glory DC!!
I’m excited and look forward to joining my new teammates and adding value to my new franchise both on and off the field. I believe this opportunity will allow me to mentor the rugby youth in D.C and help (in my small way) to grow the game in America.
I’d like to thank the owners Paul Sheehy and Chris Dunlavey, Coach Andrew and the whole Old Glory D.C organization for making this process easy for my family and I. #GloryAwaits Kyros Sports"
Mtawarira follows a host of ex-internationals who play in MRL including former England fullback Ben Foden and French centre Matthieu Bastareaud (Rugby United New York), former All Blacks Ma'a Nonu (San Diego Legion) and Rene Ranger (Colorado Raptors), Argentinian Juan Manuel Leguizamó (Seattle Seawolves) and Australian Digby Ioane (Colorado Raptors).
The league was established in 2018 with the Seattle Seawolves claiming the championship for the first two years.