Beast - Treat for Twickenham
Sharks star admits future desire to play overseas
Last Updated: March 25, 2011 4:08pm
Mtawarira: Grateful for support
Tendai Mtawarira has hailed Super Rugby ahead of the Sharks' clash with the Crusaders at Twickenham but admits he has ambitions to leave South Africa in the future.
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"It's very humbling to have so many people supporting me"
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The South Africa prop has come through the ranks in the sub-continent to become one of the most popular players in the southern-hemisphere league.
Mtawarira is likely to receive a rapturous reception at the home of English rugby, especially if he comes off the replacements bench for Sunday's marquee clash.
And the 25-year-old believes those watching the game in London will be treated to the most exciting form of club rugby on the planet.
"Super Rugby is a very attractive brand of rugby and it's the toughest provincial competition in the game," said Mtawarira.
"The game is all about scoring tries, that's what people want to see. Super Rugby is very exciting to watch and play."
Mtawarira, commonly known as 'Beast' admits he cherishes his cult following that originated in Durban and has spread to rugby arenas across the world.
"It's a huge honour to have such big following, but sometimes it's overwhelming because it's grown so big so quickly," he said.
"Every time I play now it's part of me. It's very special and I absolutely love it. It's very humbling to have so many people supporting me.
"I think they like me because every time I step onto the field they know I give my best and put my body on the line.
"There are still a lot of things I want to improve on and I see myself as a very young player."
Mtawarira insists he is not thinking about playing his trade to Europe any time soon, but confesses he has notions to play abroad in the future.
"There are no plans to come here just yet - I'm still young!" said the Zimbabwe-born loosehead. "I want to play my rugby in South Africa for a bit longer and look to come overseas later on."