2. Tendai Mtawarira – South Africa
More popularly known as ‘The Beast’, Mtawarira was born in August 1985 in Harare, Zimbabwe.
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He attended Churchill Boys High School for 5 years before being given a full scholarship to Peterhouse Boys’ School. At the age of 15, while at Churchill, he was spotted by legendary Zimbabwean Coach Joey Muwadzuri who invited him to join the Under 19 side at the National Schools Festival.
Notably, despite living in South Africa and representing the country internationally, Mtawarira was a Zimbabwean national until late June 2010; he qualified for South Africa by three years’ residency, as allowed under International Rugby Board rules.