For the past three weeks he has had to deal with the traumatic experience of having to fight to get South African citizenship to be able to play for the Springboks. But his woes were over last week when he was granted full South African citizenship and he was equally elated to hear the news.
I didn’t sleep much last night thinking and imagining my next game in the jersey. I can’t wait to throw my weight around for the team, Mtawarira wrote on his twitter page.
What a relief, my heart pounded when I got the call yesterday. I am touched by the support from all. I can’t wait to wear the green and gold.
Mtawarira was last month omitted from the Springboks rugby team selection because he does not hold South African citizenship. This was after the South African Department of Sport and Recreation instructed the South African Rugby Union (SARU) not to select any player who does not hold a South African passport.
Being excluded out of the first Springboks test because of citizenship issue was really hard. I treasure that Bok jersey more than anything, wrote Mtawarira.
I am just hanging in there. I love this country with all my heart. I just hope and pray that the matter is resolved urgently, I cant wait to play, he added.
Mtawarira has won the 22 test caps for the Springboks since 2008 when he made his Springboks debut against Wales. The 24-year-old talented prop, who plays his rugby with the Durban-based Sharks, is undoubtedly one of the most intimidating loose heads in world rugby.
The man nicknamed “The Beast was born and raised in Zimbabwe and played youth rugby for the country before joining the South African domestic system with the Sharks. His rise in the international stardom has been nothing less than extraordinary.Post published in: Rugby