Springbrok prop Tendai Mtawarira, know as “Beast”, has revealed that he is planning a move to the French Top 14 at after the World Cup.
The Sharks player confirmed he plans to leave the Durban based side after the 2015 World Cup in England and is hoping to secure a move to France, preferring it to the options available in the likes of Japan.
“My goals for 2015 is to help the Sharks do well in Super Rugby and to help the Springboks win the World Cup, that would be a dream come true.
“I’ll then look to relocate overseas. My preferred destination would be France. While many South Africans are heading to Japan, France is an attractive destination for my playing career and my young family.
“I’ll get to play against some of the world’s toughest front rows in Europe, which will be a great experience.
“I’ll get to learn much more about the game in foreign conditions.
“Off the field, my family and I will have the chance to travel and explore new countries.”
The 28 year old also paid tribute to the Sharks fans pointing to the “Beast” chants he receives when turning out for club and country.
“I first noticed the chants when I started playing for the senior team,” added Mtawarira.
“It definitely motivated me to make a big impact.
“And it’s been awesome to see how many rugby fans have adopted the call, including those supporting the other team! I hear supporters call my name even when I played outside South Africa.
“I’ll only probably realise how special this has been when I eventually hang up my boots.
“Playing alongside Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis has also been a privilege.
“We’ve played together for many years for the Sharks and Springboks. This has created a tight brotherhood between us. We’re very close on and off the field.”