‘Kyle Sinckler let himself down on the Lions tour,’ says Springbok legend ‘The Beast.’

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‘Kyle Sinckler let himself down on the Lions tour,’ says Springbok legend ‘The Beast.’

Tendai Mtawarira discusses scrum rivals, his favorite England player, and this weekend’s showdown at Twickenham.

Tendai Mtawarira is known as “Beast” in rugby circles, and he had it written as his name on our video call, which he dialed in from his home in Durban.

After a stint with Old Glory in Major League Rugby in the United States, South Africa’s legendary prop has returned to the city with his wife and two children, following his retirement from a glittering career that included 117 Test caps and a World Cup winner’s medal.

Mtawarira also founded “The Beast Foundation” last year to help young people from low-income families.

And, as he leans forward during our conversation, Mtawarira responds candidly to questions about key players in this weekend’s much-anticipated rematch of the 2019 World Cup final between South Africa and England at Twickenham.

For starters, there’s Kyle Sinckler, with whom Mtawarira competed as tighthead prop and loosehead respectively during England’s three Tests in South Africa in 2018.

After an unfortunate collision with England teammate Maro Itoje in the third minute, the pair met again in the 2019 final in Japan, where Sinckler was infamously and regrettably knocked out and taken off.

The scrum suffered as a result, but now that Sinckler is 28, with 46 caps for England and six for the British and Irish Lions under his belt, where does he rank in Mtawarira’s eyes?

“I think Kyle Sinckler is a fantastic player,” Mtawarira says.

“I played a few Test matches against him and thought he was a guy who was going to dominate for a long time.”

I found him to be naturally aggressive, but every rugby player is – I was – aggressive.

Within the four lines, you must be the beast, a rugby animal, and do whatever it takes.

Off the field, I didn’t know much about him, but he seemed like a nice guy who was both decent and humble.

And he was the best tighthead in the 2019 World Cup.

UK news summary from Infosurhoy.

‘Kyle Sinckler let himself down on the Lions tour,’ says Springbok legend ‘The Beast.’

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