Roc Nation Sports, the management agency headed by Jay Z, has announced the signing of former Springbok prop Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira.
Mtawarira is the most capped front-row player in South African international rugby, having played 117 times for the Boks. He made his debut in 2008 before winning the famous 2009 B&I Lions series.
Mtawarira finished his 11-year international career in style by lifting the Webb Ellis Cup as a Rugby World Cup winner in 2019 after a dominant performance in the final.
He also hold the record for the most Super Rugby caps for the Sharks (159), who earlier this year also entered a strategic partnership with Roc Nation Sports.
The 35-year-old has been keen to find the next stage in his career after retiring from all forms of rugby after the Covid-19 pandemic cut short a stint with Old Glory DC in America’s MLR.
‘I am thrilled and truly honoured to be involved with Roc Nation Sports. The brand is dynamic and forward thinking and that’s exactly what I need in this next chapter of my life.’
Roc Nation Sports president Michael Yormak was equally enthused about the signing.
‘Roc Nation Sports is delighted and honoured to have Beast as a part of our growing family. He is a legend of the game with a remarkable story. We look forward to helping him grow his brand and legacy on a global stage in this exciting new chapter of his career.’
Beast now joins Springboks Siya Kolisi and Cheslin Kolbe as well as England international Maro Itoje in a growing list of rugby talent on Roc Nation’s books. Proteas fast bowler Lungi Ngidi has also signed with the agency. Roc Nation will manage Mtawarira’s brand, commercial entities and philanthropic ventures.