Tendai Mtawarira is already the most-capped Springbok frontranker in history. Photo: EPA/KIM LUDBROOK
Springboks forwards coach Matthew Proudfoot wants to make Beast Mtawarira proud when they face England in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Playing in his 100th Test for the national team, Proudfoot adds that Mtawarira is the “cornerstone of what this team is all about”.

Proudfoot says of the 32-year-old prop’s achievement: “It would be a fantastic achievement for a very good man.

“He is already the most-capped front-row forward [in SA history]. It’s an incredible achievement to have that longevity in a tough position like loosehead.

“It’s something to savour and I’d like to see the pack respond and make it a special occasion for him.

Springbok head coach Rassie Erasmus adds of the South African powerhouse: “I’ve played 39 times for the Boks and it felt like a lot.

“For a guy to reach that is phenomenal. He started at lock, flank [in domestic rugby] and now to play at prop is unbelievable.”

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