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.”