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Springboks prop Mtawarira retires after Rugby World Cup win

South Africa prop Tendai Mtawarira says he is retiring from international rugby following last weekend's World Cup victory.

The 34-year-old Mtawarira leaves as the Springboks' most capped prop with 117 test appearances, and as the Boks' third most capped player behind Victor Matfield and Bryan Habana.

Born in Zimbabwe, Mtawarira moved to South Africa as a teenager with dreams of becoming a professional player.

South Africa's Tendai Mtawarira celebrates with his children after defeating England in Rugby World Cup final at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP PhotoMark Baker)

He played for the Springboks for more than a decade and won two southern hemisphere titles, a series against the British and Irish Lions, and the Rugby World Cup in his last test.

Affectionately known as "Beast," he put in a mean scrumming display against England in Saturday's World Cup final to help the Springboks to a third title.

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South Africa's Tendai Mtawarira, right, Herschel Jantjies, center, and Lood de Jager attend a press conference in Urayasu, near Tokyo Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. South Africa and England play in the the final of the Rugby World Cup at International Yokohama Stadium on Nov. 2. (Tsuyoshi UedaKyodo News via AP)

South Africa's Duane Vermeulen, left, and South Africa's Tendai Mtawarira after winning the Rugby World Cup semifinal at International Yokohama Stadium between Wales and South Africa in Yokohama, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (AP PhotoMark Baker)