Beast has ‘huge re­spect’ for new scrum con­sul­tant

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SPRING­BOK prop Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira is ex­cited at the prospect of work­ing with new scrum con­sul­tant Matt Proud­foot.

Proud­foot worked with Al­lis­ter Coet­zee at the Storm­ers be­fore fol­low­ing him to Ja­pan to be an as­sis­tant at the Kobe Steel Ko­belco Steel­ers, and now the pair are re­united once more.

Coet­zee had not been Bok coach long be­fore he had made his in­ten­tions clear to bring Proud­foot on board.

Mtawarira is the most ex­pe­ri­enced Spring­bok in the 31-man squad pre­par­ing for three Tests against Ire­land this month. “I’ve found him to be very pos­i­tive,” Mtawarira said.

“He comes with a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and he’s done very well in the past with the Storm­ers.”

Beast re­calls meet­ing Proud­foot on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions when the Sharks met the Storm­ers in Su­per Rugby.

“I al­ways had huge re­spect for him. I think ev­ery time we played against the Storm­ers I would al­ways try and ask him a ques­tion or two and see the way he thinks,” Mtawarira said.

“I think hav­ing him here is go­ing to bring a new di­men­sion to our scrum­mag­ing. We’re just go­ing to get bet­ter and bet­ter. We’ll have to work very hard but I think he’s go­ing to bring a lot of value,” he added.

The first Test takes place on June 11 in Cape Town. — Sport24.

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