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People Call This Rugby Player "Beast." See If You Can Guess Why.

Illustration for article titled People Call This Rugby Player Beast. See If You Can Guess Why.

When you're young and stupid this is how you imagine all sports moments ought to look, like something out of a G-rated movie about an all-star donkey who plays point guard, or one of those daydream sandlot plays that involves you jumping off a friend's shoulders to catch the would-be home run. Then you grow up and learn that, in fact, NFL players don't stunt each other skyward to block the field goal because such a brilliant maneuver would in fact be too brilliant, on the order of cheating. (Also, health ramifications. There's a great chance someone would pulverize your spine like a stack of soggy crackers on the way down.) Sports seems less like a transcendent buddy comedy waiting to happen and more like a collection of jocks who have been nanny-stated into an imagination-free zone where the race does go to the swift and the battle to the strong and the world at large considers trampolines a menace. And then we wonder why "The Avengers" rakes in receipts that make "Titanic" look like "John Carter." Because they're on a team and they throw each other around. That's how you win, guys! We've been trying to tell you that for, like, ever.

Then a Zimbabwean rugby player nicknamed (codenamed?) Beast does what any honest, hyperstrong rugby player would do in a situation when a teammate becomes temporarily gravity-free, and is in danger of returning to earth. Tendai Mtawarira hoists the teammate up by his clothing, behind his head, and protects him from certain self-wreckage while opponents stare on in a sort of trance. The chap who runs into the screen at 1:00, eyes saucering, is marveling at the feat of raw power, perhaps. Or he's imagining how awesome it would be to play on a team where dudes bust out superhero moves just, like, whenever.


Zimbabwean rugby player named "Beast" lives up to his nickname with this incredible feat of strength [Last Angry Fan]

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