HARARE - International rugby star Brian Mujati says his rugby career has been a roller coaster ride that he could never have predicted 15 years ago.
The prop, who has turned into an avid YouTube blogger, says his 10-day visit to Zimbabwe that ended last week has given him a fresh perspective and soothed the frustration that he has been experiencing in the last two years.
The Zimbabwean-born former Springbok prop currently turns out for French Top 14 side Racing Metro in France.
“It’s been one hell of a trip. It’s one of the things I needed to do. Needed to come back home,” Mujati said on You Tube programme aptly called “The Life of Brian.”
“For the most part I just been thinking, just been reflecting on a lot of things. You know I have been in France for two years, it has not been my greatest time in rugby. So coming back and thinking back it reminds me of running around in my Suzuku 175 motorcycle and just fantasizing what life would be like if I was a professional rugby player……something hit me and this thought crossed my mind. If someone had come to me 10-15 years ago and said to me ‘You know Brian this is what is going to happen,” he says.
“In a few years’ time you are going to go to South Africa. It’s gonna be hard as f*** somehow with some stroke of luck you going to survive. In matter of few years you gonna be a springbok. Then you gonna go to England it’s gonna be f*** awesome. You probably gonna play the best rugby of your life.
“Then you are going to go to a huge club in France. It’s gonna be the best club you have ever played at. It probably won’t go well you will probably hate it most of the time…..Then you gonna come back to Harare and you gonna have a bit of money in your pocket and you gonna look back at this great unbelievable experience that you never imagined. I wouldn’t have believed them.
“But being here I can’t help but feel really humbled I haven’t won a lot of trophies, Curie Cups, World Cups, things you might associate with rugby success. You know when I went to the Zim rugby game.
“A lot of those guys I played with most of those guys in club rugby when I finished school. Those were the cards I was dealt, that’s where I am supposed to be playing, but here I am a Racing Metro player.”
The tighthead prop said rugby had been his gateway to success.
“Rugby has been great for me. At the beginning it was tough.” he says. “I used to work menial jobs, I used to be a waiter, I sold supplements, I was a personal trainer, I did coaching, I tried to be a bouncer, I sold paper strays, and I sold computer components.
“Eventually I made a little bit of coin. I got married. I had my kids. I had my family. I helped my siblings go through school. I’m just so grateful. I think know when I go back (to France) I can’t help but take comfort that this is where I am from. To a large extent I forgot who I was. I’m really glad I came to Hare and I had this experience.”