Brian Mujati has signed a contract with the Ospreys, which will see him play for the Welsh side until the end of next season.
The affable Springbok has built up quite a following for his exploits on the field in recent years. Leinster supporters in particular remember his stunning scrummaging salvos for Northampton in the 2011 Heineken Cup final.
Northampton fans cherished him during his time at the club and during that 2010/11 season he was awarded the Players’ Player of the Season award and only narrowly missed out on picking up the Aviva Premiership Player of the Season gong to boot.
His off-field activities have earned him plaudits in equal measure, however. His vlog, ‘The Life Of Brian’ currently boasts north of 15,000 subscribers, and it’s not hard to see why given the insights and witticisms he packs into each episode. Add to that ‘A Pint With Brian’, his recent addition to the vlog where he reviews his favourite beers, and it’s not hard to see why he is such a fan favourite.
The move makes especially cogent sense for Ospreys given their injury profile at the moment. Front row pair Dmitri Arhip and Ma’afu Fia are both injured and have left the Welsh region shorn of options. Add to this the absence of Rhodri Jones, currently on Six Nations duty, and it’s easy to see why Ospreys are desperate for another front row, as head coach Steve Tandy made clear (via Ospreysrugby.com):
“This is an important signing for us given the injury situation with Dmitri and Ma’afu.
“Brian has proven quality at the top level and will add so much experience to the squad, particularly over the coming weeks when we are missing our international players and carrying so many injuries.”
Mujati was actually born in Zimbabwe but has made 12 appearances for the Springboks during his career. His reputation is built around powerful scrummaging and barnstorming power in the loose.
Both have served him well during stints in the Top 14 and Aviva Premiership. How he fares in the Guinness Pro 12 will make for captivating viewing.
Colm Egan, Pundit Arena