Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss will retire from Test rugby at the end of the 2016 season.
While it will come as a shock to South African rugby fans, the hooker, who had just taken over the captain’s armband against Ireland in June, reveals he was thinking about retirement from Test rugby at the end of last year already.
And that he had informed coach Allister Coetzee of his gedagte on his appointment earlier this year.
In a statement, the Blue Bulls star says: “When Coach Allister approached me to lead the team, I was both humbled and honoured.
“The plan was for me to serve and lead a team in transition as well as I can, and take things week by week, but back then I already told him that I was thinking of retiring at the end of the season.
Passionate“The Springboks are lucky to have a massively passionate base of supporters, who are very critical of many aspects of the game.
“I would like to urge them to keep the faith and remain positive, we’re on an exciting journey and this team will keep on working as hard as possible to make our supporters proud.”
Coetzee adds: “I’ve known since day one that Adriaan was planning to retire at the end of 2016.
“I’ve come to know Adriaan as a player who only wants what is best for the team, so he will help the younger players and leaders come through, knowing they will need to get game time and exposure at Test level.”