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'I have no regrets': Springbok veteran calls time on career

By Kim Ekin
(Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

François Steyn has announced his immediate retirement from all forms of professional rugby after a 17-year career spanning three different decades.


The two-time World Cup-winning utility back, the first Springbok to achieve the feat, sustained a knee injury earlier this year which has forced his decision.

The 36-year-old leaves the game with 78 Test caps across two separate stints with South Africa after earning a recall in 2017 to the Test side.

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Steyn took to social media to explain how he reached his decision and thanked those who had played a part in the longevity of his career.

“It’s been a tough few months coming to terms with saying goodbye to the game that has been my entire life,” Steyn said.

“In answer to the many questions I have faced since sustaining a knee injury earlier this year, I am hereby announcing my retirement from professional rugby.

“To be honest, this is not how I envisioned the journey ending. Every player wants to end on their own terms, but I am fortunate to have played this game for so long and [am] incredibly grateful for the journey I have had.


“I have given it my everything, and I have no regrets.

“I have a massive number of people to thank from all around the world for the support throughout the highs and lows of my career. I will forever be grateful for the opportunities, the friendship, the memories and lessons that rugby has given me.

“I look forward to the next chapter and the opportunity to give back to the game that has given me everything.

“Thank you for all the support. It has been a massive honour,” he concluded.


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CT 369 days ago

What a boykie loved his level headed approach to the game

david 369 days ago

Love Frans followed his career since he was at Grey College. What a legend!

Lou Cifer 369 days ago

He was not the 1st Bok to win the RWC twice...that honour belongs to the great loosehead Os du Randt who did it in '95 and then again in '07 😉

Gutted that Frans didn't get the opportunity to have a full go to be the first human to have 3 RWC winners medals

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