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Rugby-France prop De Villiers announces retirement


Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :In the news on 18 Apr 2008 at 13:41

PARIS, April 18 (Reuters) – France prop Pieter de Villiers has announced his retirement, saying he is tired of having to fight injuries.

The South African-born player, who won 69 caps for France and five French titles with Stade Francais, said he had taken his decision after injuring his neck in a Heineken Cup match in Cardiff in December.

“When you’re down on the ground and you start thinking about your wife and children it means it’s time to stop,” the 35-year-old said in a video interview posted on his club’s Web site (www.stade.fr).

De Villiers won his last cap in the World Cup semi-final defeat by England at the Stade de France in October.

(Writing by Patrick Vignal; Editing by Tony Jimenez)



6 Comments

  • And to think Lorrie Sephaka scrummed his head up his arse in 2005/6.

    Was one of the few times I’ve ever seen him struggle in the scrum.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.04.08 13:50:19 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • I thought he was going to play for the Stormers?

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.04.08 13:52:05 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Hows Lorrie doing these days?

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.04.08 13:53:45 by Clayton Reply
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  • he’s part of the toulon circus, right?

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.04.08 14:01:36 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Circus?

    :oops:

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.04.08 14:08:55 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • yes… I would definitely classify that as a circus.

    Throwing as much money as possible at a given problem and seeing the hilarity that results.

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.04.08 14:19:28 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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