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)Tweet