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Willemse announces immediate retirement


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Lions, Super 14 on 30 Mar 2009 at 12:34
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Veteran Lions and Springbok wing Ashwin Willemse has unexpectedly announced his retirement from rugby in mid-season.

In a statement released on Monday the Golden Lions Rugby Union said it was with “a very heavy heart” that they are bidding farewell to Willemse.

Rugby 365 reports that Willemse, as a result of his retirement, will not be joining the Lions squad when they depart for their tour of Australasia later on Monday.

Jannie Boshoff will replace Willemse in the touring squad.

Willemse said in a statement that “there are no controversial issues” around his decision to call it a day.

He was recently linked to the controversial disciplinary hearing of forwards coach Leon Boshoff, who was cleared of having made racial slurs towards the non-white players in the team – like Willemse, Earl Rose and Lawrence Sephaka.

“I love the team, and the guys are exceptional,” Willemse said in a statement.

“It was such a breath of fresh air being able to return to the Lions after some time overseas [in France] last year, and it has been so exciting.

“I have been able to play the best rugby of my career with the Lions, and I will miss each and every one of my teammates. The time, however, has come for me to move onto the next phase of my life.”

GLRU CEO, Manie Reyneke, has echoed the team and staff’s sentiments, that this is very sad news for all who know and have had the pleasure to work with Willemse.

“Ashwin has made such a huge difference in the team and in his time here, and he will be sadly missed,” Reyneke said.

“We do appreciate the fact that he has taken the team dynamics into consideration, and I wish him all of the very best in his future endeavours.”



49 Comments

  • :shock: :shock: :shock:

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.03.09 12:37:14 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • good decision. With all the respect to what he’s achieved I think he’s playing days are over.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.03.09 12:39:48 by rekinek Reply
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  • I was expecting him to be in the Bok squad for the Lions tour.

    Certainly one of the top 4 on display so far this year.

    Nokwe and Chavangha have been nowehere this season.

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.03.09 12:41:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :?:

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.03.09 12:49:34 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • What the %#$^??? :shock:

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.03.09 12:58:40 by wpw Reply
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  • That’s weird…in the middle of the season??

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.03.09 13:00:40 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • “We do appreciate the fact that he has taken the team dynamics into consideration, and I wish him all of the very best in his future endeavours.”

    :?: :roll:

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.03.09 13:01:06 by wpw Reply
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  • I thought the old dog was playing damned well so far.

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.03.09 13:03:47 by Claytie Reply
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  • @Claytie (Comment 8) :

    Same here.

    When I saw the article I thought he may have done himself an injury on the weekend and that was why he was retiring.

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.03.09 13:06:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Hell – seems the Brumbies are not having a lekker toer…now there stuff has been scaled from there Hotel room…geez – some of these things makes me cringe!!What must they THINK of us?? :sad:

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.03.09 13:08:25 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 10) : What kinda hotel are they staying in?

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.03.09 13:11:20 by Claytie Reply
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  • @Claytie (Comment 11) :

    Elangeni…

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.03.09 13:13:40 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • I wonder if some %^#[email protected]#$ didnt have some untimely comments about Willemse’s knock on deep in his own half that gave all the momentum back to the Canes and their dominance from there on. They showed him after he was subbed and he was horsing around with Lawrence Sephaka and didnt look as if he had a bother in the world. Im clutching at straws here but I really cant think of any other reason if he’s not injured.

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.03.09 13:20:31 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 10) : Great ad for the Soccer World Cup :roll:

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.03.09 13:21:26 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 12) :
    Inside job.

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.03.09 13:21:53 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 10) :

    @Claytie (Comment 11) :

    @Prof. Ice (Comment 12) :

    @Pokkel (Comment 14) :

    @Salmonoid (Comment 15) :

    :cough: :cough: :cough:

    :smile:

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.03.09 13:23:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 14) :

    my thoughts exactly..

    @Salmonoid (Comment 15) :

    Must be…no forced entry etc…hello by the way.. :wink:

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.03.09 13:25:50 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 17) :
    Me and my manners – very bad when it comes to greating the blog. Hello all.

    Ps – somebody please pass KSA the Benylin.

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.03.09 13:30:28 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 18) : :lol: :mrgreen:

    Please make sure there is alcohol in any cough mixture you give me? :wink:

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.03.09 13:31:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) :

    i presume this is a subtle ‘warning”… :?: :wink:

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.03.09 13:33:47 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) :
    Of course, Is there any other reason why anyone would drink the stuff?

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.03.09 13:34:29 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 20) :
    I thought he was having an on line medical examination. :shock:

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.03.09 13:35:31 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 18) :

    @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.03.09 13:35:36 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 22) :

    i am a PROFESSOR – not a DOCTOR…;-)

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.03.09 13:37:35 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 24) :
    Pity. :twisted:

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.03.09 13:40:37 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 20) :

    I don’t warn, I “manage”, I am a referee afterall :lol:

    Goddard would have carded you though. :lol:

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.03.09 13:58:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • This are weird. :?:

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.03.09 14:08:51 by McLovin Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 26) :

    i see it would have been a case of 2 yellows = red.. :lol:

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.03.09 14:15:59 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • I reckon the truth will be revealed soon.

    Let’s wait for tomorrow’s issue of ‘Die Son’

    Headline: Die [email protected]@$#%S het vir Ashy GEFIRE!!! :twisted: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.03.09 14:17:27 by wpw Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : :shock: :shock: :shock: have we been watching the same games :?:

  • Comment 30, posted at 30.03.09 14:17:39 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 10) : I think they’ve been so many times to SA that they must consider it accident

  • Comment 31, posted at 30.03.09 14:20:47 by rekinek Reply
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  • If he respects his fellow Players so much why is he dumping them in the middle of the season, this does not make any sence to me, something is Fishy!!

  • Comment 32, posted at 30.03.09 14:28:30 by Whindy Reply
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  • sense :oops:

  • Comment 33, posted at 30.03.09 14:30:09 by Whindy Reply
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  • I hope Jannie Boshoff has a cracker on tour. OK I’m biased he’s from my hometown.

  • Comment 34, posted at 30.03.09 14:51:03 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Maybe Walter knows the story behind the story… :???:

  • Comment 35, posted at 30.03.09 14:54:18 by wpw Reply
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  • Regarding some sensationalism – I am waiting for a thread about Cheeky allegedly calling PdV a baboon – or is it too political.

  • Comment 36, posted at 30.03.09 14:57:31 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 36) : It’s a waste of a web page writing writing about Cheeky :evil:

  • Comment 37, posted at 30.03.09 15:00:41 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 37) : I guess so – but still everybody is writing.

  • Comment 38, posted at 30.03.09 15:02:37 by rekinek Reply
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  • I’ve just sat down and took stock of the weekend – SHARKS won!!!!!, LMS – still alive, FL – climbing up the log. SB – climbing up as well (though truthfully could not be much lower :mrgreen:
    Others – Poles lost in soccer, Kubica – crashed. I better stick to rugby :lol:

    Cheers for now :cool:

  • Comment 39, posted at 30.03.09 15:08:41 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 36) :

    Too political. In fact that’s just a load of hogwash!!! :wink:

  • Comment 40, posted at 30.03.09 15:29:39 by wpw Reply
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  • Real tragedy this. Reminds me of the injury-curtailed careers of Bobby Skinstad or Andre Snyman.

    Ash was a player with the heart of a Lion, and looked really sharp – should have been in the top 4 wings for the Boks this season.

    I wonder what happened here? All the best boyo.

  • Comment 41, posted at 30.03.09 18:56:34 by Big Fish Reply
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  • If we were waiting for tomorrow yesterday, then today is it. Whats the story behind the sudden retirement?

  • Comment 42, posted at 31.03.09 09:12:59 by Rahul Reply

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  • Maybe its like when you suddenly develope a fear of heights for no apparent reason after years of jumping off roofs :?:

  • Comment 43, posted at 31.03.09 09:14:42 by Rahul Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 43) :

    Howzit boet??

    I think there is definitely something fishy going on here… :???:

  • Comment 44, posted at 31.03.09 09:18:19 by wpw Reply
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  • @Rahul (Comment 42) :

    In two days from now, tomorrow will be Yesterday.

  • Comment 45, posted at 31.03.09 09:30:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • AN ASHWIN ODDITY: No, not the suspicious circumstances of his sudden retirement, but an amazing stat revealed by SA Rugby’s man of numbers, Eddie Grieb. In his entire career Ashwin played not a single game of Currie Cup rugby. There were 19 tests, one non-test appearance, 31 caps for the Cats and the Lions in Super Rugby and 14 outings for Boland and the Golden Lions and Boland in the Vodacom Cup but never a Currie Cup game. The SuperWrap wishes Ashwin well in life after rugby and that he will continue to be an inspirational figure.

  • Comment 46, posted at 07.04.09 09:44:13 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 46) :
    :shock: unbelievable.

  • Comment 47, posted at 07.04.09 10:28:17 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 47) : that is amazing

  • Comment 48, posted at 07.04.09 10:36:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 47) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 49, posted at 07.04.09 10:38:23 by Charlie Reply

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