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Ryno van der Merwe retires


Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news, Other SA Teams on 29 Jul 2009 at 11:21
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It is sad to lose a captain of the calibre of Ryno van der Merwe, SWD Eagles coach Johann Lerm said on Tuesday.

Rugby365 reports:

Lerm reacted after Van der Merwe announced his retirement from the game due to a back injury.

He was injured in a Vodacom Cup match earlier this season against the Leopards at Outeniqua Park.

“It is not easy to say good bye to Ryno. He brought tremendous spirit and character to the side since he joined us from the Cheetahs.

“His leadership and ability will be surely missed,” Lerm said.

Van der Merwe (30) said his rehabilitation was going well and “according to plan”.

He said although he could still play for another three to four years, there is a possibility that the injury could make life difficult in ten to 15 years from now.

“That is why I decided to quit. I made the decision all by myself.

“However, I would love to stay involved in rugby,” Van der Merwe  said.



31 Comments

  • underrated player this… reckon he could turn into a superb specialist breakdown coach.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.07.09 11:55:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • I thought he was very underrated.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.07.09 11:56:23 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : SNAP

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.07.09 12:04:07 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 2) : so did I :) Sure I mentioned that somewhere… :look up:

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.07.09 12:04:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 3) : @robdylan (Comment 4) : farkin smilies!

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.07.09 12:04:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • I wonder why he left the Cheetahs.

    He was a damn fine player at one stage and one of the main reasons they won the CC in 05 onwards. :???:

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.07.09 12:13:17 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) : I think he just got gatvol of the setup and went to go earn some proper money

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.07.09 12:24:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :

    at SWD?? :shock:

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.07.09 12:35:29 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 8) : Cheetahs have no money, SWD have loads of it.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.07.09 12:37:06 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 9) :

    Doesn’t make sense to me.

    Cheetahs are sponsored by Vodacom and what of their gate takings??

    Test match venue??

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.07.09 12:54:45 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 8) : tosser – he went to Brive for 3 seasons inbetween!

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.07.09 13:14:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 10) : Vodacom sponsorship AND gate takings(all 32 rand of it) go to pay Juan Smiths salary.

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.07.09 13:31:29 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 12) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.07.09 13:42:15 by Prof. Ice (Thunder Horse) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :

    FJELN!! :evil:

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.07.09 13:43:34 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 14) :

    Sien jou later!! :wink:

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.07.09 13:54:10 by Prof. Ice (Thunder Horse) Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 14) : Ek noem jou DWIS :)

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.07.09 14:03:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) :

    Ek noem jou Vagien!! :grin:

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.07.09 14:09:14 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 17) : this could get nasty…

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.07.09 14:14:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) :
    @wpw (Comment 17) :

    Eish – julle twee..hiers dames op die site!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.07.09 14:15:20 by Prof. Ice (Thunder Horse) Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Thunder Horse) (Comment 19) :

    I humbly apologise your Majesty!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.07.09 14:17:10 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 20) :

    Djy bieter sorrie se!! :wink:

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.07.09 14:22:50 by Prof. Ice (Thunder Horse) Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Thunder Horse) (Comment 19) : it was all Wes’s fault! He started it!

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.07.09 14:29:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) :

    Your a real little school-boy!! :lol:

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.07.09 14:36:26 by Prof. Ice (Thunder Horse) Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 12) : oops and now brussouw may become expensive – do you think they will ask juan to share :lol:

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.07.09 14:42:52 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) :

    No it wasn’t!! It was your fault.

    I’m telling ma!! :???:

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.07.09 14:43:51 by wpw Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 24) : o no! wp will buy brussouw.

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.07.09 14:44:04 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 26) :

    We don’t need him cos we’ve got The HULK!! :???:

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.07.09 14:47:20 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 27) :

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAAAA :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.07.09 14:55:58 by Prof. Ice (Thunder Horse) Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Thunder Horse) (Comment 28) :

    Jy wil seker hé ek moet weer ‘loop’ né?? :roll:

  • Comment 29, posted at 29.07.09 15:05:10 by wpw Reply
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  • van der merwe gaan ryno.

  • Comment 30, posted at 29.07.09 15:08:36 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 29) :

    Hey – what did I do?? :lol:

    @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 30) :

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 29.07.09 15:12:42 by Prof. Ice (Thunder Horse) Reply
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