Richard Ferguson

Mametsa hangs up his boots

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, In the news, Super Rugby on 2 Dec 2010 at 09:49
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Bulls legend John Mametsa has decided to call it a day on his playing career.The fearless try scoring machine announced on Thursday that his playing days are over and that he will focus his time and energy on his family and business interests.

“It is the right time for me to leave the game,” Mametsa said. “I am still able to play, but after 10 years of top flight rugby, other issues in my life demand and deserve my time.

“What a privilege it was to play so many matches for the Blue Bulls and to share in the unbelievable successes they had in that time,” Mametsa added.

The 29-year old wing, who made his provincial debut for the Blue Bulls in 2002 and scored 70 tries since then, has been an integral part of the successes of the Blue Bulls teams in that time. He leaves the game with Currie Cup medals, Super 14 caps and an established fan base – which he had temporarily stumped a couple of seasons back as he returned without his familiar dreadlocks.

They soon realised that although the Polokwane-born flyer lost his hair, he still knew the way to the tryline. Mametsa leaves the game with general acceptance and admiration for his bravery on defence, his ability in the air and his proven finishing.

“We have lost a real stalwart, but understands his reasons for calling it a day,” Blue Bulls and Bulls Super Rugby coach Frans Ludeke said after being told by Mametsa about his decision. “His records for the Bulls and his status in the game remains unchallenged. The Blue Bulls family will forever appreciate his efforts for the team,” Ludeke added.

Article courtesy of rugby365


  • :cry: :cry: :cry: …… and in other news……..

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.12.10 10:28:35 by SharksRTB Reply
    SharksRTBCurrie Cup player
  • I really liked John.

    He was a very decent winger but I feel he didnt get enough opportunities of late.

    I mean Jaco VD Westhuizen on the right wing!! :roll:

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.12.10 10:38:56 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • Good luck for the future John, always thought you had a raw deal at the Bulls but if you were happy then so be it.

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.12.10 10:53:11 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • @wpw (Comment 2) : agree with you. Shocking the way he was treated in Pretoria. A far better player than he ever got credit for being.

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.12.10 11:00:50 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • He could have been a good Kings buy.

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.12.10 21:24:29 by Honey Badger Reply

    Honey BadgerCurrie Cup player
  • Go well Mametsa, a great servant of the game….

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.12.10 21:51:24 by BoerSeun Reply

    BoerSeunCurrie Cup player
  • Jip kings are sleeping…

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.12.10 21:51:58 by BoerSeun Reply

    BoerSeunCurrie Cup player
  • Cheers John, one of my favourite Bulls players – he was in my first fantasy league team and sored 2 or 3 tries in the first game of the competition.

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.12.10 10:19:21 by Salmonoid Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    Salmonoid the SubtleAssistant coach
  • One of the best Bulls wings over the past 10 years. And he wins the hairstyle competition hands down ;-)

    All the best John!

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.12.10 10:40:30 by rhineshark Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    Spirit of RugbyTeam captain
  • And so it begins . . .

    Wonder who`s gonna be left for the bulls after this season?

    Was Basson banned the regulation 4 years? :twisted:

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.12.10 11:25:32 by Original Champion Reply
    Original PierreSuper Rugby player
  • Well what can we say will miss John :sad: he was a great player but when time comes to go how hard it seems its time to go

    Good luck John for the future u will always be remembered :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.12.10 17:01:08 by chaz Reply

    ChazTeam captain

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