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.
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