Richard Ferguson

Barry calls time on playing career

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :EP Kings, Original Content, Stormers on 19 Jan 2012 at 09:27
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Former Springbok and Western Province centre, De Wet Barry, has called time on his rugby playing days to focus on his coaching career.

Barry, who is only 33 years old, represented the Springboks on 39 occasions, and playing more than 250 first class matches for the Cape based Union.

Barry will be continuing at the EP Kings as their backline coach, after playing with the team for the past few seasons. He has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the starting line up as a result of some serious shoulder injuries.

We wish Barry all the best in his new endeavors, forever remembering the good old days in the Green and Gold midfield.


  • THE LAW! Legend.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.01.12 09:30:01 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • my heart breaks for De Wet – they lost their young son DJ a month or so back. I’m sure that must have factored into the decision too.

    Wishing him all the best

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.01.12 09:31:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Yeah, I was thinking the same thing.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.01.12 09:39:24 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • What a tackler!!! Still remember him ending Steve Kefu’s international career with a series of bone-jarring, spine-bending tackles :smile:

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.01.12 09:43:05 by StevieS Reply
    StevieSSuper Rugby player
  • Thanks for your unerring effort & dedication de wet. may you receive strength and insight as you venture further to coach our backline.


  • Comment 5, posted at 19.01.12 09:49:47 by Megatron Reply

    MegatronSuper Rugby player
  • @Megatron (Comment 5) : ah – how touching… seems you DO know how to say nice things after all :)

    Keep up the good work Megs

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.01.12 09:53:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : :roll: :razz: i wasn’t raised by wolves.

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.01.12 10:03:44 by Megatron Reply

    MegatronSuper Rugby player
  • @Megatron (Comment 7) : Of course you weren’t raised by wolves; they’re social animals. Maybe a rogue tiger a la Shere Khan? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.01.12 10:24:04 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 8) : :lol: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.01.12 10:25:09 by Megatron Reply

    MegatronSuper Rugby player
  • De Wet Barry is the reason why Chuck Norris gave up rugby.

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.01.12 11:30:22 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Good player, but I will always remember Japie Mulders tackle in Bloemfontein on De Wet

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.01.12 16:17:11 by Mutley Reply
    MutleyTeam captain
  • A proper old-school South African centre – big, brutal, run straight and tackle hard.

    Thanks for the memories de Wet. I will never forget some of those tackles. The Law. Legend.

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.01.12 02:19:51 by VinChainSaw Reply
    VinChainSawTeam captain
  • Was retained for too long ahead of JDV, but while he was at 12 nobody ran in the midfield without some trepidation.

    Really sad about his son too; no doubt that factored into his decision.

    All the best de Wet: you deserve our support for all those happy seasons.

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.01.12 10:13:55 by Big Fish Reply
    Big FishAssistant coach

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