Eastern Province Rugby said farewell to Michael Killian on Monday, after he announced his retirement from professional rugby to take on a new challenge.
EP Rugby CEO, Charl Crous said, “Michael has had a long and impressive rugby career, a large part of which he has spent with the Eastern Province. We are very sad to see him go but understand that there comes a time in every rugby player’s career where they have to make this decision.”
“Michael has been granted an exciting opportunity to enter into the corporate world in Nelson Mandela Bay and we wish him well with his new venture and this exciting new chapter in his life,” said Crous.
“It is never an easy decision to make but it really is a great opportunity for me,” said Killian
Killian will be joining a national company that supplies industrial and residential air conditioning units as a director, and will be focusing on their Eastern Cape business operations, and will also be assisting with some of the bookkeeping aspects of the business.
“It’s great because I can put my degree, I studied B Com Accounts at NMMU, to good use now,” he said.
Killian started his junior career at Eastern Province in 2002, before making his senior debut for the Mighty Elephants in 2004. He was also part of the SA Students team in 2005 and 2007 and played in the Students Sevens World Cup in 2006.
Killian decided to further his career at the Golden Lions in 2008, where he played 58 matches and 37 for their Super Rugby franchise, the Lions.
In 2010 he was awarded the Lions’ Backline player of the Year and also the Players Player of the Year.
In 2011 Killian was part of the Golden Lions’ Currie Cup winning side that beat the Sharks 42 – 16 in the final, in which he scored the opening try. In the same year he also shared the top try scoring spot with Bulls’ Bjorn Basson, scoring 10 apiece.
In 2013 Killian decided to return to the province where everything started, but a pre-season injury restricted him to only 4 matches for the Southern Kings in their debut Super Rugby season.
Since starting his senior career in 2004, he has scored a total of 443 points, which includes 85 tries, 6 conversions, 1 penalty kick and a drop goal.Tweet