Michael Killian retires from professional rugby

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :EP Kings, Original Content on 29 Apr 2014 at 09:10
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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.


  • Good luck sir!!!!!! your attacking running will be missed.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.04.14 09:20:24 by JD Reply
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  • “Michael has been granted an exciting opportunity to enter into the corporate world”

    :facepalm: Someone please tell him that’s the biggest mistake he could make!

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.04.14 10:55:14 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 2) : why is it “the biggest mistake he could make!”? If the money is right it gives him a way longer career than in rugby.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.04.14 13:30:21 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 3) : It’s the biggest mistake because as long as you are employed, by ANYONE, you are a slave.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.04.14 13:43:39 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 4) : so being unemployed in a year or two once you finnish playing rugby is better than job security. Sorry not everyone can be their own boss, so being a “slave” is a reality for most of us. Oh yes and if being a director of a national company is what you define a being a slave hell sign me up for slave labour!!!!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.04.14 14:04:00 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 5) : If he’s got equity then I’m all for it.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.04.14 14:08:45 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 4) : Somewhat radical view, considering that he was already in someone’s employ in the first place! 😛

    Was always an interesting player to watch, good speed.

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.04.14 14:54:03 by LordHope Reply

  • Was a great player but injuries the last 2 years realy slowed him down. All the best to you. Thanks for the memories

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.04.14 15:40:17 by Mutley Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 4) : So he was already a slave being employed to play rugby…now he has his own slaves…hahaha. Solid player and he never stopped trying and running…good luck to him

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.04.14 15:40:32 by SheldonK Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 6) : that we will not know, but it can’t be to bad for him to leave rugby immediately.

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.04.14 15:42:40 by JD Reply
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  • Best of luck Michael, always enjoyed your play.

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.04.14 18:23:42 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 4) : haha like that.

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.05.14 00:10:29 by Gerhardt Reply


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