Bakkies calls it a day

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 24 Nov 2014 at 10:21
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The Springboks will need to make do without all of their foreign-based players for this weekend’s test match against Wales, but in the case of one stalwart, Bakkies Botha, that withdrawal will be more than a temporary measure.

Botha took the opportunity to announce his retirement from the international game in the wake of the side’s 22-6 victory over Italy at the weekend, in which he did not feature. His cameo against England off the bench the week before was thus the big lock’s 85th and final test appearance for his country.

With many of the current crop of “old Boks”, hanging in grimly for one last World Cup campaign, Botha’s motivation seems to have been different. He spoke of his frustration at being forced into what he considered a premature departure from the test arena following an Achilles injury sustained at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. His subsequent renaissance as a Toulon player led to a surprise recall last year and the time spent on the field since has allowed Botha, as he puts it, to leave the test arena on his own terms, which he feels he has now done.

He intends to see out the European season with Toulon, before hopefully playing Currie Cup rugby in 2015 as his last campaign. Botha will retire as one of the most decorated players the sport has ever seen, having won Super Rugby, the Tri-Nations, the Heineken Cup, the Currie Cup and the French domestic league title, in addition to the World Cup.


  • Massive player. And massive respect to him for retiring with his head held high. There’s only one Bakkies!

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.11.14 10:24:13 by PTAShark Reply
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  • A few more announcements like this and I will be very happy.

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.11.14 10:32:35 by Seth101 Reply
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  • But also thanks Bakkies for all your commitment and dedication through the years.

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.11.14 10:34:27 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 2) :

    dont get to excited … he might do a matfield

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.11.14 10:49:00 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 4) : He already has, remember the Blood Brothers benefit year these two enjoyed ,the first time they retired.

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.11.14 10:54:42 by The hound Reply
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  • I hear HM has announced his retirement as well, stating the news of bakkies retirement is too big a lose for him and he cant foresee winning this world cup without the bakkies/matfield duo. Good luck with your next endeavor as the museum gaurd. You will surely be missed…

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.11.14 11:01:47 by Stiko85 Reply

  • Nice to see Bakkies going out on his own terms and still contributing to the Bok cause. Like Juan, he knows his abilities and is honest with himself and puts the team ahead of his own ambitions.

    Thanks for all the entertainment and for putting pride into the hearts of millions of Bok fans.

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.11.14 11:30:55 by StevieS Reply
  • I believe he also won the Vodacom Cup, didn’t he? Not that that one holds much up to the others, though.

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.11.14 11:33:22 by David12246 Reply

  • Sad news as at the moment there isnt a good lock replacement that we can bring off the bench. Lood De Jager is ok but doesnt provide much off the bench in terms of an impact. Hopefully some locks seriously put up their hands in next years Super rugby. I still feel that Bakkies could have played a part. Ability before age as far as im concerned

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.11.14 11:39:31 by SheldonK Reply

  • @David12246 (Comment 8) : yes well, I’m sure he’s also got an u16 club trophy under his belt as well…. I on;y went with the major ones 🙂

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.11.14 11:57:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 9) : I reckon PSDT will be the man on the bench or Flip, Lood will now be 5th choice but he will develop. Guthro should do the honourable thing and put the team first 😆

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.11.14 12:21:19 by Chippa Reply

  • Blue Bulls
    Vodacom Cup: 2001
    Currie Cup: 2002, 2004, 2009
    Super Rugby: 2007, 2009, 2010
    South Africa
    World Cup: 2007
    Tri-Nations: 2004, 2009
    British & Irish Lions Series Trophy: 2009
    Mandela Challenge Plate: 2005, 2009
    Freedom Cup: 2004, 2009
    Prince William Cup: 2007, 2008, 2010
    Heineken Cup European Champions: 2013, 2014
    Top 14 French League : 2014

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.11.14 12:29:11 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • One of the real characters of SA rugby. Love him or hate him – no middle ground.

    I like that he is leaving on his own terms – just hate it when great players just hang around too long.

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.11.14 12:30:44 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Chippa (Comment 11) : Yeh look as I said there currently isnt but hoping those 2 at least get fit and back in form. Lood just lacks something at the moment but definitely potential there

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.11.14 12:31:48 by SheldonK Reply

  • I always liked Bakkies, except when he was facing the Sharks. Such a physical presence on the field.

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.11.14 13:41:39 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Comment 16, posted at 24.11.14 13:47:23 by Big Fish Reply
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  • So who’s going to be the first person to suggest the Sharks contract him for Currie Cup 2015…?

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.11.14 13:49:46 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 17) : already did it

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.11.14 13:54:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 17) :
    Quite a few contenders. But I am sure that Uli will be right up there. 😉

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.11.14 14:03:27 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 19) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.11.14 14:47:46 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 17) : Well he is a Natal boy after all.

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.11.14 20:42:39 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Well done Bakkies…and thanks…and all the best!

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.11.14 21:15:15 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 9) : I also think that PSdT added to the mix should mean we will be fine at lock going forward…

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.11.14 21:16:25 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 17) : @robdylan (Comment 18) : @Big Fish (Comment 19) : must say I don’t see him going to any other union than the Bulls but yes he could help a lot with “young guys like Lewies and co.

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.11.14 22:21:28 by JD Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 23) : Yeh look i really hope so. Coming back from an ACl injury is not fun trust me so he will take a while to regain form and trust in his knee

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.11.14 07:51:04 by SheldonK Reply


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