Tecklenburg drops retirement bombshell

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Super Rugby on 24 Jan 2017 at 10:19
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The Lions have announced that, in a rather shocking development, loose forward Warwick Tecklenburg has retired from rugby with immediate effect.

Tecklenburg – something of a late bloomer who moved to Johannesburg a few seasons back after battling to break through at the Bulls – has just turned 30 and should, one would think, still have a good few seasons left. He’s decided instead to give up the game to concentrate on his family’s farming business.

While other Lions loose forwards like captain Warren Whiteley and playmaker flank Jaco Kriel went on to represent the Springboks (with mixed results) in 2016, many felt that it was due to the hard work of an unsung workhorse like Tecklenburg that they were able to show off their running and linking skills. Along with Andries Ferreira and Julian Redelinghuys, Tecklenburg was a key member of the hard spine of the Lions pack in 2016 and coach Johan Ackermann will be left scratching his head as he contemplates a season with at most one of those players available. Redelinghys has already been ruled out for the year, while Ferreira’s return date to the side is uncertain after a stint in France.


  • What an underrated (underappreciated?) hard grafter this guy is. He will be missed I’m sure. Best of luck of Warwick!

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.01.17 10:36:51 by vanmartin Reply
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  • First Goosen now Tecklenberg…if its not the Euro stealing our players its the farm… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.01.17 10:41:20 by SheldonK Reply

  • Wow! That is a big blow to the Lions!! All the best, Warwick…

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.01.17 11:29:34 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : Especially while at the Bulls. Im really glad he came good at the Lions even if it was just to give the Bulls fans a bit of STFU as they gave him hell while still on their books.

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.01.17 11:42:30 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : He was probably waiting for the rains to come before making this decision.

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.01.17 11:45:35 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 5) : His family are cattle farmers. Huge farm outside Barberton. Also have a huge abattoir, and starting one in a neighbouring country.

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.01.17 15:52:59 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 6) : Ahhhh, nice part of the world, with its own challenges. Is the new abattoir going to be in Swailand?

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.01.17 16:22:08 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Not that he did the same but more and more players retiring early to follow mundane paths…the alure of rugby legend status and becoming a springbok just not there anymore. Is this a sign of the sport slowly dying. …?

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.01.17 18:21:42 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 8) : Seems like rugby for many is just another great way to make quick cash in a few short years…not saying this is the case with Warwick…just in general.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.01.17 18:23:05 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 5) : Turned 30 on Sunday. Probably had a deal with the family to play rugby until he’s 30 then join the family business

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.01.17 21:18:05 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 10) : Consider also that in his mind this is probably his peak. It’s good to be able to end on a personal high.

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.01.17 06:35:45 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 10) : @coolfusion (Comment 11) : yes for ended with a bang with Lions making Super final. Personally think he did not want to go the overseas route and with clearly so many other younger players “ahead” of him in the Bok row decided to go farming instead.

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.01.17 07:00:17 by JD Reply
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