June 26, 2018 / 2:46 PM / 2 months ago

Former Bok skipper Strauss announces retirement

PRETORIA (Reuters) - Former South Africa captain Adriaan Strauss, the most capped player in the country’s Super Rugby history, has announced his retirement from all forms of the game.

FILE PHOTO: South Africa's Adriaan Strauss scores his second try against Scotland during their Autumn Test rugby match at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland November 17, 2012. REUTERS/David Moir/File Photo

The 32-year-old hooker will end his 14-year professional career at the completion of the 2018 Super Rugby season, he confirmed in a statement from his Pretoria-based Bulls team on Tuesday.

“It hasn’t been an easy decision, but one that I’ve been thinking about for a while now,” he said. “I have been blessed to play the game I love, with and against some amazing people, all while building some great friendships.

Britain Rugby Union - South Africa Captain's Run - Twickenham Stadium - 11/11/16 South Africa's Adriaan Strauss during the captain's run Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Boyers Livepic

“It is however time for me to enter into the next phase of my life and focus on a few new ventures.”

Strauss has played a South African record 156 times in Super Rugby to date, 97 of those for the Bloemfontein-based Cheetahs.

He also won 66 test caps for the Boks, initially as an understudy to 2007 World Cup-winning captain John Smit, only making a single start in his first four years with the national team before going on to captain the side for a single season in 2016.

He retired from international rugby in that season, but such has been his form in 2018 that there were suggestions in local media he could be set for a Bok recall.

Reporting By Nick Said, Editing by William Maclean

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