Stormers and Western Province veteran lock Chris van Zyl has formally introduced his retirement from rugby in an emotional assertion.
The 34-year-old, who started his skilled profession with the Lions in 2013, returned to the Western Cape in 2015 with Province.
Van Zyl would make over 50 appearances within the blue-and-white hoops, first captaining Province in 2016 and main the staff to the title a yr later in 2017.
He additionally made 34 Tremendous Rugby appearances for the Stormers.
‘On the finish of 2014, I left Johannesburg with a damaged coronary heart, my then short-lived skilled rugby profession had seemingly come to an abrupt finish,’ Van Zyl mentioned in an announcement on social media.
‘Little did I do know that this was not the tip, solely the start …
‘Upon returning to Cape City, my eyes had been opened to what I by no means believed attainable: a high-performance setting that supported a united brotherhood, an understanding of neighborhood, impressed by our roots and pushed to jot down our personal story.
‘By means of liquidation, “unwanted-player” lists and stadium modifications, our love for the Blue and White hoops by no means ended. My dream had at all times been to symbolize the Stormers and Western Province. I’m honoured to have been afforded this chance and have had the chance to steer the staff. My overriding emotion is one in all countless gratitude.
‘The time has come for me to exit the sport that I really like on my phrases and to enter the subsequent chapter of my life. As soon as once more, it’s not the tip, however solely the start.’
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