Stormers head coach John Dobson says Chris van Zyl ’embodies what it means to be a real Province man’ after the lock introduced his retirement on Wednesday.
Van Zyl made the announcement on social media, paying tribute to all these concerned in his profession.
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The skilled lock finishes with 72 caps for Western Province and 42 caps for the Stormers, having contributed immensely on and off the sector over the previous six years.
Van Zyl’s reference to Western Province Rugby runs deep, together with his grandfather Boon Wallace, father Mike and brother Anton all having worn the blue-and-white hoops of Western Province earlier than him.
His path to skilled rugby was unconventional within the fashionable period.
He attained an accounting diploma on the College of Stellenbosch and represented Maties, earlier than going to Johannesburg to do his articles and qualify as a CA.
Van Zyl then returned to Cape City in 2015 and obtained his first alternative to signify Western Province in 2016, main the workforce to 13 wins from 14 video games within the Currie Cup-qualifying marketing campaign below Dobson.
The next 12 months Van Zyl lifted the Currie Cup in Durban as Western Province claimed a document thirty fourth title.
Dobson stated that working with Van Zyl has been one of many highlights of his teaching profession to this point.
‘Chris embodies what it means to be a real “Province man”. He all the time put the wants of the workforce above his personal and had a optimistic affect on everybody he labored with right here.
‘His household might be pleased with the way in which he represented them and there are lots of gamers who can be taught from his instance, each when it comes to his ardour and values and in the way in which he has set himself up for all times after rugby. We will solely want him all the perfect and thank him for his numerous contributions.’
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